Ayr United 1
Arbroath 0
League (Championship)

Ayr United
1 - 0

League (Championship)
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
Somerset Park
Attendance: 500

James Maxwell (18)

Team Managers
Lee Bullen

Starting Eleven
Aiden McAdams
Jordan Houston
Jack Baird
Sean McGinty
Patrick Reading
Andy Murdoch
James Maxwell
Joseph Chalmers
Aaron Muirhead
Mark McKenzie
Michael Moffat
1 Gaston
7 Gold
4 Little
5 O'Brien
3 Hamilton
12 Stewart
8 McKenna
18 Hamilton
28 Craigen
20 Hamilton
17 Nouble

Charlie Albinson
Finn Ecrepont
Nick McAllister
Daire OConnor
Fraser Bryden
6 Low
9 Hilson
10 Swankie
11 Linn
15 Donnelly
21 Antell
22 Henderson

Fraser Bryden for Michael Moffat (77)
Daire OConnor for James Maxwell (80)
Nick McAllister for Mark McKenzie (90)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)

Photography by Dave Sargent

Match Report

New manager Lee Bullen got off to a fantastic start as Ayr United stunned Scottish Championship leaders Arbroath at Somerset Park.

Bullen arrived at the club on Friday and had a two-hour session with his players.

But James Maxwell scored the only goal after 18 minutes and the hosts held on for a second successive victory.

A first defeat since mid-October means Arbroath's lead at the top is cut to two points.

Ayr United remain seventh and are now six points clear of bottom side Dunfermline.

In a low quality encounter, Scott Stewart and James Craigen threatened early for Dick Campbell's men before the deadlock was broken.

Maxwell was slipped in and skipped past three players to fire off a shot which Ricky Little will not want to see again. The defender was well placed to clear but got his footing all wrong and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Patrick Reading then tested visiting goalkeeper Derek Gaston, while Arbroath finished the first half on top but could not find a way past the resolute home defence.

The best of the second half action came late, with Joel Nouble, in his last appearance for the league leaders before heading back to Livingston, twice guilty of bad misses and Daire O'Connor denied by Gaston right at the death.

Ayr United manager Lee Bullen: "I've got to be honest; it was unexpected against a team who have been flying high. It was backs to backs to wall stuff and bodies on the line at times. We showed some real pockets of quality. Our players deserve every bit of credit they get."

Arbroath assistant manager Ian Campbell: "It just wasn't like us today, the second half they just parked in their 18-yard box and that's a way to win a game. We didn't' deserve to take anything out of that but it's going a be a great end to the season so bring it on."

Match report written by BBC

Squad Statistics (as at January 8th, 2022)

2021-22 All Time
Aiden McAdams (GK) - 15 - 15 -
Jack Baird25 231371
Jordan Houston21 18 - 27 -
Patrick Reading22 241321
Sean McGinty28 18 - 18 -
Andy Murdoch - 251382
Mark McKenzie21 172242
Aaron Muirhead - 181291
Joseph Chalmers28 172312
James Maxwell20 203203
Michael Moffat36 151294
Daire OConnor (sub)24 151151
Nick McAllister (sub)20 13 - 13 -
Fraser Bryden (sub)17 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at January 8th, 2022)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Arbroath 21 10 8 3 38
2. ICT 20 10 6 4 36
3. Kilmarnock 20 11 3 6 36
4. Raith Rovers 21 9 8 4 35
5. Partick Thistle 19 9 5 5 32
6. Hamilton Academical 21 6 6 9 24
7. Ayr United 20 5 6 9 21
8. Morton 20 3 8 9 17
9. Queen of the South 20 4 5 11 17
10. Dunfermline Athletic 20 2 9 9 15