Ladbrokes Championship
By Stewart McConnell

SUN-soaked Cappielow failed to produce a match to suit the near-perfect weather conditions as Ayr and Morton fought out a second successive goalless draw.
Victory would have taken Ayr two points clear at the top but had Lawrence Shankland’s gilt-edged chance gone in, they could well have been at the summit. 
Ayr began well and in the opening minute, a Michael Moffat header was deflected over the bar by a Morton defender.
Then in five minutes a fine tackle at the edge of the box by Andy Murdoch denied former Killie man Greig Kiltie. United came very close in eight minutes when Shankland went on a mazy run before having his shot saved by Robby McCrorie. Less than a minute later a Robbie Crawford header was cleared. The visitors came agonisingly close in 16 minutes when Murdoch and Moffat both had shots saved by McCrorie. 
United wasted another chance in 21 minutes when Declan McDaid shot high and wide from 16 yards. In 28 minutes, Shankland shot high and just wide from 16 yards.
A great chance fell to Ayr in 34 minutes when a Shankland free-kick from 25 yards was blocked. Kiltie saw his shot from 12 yards well saved by Ross Doohan in 38 minutes. McDaid sent a curling effort high and wide in 42 minutes.
Shankland found Moffat but McCrorie saved on half-time. Moffat saw his eight-yard shot deflected wide in 54 minutes.
McCrorie beat Moffat to the ball in 70 minutes.
Ayr had their best chance in 87 minutes when a rasping Shankland effort from 12 yards crashed off the post.
AYR UNITED: Doohan; Harvie, Rose, Moffat (Moore 73) Crawford, McDaid (Miller 68) Shankland, Murdoch, Docherty (Cadden 69) Smith, Muirhead. Subs: Hare-Reid, Higgins, Moore, Bell, Adams, Camden, Miller. Starman: Declan McDaid 3, Michael  Moffat 2, Aaron Muirhead 1.