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Ayr United 2-2 Inverness CT: Highlanders miss chance to go top

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland at Somerset Park
Patrick Reading scores
Patrick Reading's goal ensured a draw at Somerset Park

Inverness Caledonian Thistle missed the chance to go top of the Scottish Championship after twice ceding a lead to Ayr United.

Kilmarnock's defeat by Partick Thistle meant the Highlanders could have gone a point clear, but instead remain a point behind.

Sean Welsh and Michael Gardyne put the visitors in front, with Joe Chalmers and Patrick Reading twice levelling.

Ayr remain sixth after ending a run of back-to-back defeats.

Both teams took some time to settle and it was the visitors who took the lead, Welsh heading in from close range.

Ayr hit back almost instantly as Andy Murdoch's corner was met by Chalmers from six yards out.

The influential Gardyne struck from long range for his fifth league goal of the season.

Inverness had further chances in the first half but were left to rue them when the home side equalised early in the second period. Reading burst up the left, cut in and finished from the edge of the area.

The visitors pushed for a winner and had several chances, with Gardyne and Billy Mckay linking up well, but Ayr goalkeeper Aidan McAdams produced some brilliant saves to keep them at bay.

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."

Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McAdams
  • 17McAllister
  • 23FjørtoftBooked at 88mins
  • 15Baird
  • 3Reading
  • 14Maxwell
  • 6Murdoch
  • 18Chalmers
  • 22McKenzieBooked at 84mins
  • 9AdeloyeSubstituted forO'Connorat 76'minutes
  • 24Afolabi

Substitutes

  • 2Houston
  • 5McGinty
  • 7Moffat
  • 10O'Connor
  • 11Salkeld
  • 21Albinson
  • 25Ecrepont

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2Duffy
  • 15Broadfoot
  • 6DevineBooked at 72mins
  • 5Deas
  • 14WalshSubstituted forDukuat 71'minutes
  • 4WelshSubstituted forMacGregorat 76'minutes
  • 18Allardice
  • 7Gardyne
  • 10Doran
  • 9Mckay

Substitutes

  • 3Harper
  • 12MacGregor
  • 16Jamieson
  • 17McDonald
  • 19Duku
  • 21MacKay
  • 23McAlear
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
1,289

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 2, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 2, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Afolabi (Ayr United).

  4. Post update

    Wallace Duffy (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Markus Fjørtoft (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Inverness CT).

  7. Booking

    Markus Fjørtoft (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Markus Fjørtoft (Ayr United).

  9. Post update

    Scott Allardice (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Joe Chalmers (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Roddy MacGregor (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark McKenzie (Ayr United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

  13. Booking

    Mark McKenzie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mark McKenzie (Ayr United).

  15. Post update

    Kirk Broadfoot (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Mckay (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maxwell (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    James Maxwell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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