Ayr United 2 Forfar Athletic 0 (SPFL League One) 23rd August 2014

Ayr United                          2

Scott McLaughlin 85, 88 pen

Forfar Athletic                  0

Forfar Athletic suffered their first league loss of the season when they were defeated by two goals in an end to end game by early leaders Ayr United at Somerset Park.

No changes were made from last week’s win over Dunfermline but that lasted three minutes, Aaron James colliding with an attacker, the defender having to be stretchered off and replaced by Mark Baxter.

Before that Ayr almost opened the scoring, Brian Gilmour spraying the ball out to Alan Forrest but Rab Douglas did well to block the youngster from netting.

After eight minutes Forfar had their first chance, Baxter swinging in a cross that Stephen Husband nodded past the post before Gavin Swankie’s 30 yard strike was well held by David Hutton.

Dale Hilson then sliced the ball over just before at the other end, Jon Paul McGovern’s effort was nodded over the bar by Michael Dunlop, the resultant corner coming to nothing.

In the 23rd minute Forrest hooked his shot wide as he looked to impress the watching Scotland under 19’s manager Ricky Sbragia.

On the half hour mark Husband’s cross was nodded out towards Derek Young who lashed wide before Dale Hilson’s run down the wing towards goal almost created a chance if it wasn’t for Kevin McKinlay blocking him.

Seconds before half time Michael Donald swung a cross in that was met by Nicky Devlin at the back post but his header across goal had no takers and went out of play.

HALF TIME: Ayr United 0 Forfar Athletic 0

Scott McLaughlin tried his luck a minute into the second half but couldn’t keep his long range effort down.

Chances were non-existant until the 66th minute, Forrest setting up Peter Murphy but he saw his shot deflected over and the corner was punched away easily.

Forrest went close for the Honest Men again, a minute before a Forfar attack ended in Denholm’s shot being blocked, and the follow up from Hilson was cleared.

The Loons went the closest either side had to scoring with 13 minutes to go, sub Omar Kader’s cross was knocked towards goal by Danny Denholm, Hutton couldn’t save properly and a defender had to clear off the line.

Ayr took the lead with five minutes to go, a long ball found Dale Shirkie but Rab Douglas blocked his shot, the defence didn’t clear properly and McLaughlin took great delight in firing the ball home from the edge of the box.

They doubled their lead in the 88th minute, McLaughlin grabbing his second from the spot after Omar Kader bundled over Forrest.

Ayr United: David Hutton, Nicky Devlin, Michael Donald, Kevin McKinlay, Peter Murphy, Brian Gilmour (Sean McKenzie 80), Alan Forrest, Scott McLaughlin, Ryan Donnelly, Jon Paul McGovern, Peter McGill (Dale Shirkie 65)

Subs not used: Josh McArthur, Mark Roberts, Andrew Muir, Shaun Newman (gk)

Forfar Athletic: Rab Douglas, Michael Dunlop, Aaron James (Mark Baxter 7), Stuart Malcolm, Darren Dods, Stephen Husband, Dale Hilson (James Dale 83), Derek Young, Chris Templeman (Omar Kader 66), Gavin Swankie, Danny Denholm.

Subs not used: Gavin Malin, Martyn Fotheringham, Andrew Steeves, Ross Salmon (gk)

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