Ayr United 5 – 0 Cowdenbeath
Ayr United go into the international break top of League 1 after a thumping 5-0 win over struggling Cowdenbeath. The two sides have experienced vastly differing starts to their respective league campaigns with Ayr flying high while Cowdenbeath are at the bottom end of the table having yet to pick up any points away from home.
United made one change from their previous encounter as Robbie Crawford dropped out in place of Alan Forrest as Ian McCall started with a very attack minded line-up. Cowdenbeath gaffer, Colin Nish made four changes to the team that lost to Brechin City last weekend with Bradley Donaldson, John Armstrong, Andy Murdoch and Liam Callaghan all given their chance.
Ian McCall wanted his side to get back to winning ways but even he couldn’t have predicted Ayr taking the lead after just 28 seconds. Some neat build up play on the left allowed Forrest to get to the by-line before delivering the ball into the box. As the ball was taken off the toe of Alan Trouten, Jordan Preston was there to volley home from close range.
A stunning start to the game from Ayr but it could have two just a minute later as Jordan Preston tried to loop a shot over the head of Jamie Sneddon but the keeper saved easily.
Ayr were not to be denied a second goal however and they got it after eighteen minutes. A lovely passage of play down the right hand side allowed Nicky Devlin to get in behind the opposition defence before cutting the ball back to Moore. The striker turned and laid the ball back to Forrest who slotted home from 12 yards with the aid of a deflection. 2-0 and Ayr were in cruise control.
With Trouten, Forrest, Moore and Preston all on the pitch together for the first time this season, Ayr were playing some magnificent football. A terrific piece of interplay on the edge of the box with seven Ayr players involved in one touch passing almost resulted a chance for Trouten but Armstrong did well to foil the attack.
Ayr were in ascendance as the first half drew to a close and within two minutes of the second half, they made it 3-0. Brian Gilmour floated a terrific ball into the box where Gerry McLauchlan was on hand to head home as he found himself in an acre of space in the box.
Cowdenbeath were looking a beaten team and after forty nine minutes Gilmour was unlucky not to make it four as he sent a sweet curling effort crashing off the post. But the midfielder did get his name on the scoresheet eight minutes later as he rounded off another well worked move. Forrest again got to the by-line before chipping the ball to the back post. Trouten was first to the ball and he cleverly knocked it into the path of Gilmour who poked the ball home.
The away side then had a couple of chances to claw a goal back. Greg Fleming produced a terrific reaction save to deny Donaldson from finding the net before Grieg Spence wasted two golden opportunities to grab his side a goal missing the target from close range on each occasion.
On 71 minutes Ayr were to make it 5-0. A wonderful ball played into the channel by Paddy Boyle allowed substitute Ross Caldwell to drive into the box. The striker then unselfishly squared the ball to strike partner Moore who stabbed the ball home from close range to round off the scoring.
Spence then had another effort to try and salvage some pride for his team but his long range effort bounced just wide of Fleming’s right hand post.
A disappointing day for Cowdenbeath as they never really troubled Ayr who strolled to a comfortable victory. The home side were impressive from start to finish and looked a constant threat going forward. This leaves Ayr top of the league going into the international break before travelling to Forfar in two weeks’ time.
Ayr United: Fleming; Devlin; Boyle; Docherty; McLauchlan; Murphy; Gilmour; Forrest; Preston; Moore; Trouten Substitutes Newman (GK); Caldwell; Crawford; Adams; Donald; Graham; Muir
Cowdenbeath: Sneddon; Donaldson; Adamson; Armstrong; El Zubaidi; Hughes; Smith; Murdoch; Spence; Miller; Callaghan Substitutes Hunter (GK); Scullion; Kane; Johnstone; Orritt; Buchanan; Armstrong
Referee: Alan Newlands