Hamilton U18 2 v 2 Ayr United U18
Friday 29th July 2022.
On Friday evening, Ayr United Under 18s travelled to New Douglas Park to take on elite side Hamilton in a pre-season friendly. Ayr United drew 2-2 with Max Guthrie getting both goals for the Honest Men.
Derren Fairs started in nets and had a defence in front of him that consisted of Aaron Weir, Trialist 5, John West and CJ Johnston. A midfield made up of Scott Tomlinson, Trialist 8 and Harry Simpson lined up in front of the defence with an attacking force of Ryan Kennedy, Jonathan McPhee and Max Guthrie in front of them. The Ayr United bench was made up of Bruce Strachan, Brook Dreghorn, Dylan Watret, Louis McPeake and Under 16s keeper Ollie Ecrepont.
Ayr United took an early lead in the game as they opened the scoring in the 9th minute. Jonathan McPhee played the ball into the box which was headered at the back post by Max Guthrie however the ball was cleared on the line by the Hamilton defender and Ayr United were awarded a corner. McPhee’s corner into the box was headered at the back post by Trialist 5 back across to Guthrie who put the ball in the net to give his side the early advantage.
Hamilton got their equaliser 5 minutes before half time when the ball was played to around the penalty spot and their number 15 slotted it into the net to ensure his side went into half time on level terms.
Ayr United made one change to the team at half time when goalkeeper Derren Fairns was replaced by Ollie Ecrepont.
Ayr United nearly took the lead again 2 minutes into the second half when Jonathan McPhee played the ball to Harry Simpson in the box however Simpson’s effort went just wide of the post.
Ayr United made 2 substitutions in quick succession. The first saw Trialist 8 and John West replaced by Bruce Strachan and Louis McPeake. The second substitution saw Ryan Kennedy replaced by Dylan Watret.
Hamilton took the lead of the game in the 65th minute when the ball was played into the box and their number 7 put it in at the back post. The number 7 nearly got another however he was denied by a brilliant save from Ollie Ecrepont.
Ayr United made 2 more substitutions in the second half. The first sub saw Brook Dreghorn replace Harry Simpson and the second saw Ryan Kennedy subbed back on to replace the injured Aaron Weir.
Ayr United got their well deserved equaliser 6 minutes before full time. A great ball from left back CJ Johnston met Jonathan McPhee who played the ball into the box to Brook Dreghorn. Dreghorn played a pass across the 6 yard box which was met by Max Guthrie near the back post and the striker put it in to get his second of the game. He nearly completed his hattrick when Dylan Watret played the ball into the box in stoppage time however the Hamilton keeper bet Guthrie to the ball and the game ended 2-2.
Another challenging game for the Under 18s against elite opposition which they got a well-deserved draw from.
Fairns, Weir, Johnston, Tomlinson, Trialist 5, West, Kennedy, Trialist 8, Guthrie, Simpson, McPhee Substitutes: Ecrepont (GK) Strachan, Dreghorn, Watret, McPeake
Hamilton 1 Ayr United 1
Hamilton 2 Ayr United 2
Max Guthrie (9’, 84’)
Thanks to Karen Malcolm for the match report.