Stranraer 3 v 4 Ayr United
Ayr were on the front foot from the start and had early control. On 10 mins, after showing good skill in the box, McDaid came close to giving Ayr yet another early lead with a strike that smacked off the post. Ayr’s large travelling support (567 out of the 1070 present) were left shell-shocked when Stranraer took the lead against the run of play on 15 mins. A long ball wasn’t dealt with properly by Reid allowing Wallace to take possession and fire home to make it 1-0 Stranraer.
United got themselves on level terms on 41 mins when McDaid made amends for his miss earlier in the half with a superb strike. Moffat laid ball off to the winger who dribbled his way into the box before unleashing a powerful left-footed drive in off the crossbar.
Ayr have become famous this season for their quick starts and had yet another one in the second half when they got their noses in front through Moore. On 48 mins captain Docherty won the ball in midfield and slipped it through to Moore on the right who fired underneath Belford into the bottom left corner to give Ayr a 2-1 lead. Ayr increased their lead on 58 mins. Reid lifted the ball to Moore who neatly chested it to Moffat. Moffat returned the favour with a header into the bath of Moore who drove into the box and to the right before cutting it back to the on-rushing Moffat who slammed the ball home.
Stranraer continued to plug away and almost reduced the deficit with a Wallace free kick that flashed just over on 62 mins. Ayr almost punished this missed chance too as Moffat raced through one on one on 71 mins but blasted the ball wide of the post when it seemed easier to score. Just as Ayr looked to be easing to another win, a horror 4 mins saw the home side haul themselves back on level terms.
On 79 mins striker Thomson met a ball from a corner and his header was too powerful for Hart and it hit the back of the net for 2-3.
4 mins later and Thomson was there again getting beyond the Ayr defence to chip the ball over Hart for 3-3. The Ayr defence felt hard done by as Thomson appeared to have come back from an offside position then push Higgins before scoring but referee Charleston was not having any of it and the goal stood.
3 mins later, Higgins played the ball forward from his own half to Moore who tapped the ball back to Crawford. Crawford moved forward purposefully before threading the ball between defenders Robinson and Lang into the box where Boyle ended a lung-bursting 50 yard overlapping run by collecting then slamming the ball home. Cue delirium and spark wild celebrations from the United team and support, 3-4 on 84 mins.
Moore had the last chance of the game but saw his one-on-one effort saved by Belford as Ayr claimed all three points. Ayr now welcome Arbroath to Somerset Park on Saturday as they look to continue their impressive start.
STRANRAER – Belford, Robertson, Dick, Lang, Bell, Hamill, Thomson, Agnew, Anderson, Wallace, Okoh. Substitutes Currie (GK), Neill, Woods, Turner, McKinlay, McLaughlin, Stoney.
AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Docherty, Reid. Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson.
Referee: Craig Charleston