By AU Media

Ayr United Reserves travelled to the Indodrill Stadium to take on Alloa Reserves in their first SPFL Reserve League 2 match of the season.

Alloa started on the front foot and created several chances but it took them 31 mins to take the lead, when Liam Evans headed his team in front.

Ayr threw everything into trying to find an equaliser before half time with Brian Connor going close and a Leon Murphy attempt being saved. Despite their efforts, the score remained 1-0 at half time.

It was tough going for Ayr and things got worse when on 70 mins Mickey Hewitt was sent off after being shown a second yellow card, leaving Ayr to finish the game with 10 men.

Ayr were not to be discouraged and 5 mins later got their equaliser.  Leon Murphy collected the ball in the box, turned his marker and slotted the ball into the net.

United had little time to celebrate as Alloa took the lead 4 mins later when Paul Gillespie went past two players before scoring from the edge of the box.

A trait of this United side is their self-belief and this setback appeared to spur them on to even higher levels of determination and resolve, resulting in an 84 min equaliser. Mark McKenzie was the scorer this time, stealing the ball from the Alloa defence, then rounding the keeper to score.  2 – 2, and in the circumstances, this might have been seen as a good result for 10-man Ayr who had twice clawed themselves back into the match; but not for this team.

1 min later Ayr put themselves in front for the first time, a position they would hold at 90 mins.  Finn Ecrepont won Ayr a corner after good work up the line. Leon Murphy fired the corner into the box and Ecrepont headed into the top corner.

A good, and well-deserved result for a hardworking and determined United.