On Tuesday 21st January, Ayr United Reserves welcomed Alloa Athletic Reserves to Townhead Park, Cumnock for their first SPFL Reserve League 2 game of 2020. The teams last met in August when Ayr won 3-2 after goals from Leon Murphy, Mark McKenzie and a late counter from Finn Ecrepont gave Ayr all 3 points on in their first League game of the 2019/20 season.
Ayr started the game well with McCowan, Smith and Miller all being denied by great saves from Kane. However, Ayr gained a well-deserved lead 20 mins in when McCowan dribbled into the penalty area and played a ball into the 6-yard box that was headed into his own net by Plenker.
Ayr doubled their lead 3 mins later when McCowan took the ball from an Alloa defender 30 yards out, ran into the box and curled a shot into the net with the outside of his foot.
Skeoch added his name to the score sheet 2 mins later after great play out from the back. Hare-Reid knocked the ball to Ecrepont who passed up the wing to McCowan. McCowan then crossed into the box and Skeoch put the ball into the back of the net. A goal of some quality from the Honest Men.
On 29 mins it was four. A McGuffie cross was met by Love in the 6-yard box and he headed the ball home.
2 mins before half time, McGuffie played a corner into the box and Love header was saved by Kane but Hewitt fired the rebound into the net from 10 yards out to give Ayr a 5-0 lead at half time.
Alloa came out after half time and had a couple of chances with Evans and C. MacDonald coming close but were both denied by Hare-Reid. Ayr made their first substitution of the game 56 mins in when Goma replaced McGuffie and Alloa made their first substitution 9 mins later when Paterson replaced Flucker.
Ayr got their 6th goal of the game on 66 mins when Smith took a free kick from the edge of the box and it went into the top right corner of the net. They scored their 7th and final goal 1 min later when McCowan drove into the box and took a shot from 12 yards out and slotted it past the keeper.
Ayr made a triple substitution 76 mins in when Richardson, Connor and Bilham replaced Skeoch, McCowan and Baird. Alloa made their final substitution of the game 8 mins later when C MacDonald replaced Murray.
Paterson, Evans and Swanson all came close to scoring in the last 10 mins of the game, but the Ayr defence and Hare-Reid made some great saves and clearances to ensure they kept a clean sheet.