February 23, 2013
Donald heads Ayr to victory
A header from Michael Donald proved the difference for Ayr, as they held on to win 2-1 against Forfar at Somerset Park.
The Honest Men had managed just two wins from their last 12 matches, but victory sees them pull away from the relegation play-off place and move to within three points of fifth-place Forfar.
Ayr striker Liam Buchanan slotted home from six yards after 19 minutes to give Mark Robert's men the lead against Dick Campbell's side, who have now lost five of their last six matches.
The Loons had a great chance to equalise after 65 minutes, but Michael Bolochoweckji's header was saved by Ayr goalkeeper Graeme Smith, and the side with the league's worst defensive record were made to rue their missed opportunity minutes later.
A cross from the right wing by goalscorer Buchanan found Donald in the centre of the penalty area and his header nestled into the bottom-right corner to give the hosts a two-goal lead.
Forfar were given a lifeline after 74 minutes when Iain Campbell converted a penalty following a foul by Christopher Smith, but Ayr hung on to claim a vital three points.
|Ayr United||Forfar Athletic|
|1 Graeme Smith||1 Darren Hill|
|3 Austin McCann||2 Mark McCulloch|
|4 Neil McGregor||4 Michael Bolochoweckyj|
|5 Chris Smith||3 Iain Campbell|
|2 Kyle McAusland||5 Mick Dunlop|
|6 David Sinclair||10 Gavin Swankie|
|8 Robbie Crawford||8 Jordan Brown|
|11 Michael Donald||6 William Robertson|
|7 David Winters||9 Chris Templeman|
|10 Liam Buchanan||7 Ross Campbell|
|9 Michael Moffat||11 Dale Hilson|
|20 Alistair Brown||Ross Salmon 21|
|12 Adam Hunter||Stephen Tulloch 12|
|14 Ryan McStay||Gavin Malin 16|
|15 Aaron Wyllie||Danny Denholm 15|
|16 Mark Roberts||Omar Kader 14|
|Adam Hunter for David Sinclair (78)||Stephen Tulloch for Mick Dunlop (29)|
|Danny Denholm for Jordan Brown (46)|
|Gavin Malin for William Robertson (71)|
|Michael Moffat (32)||Ross Campbell (45)|
|Kyle McAusland (64)||Gavin Swankie (52)|
|David Winters (90)||Stephen Tulloch (62)|
|· Squads: Ayr United | Forfar Athletic|