Sunday 14th May Aberdeen v Ayr United
Ayr United warming up before match
After a break of 3 weeks Ayr United 17s returned to action on Sunday and Wednesday away to Aberdeen and Hamilton respectively to complete this season’s programme.
Aberdeen included their international players and in fact three of them having been included in the first team squad v Celtic in the SPFL match on Friday evening.
Aberdeen were quick to settle and their retention and good care of the ball saw exactly why they are in contention with Celtic, Rangers and Hamilton at the top of the league.
However, it was in fact Ayr who almost broke the deadlock twice in the early stages.
Mark McKenzie returning from injury set up Joe Barker whose run from deep and well struck shot brought out a terrific stop from the Aberdeen keeper.
Good build up play on the left then allowed Ross George space in the Aberdeen box. As the Ayr forward was about to shoot he was bundled to the ground by a defender but the referee waved play on.
Ayr were competing well and growing into the game with some good passages of play.
However, the home side kept up the pressure and finally made the breakthrough in the 25th minute. A corner kick was flighted into the Ayr box and Aberdeen’s No 7 eluded his marker to head home.
Into the second half and although the home side had more of the ball Ayr remained compact and hard to break down.
That was until the 70th minute when good work on Ayr’s right hand side saw the Aberdeen wide man send in a cross which was turned home for a 2-0 scoreline.
That appeared to be the end of the scoring but in the 85th minute of the game a cross eluded Ayr keeper Brotherston and agonisingly dropped over the line for a third goal.
Rough justice for the Ayr keeper who had made two top class saves in the second period.
Final Score Aberdeen 3 Ayr United 0.
Ayr Head Coach John Crawford praised his players for a resolute and determined performance against a top class side.
Crawford commended the players for keeping an excellent shape throughout the match and producing a very disciplined performance.
Ayr United : Brotherston, Millarvie, Brown, Love, Ecrepont, Barker, Griffiths, Mitchell, Connolly, McKenzie, George.
Subs : Dillon, Bryce & Oliphant