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Ayr United 5-1 Clyde

The Bully Wee ended their Betfred Cup campaign in a disappointing manner at Somerset Park this evening, at the hands of an impressive Ayr United side.

There were three changes to the Clyde team from the weekend; Lewis Wilson and Smart Osadolor made their first starts, replacing the injured duo of Jack Breslin and Darren Ramsay, and David Goodwillie returned from suspension to take the place of David Gormley.

The Honest Men had the first shot on target after the ball dropped to Michael Moffat, but Blair Currie comfortably held his shot.

Osadolor had been causing the home side all sorts of problems with his pace and he created the opening goal after 12 minutes. The Nigerian forward burst down the left hand side of the park and whipped the ball into the box, where David Goodwillie was on hand to prod home from close range.

The home side equalised eight minutes later after Robbie Crawford found himself on the end of a cross from David Ferguson, and they took the lead after half an hour, when McDaid nodded the ball into the path of Craig Moore, who shot home from the edge of the area.

Both sides had chances just after the interval; Jamie Adams narrowly missed the target with a header, and Osadolor fired a shot over the bar, after good set up play from Goodwillie.

Ayr began to dominate as the match went on and doubled their advantage eight minutes into the second half. Moffat found himself unmarked in the middle of the box, and had plenty of time to place his shot past Currie into the back of the net. Moore then got his second goal of the evening, after finishing off a cross from Pat Boyle.

The Bully Wee didn’t give up and Max Wright was unlucky to see his header cleared off the line. Ayr carved open a tiring and depleted Clyde defence numerous times in the closing stages of the game and scored their fifth goal with fifteen minutes to play, when Declan McDaid rifled the ball home from inside the area.

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In this evening’s other match in Group E, Annan Athletic gained a bonus point with a 4-3 victory over Dumbarton on penalties, following a 0-0 draw.

Ayr United  3  3  0  0  0  7  9
Kilmarnock  3  2  0  1  0  3  6
CLYDE  4  2  0  2  0  -4  6
Annan Athletic  3  0  1  2  0  -3  2
Dumbarton  3  0  1  2  0  -3  1