Queens Park 12s v Academy 12s
Ayr United 12s travelled to Glasgow to take on Queens Park at Lesser Hampden on Saturday. Twenty players were fit for this game and were raring to go in the cool dry conditions. The players were cheered on by a great turn out from the parents who came along to support the boys and have really helped create a great atmosphere for the boys to be involved in.
Both Academy teams started slowly and let Queens Park have a lot of possession. In one of the games Queens Park scored early on and this left an uphill task for Ayr. After 5 minutes of both games, once play started to settle both Ayr teams started to match Queens Park and were playing some really good quick passing football. They were rewarded with 2 goals from Aiden Bradford (pictured). Both goals from Aiden were extremely well taken. The first chipped over the goalkeeper’s head and the second was a volley into the top corner.
Grant Richmond got a goal with a superb bit of composure to slot the ball past the Queens Park goalkeeper. Adam MaHoney, Paul McDowell and Reece McClean were also on the score sheet. Ayr scored many goals due to the great build up play and Jordan Lusk was instrumental in making Ayr tick and put in some great passes and crosses that created lots of chances. Tyler MacAulay was buzzing around the pitch and didn’t give Queens Park a second on the ball. Tyler wasn’t the only player to show this type of work rate as it was happening all around the park. Ayr and Queens Park were fairly matched and both teams showed some great effort.
AUFA Coach Shaun Ferrie said after the game “Queens Park was a great test for the players on Saturday. We started off slowly but when we started to get the ball we looked in control. It was great to see so many great goals but most important for myself and the coaching staff was it great to see the players trying so hard and giving a 100%. If they keep the work rate up which I’m sure they will, then these boys will continue to improve and not only become better individually but also as a team.”