Greenock Morton 1
Ayr United 3
League (Championship)


Morton 

1 - 3

Ayr United


League (Championship)
Tuesday, March 7th, 2023
Cappielow Park
Attendance: 2,309


Goalscorers
Crawford (29) Sam Ashford (7)
Sean McGinty (34)
Dipo Akinyemi (43)

Team Managers
Dougie Imrie Lee Bullen

Starting Eleven
1 Schwake
23 Grimshaw
5 BairdBooked at 48mins
12 Ambrose
6 Waters
14 Crawford
8 Blues
9 Muirhead
30 Crawford
11 Miller
22 Oakley
Charlie Albinson
Patrick Reading
Sean McGinty
Frankie Musonda
Jordan Houston
Ben Dempsey
Mark McKenzie
Reece Mcalear
Dipo Akinyemi
Chris Maguire
Sam Ashford

Bench
7 Roy
17 McGrattan
18 Garrity
20 Green
21 Gillespie
25 King
Aiden McAdams
Kinlay Bilham
Alex Kirk
Nick McAllister
Michael Hewitt
Fraser Bryden
Paul Smith

Substitutions
11 Miller for Gillespie 63'minutes
14 Crawford for McGrattan 73'minutes
Michael Hewitt for Sam Ashford (87)
Paul Smith for Chris Maguire (94)

Cautions
Baird
Waters
Oakley
Jordan Houston
Ben Dempsey

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Peter Stuart (Referee)





Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Ayr United revived their promotion bid by beating Morton for a first win in five Scottish Championship games.

Lee Bullen's men had taken just a point from the last 12 on offer, but roared back to form at Cappielow to replace Morton in the play-off spots.

Sam Ashford's close-range finish gave Ayr an early lead, with Robbie Crawford firing the leveller on the half hour.

However, the visitors pulled clear with goals from Sean McGinty and Dipo Akinyemi before the interval.

McGinty bulleted home a header from a corner before Akinyemi latched on to Chris Maguire's pass to score his 20th of the season.

Ashford and Mark McKenzie went close to extending the lead in a deserved win as Ayr moved up to third, five points off leaders Queen's Park and two above Morton.

Dougie Imrie's side drop to fifth after their six-match unbeaten run was halted.

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at March 7th, 2023)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)26 29 - 40 -
Sean McGinty29 303654
Patrick Reading23 34 - 863
Jordan Houston23 221661
Frankie Musonda25 20 - 20 -
Reece Mcalear21 6 - 6 -
Mark McKenzie22 334816
Ben Dempsey23 357427
Dipo Akinyemi25 35213521
Sam Ashford27 292424
Chris Maguire - 3 - 3 -
Michael Hewitt (sub)22 12 - 24 -
Paul Smith (sub)20 18 - 27 -






League Table (as at March 7th, 2023)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Queen's Park 27 14 6 7 48
2. Dundee 26 13 7 6 46
3. Ayr United 27 12 7 8 43
4. Morton 27 11 8 8 41
5. Partick Thistle 26 12 4 10 40
6. ICT 27 9 9 9 36
7. Raith Rovers 27 9 8 10 35
8. Cove Rangers 27 6 8 13 26
9. Hamilton Academical 27 6 7 14 25
10. Arbroath 27 4 12 11 24