Rangers sunk as Ayr go seven up in cup clash
BERWICK RANGERS 0AYR UNITED 7A comprehensive first half performance, in which they scored five goals, set Ayr up for a comfortable victory in this opening League Cup group game at Shielfield.
In the end the Championship side won 7-0 with two goals each for Mike Moffat, Luke McCowan and Kris Doolan and a single strike from Craig McGuffie.
Berwick enjoyed good early possession, but the first real chance fell to Ayr after six minutes when a Craig McGuffie shot brought out a full length save from Sean Brennan. From the resulting corner, Cammy Lumsden headed off the Rangers’ goal line.
The breakthrough came after 21 minutes when Ayr played the ball out from their own penalty area, and three passes later, Moffat coolly slotted past Brennan in the home goal.
On 26 minutes Ayr went close to adding a second when a close range header from Doolan was acrobatically tipped over by Brennan, but less than 60 seconds later McCowan fired in a low shot which nestled in the bottom corner to double the visitors’ advantage.
Ayr continued to press and two goals in a minute put them in easy street. On 35 minutes Ayr added a third with a simple cushion header from Doolan following a cross by McGuffie on the left.
Just a minute later it was 0-4 when Moffat netted from close range and on 42 minutes McGuffie took advantage of a poor defensive clearance to break forward and stroke home a fifth.
Early in the second half Berwick created arguably their best chance when Daryl Healy crossed from the left but Ali Forster, under pressure, was unable to get his shot away. Substitute Grant Rose, on at the start of the second half, headed wide and then blasted wide as Rangers tried to salvage some pride.
Brennan made a point blank save to deny Doolan, but after 70 minutes, McCowan made it six of the best for Ayr, netting his second of the game with a close range finish. On 86 minutes Ayr added a seventh when David Ferguson broke down the right and crossed for Doolan to force in his second from close range.
Late in the game substitute Dan Purves had a half chance for Berwick but scooped his effort over the bar under pressure from a defender.