Ayr United 2
TEN-MAN Ayr battled from behind twice to secure an excellent point against Falkirk on Saturday at Somerset Park. Goals from Gareth Wardlaw and Eddie Malone cancelled strikes from Kallum Higginbottom and Farid El Allagui for Steven Pressley’s side.
The Bairns opened the scoring the scoring after only eight minutes when Moffat Higginbottom curled the ball beyond Scott Cuthbert.
But after going behind, Ayr fought hard to get back into the game and they were level on the half-hour mark when Wardlaw headed home from John Robertson’s cross to score his first goal for Ayr since his return.
However, the visitors restored their advantage just before half-time when El Allagui beat the offside trap to race in on goal and slot home past Cuthbert.
Ayr began the second half camped in the Falkirk half and they got their rewards for their efforts after 60 minutes when Malone curled in a free kick from 20 yards.
Martyn Campbell was sent off after 73 minutes after receiving his second yellow card. El Allagui had been battling with Campbell all afternoon and when the defender drove out from defence, the Falkirk striker nicked the ball from his feet. Campbell swung his right leg and caught El Allagui.
Falkirk had the ball in the back of the net right at the death, but the assistant referee had spotted an infringement in the box and the goal was chalked off.
Speaking Ayr United’s website, manager Brian Reid was pleased with getting a point under the circumstances but urged the importance of better defending.
He said: “I thought we played some decent stuff but the difference was that we defended like schoolboys for their two goals.”
Ayr: Cuthbert, J. Robertson, Campbell, Smith, Malone; Moffat, McKernan, Geggan, McGowan; Wardlaw, Roberts. Subs: Burke, Armstrong, R. Robertson, Tiffoney, McWilliams.