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Clyde stun the Honest Men

Ayr United 2

Nisbet, Shirkie

Clyde 3

Lynass x 2, Mcguigan
  • Saturday, 15 February 2014
  • Portland Park, Troon
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League
With the possibility of four teams topping the table todays clash was vital for Ayr United to bag a crucial three points against todays opponents Clyde. The venue for this one was at Portland Park, Troon. The home of Troon FC. A glorious day for football, with the sun splitting the sky.
The game started with Ayr eager to make an impact early. They were pressing and hassling and it paid off as a loose ball was picked up by Ayr’s Stevie McCreadie but the shot was gathered with ease from the Clyde number one Christopher Shaw.
With Clyde on the attack, Ayr were unable to clear their lines as the ball fell to Clyde’s Kieran Blair. The ball was whipped in dangerously but Ayr snuffed out the danger for a corner.
Ayr’s big centre forward Shaun McKenzie is the classic stereotypical number 9. A job which he did very well indeed today. As he held the ball up for the first time today he played in Craig McGuffie for the shot from the edge of the box but the Clyde stopper Shaw got down well to his right to tip the ball round the post for a corner.
Ayr were eager to get the first goal as they kept pressing. A dangerous free kick into the box by McCreadie evaded all in the box and went out for a goal kick.
With Ayr not letting their foot of the gas Craig McGuffie won possession back, then laid off by McKenzie to McCreadie but he shot wide.
The ball was played again into the box with McKenzie the target, he held the ball up then played in the oncoming Gordon Young who seen his shot turned round the post by Shaw. The resulting corner was whipped in dangerously but no one could get on the end of it as the ball went out for a goal kick.
Ayr’s winger Ryan Nisbet picked the ball the ball up on the left wing and cut inside onto his right foot and unleashed a great effort but Shaw was equal to it and held the ball too.
A rare corner for Clyde was taken by Connor Lynass, the delivery was good however no Clyde player could capitalise as Ayr cleared again for another corner.
Ayr midfielders McGuffie and McCreadie exchanged a great one two but the effort on goal by McCreadie didn’t trouble the Clyde number one.
The home side won a free kick about 25 yards from goal. Three stood over the ball. It was Young with the effort. The ball struck the post, unfortunately for Young it was the outside of the post.
Central defender Craig McCracken burst out of defence and played the pass into McKenzie, receiving the ball back McCracken slid in Nisbet who showed great composure to slot underneath the keepers legs for the first goal of the game. 1-0 Ayr United.
With the momentum with Ayr they made the pressure count. Winning a free kick just outside the box, Dale Shirkie stepped up and placed a curling shot to the keepers right giving him no chance. 2-0 Ayr United.
A long throw into Ayr’s target man McKenzie seen him turn brilliantly using his head in the box but was unlucky to see his effort go wide off the post as he hit his shot on the turn.
Against the run of play Clyde winger Kieran Blair burst into the box only to be held back by Josh McCarthur. No Complaints from the Ayr man, a definite penalty. Lynass had no trouble slotting the ball into the net and sending Shaun Newman the wrong way. 2-1.
  • Half Time:
  • Ayr United
  • 2-1
  • Clyde
The game kicked off for the second half with Ayr desperate to get the next goal to re-establish their two goal lead.
A long ball forward form a free kick just inside the Clyde half, again aimed for McKenzie resulted in Clyde’s forward Darren O’Neill taking his opposite numbers legs away inside the box and resulting in McKenzie going down and the referee having no choice but to give the second penalty of the game. McKenzie was to take the penalty himself. He opted for power rather than placement as he fired it right down the middle, Shaw managed to get his feet to it as the ball spun straight up and over the bar for a corner.
Ayr were now relentless in the search to kill the game, another ball into the box with McKenzie on the end of it but this time he seen his header go over. Very unlucky for him as a goal was the only thing missing from his play today.
A loose back pass almost let in Ayr again but Shaw was quick to react as he came out of his box to clear the ball.
Clyde began to press more as they changed their tactics after getting some success by playing the long ball. Jonathon Reynolds managed to outpace the Ayr defence only to see his effort blocked by McCracken.
With the game hanging in the balance the game turned into a fast paced box to box game, great last 15 minutes for the neutrals at Portland Park.
After a long ball from Shaw it set Clyde up on another attack. The ball was then cut back to the edge of the box, with a slight coming together the ref blew for the third penalty of the afternoon. Lynass picked up the ball to place it on the penalty spot again. This time Newman guessed right but was unable to keep the ball out.
A very cagey last 5 minutes as both teams feel they have what it takes to get the three points.
Corner for Ayr. The ball breaks to Ross inside the 18 yard box and hits a vicious left footed strike which looked destined for the back of the net only to be denied by a fine flying save by Shaw who kept his side in the game.
For the final time in the game Shaw launched the ball forward. An unfortunate bounce made the ball evade the Ayr defence and set Clyde sub Liam McGuigan free with a clear run on goal. He chose not to use the space in front of him as the keeper had no choice but to try close down the forward. McGuigan hit the shot early and just dinked the ball over the oncoming Newman for the final goal of the game. Great turnaround by Clyde as they snatch the game at the death.
  • Full Time:
  • Ayr United
  • 2-3
  • Clyde


Ayr United
1. Shaun Newman
2. Andrew Muir
3. Jamie Ballantyne
4. Josh Mccarthur
5. Craig Mccracken
6. Gordon Young
7. Dale Shirkie
8. Stevie Mccreadie
9. Shaun Mckenzie
10. Craig Mcguffie
11. Ryan Nisbet
12. Mick Wadrope
14. Reegan Ross
1. Christopher Shaw
2. Fabio Caruano
3. Nathan Ward
4. Billy Robb
5. Alex Grier
6. Fraser Sheridan
7. Kieran Blair
8. Ciaran
9. Darren O'neill
10. Connor Lynass
11. Connor Mcglaughlin
12. Dominic Bolland
14. Paul Brown
15. Jonathan Reynolds
16. Jordan O'donnell
17. Liam Mcguigan
Star Player
Ayr United
Shaun McKenzie - led the line brilliantly. unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
Christpher Shaw - kept his side in the game several times with a few key saves.
Magic Moment
Ayr United
The first goal. a great team goal involving the defense, midfielders and striker
The penalty save - the save seemed to revitalize the away side and give them the belief to get back into the game.
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