The Bully Wee suffered a heavy defeat at Somerset Park this afternoon, as Ayr hit six goals during a second half display that clinically ensured their passage to the Second Round of the League Cup.
Jim Duffy made one change to the side that faced Partick Thistle last week, with Stefan McCluskey making his full debut in place of Daniel Fitzpatrick.
The match could certainly be described as a ‘game of two halves’, with a 0-0 half-time scoreline probably a fair reflection of the opening exchanges. Clyde competed well until the break and could have taken the lead when Stuart McColm found himself with space at the back post, but he couldn’t convert Gavin Brown’s (pictured) cross.
The Honest Men only really created one clear-cut chance in the first 45 minutes, but it was a glaring miss as Anthony Marenghi somehow managed to miss an open goal from two yards.
Howver, a fine goal early in the second half completely changed the flow of the match. Substitute David Winters spotted Jamie Barclay off his line and curled a clever shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Following John Neill’s pass, McColm did have a chance to level a few minutes later but he couldn’t convert from close range and there was only ever going to be one winner thereafter.
Further Ayr goals from Moffat (2), Sinclair (2) and Tiffoney completed a very disappointing afternoon for The Bully Wee support.
There was one moment of consolation though, as Neill found the net with a superb free-kick from 25 yards.
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