Ayr United Reserves were in action last Monday night when they travelled to Glasgow to take on Queen’s Park at Lesser Hampden in the SPFL Reserve League 2. The teams last played each other in September at Townhead Park, Cumnock when Ayr won 2-0 in the SPFL Reserve Challenge Cup thanks to goals from Mark McKenzie and Joy Goma.
It only took Ayr 11 mins to take the lead in the game. Alderson played a great ball to Murphy who drove into the penalty area and crossed into the 6-yard box where McKenzie tapped home.
Ayr doubled their lead 14 mins later, McKenzie darting into the box before smashing the ball past Heraghty from a tight angle.
1 min later Queen’s Park grabbed a goal back when Lleshi took a shot from the edge of the box and into the top right corner of the net.
The teams went in at half time with the visitors having a 1 goal lead. Queen’s Park made a double substitution at half time with McQuade and Marshall replaced by Taylor and Smith.
50 mins in and McGuffie scored a fantastic goal after taking a shot from 30 yards out which flew into the top left corner of the net.
Queen’s Park were shown there first booking of the game 5 mins later when Smith was shown a yellow card. 3 mins later they made their final substitution of the game when Rodger was replaced by Nicol. Ayr’s McGuffie was then shown a yellow card 3 mins later.
In the 63rd minute McKenzie achieved his hattrick after he won the ball 25 yards out and moved forward into the box before firing past Queen’s Park keeper, Heraghty.
In the 83rd min. Queen’s Park went close to scoring after a long ball was played to McGuire who took a shot but he was denied by a fantastic save from Hare-Reid.
1 min later Queen’s Park grabbed a goal back as Hare-Reid saved a shot from the edge of the box but although it appeared that the ball was kicked out of his hands the goal was given when McGuire stumbled the ball over the goal line.
The Ayr United Reserves go into the new year with 16 points in the SPFL Reserve League 2 (P8 W5 D2 L2 GD13) and 7 points in the SPFL Reserve Challenge Cup (P3 W1 D2 L0 GD2).