U15s edge out Hearts in close encounter
Hearts travelled west on Sunday to take on the U15s at a breezy Belmont Academy. The visitors were wearing their change strip of ‘rhubarb and custard’ hoops, rather than the traditional maroon, which gave an air of unfamiliarity to the proceedings.
This unfamiliarity continued when Ayr scored first, something that hasn’t happened in the last several games. An attack down the right led to the ball breaking to Robbie Laurie on the edge of the box, and he fired a half-volley past the Hearts keeper high into the net.
The game continued on an even basis through to half-time with further chances at either end, but no more goals scored.
At the interval, Hearts made several changes, and started the second half with renewed vigour. Their pace and sharp passing took the Ayr boys by surprise and two quick-fire goals put the visitors into the lead.
Ayr were still pressing and the Hearts keeper pulled off a few top quality saves. However, from a corner following one of these stops, Logan Angus flighted a ball to the back post where Kinlay Bilham rose high to power an unstoppable header in to level the scores at 2-2.
From this point on, the game could have gone either way, but with around 20 minutes remaining, Ayr were awarded a penalty for a trip on Logan Angus. Kaylum Ferguson stepped up to place the ball to the goalkeeper’s left, sending him the wrong way.
That was to be the end of the scoring and gave Ayr a narrow 3-2 victory, which was probably deserved for their work rate, tenacious play and their efforts to play attractive passing football.