Feb 18 2013 By Advertiser Sport
IRN-BRU SECOND DIVISION:
AYR UNITED 5 ALBION ROVERS 2
A hat-trick from Michael Moffat eased Ayr's drop-zone fears but made the fight for survival even harder for Albion Rovers.
The Honest Men struck five times in 49 minutes at Somerset Park on Saturday to gain revenge for the Boxing Day defeat they suffered in Coatbridge.
Rovers were able to welcome back Alan Reid and Barry Russell from suspension but Michael Donald put the hosts ahead after just eight minutes.
The advantage was doubled by Moffat from the penalty spot after midfielder Chris Boyle fouled David Winters in the area.
David was playing against his big brother, Robbie, and it was the Rovers forward who got on the scoresheet just before the break to make it 2-1.
Ayr had squandered three two-goal leads in eight games so there was certainly hope for Todd Lumsden's troops going into the second half.
However, Donald and then Moffat were on target to take the game away from Rovers. Moffat completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute with Winters adding a late consolation.
Rovers are 12 points adrift of safety but remain eight behind Stranraer in the relegation play-off spot after their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of champions-elect Queen of the South.
Ayr: Smith; McAusland, McGregor, Smith, McCann; Hunter; Donald (McStay 77), Sinclair, Crawford (Marenghi 76); Moffat, Winters.
Subs not used: Brownlie, Roberts, Brown(gk).
Booked: McGregor, Donald, Crawford.
Albion Rovers: Scully; Reid, Andrews, Donnelly, Russell; Crawford (Dallas 74), T Stevenson, Boyle (Halsman 72), Phillips; Winters, Sally (Walker 61).
Subs not used: Lumsden, McGinley(gk).
Referee: John McKendrick.