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    Inverness CT 2-2 Ayr United - Report

    Season ends in stalemate

     

    Inverness opened the scoring early through Daniel Mackay in the sixth minute. We were unable to build on that and Ayr levelled before the break when Aaron Muirhead converted a penalty after Baird went down in the box. Level at the break but Sean Welsh bagged a penalty two minutes into the second half only for United to level again through Josh Todd. No further scoring but results elsewhere meant that Ayr were safe and Dundee jumped above Raith Rovers to finish second.

    The final game of the season for Inverness saw Ayr United come North looking for a point to keep themselves in the Championship as Morton take on Arbroath in the other crucial game at the bottom. For Inverness, we fell just short of a promotion play-off place and Neil McCann would be in charge for his final game as temporary manager.

    Aaron Doran was on the bench and Scott Allan played the final game of his loan spell for Inverness CT.

    Tom Walsh was on the visitors bench with veteran forward Michael Moffat fronting the Ayr side.

    Scott Allan set the ball rolling as Inverness kicked off towards the South stand.

    Todorov forced the Ayr keeper to hastily knock the ball wide for an attacking throw in the fifth minute as we looked to get forward and it paid off moments later as Daniel Mackay got on the end of a tidy ball into the box from Welsh to slot past Morrison for the opening goal. Not the start the Honest Men were looking for.

    Ayr got their first corner in the twelfth minute and from the return ball back into the box it almost bounced straight into the net,however it was knocked out for another corner which offered Michael Moffat an opportunity but he was crowded out at the back post.

    Midway through the half and the visitors had grown into the game as it became a midfield battle with little goalmouth action.

    Just after the half hour Todorov got his head on a deep cross from Carson but it was too tight an angle to worry Ayr too much and the danger was cleared.

    Penalty to Ayr seven minutes before the break as Baird went down in the box under some flailing legs, Deas or possibly Carson as he was raging. Despite some serious protests and a booking for Carson, Muirhead buried the ball low into the net.

    Last action of the half saw Todorov volley a difficult chance over the bar after a great ball through from Allan.

    Half Time: 1-1

    Inverness got a penalty of their own when MacGregor was sent tumbling in the box. Up stepped MotM Sean Welsh to comfortably score to restore our advantage.

    We almost threw the lead away a minute later as a short pass back put Ridgers in trouble but Ayr were unable to take full advantage and we eventually mopped up.

    Scott Allan was setting up players at will, but nobody had the clinical finish to put the gloss on the moves. Shane Sutherland was one who received a great ball but he shot over from a great position after cutting inside. That was his last involvement as he was replaced by Arran Lyall.

    Inverness paid for their profligacy as Ayr equalised again, this time through Josh Todd who drilled through a ruck of legs into the net.

    A couple of late corners ended with a header from Danny Devine flashing across the visitors goal, but out for a goal kick.

    A bit of a mix-up in the Ayr box let Ayr off the hook as two Caley-Jags players left the ball for each other after Arran Lyall had created the chance.

    Ayr saw out the game with neither side trying too hard to win all three points.

    Full Time 2-2

    20210430203522_258112.pngSurprise surprise, the final game of the season petered out to a 2-2 draw which suited Ayr United as Morton failed to win at Arbroath, which means Ayr stay in the Championship and Morton go into the relegation play off to fight for their survival.

    A drab affair, typical end of season maybe with Inverness unable to shake off Ayr United overall and a point apiece was just about right.

    Best on the night was Sean Welsh.

     

    That's all from us folks, enjoy the break and see you for the start of the new season :clapoverhead:

    More reaction to follow...

     


    Date: 30/04/2021  Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 0000 Referee: Craig Napier
     
    Inverness CT: 2

    • Manager: Neil McCann (temporary manager, last game)
    • Lineup:  Ridgers; Carson, Devine, Deas, Harper, D Mackay (Doran 68), Welsh, MacGregor,
    • Sutherland (Lyall 58), Allan, Todorov (Storey 76 )
    • Subs (not used):  C Mackay; McHattie, Vincent, Allardice
    • Scorers: Mackay (6), Welsh (47 pen)
    • Booked: Carson (39), MacGregor (87)
    • Sent Off: none

    Ayr United: 2

    • Manager: David Hopkin 
    • Lineup:  Morrison; Houston, Baird, Roscoe-Byrne, Reading, Todd, Chalmers, Muirhead,
    • Miller (McKenzie 53), McCowan (Murdoch 90+2), Moffat (Walsh 69)
    • Subs (not used): Urminsky; Barjonas, Wright, Zanatta
    • Scorers: Muirhead (39 pen), Todd (67)
    • Booked: Miller (27), Houston (65)
    • Sent Off: none

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