On a bright day at Kilwinning Sports Club it was the home side who finally came away with the points, but they were made to work hard for it. Two late goals put the gloss on a 3 goal victory and 10 man Ayr can also take huge credit from a fine backs to the wall performance.
The visitors dug in from the start as KSC sought to spread the game and exploit their man advantage down the flanks. Samuel Taggart's runs down the left provided the early danger and his shot after 5 minutes gave visiting keeper Steven McMillan a confidence building early save. It was to be a busy afternoon for the Ayr no 1.
KSC continued to enjoy the bulk of the early possession as the visitors got behind the ball. Some good build up play between Ben Black and Scott Jennings almost unlocked the Ayr defence on 11 minutes. Soon after it was Adam Oglilvie's turn to burst through but his shot went straight at McMillan.
KSC continued to press Ayr back with the visitors struggling to clear their lines at times, but the home side weren't turning possession into goals and Ayr were content to park the bus and frustrate their opponents.
After 25 minutes Ayr had weathered the early storm, gaining some possession through composed play by Jordan and Gregor Malone in midfield and allowing their defence to push out. From a long ball forward David Barrett almost caught the Kilwinning defence napping down the right edge of the box with keeper James Sinclair rushing out to clear.
KSC meanwhile continued to foray forward with most of their success coming down the left through Taggart, Black and Ogilvie. The breakthrough almost came on 35 minutes with the awarded of a free kick just outside the box, from which Darren McCann's shot rattled the bar.
The woodwork again came to Ayr's rescue 5 minutes from the break. After a good passage of play Alan Murphy fed the ball onto Christopher Wilson on the left edge of the box, his shot striking the post and going clear. The rebound found its way back into Cameron Thompson who was denied by a heroic fingertip save from McKenzie, before Wilson flashed over the bar.
Despite KSC dominating possession and chances the visitors had made it to the break on even terms.