Academy 12s v Hibernian 12s
Ayr United 12s put last week’s game against Rangers behind them and had a good weeks training under their belts before coming into Saturday’s game against Hibs. It was an early kick off at Belmont Academy and the sunshine was out. The players had the presence of under 13s coach Graeme Moffat helping out so it was important that the players were up for it so they could impress him in case they are ever called upon.
The games started brightly with both Ayr teams showing they were up for the challenge of playing against an SPL outfit. Quick goals came from Hibs but Ayr didn’t let it affect them and they soon hit back with goals of their own. Reece McLean, was on target as was Hamish Brown, Aiden Bradford (pictured) x 2 , Jordan Lusk, James Maxwell x 2 and Ross Love. In all their games Ayr played some great football, the passing was quick and controlled with chances being created.
The defending was solid in a large part of the games which would have been pleasing for the Ayr United coaches. As the game continued Rose Love started to take the game to Hibs and dominated the midfield. Ross led by example and this brought other players in his team in to play.
James Maxwell was another player that showed a great effort and this had a knock on effect to his team mates. Hibs were strong in parts of the game and when they settled they played some great football and deserved the goals that they scored. Ayr United’s Head of Youth, David White was a spectator for the day and he said “I was delighted to see the 12s perform so well today. The effort and commitment shown by all 20 players was fantastic. If the boys perform like this every week in games they will definitely get better.” Academy 12s coach Shaun Ferrie said “the enthusiasm on Saturday was great. It gave the games a lot of excitement which made the players play well. I was really pleased to see the players looking like they were enjoying playing.”