Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Scottish Cup: Ayr United 1-1 Clyde

Paul Cairney's second-half equaliser denied Clyde a Scottish Cup shock at Ayr United.

League Two Clyde, the lowest-placed club left in the competition, took the lead when David Gormley swept home from 10 yards.

Sean Higgins' low effort almost put the Bully Wee 2-0 ahead, but it came back off the post.

Ayr, who also hit the woodwork in the first half, levelled when Cairney's strike found the bottom corner.

The replay will be at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld on Tuesday.

That Clyde have another chance owes much to their teenage goalkeeper Connor Quinn.

The 18-year-old former Livingston player was only signed midweek as a stand-in for the suspended John Gibson and, within two minutes, was pushing a Gary Harkins effort wide of the post.

Clyde striker David Gormley
Clyde scorer David Gormley previously played for Ayr

Quinn went on to repel good shots from Craig McGuffie and Declan McDaid before watching Nicky Devlin's strike hit the inside of the post, bounce along the line and away off the other post.

After the break, former Ayr forward Gormley followed up his hat-trick in the previous round with his 10th goal of the season.

The ball broke to the former Auchinleck Talbot man just inside the box and his right-footed finish went beyond Greg Fleming and into the back of the net.

Higgins' 20-yard drive cannoned back off the post as the forward - one of four former Ayr players in the starting line-up - went close again before the hosts levelled.

Brian Gilmour's corner was only half-cleared and Cairney pounced at the edge of the box to chest down and score.

Visiting goalkeeper Quinn then prevent Cairney from curling his second into the top-right corner.

Match reaction

Ayr manager Ian McCall: "We had a lot of chances in the first half and their young goalie did very well.

"Clyde got their goal and we showed a bit of courage to come back from that.

"After that, we had a couple of great chances to win the game - Darryl Meggatt knows he should have scored and Paul Cairney shouldn't have allowed the goalie the chance to save it.

"It's a missed opportunity for us, but we're still in the cup.

"We could have done without the game this Tuesday because we play Dumbarton a week today - which is a pretty big game for us."

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson: "Obviously we're delighted still to be in the hat, but we're just disappointed we didn't win the game.

"But we'll look forward to the replay on Tuesday. I would rather play games than train, but I'm not going to see the guys until six o'clock on Tuesday.

"Ayr have got a lot of good players and they're in the Championship. We came here to win the game and we were close to winning it.

"I'm delighted for Connor Quinn. It's never easy for a young boy.

"I like his attitude and he's desperate to try and learn. I was happy with his performance.

"He's got a good appetite to learn and that's something you don't always see these days."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 18Meggatt
  • 22Balatoni
  • 3BoyleSubstituted forMurphyat 27'minutes
  • 21McGuffieSubstituted forForrestat 67'minutes
  • 16AdamsBooked at 16minsSubstituted forGilmourat 41'minutes
  • 23Docherty
  • 14CairneyBooked at 51mins
  • 12Harkins
  • 11McDaid

Substitutes

  • 4Gilmour
  • 5Rose
  • 6Murphy
  • 10Forrest
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope
  • 26McKenna

Clyde

  • 1Quinn
  • 2McNeil
  • 5Smith
  • 13McMillanSubstituted forPerryat 56'minutes
  • 4McNiffBooked at 52mins
  • 17FergusonSubstituted forFlynnat 73'minutes
  • 6McLaughlin
  • 16Johnston
  • 11HigginsBooked at 64mins
  • 9Gormley
  • 18MacDonaldSubstituted forMillarat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Linton
  • 8Flynn
  • 19Davidson
  • 20Millar
  • 21Mcmillan
  • 23Perry
  • 24McGovern
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,554

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamClyde
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Clyde 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Clyde 1.

Matthew Flynn (Clyde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Ayr United).

Ross Perry (Clyde) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by David Gormley.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Conor Quinn.

Attempt saved. Paul Cairney (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Millar (Clyde).

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

David Gormley (Clyde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Clyde. Aaron Millar replaces Peter MacDonald.

Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Gormley (Clyde).

Foul by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

David Gormley (Clyde) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Philip Johnston.

Gary Harkins (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Clyde).

Paul Cairney (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter MacDonald (Clyde).

Attempt missed. Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) header from very close range misses to the left.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Martin McNiff.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ross Perry.

Substitution

Substitution, Clyde. Matthew Flynn replaces Scott Ferguson.

Attempt missed. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ewan McNeil (Clyde).

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 1, Clyde 1. Paul Cairney (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Philip Johnston.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Craig McGuffie.

Sean Higgins (Clyde) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Chris Smith.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by David Gormley.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Sean Higgins (Clyde) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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