Ayr United 1
Greenock Morton 1
League (Championship)


Ayr United
1 - 1
Morton 

League (Championship)
Tuesday, April 9th, 2024
Somerset Park
Attendance: 1,905

Goalscorers
Anton Dowds (45)
Broadfoot (21')

Team Managers
Scott Brown
Dougie Imrie

Starting Eleven
Josh Clarke
4. Frankie Musonda
5. Sean McGinty
14. George Stanger
8. Ben Dempsey
23. Jack Sanders
22. Mark McKenzie
30. Fraser Bryden
11. Logan Chalmers
17. Franny Amartey
16. Anton Dowds
1 Mullen
26 French
5 Baird
15 Broadfoot
6 Waters
8 Blues
21 Gillespie
9 Muirhead
14 Crawford
18 Garrity
22 Oakley

Bench
1. Charlie Albinson
21. Harry McHugh
17. Nick McAllister
24. Scott Tomlinson
15. Jamie Murphy
10. Aiden McGeady
27. Max Guthrie
9. Kurt Willoughby
18. Paul Smith
4 O'Connor
10 Quitongo
17 McGrattan
19 Bearne
20 Power
27 Wilson
41 Murdoch

Substitutions
Jamie Murphy for Logan Chalmers (72)
Kurt Willoughby for Franny Amartey (72)
None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Iain Sneddon (Referee)


Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Ayr United and Greenock Morton had to settle for a point apiece in a feisty Scottish Championship encounter.

Kirk Broadfoot's clever glancing header into the bottom corner from Michael Garrity's perfect free-kick gave the visitors the lead.

But an equally good effort brought the Honest Men level on the cusp of half-time, with Anton Dowds putting Francis Amartey's delivery in off the underside of the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season.

Morton stay sixth, seven points off the promotion play-offs, with Ayr a point behind and four clear of ninth place.

On-loan Partick Thistle striker Dowds rattled the woodwork in the second half as the hosts chased the winner.

Reaction and as it happened
The point against Morton is more than Ayr have managed in their previous three meetings with Dougie Imrie's side this season, but home boss Scott Brown might feel his side had enough chances in the second half to nick all three points.

Morton welcome league leaders Dundee United to Cappielow on Friday night - live on BBC Scotland - before Ayr host all-but-relegated Arbroath on Saturday.

Ayr United manager Scott Brown: "We could've nicked it late on but we've managed to get a draw instead of always being a team that's winning, losing, winning and losing.

"Francis Amartey did really well. He's not had a lot of game time, but he's shown a little bit of composure and quality one-versus-one. Anton's in the box and wants to score goals. We'd love to have him (beyond the summer)."

Morton manager Dougie Imrie: "I thought we were very good first half although unfortunately we didn't see the half out. Second half, credit to Scott Brown and Ayr, I thought they were better than us.

"Overall, I think a draw's a fair result. The goal was a great ball in from Michael and a great header by Kirk."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at April 9th, 2024)


2023-24 All Time
Age
Josh Clarke (GK) - 8 - 8 -
Frankie Musonda26 181483
George Stanger23 302302
Sean McGinty30 3821156
Mark McKenzie23 36315012
Jack Sanders - 101101
Ben Dempsey24 2537811
Fraser Bryden19 345668
Anton Dowds27 28122812
Franny Amartey24 301301
Logan Chalmers24 2783811
Jamie Murphy (sub) - 357357
Kurt Willoughby (sub) - 9292






League Table (as at April 9th, 2024)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Dundee United 32 19 8 5 65
2. Raith Rovers 32 18 7 7 61
3. Partick Thistle 32 13 11 8 50
4. Airdrieonians 32 14 6 12 48
5. Dunfermline Athletic 32 11 9 12 42
6. Morton 32 11 8 13 41
7. Ayr United 32 11 6 15 39
8. Queen's Park 32 9 9 14 36
9. ICT 32 8 11 13 35
10. Arbroath 32 6 5 21 23