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.