Motherwell 15s v Academy 15s
Ayr United 15s travelled to Lanarkshire on Tuesday evening to take on Motherwell in the game that had been re-arranged from Saturday. In the early stages of the match Motherwell’s No 7 was causing Ayr problems with his electric pace down the right wing. In the 10th minute the Well no 10 went close with a drive into the side netting. However Ayr started to settle after quarter of an hour and got a foothold in the game. In the 20th minute Craig McGuffie curled a 25 yard free kick on target but the Well keeper saved comfortably clutching the ball into his midrift. After 30 minutes the Well left back hit a cracker from 25 yards which grazed the bar on the way over. Well continued to press for the opener during the last 10 minutes of the first half but it was Ayr who nearly went in ahead against the run of play when McGuffie forced a fingertip save from the Well keeper who tipped his low drive round the post right on half time.
Five minutes into the second half the Well No 7 went close with a header which went just past the post. He then forced a great save from Jordan Ross in the Ayr goal, who tipped his rocket of a shot over the bar. The Well No 6 then had a pop over the top from 25 yards. However like the first half Ayr then played their way into the period and started to take the game to Motherwell. It was during this period of pressure that Ayr went on to score the winner and what a goal it was! David McSorley powered forward taking the ball past two defenders, he then played the ball into Craig McGuffie (pictured) who turned his man and with his left peg fired the ball into the postage stamp giving the Well keeper no chance. Goals breed confidence and Ayr started to link superbly, with Paul Miller and Chrissie Campbell combining well on a number of occasions to get in behind Motherwell down the left hand side. The Well keeper then kept his side in it with a great save from a McSorley effort. The Motherwell boys gave it everything in the last 10 minutes but the lads in all white were not going to relinquish their first clean sheet of the season and saw the game out for a fine away win.
All in all it was a great game of youth football as both teams got it down and played football from the first minute to the last. Ayr United 15s now look forward to another away fixture, this time at Dunfermline on Sunday afternoon.