Academy 13s v Kilmarnock 13s
The Academy 13s went onto the pitch excited about playing in the Ayrshire derby and the opening period started at a very high tempo with Ayr controlling the play and going close when Gabe Skeoch (pictured) tested the young Killie goalkeeper. The possession from Ayr throughout the first period was good but a short corner from Kilmarnock provided Ayr’s downfall when the visitors scored. However that didn’t stop Ayr from making sure they let the opposition know they were in a match.
The second period didn’t start quite as well as the first but again this didn’t stop Ayr from competing for every 50/50 ball. Unfortunately an injury to Scott Wilson proved pivotal as a lack of players on the bench for Ayr meant they had to dig deep to give 110%.
The third period started with a change of formation to a 4-3-3 for Ayr and this proved good for the home side as it forced the opposition into defending a lot more and didn’t allow them the space which they had found in the second period. Ayr found themselves in the final third more often and were agonisingly close to scoring. The team showed good courage to adapt to the new formation and showed that they give 110% every week.