SWFL2 SW: Ayr United Ladies win again

Ayr United Ladies started the day in second place in the SWFL2 table and were intent on staying there as they welcomed third placed Pollock United Ladies to Prestwick.

Despite going a goal down in the first half, goals from Chloe Duthie, Stephanie Thompson and Claire Masterton saw the Honest Ladies take control of the second half to go victorious for the third game on the bounce.

Ayr had started the brighter of the two sides with Jodie Barbour and Stephanie Thompson probing the Pollock defence early doors. The home side seemed well on top with their best chance coming from a 25-yard Chloe Duthie strike onto the crossbar. However Pollock found themselves a goal up against the run of play, benefiting from a blunder in the Ayr defence to give them the lead going into the half time break.

The second half saw the Ayr side once again dominant proceedings and it wasn't long before they were rewarded by a sublime goal from Chloe Duthie. She received a pass from Karla Dodsworth and after making the space for herself, sent a terrific shot passed the Pollock keeper to equalises the score line.

Ayr had there tails up and were soon in the lead thanks to a Stephanie Thompson goal, after she latched onto a clever pass from Claire Masterson to make it 2-1 to the home side.

The visitors were getting edgey as the clock ticked towards the 90 minute mark and with frustration growing in their play, they were allowing more and more openings that the home side could take advantage of. At the other end, Ayr stuck to their task, with the superb Natalie Docherty clearing anything that came near her goal.

Ayr extended their lead when some clever play on the left saw Claire Masterson through on goal to neatly tuck the ball to the keepers right which was enough to seal the victory at 3-1 for her side.

The victory consolidates Ayr's grasp on second spot with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss to league leaders and favourites for the title Renfrew, and with Renfrew defeating Glasgow United, Ayr now find themselves four points clear of third placed Pollock and just the two points behind Renfrew who have a 100% record on 4-0-0 in top spot on 12 points.

Head coach David Danaher said after the game, “The girls are progressing each week, today was a tough encounter against a well organised and physical side. The girls struck to their task today and were rewarded by playing good football and fighting for each other. I'm very proud of them all.”

Reported by Marc Roseblade Picture: Ayr United Academy