18s v Dundee | Match Report | 22/04/22
By Karen Malcolm
On Friday evening, Ayr United Under 18s were back in CAS U18 League action following a two-week break, beating Dundee 4-1 at Townhead Park, Cumnock.
Ayr lined up with a centre back pairing of Lewis Allan and captain Mackenzie Connelly. Harry Simpson started in midfield following an impressive substitute appearance against Inverness CT. Striker Max Guthrie, who featured on the bench for the Ayr United first team against Dunfermline the week before, started up top for the Honest Men. It was a young Ayr bench which included defender Jack Pryce and midfielder Shaun Donnelly.
Ayr had the perfect start to the game, taking the lead in the first minute. A great ball from Scott Tomlinson found Max Guthrie who played the ball to Jonathan McPhee, and the winger slotted his effort home.
Ayr doubled their lead in the 25th minute when a Dundee defender failed to clear. Dylan O'Kane capitalised on the mistake, firing past the Dundee keeper and into the net from 18 yards.
The visitors grabbed a goal back a minute before halftime. Ayr keeper Tyler Fraser came out to collect but was beaten to the ball by a Dundee attacker. Fraser was adjudged to have fouled the Dundee man, and the referee pointed to the spot. Dundee's number 9 stepped up to take the penalty, slotting it into the bottom left corner.
Ayr went in at halftime with a 2 - 1 lead over the Dark Blues.
On 55 mins O'Kane got his second goal of the night. Intercepting a short passback, O'Kane then got away from the keeper before releasing the ball into the empty net.
Ayr made their first substitution in the 68th minute when McPhee, who opened the scoring for the Honest Men, was replaced by Brook Dreghorn.
Ayr got their 4th and final goal 9 minutes before the end. Guthrie made a great run to meet an O'Kane corner before placing the ball in at the bottom left.
Ayr made their final substitution in the 87th minute when Ryan Kennedy replaced goalscorer O'Kane.
It was an outstanding performance and team display from the Honest Men, which ensured the victory over Dundee on a sunny Friday night in Cumnock.
Fraser, Weir, Johnston, Tomlinson, Connelly, Allan, McPhee, Viviani, Guthrie, Simpson, O'Kane Substitutes: Fairns (GK), Dreghorn, Kennedy, Watret, Donnelly, Strachan, Pryce
Ayr United 2 Dundee 1
Ayr United 4 Dundee 1
Ayr United Goals
Dylan O'Kane X2