AYR United created chance after chance against Inverness on Saturday - but incredibly still lost the home game 0-1.

Corner after corner and shot after shot, the ball did everything but land in the back of the net for the Honest Men.

A header from McKenzie not long after kick off crashed off the crossbar and out for a free kick.

In the 23rd minute a good run of play led to a Josh Mullin’s shot on goal saved, the subsequent corner landing on the head of Musonda but heading over the bar.

On 40 minutes a McKenzie shot was inches away from the far corner of the net. The scoreline somehow stayed at 0-0 by half time.

That didn’t last long. Shortly after the restart, Inverness got the opening goal from a header.

But the chances for Ayr kept on coming - even through the ball went everywhere but the back of the net. Some decent play saw a string of near misses and the frustration continued for the Ayr players until the final whistle.

The result sees Ayr in second place in the Scottish Championship, level on points with Dunfermline.

New signing Logan Chalmers, who went straight into the Ayr side, said after the match: “It was a hard game. I thought the lads played well and they are gutted.

“We really should have taken something from that game.”

Manager Lee Bullen told Ayr United TV: “They scored, we didn’t. The stats tell the story, but the only stat that counts is who won the game.

“I thought we had them on the rack from the start, but the big opportunities were never taken.

“At half time I think we looked comfortable, but within two minutes we lose the goal.”

But Bullen was quick to praise his players, despite the result.

He said: “It wasn’t a poor performance, but we let ourselves down in both boxes. The opportunities were created and in the second half we got into good areas, but the final ball wasn’t there.

“If there is a game that sums up the Scottish Championship, then that’s it.”

Ayr will welcome Queens Park to Somerset Park on Saturday.