Ayr Boswell are through to meet Crosshouse in the Presidents’ Cup final after a convincing Semi Final win at Ayr’s KG5. Pace up front and clinical finishing proved to be the difference on a drizzly night in Ayr, as Arron Sawyer and Connor Jackson grabbed a brace each as the home side booked their final berth.
Dreghorn can point to several key players missing out after picking up injuries at the recent Blackpool tournament, including captain Rhys Graham.
Boswell exploited these shortcomings ruthlessly and penned the visitors into their own half from the start. Arran Sawyer’s long-range shot grazed the crossbar on 10 minutes, and soon after they were in front in spectacular style.
Stephen McLelland gathered the ball on the right hand corner of the Dreghorn box and crashed an unstoppable shot high past Christopher Taylor, and the home side were off and running.
Boswell continued to look the more likely side, with Connor Jackson coming close on 15 minutes. The second goal duly arrived on 19 minutes, as Sawyer centred the ball from the right for Jackson to tap home from close range.
After this nightmare start Dreghorn finally started to push out and get up the pitch, through a couple of good runs by Robbie Handling and Sam Monaghan. Winning a succession of free kicks and corners, they weren’t able to convert this into goals, with Sam Rennick coming closest, firing a set piece over the bar.
Instead Boswell looked like catching the visitors as they ventured forward and left space in behind for Sawyer to run into. The striker was through on the keeper on 34 minutes, but Christopher Taylor rushed out to block.
Boswell could really have put the tie to bed before half time, as chances fell firstly to Jackson and then Jordan Bell shot over after a corner from the left.