Ayr United 1 - 3 Inverness CT

League (Playoff) - QF Leg 1
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, 7:45 PM at Somerset Park, Ayr
Attendance: 2,171
Referee: Alan Muir
Ayr United Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Michael Rose (65) Charlie Trafford (33)
Jordan White (51)
Jordan White (pen.) (76)

Team Managers
Ian McCall John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Ross Doohan
Aaron Muirhead
Liam Smith
Daniel Harvie
Michael Rose
Andy Murdoch
Ross Docherty
Robbie Crawford
Declan McDaid
Michael Moffat
Lawrence Shankland
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Kevin McHattie
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Tom Walsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Jordan White

Bench
Ellis Hare-Reid
Nicky Cadden
Mark Kerr
Alan Forrest
Finn Ecrepont
Luke McCowan
Calvin Miller
Cameron Harper
Shaun Rooney
Darren McCauley
Roddy MacGregor
Anthony McDonald
Nathan Austin
Daniel Mackay

Substitutions
Mark Kerr -> Robbie Crawford (45)
Luke McCowan -> Michael Moffat (62)
Alan Forrest -> Declan McDaid (80)
Darren McCauley for Aaron Doran (78)
Shaun Rooney for Tom Walsh (79)
Anthony McDonald for Liam Polworth (88)

Bookings
Robbie Crawford (42)
Mark Kerr (75)
Charlie Trafford (68)
Jordan White (91)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 86 apps -
Coll Donaldson 73 apps1 goal
Kevin McHattie 12 apps -
Joe Chalmers 93 apps6 goals
Brad Mckay 119 apps7 goals
Jamie McCart 46 apps1 goal
Charlie Trafford 63 apps2 goals
Liam Polworth 208 apps17 goals
Aaron Doran 240 apps38 goals
Tom Walsh 41 apps10 goals
Jordan White 49 apps16 goals
Shaun Rooney (sub) 43 apps6 goals
Anthony McDonald (sub) 11 apps1 goal
Darren McCauley (sub) 17 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (21 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (28 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 223 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (17 years 141 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Ridgers (28 years 278 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 306 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The Caley Jags take a two goal advantage back to the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday after beating Ayr United 3-1 at Somerset Park in the first leg of the play-off. An entertaining game saw Charlie Trafford open the scoring in the first half with a powerful header. Jordan White doubled the advantage in the second half, Ayr claiming for offside. Coventry City signing Michael Rose headed Ayr back into the game but a Jordan White penalty ended the scoring in favour of the Caley Jags.

A place in the Premiership is the prize for the team that can battle their way through the play-offs and that journey started last night at Somerset Park, Ayr. Whoever manages to get into the play-off final will be facing either St Mirren or Hamilton Accies who face each other this weekend.

John Robertson was still without captain Carl Tremarco with Kevin McHattie replacing him. Other than that it was a fairly strong starting XI with Coll Donaldson fit enough to resume at centre back.

Ian McCall had Liam Smith on from the start with Michael Moffat and Lawrence Shankland up front keeping young star Luke McCowan on the bench.

A crowd of nearly 2200 were on hand to watch the first leg with just over 200 away fans making the long trek, and on a school night too.

Here's the main talking points from the game.

The visitors opened the scoring just after the half hour when Tom Walsh won a corner on the right. Charlie Trafford was first to the ball from the boot of Joe Chalmers and he wanted it most. His powerful header went high into the net with Doohan stranded.

Ayr and Ian McCall were left raging when Jordan White doubled our advantage after the linesman failed to give offside against the big striker when Aaron Doran poked a ball through to him on the edge of the box. Jordan carried on and deftly chipped it over the onrushing keeper, a superb finish for a big lad, the defence not happy at the decision.

Ayr won a free kick some twenty-five yards out. The ball was rolled to Lawrence Shankland who put his laces through the ball but Mark Ridgers pulled off a tremendous save at the expense of a corner. From the resultant corner, Michael Rose got the run on the defence as Coll Donaldson ball watched. We all then ball watched as it powered into the net to give the Honest men some hope.

Another debatable decision would go against United as Mark Kerr was adjudged to have bundled over Jamie McCart as he went for a header in the box. Difficult to spot, but the referee was on hand and White made no mistake from the spot, emphatically firing the ball high to the keepers left. Doohan had already made his mind up that the ball was going to his right.

Big stramash near the end which resulted in Jordan White being booked with Shankland and his Ayr cohorts doing their best to get him red carded. Luke McCowan had the final chance to salvage something for Ayr, but Inverness held out and take the the advantage back up the A9 with Trafford, White and Ridgers getting the plaudits.

More to come...............

Match report written by TM4TJ