QuoteSunday 24th July 2022
On Sunday afternoon, Ayr United Under 18s travelled to Dumfries to take on Lochar Thistle U20s in a pre-season friendly. Ayr United were comfortable winners in a game that saw 6 different players get on the score sheet.
Derren Fairs started in nets and had a defence in front of him that consisted of Aaron Weir, Trialist 5, Alex Jeanes and CJ Johnston. A midfield made up of Scott Tomlinson, Shaun Donnelly and Dario Viviani lined up in front of the defence with an attacking force of Brook Dreghorn, Jonathan McPhee and Max Guthrie in front of them. The Ayr United bench was made up of Ryan Kennedy, Dylan Watret, Bruce Strachan, Trialist 16, Louis McPeake and John West.
Dario Viviani opened the scoring in the game when his effort from just outside the box made its way into the top right hand corner of the net. Viviani doubled the lead and got his second of the game when he put the ball into the bottom right corner from just inside the box.
QuoteHearts U18 1 V 2 Ayr United U18
Friday 22nd July 2022
On Friday evening, Ayr United Under 18s travelled to Oriam in Edinburgh to take on elite side Hearts in a pre-season friendly. Ayr United won 2-1 thanks to goals from Max Guthrie and Brook Dreghorn.
Derren Fairs started in nets and had a defence in front of him that consisted of Dylan Watret, Aaron Weir, John West and CJ Johnston. A midfield made up of Scott Tomlinson, Bruce Strachan and Dario Viviani lined up in front of the defence with an attacking force of Ryan Kennedy, Jonathan McPhee and Max Guthrie in front of them. The Ayr United bench was made up of Brook Dreghorn, Shaun Donnelly, Trialist and Louis McPeake.
Hearts took the lead in the game in the 23rd minute when their number 10 stole the ball from Bruce Strachan and drove towards the goal and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
QuoteOST MATCH FACTS
Arbroath played with all the possession favoring them from the onset but nothing t show for. Going into the second half, things changed. I would give it 49%-51% Arbroath!
Ayr United tried many times to find the back of the net. At least we should have scored even two. But I would give it 14 to 8 favoring Ayr.
Fouls seem to be one area that Arbroath dominated. You'd think they were practicing Rugby instead of football. They committed 18 serious fouls against Ayr's 12.
As if reading my preseason fun preview, Arbroath got a Red Card. They also got a whooping 5 yellow cards!
Ayr United without a doubt forged a good attack system. Bryden deserves more starts! 60 attacks against Arbroath's 37.
Positives from the match;
✅ Despite not scoring, the team looks like is jelling up and ready for competitive football.
✅ Defense was solid
✅Faith in the youngster who seem to have started enjoying himself after signing a professional contract.
✅Pushing till the end of the match.
⚽ We need goals. Hopefully the Gaffer Lee Bullen will look into this aspect.
🤔 4-4-2 formation will be better if we have a two sharp strikers.
This result considering how we've been playing prior to this match, I would say "Cintu cabwino maniiiingi!" (It's a very good thing.)
Full Time scores
Ayr United 0 - 0 Arbroath