Ayr failed to make it back to back wins as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Cowdenbeath at Central Park. An early second half own goal from Sean McKenzie was enough to earn the “Blue Brazil” the precious 3 points as the Honest Men struggled to perform.
Iain McCall made 3 changes to the starting line up from last week with Captain Nicky Devlin returning alongside Ross Docherty and Ross McCrorie replacing McLauchlan, Adams and Moore.
The game started off quickly for the home side and after only 2 minutes they had their first chance of the game. Declan McDaid drove into midfield and was given space and time to take a shot, however his strike was tipped wide by Greg Fleming. A minute later and Cowdenbeath were threatening again as Ayr failed to clear their lines allowing Dean Brett a shot at goal. However it fizzed past the post from 15 yards out.
Cowdenbeath dominated the opening stages of the game and after 5 minutes Greig Spence had a great chance as he was set free into the box and his shot from a tight angle was blocked by the impressive Fleming who was doing well to keep the home side out.
Ayr created their first chance of the game after 10 minutes. A long throw in by Mikey Donald evaded everyone in the Cowdenbeath box before it landed to Mick Wardrope but he couldn’t connect properly with the ball and his shot went well over from 10 yards.
Cowdenbeath were again causing Ayr problems and after 21 minutes created their best chance of the game so far. Cowdenbeath made a breakaway from an Ayr attack and Lewis Milne drove down the right hand side, crossed into Spence but he could only direct his header onto the bar from close range. 3 minutes later and the home side found themselves on a 3 on 1 counter however McDaid’s strike was blocked by Fleming.
2 minute before halftime and Ayr had their best chance of the game through Jordan Preston. Mikey Donald swung in a cross from the left hand-side and keeper Grant Adam failed to collect it as it fell to Preston however he couldn’t get enough on his strike and it was easily saved by Adam from 7 yards out. Both teams went into halftime on level terms as McCall looked to get more from his side in the second half.
The home side again started the half the quicker of the two teams and had their next chance after 50 minutes. Milne drove into the Ayr box and his cutback was met by Spence however his strike was again well saved by Fleming in the Ayr goal.
After 55 minutes the home side finally managed to break the deadlock through a touch of good fortune. McDaid swung in a corner from the right and it was met by Ayr’s substitute Sean McKenzie who attempted to head the ball away however he could only find the back of the net as his header flew past Fleming in his own goal.
Ayr picked up the tempo after this setback and created a great chance on 73 minutes. Nicky Devlin attacked down the right and his low cross was met by Docherty however his first time shot was straight at Adam as frustration crept into both the players and fans.
Ross McCrorie was next to try his luck after 80 minutes. The midfielder was set through on goal by Docherty and his ferocious strike from 15 yards smashed off the inside of the post and Trouten fired over the rebound from close range.
Ross Docherty also hit the woodwork after 87 minutes as his ambitious shot from 30 yards out crashed off the bar. 2 minutes later and Graham’s header from a corner was inches wide as Ayr failed to find the equaliser.
Ayr now welcome Albion Rovers to Somerset next week as they aim to bounce back.
Adam, Brett, Sives, El Zubaidi, Yaqub, McDaid, Hughes, Gibbons, Callaghan, Milne, Spence Substitutes Roman (GK), Donaldson, Swann, Kane, Miller, Caldwell, Byrne.
Fleming, Devlin, Donald, Docherty, Graham, Stevenson, Murphy, McCrorie, Preston, Trouten, Wardrope Substiutes Newman (GK), Forrest, McLauchlan, Crawford, Hodge, McKenzie.
Referee: David Munro
Match report: AUmedia