Ayr United defeated Kilmarnock in the group E opener match

Ayr United ended victoriously against Kilmarnock in the opener match of the Scottish League on 14th of July. They managed to keep a clean sheet, overthrowing their opponents by one goal and continuing their unbeaten home record against the Premiership fighters, which lasts already 24 years.
The opener was launched by Andy Geggan collecting the ball from Declan McDaid´s corner kick.
Kilmarnock often attempted to break past League One’s defence, but for the home keeper, Jordan Hart, it rarely seemed to be a serious challenge.

It has been quite harsh on them, and the team would probably agree about the unfairness of their situation. Since 1993, they never won a match against their rivals at Somerset Park.

For the visitors’ keeper, Jamie MacDonald found it difficult to hold a steady defence, as the rivals were continuously attacking. In the early game, Ayr’s captain, Ross Docherty’s shot was deflected by MacDonald, but afterwards, the Kilmarnock keeper had to save from Jamie Adam’s and Craig Moore’s efforts.

Visitors’ penalty appeal was denied later on after Kirk Broadfoot challenged Adams to the ground.
In the second half both sides seemed to have lowered their pace, however, there were still many efforts coming from each side. Paddy Boyle mustered a spectacular shot at the post and Moore had a failed free-kick attempt. Kilmarnock was pressuring Ayr on their half of the field, but after a while, the home side was still creating enough chances to put their opponents’ in trouble.