Hamilton Academical 2
Ayr United 3
League (Championship)


Hamilton Academical 

2 - 3

Ayr United


League (Championship)
Friday, November 11th, 2022
New Douglas Park
Attendance: 1,677


Goalscorers
Lawson (50 Pen)
Ecrepont (80 og)
Dipo Akinyemi (4)
Dipo Akinyemi (69)
Ben Dempsey (pen.) (84)

Team Managers
John Rankin Lee Bullen

Starting Eleven
1 Fulton
24 Lawson
2 Doyle
4 O'Reilly
3 Shiels
18 Mimnaugh
8 Martin
19 Winter
9 Ryan
10 Zanatta
17 Tiehi
Charlie Albinson .21
Patrick Reading .3
Sean McGinty .5
Alex Kirk .15
Josh Mullin .14
Andy Murdoch .6
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson .11
Nick McAllister .17
Ben Dempsey .8
Dipo Akinyemi .9
Paul Smith .31

Bench
5 Easton
11 Smith
16 Virtanen
22 Brown
25 Owens
31 Smith
41 One
44 Latona
46 Morgan
Aiden McAdams .1
Finn Ecrepont .25
Kinlay Bilham .26
Daire OConnor .10
David Bangala .29
Mark McKenzie .22
Sam Ashford .23
Fraser Bryden .30
Brad Young .18

Substitutions
None. Sam Ashford for Paul Smith (45)
Finn Ecrepont for Nick McAllister (65)
Mark McKenzie for Josh Mullin (85)

Cautions
Lawson
Doyle
OReilly
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Matthew MacDermid (Referee)



Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Ayr United move six points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship as two Dipo Akinyemi goals helped edge out bottom side Hamilton Academical.

The striker pounced on a loose back pass to slot Ayr into an early lead.

Steve Lawson's second-half penalty gave Accies a deserved equaliser, but Akinyemi scored powerfully on the turn.

Finn Ecrepont deflected a cross into his own net as Accies replied again, but Ben Dempsey's spot kick secured a thrilling win for the visitors.

Reaction & as it happened
It ends a run of four successive draws between the sides as Ayr stretch their unbeaten run to five games - and four without defeat at ZLX Stadium - and increases the gap between themselves and four chasing sides who play on Saturday.

Hamilton remain at the foot of the table on goal difference behind Arbroath, who next host Cove Rangers, and will rue a Jean-Pierre Tiehi strike that looked to have crossed the line after crashing off the underside of the crossbar when they were 1-0 down.

Hamilton Academical manager John Rankin: "You look at the game over 90 minutes, I thought we were dominant and we played some really good football and a really good style of play.

"But ultimately you leave the league's most dangerous man inside the six-yard box and able to take a touch and put it away and its hugely frustrating. Jean-Pierre Tiehi's shot is over the line, but when you are down there, these things go against you and we have to get on with it."

Ayr United manager Lee Bullen: "Massively relieved because tonight we were second best. I thought we were really off the levels we've been at and the only real bits of quality showed was our goals.

"We are a very lucky team tonight. We can talk about us being poor, but that's credit to Hamilton - they never let us get going and, for a team that's bottom of the league, they are fighting their heart out for their manager at the moment."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at November 11th, 2022)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)26 17 - 28 -
Patrick Reading23 19 - 713
Alex Kirk20 132132
Sean McGinty29 151502
Josh Mullin - 113113
Ben Dempsey22 203273
Nick McAllister21 11 - 24 -
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson - 131131
Andy Murdoch - 182774
Dipo Akinyemi25 20142014
Paul Smith20 9 - 18 -
Finn Ecrepont (sub)20 6 - 10 -
Mark McKenzie (sub)22 182664
Sam Ashford (sub)26 17 - 302






League Table (as at November 11th, 2022)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Ayr United 15 8 4 3 28
2. Morton 14 6 4 4 22
3. Raith Rovers 14 7 1 6 22
4. Dundee 14 6 4 4 22
5. ICT 14 6 4 4 22
6. Queen's Park 14 6 3 5 21
7. Partick Thistle 14 6 2 6 20
8. Cove Rangers 14 4 4 6 16
9. Arbroath 14 2 5 7 11
10. Hamilton Academical 15 2 5 8 11