Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Ayr United 1-0 Ross County: Scottish Cup shock for Premiership side

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Highlights: Ayr United 1-0 Ross County

Ayr United knocked top-flight Ross County out of the Scottish Cup at the fourth round stage with a 1-0 win at Somerset Park.

Steven Bell scored the only goal for the Scottish Championship side 10 minutes before half-time, rising to head home from a corner.

It meant Ayr were on the right side of an upset, having lost to Auchinleck Talbot at the same stage last year.

County, though, are now without a win in four and have won just two of 15.

Lee Erwin spurned an early chance to open the scoring for the Scottish Premiership side, with his shot well saved by Ross Doohan.

Brian Graham, who scored a hat-trick the last time the two sides met, was brought off the bench but could not help his side find an equaliser.

Ayr United player/manager Mark Kerr: "We felt we controlled the game and gave out the balls in the right area and capitalised when we found space.

"They are a Premiership team and you know it is going to come off three or four times for them but you try to stop it. But we also played a nice combination of passes and got onto the second ball."

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "We got what we deserved out of the game. We will not say because we had so much of the ball in the second half we deserved a draw.

"It is miles off what we expect in the two years that I have been in this job."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 14Houston
  • 2Muirhead
  • 15Bell
  • 3Harvie
  • 4Kerr
  • 23Docherty
  • 30Kelly
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forRoscoe-Byrneat 62'minutes
  • 16DrinanSubstituted forDoolanat 86'minutes
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forMcCowanat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 8Doolan
  • 11McCowan
  • 12McGuffie
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 20Hewitt
  • 22McKenzie

Ross County

  • 21Baxter
  • 18Foster
  • 25Donaldson
  • 4Fontaine
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Mullin
  • 22TillsonBooked at 73minsSubstituted forHendersonat 74'minutes
  • 11Vigurs
  • 24PatonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forGrahamat 57'minutes
  • 20SpittalSubstituted forMckayat 56'minutes
  • 8Erwin

Substitutes

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 9Mckay
  • 15Watson
  • 16Spence
  • 17Henderson
  • 19Graham
  • 23Chalmers
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
1,538

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Ross County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Ross County 0.

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Kris Doolan replaces Aaron Drinan.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Luke McCowan replaces Alan Forrest.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Kelly (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ewan Henderson replaces Jordan Tillson.

Booking

Jordan Tillson (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Drinan (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Sam Roscoe-Byrne replaces Michael Moffat.

Attempt missed. Billy Mckay (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Steven Bell (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

Attempt blocked. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Harrison Paton.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Billy Mckay replaces Blair Spittal.

Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Ayr United) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harrison Paton (Ross County).

Booking

Harrison Paton (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Muirhead (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison Paton (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Aaron Drinan (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Ross County).

Attempt saved. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ayr United 1, Ross County 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ayr United 1, Ross County 0.

Steven Bell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Ross County).

Foul by Jordan Houston (Ayr United).

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

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