Reserves v Stenhousemuir | Match Report
By Karen Malcolm
Ayr United Reserves were in action on Thursday evening, losing 6-1 in a closed-door friendly against Stenhousemuir. Both teams had strong line-ups, especially Stenhousemuir who played several of their regular starters while Ayr United loanee, Michael Miller, was on the bench for the home side.
Stenhousemuir took the lead after 10 minutes when an Adam Brown shot from just outside the box went into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Ayr responded by creating chances for Daire O’Connor, Finn Ecrepont and Fraser Bryden; however, they couldn’t find the back of the net.
9 mins later, Stenhousemuir took the lead. Blaine Rowe attempted to head clear from the box, but the referee decided that Rowe had fouled a Stenhousemuir player as he jumped. Penalty Stenhousemuir.
Robert Thomson stepped up to take the penalty and scored, but this was his last real action, being subbed just a minute later due to injury, Cameron Graham replacing him.
On 21 mins, Ayr went close with a Ryan Gondoh shot, from just outside the box, hitting the side netting. 15 mins later, Finn Ecrepont played a great ball to Fraser Bryden, who crossed into the box, but his cross was cleared.
The home side went in at halftime with a 2-0 lead.
Ayr made a halftime substitution with Andrew Heaney being replaced by Kinlay Bilham. This substitution saw Bilham going to left-back and Ecrepont moving into midfield.
Stenhousemuir had a perfect start to the second half when, on 46 mins, Ross Lyon scored from 12 yards out. 'The Warriors' scored again in the 62nd min when Darren Christie's shot from 20 yards deflected off of Jack Baird, past Charlie Albinson, and into the back of the net.
Stenhousemuir made four substitutions a minute later with Adam Corbett, Ross Lyon, Darren Christie and David Wilson being replaced by Euan O’Reilly, Michael Anderson, Michael Miller and Ryan Marshall.
Stenhousemuir scored again on 67 mins when a Ross Forbes corner was headed into the net by substitute Euan O’Reilly.
A minute later, United created another opportunity. Paul Smith played a great ball to Blaine Rowe, who drove into the box, but Stenhousemuir's substitute keeper, Ryan Marshall, saved his shot.
Shortly after, Daire O’Connor saw his shot from distance go just wide of the left-hand post.
Ayr made a triple substitution on 74 mins with Ryan Gondoh, Tomi Adeloye and Finn Ecrepont being replaced by Jonny Hogg, James Dolan and Alex Jeanes.
One minute after the substitutions, Stenhousemuir scored their 6th goal. Charlie Albinson played a ball towards Paul Smith, but Euan O’Reilly intercepted and chipped into the net, scoring his second of the game.
Ayr grabbed a consolation goal with 3 mins remaining. A long ball was played up the park to Daire O'Connor, who then drove into the box before releasing a shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
The game ended with a 6-1 for the home side.
Wilson, Lyon, Mills, Forbes, Hughes, Thomson, Brown, Christie, Corbett, Tapping, Jamieson Substitutes: Marshall (GK), O’Reilly, Anderson, Graham, Miller
Albinson, Rowe, F Ecrepont, Baird, Fjörtoft, Heaney, Gondoh, Smith, Adeloye, Bryden, O’Connor Substitutes: O Ecrepont (GK), Bilham, Dolan, Hogg, Jeanes
Stenhousemuir 2 Ayr United 0
Stenhousemuir 6 Ayr United 1
10’ Adam Brown
19’ Robert Thomson
46’ Ross Lyon
62’ Darren Christie
67’ Euan O’Reilly
75’ Euan O’Reilly
87’ Daire O’Connor