Ayr Utd 0
Raith Rovers 2
League (Championship)


Ayr Utd
0 - 2
Raith Rovers 

League (Championship)
Tuesday, September 7th, 2021
Somerset Park
Attendance: 1,204

Goalscorers
None. Varian (14)
Zanatta (25)

Team Managers
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1. Aiden McAdams
2. Jordan Houston
3. Patrick Reading
4. Aaron Muirhead
9. Tomi Adeloye
14. James Maxwell
15. Jack Baird
17. Nick McAllister
18. Joseph Chalmers
22. Mark McKenzie
23. Markus Fjortoft
1 MacDonald
2 Tumilty
6 Benedictus
5 Berra
3 Dick
23 Riley-Snow
7 Connolly
15 Tait
11 Zanatta
18 Varian

Bench
5. Sean McGinty
7. Michael Moffat
10. Daire OConnor
11. Cameron Salkeld
16. Steven Bradley
21. Charlie Albinson
24. Jonathan Afolabi
9 Keatings
12 Lang
14 McKay
17 Thomson
21 Fotheringham
25 Arnott
99 Poplatnik

Substitutions
Steven Bradley for Joseph Chalmers (59)
Jonathan Afolabi for Mark McKenzie (59)
Cameron Salkeld for Nick McAllister (72)
7 Connolly Substituted for Fotheringham at 41'minutes
15 Tait Substituted for Arnottat 90+3'minutes

Cautions
Aaron Muirhead
None.

Red Cards
Aaron Muirhead (70)
Jonathan Afolabi (75)
Riley-Snow (79)
Match Officials

Chris Graham (Referee)




Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Two goals in the opening 25 minutes helped Raith Rovers ease to a first Scottish Championship win of the season against Ayr United.

Ethon Varian gave the visitors the lead after 14 minutes before Dario Zanatta doubled the advantage soon after.

Ayr rallied, Jamie MacDonald thwarting Nick McAllister and Mark McKenzie having an effort disallowed, but the hosts could not break through.

The contest ended with three red cards in the final 15 minutes - two for Ayr.

First, Jonathan Afolabi was shown a straight red for a wild challenge before Raith's Blaise Riley-Snow and Ayr's Aaron Muirhead received second bookings.

Raith had played two games fewer than the seven teams above them, after this fixture was initially postponed following a Covid outbreak at Ayr and their derby with Dunfermline Athletic was abandoned.

However, the Fifers are now up to fifth, with Ayr remaining in ninth place.

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at September 7th, 2021)


2021-22 All Time
Age
Aiden McAdams (GK) - 3 - 3 -
Patrick Reading22 7 - 15 -
Markus Fjortoft27 5 - 5 -
Jack Baird25 8 - 22 -
Jordan Houston21 8 - 17 -
James Maxwell19 4 - 4 -
Aaron Muirhead - 8 - 19 -
Joseph Chalmers27 4 - 18 -
Mark McKenzie21 81151
Nick McAllister20 2 - 2 -
Tomi Adeloye25 8484
Steven Bradley (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Cameron Salkeld (sub)22 8181
Jonathan Afolabi (sub)21 5 - 5 -






League Table (as at September 7th, 2021)


Pld W D L Pts
1. ICT 4 4 0 0 12
2. Partick Thistle 4 3 0 1 9
3. Kilmarnock 4 3 0 1 9
4. Arbroath 4 2 1 1 7
5. Raith Rovers 3 1 1 1 4
6. Hamilton 4 1 1 2 4
7. Morton 4 1 1 2 4
8. Queen of the South 4 1 0 3 3
9. Ayr United 4 0 1 3 1
10. Dunfermline A. 3 0 1 2 1