LC01


April 2016

No. of Shots

12 10

Shots on Target

11 3

Possession

51% 49%

Fouls Conceded

18 14

Corners Won

4 8

Discipline

   
Goals Geggan 39'

None

Killie Team

Jamie MacDonald, MaCalum Waters *, Kirk Broadfoot *, Scott Boyd, Stephen O’Donnell *, Alan Power *, (Alex Samizadeh 75 *'),  Iain Wilson, (Dom Thomas 53' *),  Rory McKenzie (William Graham 89'), Jordon Jones, Adam Frizzell, Kris Boyd.
Subs Not Used: Devlin MacKay, Greg Taylor, Daniel Higgins, Innes Cameron

Attendance: 6,417

* = Debut

Man of the Match Vote

Match Report

Unknown @ the Piggery

Ayr United continued their 24-year unbeaten home record against rivals Kilmarnock with a 1-0 win in their League Cup Group E opener.
Lee McCulloch's side have not tasted victory at Somerset Park since January 1993, a run that now stretches to five games.

Comments

Lee McCulloch: "We're bitterly disappointed to lose against our biggest rivals. We won't be taking the result lightly that's for sure.

"What cost us the game was our first-half display and switching off at corners. That's not good enough.

"There was too much lumping the ball instead of getting the ball down and playing in little pockets, which we've been encouraging the players to do.

"We didn't deserve to win that game. Maybe a point would have been fair but our final ball was lacking."
 

Stephen O’Donnell on the A*r Post-Match: “Everybody felt down afterwards. The players knew they let the fans down. That was a good thing as they realised how big a deal it was. It did affect us because it wasn’t good enough. But I know the manager has big ambitions for this club. This is only a short-term setback but you can’t do that against your rivals. We have the chance against Clyde to make amends and we need to take it. It was a great atmosphere at Ayr and if we’d got the result it would have been a great occasion. Sadly the performance wasn’t good enough.

It is a while since Kilmarnock have won there and it would have been nice to get that monkey off our back. It is a derby and they won so they get the bragging rights until the next time. Ayr didn’t play us off the park or pass us off the park, but they deserved to win. They got the goal and we couldn’t break them down although we were not convincing at trying to break them down. However, there are nine points still to play for in the group and we just need to make sure we collect them and qualify for the next stage. It can sometimes be a process when there are a few new players. The pre-season campaigns I had with Luton and Partick were usually turbulent. It normally takes a few games to get settled into a new way of playing. I know that is not something fans want to hear, but it will improve. The gaffer has brought in a lot of good players this summer and there is a standard we should all be meeting.”

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