Arbroath 4
Ayr United 0
Scottish League (Championship)

4 - 0
Ayr Utd 

Scottish League (Championship)
Saturday, April 17th, 2021
12:00 PM Kick-off

Ricky Little (11)
Ben Williamson (24)
Jack Hamilton (27)
Dale Hilson (65)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell
David Hopkin

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Colin Hamilton
Ricky Little
Tam O'Brien
Jason Thomson
David Gold
Nicky Low
Ben Williamson
Kris Doolan
Jack Hamilton
Dale Hilson
Peter Morrison
Jordan Houston
Jack Baird
Sam Roscoe
Corrie Ndaba
Patrick Reading
Aaron Muirhead
Michael Miller
Jamie Barjonas
Luke McCowan
Andre Wright

Rab Douglas
James Craigen
Michael McKenna
Scott Stewart
Mark Whatley
Luke Donnelly
Lewis Moore
Andy Murdoch
Michael Moffat
Tom Walsh
Josh Todd
Joe Chalmers
Mark McKenzie
Peter Urminský

Scott Stewart for David Gold (67)
Michael McKenna for Nicky Low (67)
James Craigen for Kris Doolan (67)
Mark McKenzie for Sam Roscoe (34)
Josh Todd for Jamie Barjonas (46)
Tom Walsh for Andre Wright (55)

None. Michael Miller (31)
Aaron Muirhead (34)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Gavin Duncan (Referee)
Gary Hilland & Colin McAlpine (Assistants)

Photography by Graham Black

Arbroath 4 - 0 Ayr United - Match Highlights

Enjoy and relive Saturday's emphatic win over Ayr United at Gayfield thanks to

Posted by Arbroath Football Club - Official on Saturday, 17 April 2021

Match Report

Arbroath secured a vital 3 points on Saturday in their fight to avoid the Championship relegation play-off as they demolished Ayr United at Gayfield.

The Lichties made just one change with Dale Hilson replacing Lewis Moore in the starting line up whilst striker Luke Donnelly returned to the bench after a 2 month absence through injury.

With an early kick off so that the football didn’t clash with the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral it was a beautiful spring day at Gayfield with warm sunshine and just a cool breeze.

With Ayr sitting just one point above Arbroath before kick off the stakes were high and Ayr showed their intent early on winning a free kick on the edge of the Arbroath 18 yard box in the opening 30 seconds but Jamie Barjonas’s free kick was high over the bar.

Ayr continued to press winning a corner a minute later before Barjonas went on a surging run into the box before Thomas O’Brien cleared at the front post.

It would be Ayr’s best spell as Arbroath soon started to win every ball, showing great hunger and determination.

In the 6th minute young Ben Williamson was denied by a fantastic save from Peter Morrison, pushing his angled shot round his far post to deny the Rangers loanee.

In the 10th minute an Arbroath corner was cleared as far as Dale Hilson who found Kris Doolan and his deflected cross was headed in at the near post by Ricky Little who made it two goals in two games!

As Arbroath continued to press they were rewarded with their second goal in the 24th minute.

Kris Doolan intercepted a pass and the ball fell into the path of Dale Hilson who played the ball forward where Ben Williamson was quick to latch on and the 19 year old showed great composure to poke the ball into the far corner of the net for his first senior goal.

Just 3 minutes later and it was game over. Jack Hamilton was unmarked in the middle of the 6 yard box and Nicky Low’s corner kick picked him out and his header flew into the back of the net for his 7th Arbroath goal since arriving in January.

The entire Arbroath team were up for the match and although they had went 3 goals up it was no more than they deserved as they were first to every ball and every second ball.

Arbroath could smell blood and Dale Hilson almost caught out Morrison who was just able to tip Hilson’s quick free kick over his bar.

Jack Hamilton who was tormenting the Ayr defence, turned provider in the 36th minute but Doolan’s first time strike was just millimetres over the bar in another slick move.

Ayr had introduced striker Marc McKenzie for Sam Roscoe just before half time and also switched Barjonas for the experienced Josh Todd at half time.

First Half Stats

Possession – Arbroath 64% – 36% Ayr United
Total Shots – Arbroath 10 – 1 Ayr United
On Target – Arbroath 6 – 0 Ayr United?Off Target – Arbroath 1 – 1 Ayr United
Blocked – Arbroath 3 – 0 Ayr United
Corners – Arbroath 5 – 2 Ayr United
Fouls Committed – Arbroath 2 – 10 Ayr United

Unfortunately for Ayr the change in personnel didn’t make much difference as David Gold fired a 25 yard shot just wide of goal in the 55th minute as Arbroath kept up the pressure.

In the 65th minute Hilson finally got his reward. A Colin Hamilton throw in was played into his path as he escaped two defenders and with a clever chest down he struck the ball from 18 yards with his right foot inside the post to make it 4-0.

It was truly deserved for Hilson who had covered nearly every inch of the pitch and was pivotal in starting so many of the Arbroath attacks.

The chances kept coming and with the fresh legs from substitutes Michael McKenna, James Craigen and Scott Stewart it looked like it was only a matter of time before Arbroath scored their 5th.

Scott Stewart and Jack Hamilton both fired across the goal before a Craigen corner in the 80th minute had to punch clear as it looked goal bound.

In the 92nd minute Arbroath keeper Derek Gaston had to make a low save at his front post from an angled drive from Josh Todd in his first real involvement since the opening minutes.

The final whistle brought celebrations in the home dug out as Arbroath opened up a 3 point gap and move above Greenock Morton and Ayr United.

A simply outstanding performance from everyone in maroon, Arbroath now travel to Dunfermline next Saturday and know that another win would be a huge step in securing league survival.

Second Half Stats

Possession – Arbroath 56% – 44% Ayr United
Total Shots – Arbroath 21 – 2 Ayr United
On Target – Arbroath 8 – 1 Ayr United
Off Target – Arbroath 7 – 1 Ayr United
Blocked – Arbroath 6 – 0 Ayr United
Corners – Arbroath 11 – 2 Ayr United
Fouls Committed – Arbroath 11 – 15 Ayr United

Match report written by Arbroath FC Official Website

Squad Statistics (as at April 17th, 2021)

2020-21 All Time
Derek Gaston (GK)33 31 - 57 -
Colin Hamilton28 27 - 26518
Ricky Little31 30327512
Tam O'Brien29 29514512
Jason Thomson33 281925
David Gold28 26320212
Nicky Low29 4 - 4 -
Ben Williamson19 161161
Kris Doolan34 233233
Jack Hamilton20 136136
Dale Hilson28 304365
Scott Stewart (sub)24 262495
Michael McKenna (sub)30 30212023
James Craigen (sub)30 252292

League Table (as at April 17th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.