Ayrshire U18s Secure Second Win

Ayrshire secured their second win in their group fixtures for the Senior Inter-Association SSFA National Cup.

The home team, despite the, at times, atrocious weather conditions, came out on top of Dumfries and Galloway who were playing their first game of this season’s competition.

A strong cross wind which at times was gale force made it difficult for both teams, but the players managed to put on a very entertaining game at Kilwinning Sports Centre.

The wind had a major influence on the first goal. A corner kick in the 10th minute held up in the wind and allowed Ayrshire’s centre half Euan Bowie to head home from close in with the D&G keeper stranded.

Ayrshire added a second goal after 25 minutes when forward Lennon McDonnell was played through and he beat keeper Mark Thompson to put his team two up.

D&G showed good character and hit back before half time. Adam Jamieson hit the bar with a long range shot and centre forward Lewis Downie took his chance in style to score after 35 minutes.

Sunny spells with squally showers persisted in the second half which made it easy for no one. Ayrshire played a steady game retaining most of the pressure and they added a third goal after 80 minutes when midfielder Nathan Smith scored a fine goal.

This secured Ayrshire’s second win in two games having beaten P&D in the first game. They now play Glasgow at the end of November.

D&G have arrangements in place to play P&D and Glasgow SFA and will be looking forward positively to these games.