Division Two

February 23, 2013

Full-time

Ayr United

2 - 1

Forfar Athletic

Division Two

15:00 +00:00, February 23, 2013

Somerset Park, Scotland

Referee: I Brines

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.

Scoring Summary

Ayr United Forfar Athletic
Liam Buchanan (19')Iain Campbell (pen 74')
Michael Donald (69') 

Teams

Ayr United Forfar Athletic
Graeme SmithDarren Hill
Austin McCann2 Mark McCulloch
Neil McGregor4 Michael Bolochoweckyj
Chris SmithIain Campbell
2 Kyle McAusland5 Mick Dunlop
David Sinclair10 Gavin Swankie
8 Robbie CrawfordJordan Brown
11 Michael DonaldWilliam Robertson
David Winters9 Chris Templeman
10 Liam Buchanan7 Ross Campbell
9 Michael Moffat11 Dale Hilson
Substitutes
20 Alistair BrownRoss Salmon 21
12 Adam HunterStephen Tulloch 12
14 Ryan McStayGavin Malin 16
15 Aaron WyllieDanny Denholm 15
16 Mark RobertsOmar Kader 14
Substitutions
Adam Hunter for David Sinclair (78)
Stephen Tulloch for Mick Dunlop (29)
 Danny Denholm for Jordan Brown (46)
 Gavin Malin for William Robertson (71)
Yellow Cards
Michael Moffat (32)
Ross Campbell (45)
Kyle McAusland (64)
Gavin Swankie (52)
David Winters (90)
Stephen Tulloch (62)
· Squads: Ayr United | Forfar Athletic