Last updated : 12 January 2007 By Honestman

Darlington Combined Programme
Ayr United played in their only match against Darlington to date in a local competition in the North East of England.

The match played on 18th July was their second and last game in "The Absolute Print & Design Trophy" at windy Croft Park in Blyth. Playing with the wind Ayr totally dominated the first half with good passing and possession. The first goal was a cracker from the left foot of Paul Sheerin from some 20 yds in 19 minutes and other good chances were created. Bradford missed the best chance when he failed to beat the keeper 'one on one'.

Ayr's second goal came on 42 minutes with a good run and shot from Gary Teale after McGinlay won a fierce challenge in mid field. Despite Darlington having the wind in the second half , and coming more into the match, Ayr scored again in 66 minutes after a good run down the left from Teale laying the ball to McGinlay whose shot was well parried by the keeper but Bradford was there to slot it home. The game deteriorated a bit after that with 6 subs all at once by Darlington to match their two at half time. Annand limped off to be replaced by Scally and Ayr put Teale up with Bradford. Darlington scored two late goals through Marsh and Ford the latter being one of the softest penalties you will ever see. Ayr squandered at least two good chances before the end but well deserved their 3-2 win.

The Ayr team was Nelson (Dodds), Robertson, Hughes, Duffy, (McEwan), Craig, Lovering (Sharpe), Teale, Sheerin (Wilson), McGinlay, Bradford, Annand (Scally).

A combined programme fo th competition was produced.