Academy 13s v Hibs 13s
The Academy 13s entertained Hibs 13s at Prestwick Academy on Sunday morning and the first period started at a high tempo with Ayr pushing high up the pitch. The movement was good and the passing was slick from the Ayr players but for all the pressing and good football that was played Ayr were almost caught out on the break when a good weighted pass through the 2 centre backs was almost finished off with a good finish by the Hibs striker. Ayr created chances throughout the first period and Ross McKenzie (pictured) was unlucky when his effort went just wide.
In the second period Ayr didn’t start as positively as they did in the first but after some encouraging words from the coaching team, the boys got their act together and gave a good account of themselves. The Ayr boys began playing from the back and showed good composure to play some nice football but sometimes were guilty of rushing the ball up the park.
The 3rd period was the most difficult for the Ayr players as their fitness began to tell, but the boys dug deep and played some tremendous football especially on the counter attack. At times during this period the Ayr defence were perhaps guilty of switching off a little but overall the counter attacking football worked a treat and with some nice football in defence and midfield. Midway through this period a nice pass was played out to the wing to trialist Jay Convery, who expertly took it past the left back before playing a lovely cut back to Harry McLaughlin who smashed the ball home. This was Ayr’s first goal in 3 matches and came as a relief to the team. It also installed confidence into them and showed that when they play football with composure, they are capable of competing with the performance teams.