Ayr United 1 v 1 Dumbarton
Thursday 23rd June 2022
On Thursday evening, Ayr United took on Cinch League 2 side Dumbarton at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs for their first pre-season friendly of the 2022/23 season. The Honest Men drew 1-1 with the Sons as Martin McNiff own goal was cancelled out by Ally Love equaliser minutes later.
The Ayr United 1st half team were captained by Sean McGinty and consisted of Charlie Albinson (Goalkeeper), Jordan Houston (Right Back), Michael Hewitt (Centre Back), Sean McGinty (Centre Back), Finn Ecrepont (LB), Daire O’Connor (Right Wing), Paul Smith (Midfield), Ben Dempsey (Midfield), Dylan O’Kane (Left Wing), Dipo Akinyemi (Striker) and Max Guthrie (Striker).
The Honest Men took the lead of the game after 9 minutes when Finn Ecrepont played a fantastic cross into the box and Dumbarton defender Martin McNiff put it into his own net which gave United an early advantage.
Ayr United didn’t have the advantage for long as Dumbarton equaliser 3 minutes later. Callum Wilson played the ball to Ally Love on the edge of the box and the Dumbarton new boys’ strike went past Charlie Albinson and into the back of the net.
In the 27th minute, Ayr United came close to getting their lead back thanks to Jordan Houston. Max Guthrie played the ball into the path of the right back who had made a run into the box however his effort was denied by a brilliant save from Brett Long who tipped the effort over the bar.
Both teams continued to create chances in the first half however the keepers of both sides made several saves to ensure the teams went into half time level.
The Honest Men changed their whole team in the 2nd half with the team now being captained by Nick McAllister. The team for the 2nd half consisted of Aidan McAdam (Goalkeeper), Nick McAllister (Right Back), Alex Jeanes (Centre Back), Kinlay Bilham (Centre Back), Paddy Reading (Left Back), Mark McKenzie (Right Wing), Dario Viviani (Midfield), Andy Murdoch (Midfield), James Dolan (Left Wing), Sam Ashford (Striker) and Fraser Bryden (Striker).
5 minutes before full time there were shouts of penalty for Dumbarton as Alex Jeanes tackled Declan Bryne in the box however the referee signalled play on. In the dying minutes of the game Ayr United could’ve snatched the winner as Paddy Reading played a great cross into the box however Fraser Bryden header went just past the left hand post and the game ended 1-1.
A sunny night in Largs allowed both teams to get game time to increase players match fitness in preparation for the Premier Sports League Cup matches starting in July.
Ayr United (1st Half)
Albinson, Houston, Ecrepont, Hewitt, McGinty, Dempsey, Smith, O’Connor, Guthrie, Akinyemi, O’Kane Substitute: Moffat
Ayr United (2nd Half)
McAdams, McAllister, Bilham, Jeanes, Reading, Murdoch, Viviani, McKenzie, Bryden, Ashford, Dolan Substitute: Moffat
Long, Carswell, Buchanan, McNiff, Wylde, Blair, D Wilson, C Wilson, MacLean, Trialist 16, Love Substitutes: Trialist 21 (GK), Orsi, Byrne, Trialist 20, Trialist 17, Trialist 26, Trialist 25
Ayr United 1 Dumbarton 1
Ayr United 1 Dumbarton 1
Own Goal (9’)
Thanks to Karen Malcolm for the match report.