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Forfar Athletic 0 Ayr United 5

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 13:57

Forfar Athletic fell to a heavy defeat on Saturday when promotion challengers Ayr United put five past them without reply in Jim Weir’s first home game.

A Michael Moffat hat trick along with goals from Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore gave the Honest Men all three points as the Loons stay bottom of League One.

After the previous week’s draw with Queen’s Park, Patrick Cregg came in for Josh Peters in the only change.

The first half was a drab affair with nothing of note happening until the 15th minute as Ayr took the lead; a slack pass from Darren Whyte allowed Michael Moffat to nip in and slot home for his 100th goal in senior football.
Four minutes later Lawrence Shankland blasted over from the edge of the box when he should have done better to find the target.
Neither side could break down the other defence again until the 43rd minute; Moffat flicked on a Gilmour corner and Andy Geggan saw his header held by Marc McCallum.
A minute later Shankland nodded a Docherty cross wide however he was saved when the assistant flagged for offside.

The game livened up more after half time with Moffat seeing his effort pushed onto the bar before Gilmour fired over from distance.
The Honest Men doubled their advantage six minutes after the break when Lawrence Shankland slipped the ball past McCallum.
Mark Millar was unlucky not to pull a goal back for the Loons when his shot just before the hour mark was deflected past the post before Paddy Boyle dragged his chance wide at the other end.
Dylan Easton fired wide for Forfar but it was the visitors who grabbed the next goal in the 64th minute. Shankland and Moffat played a one two and it was the latter who was sent clear to net his second via the post.
McCallum denied Robbie Crawford two minutes later with Boyle failing to find the target again shortly after.
Loons sub Matthew Aitken fired straight at Jordan Hart as the game edged closer to the final ten minutes and it wasn’t until then that Ayr added a fourth with Moffat completing his hat trick.
Three minutes later subs Craig Moore and Declan McDaid combined for the former to fire home just nine minutes after coming on.
The Loons had the final chance of the game as Millar had his shot parried by Hart and Peters sent the rebound wide.

With Queen’s Park winning, the Loons are now further behind at the foot of League One with another difficult fixture against league leaders Raith Rovers this weekend.

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