The 15’s took on Airdrie United at Belmont on Sunday morning. Airdrie scored in the first few moments, a defensive mistake allowing the Airdrie striker in to flick over the goalies head and finish into the empty net. Ayr equalised when centre forward Jai Holland (pictured above) turned his marker, went past another defender and fired past the keeper for a great individual goal. Airdrie restored the lead when good hold up play and a layoff by their striker allowed the onrushing midfielder to finish well. Ayr equalised just before the end of the period when Craig MacGuffie turned and fired home with his cultured left foot from the edge of the box. The first period ended even with Ayr looking solid and compact in a 4-5-1 formation. Airdrie took the lead again when a corner went straight in off the far post. Airdrie scored another unanswered 3 goals in this period with their no 9 “Nacho” playing superbly up front. Airdrie were finding it easier to break onto Ayr in this period after personnel and formation changes had seen Ayr go 4-4-2.
Airdrie dominated the last period scoring 4 goals. Their impressive number 8 in the midfield scoring the pick of the goals from 25 yards. A sore one to start the season for Ayr 15’s. Airdrie looked sharper and in numbers 8 and 9 had the two outstanding players on the pitch. Ayr looked compact and good going forward in the first 30 minutes, but were very susceptible to the quick Airdrie counter attacks in periods 2 and 3.