Fixture: Ayr United vs St Mirren FC U20s
Competition: Little Big Shot Youth Cup
Venue: Somerset Park
Date: 8th March 2015
Ayr United Under 20’s made it through to the semi-finals of the Little Big Shot Youth Cup at the second attempt after the first match was abandoned, due to the weather, with Ayr in the lead. Ayr started the first half well despite St Mirren benefiting from the strong wind. In the 6th minute a long range shot from Gordon Young was saved well by the St Mirren keeper. As the half progressed the visitors came more into the game and after 21 minutes they were unlucky to see a shot hit the side netting. After 27 minutes St Mirren took the lead, after some good play on the left, resulted in a looping shot from their no.11 flying into the top corner of the net.Reagan Ross
Ayr United stepped up after going behind and created a number of chances. A header by Sean McKenzie went wide and some good play between Dale Shirkie, Darren McGill and Ryan Nisbet lead to a corner which was cleared. In the 35th minute a good break down the right allowed Ryan Nisbet to get off a shot that was well saved by the St Mirren keeper while five minutes later both Mick Wardrope and the St Mirren no.11 were booked after clashing.
Half Time: Ayr United 0-1 St Mirren
The second half kicked off in driving rain with Ayr attacking the Somerset Road end. Ayr dominated much of the second half with St Mirren conceding a series of free kicks in their own half. Despite their dominance Ayr did not created enough clear cut chances until in the 69th minute a good shot from Ryan Nisbet clipped the post. In the 73rd minute Ayr made their first substitution with Ryan McGuffie replacing Darren McGill.
With time running out Ayr increased their assaults on the St Mirren goal which resulted in a succession of corners. In the 84 minute one of these corners led to a well deserved equaliser when Sean McKenzie headed back across goal for Josh McArthur to head home. As extra time approached Ayr were denied what looked like an penalty when Sean McKenzie was bundled to the ground in the box.
Full Time: Ayr United 1-1 St Mirren
St Mirren started the first period of extra time on the front foot and hit the post after just 2 minutes then Shaun Newman made a good save after a breakaway. An Ayr chance in the 10th minute lead to a challenge on the keeper that saw Kieran Woods booked.
At the start of the second period of extra time Ayr introduced Steven McCreadie who replaced Gordon Young. Minutes into the second half Ayr got their deserved winner when Ryan Nisbet intercepted a cross field pass, drove into the box and slotted it past the keeper. In the 19th minute Ayr were reduced to 10 men when Kieran Woods was shown a second yellow card for a foul. Ayr immediately withdrew Sean McKenzie for Reagan Ross (pictured) to bolster up the defence and held on comfortably for a well deserved win.
Final Result: Ayr United 2-1 St Mirren (AET)
Ayr United: Shaun Newman, Kieran Woods, Andy Muir, Josh McArthur, Craig McCracken, Gordon Young, Darren McGill, Mick Wardrope, Sean McKenzie, Dale Shirkie, Ryan Nisbet. Subs: Steven McCreadie, Reagan Ross, Craig McGuffie, Peter McGill, Lyall Avcii.