March 9, 2013
Doonhammers cruise home
Queen of the South opened up a 20-point lead at the top of the Irn-Bru Scottish Second Division with a routine 2-0 home win against Ayr.
Daniel Carmichael should have put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute but his right-footed effort flashed wide from six yards out
Christopher Higgins went even closer four minutes later with a header that struck the upright.
The Doonhammers eventually made the breakthrough on the stroke of half time when Carmichael presented Derek Lyle with a simple close-range header.
Carmichael was involved again after half time, this time releasing Gavin Reilly who doubled the hosts' lead with a clinical left-footed strike on the hour mark as Allan Johnston's men made their dominance count.
Honest Men striker Mark Roberts tried an audacious lob six minutes later which drew a save from Lee Robinson but the runaway leaders were able to coast to their 11th win in 12 games.
|Queen of the South||Ayr United|
|1 Lee Robinson||1 Graeme Smith|
|5 Chris Higgins||3 Austin McCann|
|2 Ryan McGuffie||4 Neil McGregor|
|4 Mark Durnan||2 Adam Hunter|
|3 Kevin Holt||5 Chris Smith|
|7 Derek Lyle||8 Ryan McStay|
|8 Paul Burns||6 David Sinclair|
|6 Chris Mitchell||7 Robbie Crawford|
|11 Daniel Carmichael||11 Michael Donald|
|10 Nicky Clark||10 Mark Roberts|
|9 Gavin Reilly||9 Liam Buchanan|
|12 Jim Atkinson||Alistair Brown 20|
|17 Marc Fitzpatrick||Darren Brownlie 14|
|16 William Gibson||Aaron Wyllie 16|
|14 Kevin Smith||Anthony Marenghi 15|
|15 Michael Paton||David Winters 12|
|David Winters for David Sinclair (61)|
|Anthony Marenghi for Ryan McStay (71)|
|Mark Roberts (17)|
|Graeme Smith (22)|
|Neil McGregor (27)|
|Robbie Crawford (62)|
|Adam Hunter (79)|
|· Squads: Queen of the South | Ayr United|