A Cruise at Ayr

Last updated : 31 October 2003 By Firparkcorner

A respectable crowd turned out on a sunny afternoon at Somerset Park to see the third of five pre-season games before the SPL opener against Dundee on August 9.

The warm up at Ayr

Within minutes of the opening the pattern of the game was set. The visitors camped in the Ayr half and soon the goal chances started to arrive. Craig and Burns had early shots over the bar and Craigan had a strong downward header saved before the first goal arrived in twenty two minutes.

After a scrambled attack Burns managed a unchallenged shot past Roy and the avalanche started. Six minutes later Burns was on the end of a Hammell cross to tap in from close range. Toastie had the the first chance of a triple when he attempted to lob the keeper but Roy’s stretch was good enough to delay his third goal.

The goal of the game came from Craig’s left foot after a long passing move ended with Leitch floating a chip on to the striker’s chest. He turned his man and thashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Just before the break Burns added the fourth with a far post header.

Ayr were reduced to a couple of foray’s into the ‘Well half and Marshall had the easiest of times in goal.

As the second half began the ‘Well fans expected the barrage to continue at their end of the park but they were to be disappointed. A spirited Ayr team ensured that much of the second half proved a testing time for the ‘Well defence. Ten minutes into the half they pulled one back after a mix up in front of Marshall but there was little more in the way of a threat.

We had a couple of crosses which were not converted and Burns had a half chance but their were to be no more goals.

No doubt Carlisle and Fulham will provide more of a challenge but the team has to be satisfied with four goals. The preparation continues…..

Team: Marshall, Corrigan, Hammell, Lasley (Quinn 85), Craigen, Partridge, Craig, Leitch (Adams 71), Clarkson, Pearson, Burns