Dec 27 2012 By Colin Paterson
IRN-BRU SECOND DIVISION:
ALBION ROVERS 2 AYR UNITED 0
Goals from Tony Stevenson and Christie Elliot earned ten-man Albion Rovers a Boxing Day victory over Ayr.
Todd Lumsden's men tasted success for the first time in nine games after producing a great team performance on a cold afternoon at Cliftonhill.
Stevenson opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a fantastic chip in off the post after a poor clearance landed straight at his feet.
And the lead was doubled in the 69th minute when Elliot's looping header, from a Ciaran Donnelly free-kick, dropped into the bottom corner of the net.
But Elliot didn't finish the match after being sent-off for violent conduct with 15 minutes left. He reacted angrily to an awful challenge from Adam Hunter who somehow escaped with a yellow card.
Rovers held on, though, and are now just a point adrift of Stranraer at the bottom of the table and three behind Ayr who sit in eighth place.
Lumsden said: "I’m delighted. This is a massive victory for us and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.
"We had quite a few chances and it's great to pick up the three points and keep a clean sheet. There were lots of positives for us."
Meanwhile, Ayr gaffer Mark Roberts is gearing up for a scrap for survival and said: “The guys in there know what I think and this is certainly not acceptable. We are massively under-achieving.
“If they didn’t know before the game they know now that we are in a relegation battle. The quicker we realise that the better."