Originally written on myscottishfootball.blogspot.com  |  Last updated 10/25/12
Ayr Youths sail through to Scottish Cup 4th Round The sun was shining at Somerset Park on Sunday as Ayr United 19s took on visiting East Fife with a Scottish Youth Cup fourth round prize awaiting the winners.
Ayr commanded the game from start to end and goals from returning striker Roddy Paterson, Steven Hutchison and Chris Kelly secured the victory required to progress in Scotland Premier cup competition. After defeating SPL side Motherwell in the last round, East fife must have been buoyant coming into this match and on a perfectly manicured Somerset Park turf, they entered the fray expecting to give a good account of themselves. Although not overawed by the occasion, East Fife struggled to get any grip on the game and it was their hosts that dominated possession throughout the 90 minutes of play. Ayr started lively and after 25 minutes, a well-rehearsed corner kick drill was played short to Roddy Paterson who blasted home the opening goal from 18 yards to relieve the tension within the playing and coaching ranks. Ayr were constantly pushing forward looking for a second goal and amidst a hefty clattering of challenges, Chris Kelly nipped in at the back post but he watched as his shot went agonisingly past the upright but Ayr were not to be denied the doubling of their lead when Paterson played in Steven Hutchison who expertly rounded the keeper to coolly slot home into the open net. It was a lead the home side deserved and prior to the half time whistle, Mark Dyer could have added another when he broke through the Fifers defensive ranks on the right but his low drive was well held by the goalie. Half time came as a welcome break for the visitors in order to renew their batteries and re-think their game plan. For Ayr, it was a time to reflect on the lead they currently held and perhaps rue missed chances that would have put the game beyond doubt. As with most games, the second half started lethargically but again it was Ayr that was making all the forward moves. Crosses from Andy Muir and Mark Dyer were causing constant panic in the East Fife rear-guard and it didn’t take long for another goal to be added to the score line when Aaron Wylie knocked in a perfectly weight cut back for Chris Kelly to easily touch home, making the score 3-0 and almost out of sight for the East coast side. Neil Slooves was next to try his luck on 67 minutes but his bulleted effort from 25 yards drifted wide of the post. Andy Muir played a nice one-two with Steven Hutchison on the edge of the box but he also watched as his shot went wide. Perhaps the strike that most deserved a goal came from Jackson Longridge when his missile like attempt from 30 yards out was finger tipped round the far post. It was a truly superb shot that on another day would hold the headlines as goal of the match. As the game drifted towards the 90 minute mark, Ayr’s defence seemed to be switching off and allowed the East Fife attackers a couple of half chances at goal but today, they were not going to open their account and remained scoreless when the final whistle shrilled around the stadium. The score ended 3-0 for Ayr United and the win moves them into the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup to continue the 19s good form in this competition. Tam Robertson said afterwards: “It was a good all round performance from the players and was especially pleased by the efforts shown in stopping east Fife from creating many chances. The goals were well worked and finished with in a professional manner to give us the victory.” “The players have worked hard after last week’s abandoned match and perhaps they could have been excused for not going into challenges with 100% commitment after two leg break in that match, but it was the complete opposite and they gave their all in each and every tackle.” “It’s good to get the win in the cup but next week we’re back to league duty and we have to carry this form forward and continue good winning habits but today I’m pleased for the players and with Mark Roberts and Davie White watching this match, it was an ideal time for them to produce the performance they did.”

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Examiner.com, Football Speak, Global Football Today, 90 Soccer, Yardbarker, OurGameMagazine and various online & published sports outlets across the globe. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated. You can follow Marc on Twitter @myscottishfitba

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Marshawn Lynch agrees to new contract with Seahawks

Marques Colston restructures contract, will remain with Saints

Syracuse loses scholarships, vacates wins, on probation

Bryce Harper on Nationals: ‘People want to see us fail’

Gary Bettman on shootouts: 'Fans like the way the game is'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Indianapolis Colts to part ways with Reggie Wayne

Report: Jets to release Percy Harvin

NFL teams shed Top 5 salaries, eye free agency

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

With Hunter Pence out, Giants have options

Dustin Pedroia on confidence after grand slam: 'Just watch'

One NFL Draft prospect decapitated a Sports Science dummy

Jeanie Buss says Lakers will celebrate Kobe’s 20th season

Winners and losers in the Brandon Marshall trade

Photo of plane by Giants' Larry Donnell in NY Times

WATCH: Matt Harvey looked fantastic for the Mets on Friday

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great Jordan trash talking story

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Who is the 'franchise player' at each sports network?

WATCH: Duncan Keith makes young girl's dream come true

Top 10 storylines to watch in spring practice

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Winners, losers in Marshall trade

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great MJ story

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall

With Pence out, Giants have options

Analyzing the top-five free agent QBs

NBA players set to make biggest impact

Larry Bird trash talks Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Likeliest landing spots for Suh

Jay Cutler available to teams in trade

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.