Ayr United 1
Queen's Park 2
League (Championship)


Ayr United
1 - 2
Queen's Park 

League (Championship)
Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
Somerset Park
Attendance: 2,264

Goalscorers
Jack Sanders (78)
Paton (19'), Sheridan (59')

Team Managers
Scott Brown
Callum Davidson

Starting Eleven
Josh Clarke
21. Harry McHugh
20. Roy Syla
5. Sean McGinty
14. George Stanger
17. Nick McAllister
23. Jack Sanders
22. Mark McKenzie
15. Jamie Murphy
16. Anton Dowds
30. Fraser Bryden
1 Ferrie
8 Thomson
6 Wilson
3 Robson
23 Longridge
44 Welsh
11 Thomas
20 Turner
24 Scott
7 Sheridan
9 Paton

Bench
1. Charlie Albinson
10. Aiden McGeady
24. Scott Tomlinson
18. Paul Smith
17. Franny Amartey
Lucas McRoberts
27. Max Guthrie
4 Bannon
15 Tizzard
16 Bruce
18 McKinstry
19 Williamson
29 McLeish
30 Wills
33 Mauchin
35 Carse

Substitutions
Scott Tomlinson for Nick McAllister (45)
Aiden McGeady for Jamie Murphy (45)
Franny Amartey for Mark McKenzie (74)
None.

Cautions
None. Welsh

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Steven (Referee)


Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Queen's Park deservedly beat Ayr United to leapfrog their hosts into seventh place in the Scottish Championship.

Ruari Paton headed the visitors ahead from close range after 19 minutes and fellow striker Cillian Sheridan fired the visitors further ahead on the hour.

Centre-half Jack Sanders headed Ayr back into the game with 12 minutes remaining from a corner.

But the Glasgow side saw it out to go five games unbeaten and drop Ayr to third bottom of the table.

Reaction & as it happened
Ayr had beaten Queen's Park twice at Hampden Park this season, but they are now one behind the visitors and only three ahead of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who drew away to leaders Dundee United.

Ayr United manager Scott Brown: "That's the worst performance since coming in, there was no composure on the ball, no real quality in the final third. The only one good thing about football is there is another game coming up on Friday [against Airdrieonians] so we can rest and recover and watch that game back because they have to watch that and have an understanding of how composed Queen's Park were, they stuck to their guns."

Queen's Park manager Callum Davidson: "Most of the first half I was really delighted with. We knew Ayr were going to come back at us, they've probably got the goal against the run of play a little bit. They score and it's a really important 10 minutes to see the game out, you saw a lot of experience out on the pitch today. Ruari's obviously got a great work ethic. Cilian [Sheridan] coming in he's obviously with a strike partner. Cilian's obviously helped him."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at March 23rd, 2024)


2023-24 All Time
Age
Josh Clarke (GK) - 5 - 5 -
Sean McGinty30 3511125
Roy Syla23 272272
Harry McHugh - 6161
George Stanger23 272272
Mark McKenzie23 33314712
Jack Sanders - 7171
Nick McAllister23 272733
Jamie Murphy - 327327
Fraser Bryden19 315638
Anton Dowds27 25102510
Aiden McGeady (sub) - 181181
Scott Tomlinson (sub) - 13 - 14 -
Franny Amartey (sub)24 271271






League Table (as at March 23rd, 2024)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Dundee United 30 17 8 5 59
2. Raith Rovers 29 17 7 5 58
3. Partick Thistle 30 12 10 8 46
4. Airdrieonians 28 11 6 11 39
5. Dunfermline Athletic 30 10 8 12 38
6. Morton 29 10 7 12 37
7. Queen's Park 30 9 9 12 36
8. Ayr United 29 10 5 14 35
9. ICT 30 7 11 12 32
10. Arbroath 29 6 5 18 23