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    Ayr United 2-2 Inverness CT

    Another opportunity missed!


    At a windy Somerset Park, Inverness took the lead early on when Sean Welsh met a Tom Walsh cross at the back post unchallenged to head into the net. The lead only lasted a couple of minutes as Joe Chalmers scored after a corner with a couple of defenders being grappled to the ground as Chalmers slotted home. Gardyne was causing all sorts of problems and his next angled cross into the box was missed by Mckay but it bounced through and into the goal to give the visitors the advantage at the break. Reading levelled with a low shot eight minutes into the second half, Ridgers not covering his near post sufficiently. No more scoring partly due to Aidan McAdams in the home goal and another great opportunity to get back on top went abegging with Partick winning 1-0 at Rugby Park.

    Inverness were looking to get back on track against mid table Ayr, who were themselves hoping to go on a run away from the bottom zone. In the end, neither happened.

    David Carson and Shane Sutherland were still missing but Cammy Harper made the bench and Aaron Muirhead missed out for the Honest Men as they made two changes from last weeks starting XI with Mark McKenzie and Jonathan Afolabi on from the start.

    A lively start saw a Billy Mckay header from four yards being somehow miraculously saved by McAdams in the postage stamp corner, however a minute later Inverness took the lead after thirteen minutes but it only lasted momentarily. A cross from the left was stood up at the back post and Sean Welsh reacted first to head in as three defenders ball watched. However Joe Chalmers shot home from a corner following some sloppy defending by the visitors less than two minutes later.

    Most of the opportunities were falling to the away side but wayward shooting would see us fail to capitalise on our superiority and we looked comfortable at the break.

    Half Time: 1-2

    Ayr started the second period on the front foot as we failed to adjust to playing with the wind and when Ayr broke forward on the left Patrick Reading arrowed the ball low into the space that Mark Ridgers was not covering at his near post. Disappointing goal to lose given how superior we had been to Ayr in the first half.

    McCadams somehow blocked a close range effort from Gardyne on the line as some players claimed for a goal. He also stopped a volley from Tom Walsh as we got to grips with the conditions once more and at the other end Ridgers pushed a low shot from Afolabi round the post to maintain parity.

    Broadfoot and Doran shot wide and Billy Mckay brought out another good save as McAdams beat out his shot from the left side, the ball bouncing away to safety.

    Full Time: 2-2

    The disappointing result was matched by the live stream failing with around ten minutes left. At £18 a shot, surely the paying fans deserve better.

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    From BBC Sport

    Ayr United manager Jim Duffy: "I think we have to accept that a point is a decent result against a good side. The players now realise they have the quality to come back into matches."

    Inverness CT manager Billy Dodds: "It was self inflicted for us. We dropped a couple of runners and they scored two goals. I thought we should have taken three points but we're still in there battling."



    The Goals


    A perplexed Billy Dodds as more points dropped


    Date: 06/11/2021  Venue: Somerset Park, Ayr Attendance: 1289 Referee: Steven McLean 
    Ayr United: 2

    • Manager: Jim Duffy
    • Lineup:  McAdams; McAllister, Reading, Baird, Fjørtoft, Murdoch, Chalmers, 
    • McKenzie, Maxwell, Afolabi, Adeloye (O'Connor 76).
    • Subs (not used):  Albinson, Houston, Ecrepont, McGinty, Salkeld, Moffat
    • Scorers: Chalmers (15), Reading (53)
    • Booked: McKenzie (84), Fjortoft (88)
    • Sent Off: none

    Inverness CT: 2

    • Manager: Billy Dodds
    • Lineup: Ridgers; Duffy, Broadfoot, Devine, Deas, Gardyne, Welsh (MacGregor 76),
    • Alardice, Doran, Walsh (Duku71), B Mckay
    • Subs (not used): C Mackay; Harper, McDonald, McAlear, Jamieson
    • Scorers: Welsh(13), Gardyne (26)
    • Booked: Devine (72)
    • Sent Off: none


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