Ayr United 2 - 3 Ross County: Brittain’s hat-trick sends County clear at top

ROSS County moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from skipper Richard Brittain.

The league leaders were quick to get into their stride and took the lead in 16 minutes in spectacular style. Brittain curled a superb right footed free-kick from just outside the box, on the left hand side, high into the net past Ayr goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert.

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Controversy raged in 37 minutes when referee Kevin Clancy awarded the softest of penalties to County after Gary Miller tumbled in the area under a challenge from Adam Dodd.

Ayr fought back to level the match thanks to a close-range header from Michael Moffat and an 18-yard lob by Keigan Parker, but County snatched a fantastic winner in 80 minutes when Brittain cracked home a 30-yard shot to complete his treble.