Late goal wins the day

AYR UNITED 2

RAITH ROVERS 1

A LAST-gasp Ross Robertson goal bagged Ayr their first three points against ten-man Raith Rovers on Saturday.

Manager Brian Reid was delighted to see his side make it back-to-back wins after defeating Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the League Cup last Wednesday night.

Ayr got off to a flier and took the lead after 23 minutes through Michael Moffat, the former Girvan man finishing from Michael McGowan’s cross to cap off a spell of pressure on the visitors’ defence.

Five minutes after finding themselves a goal down, Rovers then were a man down when Ross Callachan was shown a straight red for a wild lunge on Mark Roberts.

However, the men from Kirkcaldy upped their game and equalised shortly after Callachan left the field.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Joe Hamill started the move on the right flank before exchanging passes with his team mate and striking the ball beyond Cuthbert.

In the second half, Raith nearly took the lead through John Baird. The Raith man spotted Cuthbert off his line and attempted an audacious chip from outside that box that had the goalkeeper scrambling. However, the stopper managed to tip the ball over the bar just as it looked destined to hit the net. As the game wore on the visitors dropped deeper and deeper into their own half.

And with nine minutes to go, McGowan swung in a fantastic cross and Andy Geggan rose ahead of everyone and saw his thumping header come crashing off the bar after 81 minutes.

With the Honest Men look to be heading for a point, up popped Robertson to score a memorable winner just as the game was coming to a close.

A pleased Reid told www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk afterwards: “We’ve played better this season and not got the three points but I thought we received the wee turn of luck that we deserved.

“It was difficult for us to play against Inverness and then play today as the game on Wednesday probably took a bit out of us.

“But at the end of the day, we have the three points so I’m delighted, as it’s a great victory for us.”