Ayr Utd 5 Clyde 1

Ayr United 5 v 1 Clyde

The Honest Men returned to the top of the Betfred League Cup Group E after a fine performance against League 2 opponents Clyde.  Despite going behind early to a Goodwillie strike, United roared back with goals from Crawford and Moore before further goals were added in the second half from Moffat, McDaid and Moore once more to give Ayr a convincing 5-1 victory.

The first chance of the evening fell to the home side after 8 mins with good link up between Moore and Moffat – a familiar sight for Ayr fans as their partnership continues to get stronger.  A high ball into the box was flicked on by Moffat into the path of Moore however he fired the ball over the bar.

On 11 mins, Moffat was again causing problems for “The Bully Wee” and got on the end of a McDaid cross with his effort requiring a smart save from Currie.  Despite the early pressure from Ayr, it was Clyde who were to open the scoring and set up a potential cup shock when a clinical counter attack caught United on their heels on 12 mins.  Osadolor picked up the ball on the left and blistered forward before sending in a low cross to the back post for Goodwillie to pounce and fire high into the net for 0-1.

Ayr had a game on their hands.  Ayr continued where they left off, however, and a quick corner almost caught out the away side with Currie on hand to stop a Moffat header on 16 mins.  Moments later Adams performed an acrobatic overhead kick from inside the box which proved easy to save.  Ayr were to make the pressure pay off and deservedly got the equaliser through Crawford.  Ferguson collected the ball on the right and sent in a high hanging cross to the back post for the on-rushing Crawford to control and superbly finish into the bottom right hand corner.  Fantastic composure and Ayr were on level terms after 20 mins.

1 goal quickly became 2 for The Honest Men when Moore made it 2-1 on 29 mins.  Another high ball into the box was met by McDaid who cushioned the ball to Moore and his low effort left Currie flat-footed and nestled into the bottom left corner as Somerset Park breathed a sigh of relief with Ayr now ahead.

Ayr were proving quite the threat from set pieces and Adams almost increased the lead on 39 mins when his shot from a corner had to be parried away by Currie before a Ferguson effort was blocked..  McDaid’s deliveries are proving to be a big hit this season and a freekick on 46 mins gave Adams the chance to power a header goal wards but it just scraped past the right hand post.

Clyde were not out of the game by any means and almost punished Ayr with another counter attack on 49 mins, this time Goodwillie turned provider for Osadolor who blasted high and wide with the goal beckoning.  Ayr were in a clinical mood going forward and made it 3-1 through Moffat on 52 mins. A loose ball from a corner fell to Moffat and the United icon made no mistake and blasted the ball home for his first goal in a  competitive match since his return to Somerset.

Ayr were turning the screw on Clyde. As Clyde forayed into the United half it was United’s turn for a blistering counter attack of their own. On 62 mins, McDaid broke at speed before squaring the ball to Moore who sent the ball high into the net to increase Ayr’s lead and kill the tie at 4-1.

United were keen to impress the strong home backing and made it a 5 star performance on 73 mins when McDaid got himself on the scoresheet.  Substitute McGuffie passed the ball to Moffat on the left and his cross was met by McDaid in the box who coolly finished off the move for 5-1. Ayr were full of ideas in this contest and almost caught out Clyde with a quick freekick on 86 mins when Crawford was set through on goal but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper.

The final effort of the evening fell to young substitute Murphy who received the ball from McCowan on the left, made room for himself in the box but fired his shot high over the bar.  Ayr have one game remaining in the group stages as they travel to ex-Ayr player Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic on Saturday knowing that at least a draw will secure top spot in the group.

Ayr United Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Ferguson, Adams, Docherty.  Substitutes: Avci (GK), McGuffie, Faulds, Waite, Murphy, McCowan, Reid. Clyde Currie, Home, Wilson, McNiff, Bradley, Cuddihy, Miller, Flynn, Osadolor, Goodwillie, Wright.  Substitutes: Belkacem, Burbidge, Harrison, Gormley, Dachnowicz, Millar. Referee:  Colin Steven  Attendance:  1501 Match Report:  Ayr United