Ayr United 1 v 1 University of Washington
Thursday 30th June 2022
On Thursday afternoon, Ayr United welcomed the University of Washington to Townhead Park for a pre-season friendly. The Honest Men drew 1-1 with the side from America as Dipo Akinyemi’s volley early in the second half was cancelled out by a late equaliser. The game was the first pre-season friendly that Ayr United fans could attend and they turned up in good numbers despite the bad weather.
Aidan McAdams started in nets for the Honest Men with a defence in front of him that consisted of Nick McAllister at right back, Frankie Musonda and Sean McGinty at centre back and Paddy Reading at left back. The midfield consisted of Mark McKenzie on the right wing with Ben Dempsey, Andy Murdoch and Mikey Hewitt in the centre of midfield and Daire O’Connor on the left wing with striker Fraser Bryden starting up top.
Ayr United had a number of chances in the first half which included Mark McKenzie’s effort from the edge of the box being saved low by the University of Washington keeper, Ben Dempsey’s effort bouncing up off of the ground and over the crossbar and Andy Murdoch’s shot being saved by the keeper too. A great save by Aidan McAdams in the 25th minute ensured the University of Washington didn’t score in the first half and the teams went into half time on levels terms.
The Honest Men made 2 changes at half time which saw Paddy Reading replaced at the left back position by Finn Ecrepont and striker Fraser Bryden was replaced by Dipo Akinyemi.
The University of Washington started the second half strong and had a couple of great chances in the first 10 minutes. In the first minute of the second half, Aidan McAdams was called into action to make a great save to keep the score level. 7 minutes later, the University of Washington were denied by the woodwork as a great strike from their player rattled off the crossbar.
Ayr United opened the scoring 11 minutes into the second half when Daire O’Connor played a great corner into the box and Dipo Akinyemi hit it first time to volley it past the University of Washington keeper and into the back of the net.
Ayr United made a double substitution in the 61st minute when Daire O’Connor and Andy Murdoch were replaced by Sam Ashford and Paul Smith. Sam Ashford nearly made an instant impact as Nick McAllister crossed the ball into the box from 25 yards out however Ashford’s header went over the crossbar. Dipo Akinyemi nearly had a second goal when Finn Ecrepont played a great cross into the box however the striker’s header was saved by the University of Washington keeper. Ayr United made another 2 substitutions in the second half. The first saw Jordan Houston replace Nick McAllister and the second saw Dario Viviani replace Ben Dempsey.
The University of Washington got their equaliser 6 minutes before full time when the ball bounced about in the box a few times before being headered in off of the left hand post. The visitors then had 2 chances to grab a late winner however both of the powerful strikes from the American side were denied by great saves from Aidan McAdams.
A hard-fought contest between the 2 sides saw the game end on level terms.
McAdams, McAllister, Musonda, McGinty, Reading, McKenzie, Dempsey, Murdoch, Hewitt O’Connor, Bryden Substitutes: Albinson (GK), O’Kane, Moffat, Ashford, Akinyemi, Houston, Smith, Guthrie, Viviani, Bilham, Dolan
Ayr United 0 University of Washington 0
Ayr United 1 University of Washington 1
Dipo Akinyemi (56’)
Thanks to Karen Malcolm for the match report.