Ayr United 2
Raith Rovers 0
League (Championship)


Ayr United
2 - 0
Raith Rovers 

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
Somerset Park, Ayr
Attendance: 2,094

Goalscorers
Josh Mullin (31)
Josh Mullin (70)
None.

Team Managers
Lee Bullen
Ina Murray

Starting Eleven
21. Charlie Albinson
3. Patrick Reading
5. Sean McGinty
25. Finn Ecrepont
6. Andy Murdoch
22. Mark McKenzie
17. Nick McAllister
8. Ben Dempsey
14. Josh Mullin
9. Dipo Akinyemi
Logan Chalmers
1 MacDonald
4 Millen
14 O'Riordan
3 Dick
15 Ngwenya
20 Brown
6 Spencer
7 Connolly
18 Connell
23 Easton
10 Vaughan

Bench
1. Aiden McAdams
32. Dylan Watret
26. Kinlay Bilham
11. Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
29. David Bangala
23. Sam Ashford
30. Fraser Bryden
18. Brad Young
31. Paul Smith
5 Nolan
9 Gullan
11 McBride
12 Lang
13 McNeil
16 Stanton
22 Ross
27 Coulson
47 Frederiksen

Substitutions
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson for Logan Chalmers (71)
Fraser Bryden for Dipo Akinyemi (89)
Sam Ashford for Mark McKenzie (89)
Dylan Watret for Finn Ecrepont (92)
Paul Smith for Andy Murdoch (92)
None.

Cautions
Logan Chalmers
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)


Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Ayr United remain a point clear at the top of the Scottish Championship after Josh Mullin netted in each half against Raith Rovers.

Mullin slid in to convert Logan Chalmers' cross just after the half-hour mark, and the on-loan Livingston winger headed in from Dipo Akinyemi's delivery with 20 minutes to play to secure all three points.

Connor O'Riordan came closest for Raith at 1-0, his long-range free-kick going wide, but the Fifers stay in seventh, 10 points off leaders Ayr.

Saturday's SPFL as it happened
Ayr United manager Lee Bullen: "In this league, Raith are probably one of the most expansive teams. Once we got the goal, we started to cause them more and more problems.

"In the end, I felt we deserved the three points. The first goal's so, so important in this league in any match. To get that is great and to get a clean sheet is great as well. We're absolutely ecstatic."

Raith Rovers manager Ian Murray: "You've got to be ruthless in both boxes and we weren't today. If you can't do at least one of those things then you're struggling.

"There's a long, long way to go. There's no pressure on us. Ten points is a lot but this league is so bizarre. Four games, you can be right up there."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at December 3rd, 2022)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)26 19 - 30 -
Finn Ecrepont20 8 - 12 -
Sean McGinty29 181532
Patrick Reading23 22 - 743
Mark McKenzie22 213695
Andy Murdoch - 212804
Josh Mullin - 135135
Ben Dempsey23 234304
Nick McAllister21 14 - 27 -
Dipo Akinyemi25 23152315
Logan Chalmers22 8282
Dylan Watret (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (sub) - 151151
Sam Ashford (sub)26 20 - 332
Paul Smith (sub)20 10 - 19 -
Fraser Bryden (sub)18 7 - 191






League Table (as at December 3rd, 2022)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Ayr United 17 9 5 3 32
2. Dundee 17 9 4 4 31
3. Queen's Park 17 9 3 5 30
4. Morton 17 8 5 4 29
5. Partick Thistle 17 7 3 7 24
6. ICT 17 6 5 6 23
7. Raith Rovers 17 7 1 9 22
8. Cove Rangers 17 4 6 7 18
9. Arbroath 17 2 7 8 13
10. Hamilton Academical 17 2 5 10 11

Manager's Programme Notes


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