Recent recruit Shea Dowie made a number of excellent saves during yesterday’s game.
Sunday, October 28th, 2018
SPFL Reserve League 2
BERWICK RANGERS RESERVES 0 AYR UNITED RESERVES 5
Ayr kicked off in a downpour and went on to dominate this game. Most of their young team have come through the club’s Academy and it showed in a well co-ordinated display. Ayr were too sharp and too skillful and the winning margin would have been greater but for a bagful of saves by Rangers’ keeper Shea Dowie.
For instance, during one brief spell in the first half, he made three reaction saves on the trot; with his feet from Mark McKenzie, at point blank range blocked a shot from Luke McCowan and then again saved from McKenzie with his feet. Not that it was a bad day for McKENZIE. He scored four times, the first after quarter of an hour from directly in front of goal after Kieran McGlaughlin did the damage down the right wing.
Berwick seemed hard done by twelve minutes later. Grant Rose was shown a yellow card for simulation when a penalty to Berwick appeared more appropriate for Michael Hewitt’s trip on Berwick’s striker as he went round him close to the bye line.
The home side produced few other first half chances whereas Ayr were three ahead by the interval. McKENZIE headed in his second in the 34th minute, this time the cross swung over from near the left touchline courtesy of Leon Murphy. With two minutes left of the half, McCowan played the ball behind the Berwick defence for JAMES HILTON to smash it into the net.
McKenzie had to wait for his hat trick after hitting the post in the 49th minute. Ayr’s fourth goal was once more delayed when Berwick eventually got the ball away after a scramble deep inside their box featuring both Dowie and the same trialist no. 4 who had played at East Kilbride five days earlier. It eventually arrived in the 63rd minute. The trialist got a touch to Hilton’s shot but the ball trickled towards McKENZIE who squeezed it in close to the post. Just two minutes later, he fired in his last for the afternoon.
Berwick had a couple of opportunities for a late consolation, one following some tidy passing from Andrew Dempster and Marc Malloy, the other when Gary Windram made the hard yards but, on both occasions, Ayr keeper Ellis Hare-Reid comfortably saved from Rose.
Berwick Rangers: Dowie, Russell ( Smith 64 ), Windram, Trialist, McCrorie, Murray ( capt. ), Brown ( Purves 66 ), Dempster, Rose, Malloy, Blair ( Short 66 )