Ayr United 1
Hamilton Academical 0
League (Championship)


Ayr United
1 - 0
Hamilton Academical 

League (Championship)
Saturday, January 7th, 2023
Somerset Park
Attendance: 1,988

Goalscorers
Josh Mullin (32)
None.

Team Managers
Lee Bullen
John Rankin

Starting Eleven
Charlie Albinson
Sean McGinty
Alex Kirk
Patrick Reading
Andy Murdoch
Ben Dempsey
Josh Mullin
Nick McAllister
Michael Hewitt
Dipo Akinyemi
Logan Chalmers
1 Fulton
2 Doyle
4 O'Reilly
15 McGowan
3 Shiels
23 De Bolle
8 Martin
12 Sparrow
18 Mimnaugh
19 Winter
11 Smith

Bench
Aiden McAdams
Finn Ecrepont
Kinlay Bilham
Mark McKenzie
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
Sam Ashford
Paul Smith
Fraser Bryden
24. Scott Tomlinson
5 Easton
10 Zanatta
17 Tiehi
25 Owens
31 Smith
37 McGinn
43 Forsyth
44 Latona
46 Morgan

Substitutions
Paul Smith for Andy Murdoch (3)
Mark McKenzie for Michael Hewitt (70)
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson for Logan Chalmers (83)
Fraser Bryden for Dipo Akinyemi (83)
2 Doyle Substituted for Owens 57'minutes
8 Martin Substituted forZanatta 77'minutes

Cautions
None. Martin
Doyle

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Calum Scott (Referee)


Photography by Dave Sargent

Match Report


Ayr moved into second place in the Scottish Championship with a nervy win over Hamilton Academical at Somerset Park.

United deservedly went in front before half-time through Josh Mullin's deflected free-kick after a foul on Dipo Akinyemi.

Lee Bullen's side wobbled slightly after the break, but clung on to secure the three points.

Hamilton remain rooted to the foot of the table, six points behind Arbroath.

Ayr United manager Lee Bullen: "It was scrappy but it was all about getting the three points. Hamilton will beat someone sooner than later. We have to target promotion."

Hamilton Academical head coach John Rankin: "The new players made a difference but we need a break in the opposition box. There is a fight ahead but we are up for it."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at January 7th, 2023)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)26 22 - 33 -
Sean McGinty29 211562
Patrick Reading23 25 - 903
Alex Kirk20 152152
Andy Murdoch - 2421306
Michael Hewitt22 7 - 20 -
Nick McAllister21 17 - 30 -
Josh Mullin - 156156
Ben Dempsey23 264334
Dipo Akinyemi25 26162616
Logan Chalmers22 113113
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (sub) - 171171
Mark McKenzie (sub)22 243967
Paul Smith (sub)20 11 - 20 -
Fraser Bryden (sub)18 9 - 211






League Table (as at January 7th, 2023)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Queen's Park 20 12 3 5 39
2. Ayr United 20 10 5 5 35
3. Dundee 20 10 5 5 35
4. Partick Thistle 21 10 3 8 33
5. Morton 19 8 6 5 30
6. ICT 20 8 5 7 29
7. Raith Rovers 21 8 4 9 28
8. Cove Rangers 20 5 6 9 21
9. Arbroath 21 3 8 10 17
10. Hamilton Academical 20 2 5 13 11