It does give United a welcome break from three 2-0 defetas in the latter part of August and Ayr will undoubtedly herald the end of that bleak month.
A 2-0 defeat at home to Morton on 22nd August was a blow as the Greenock side are one of the clubs that Ayr almost certainly be in the relegation mix come the end of the season.
Four days later the other side of Renfrewshire visited Somerset Park albeit in the CIS cup. The 2-0 win for the St Mirren was a better display for Ayr conceding the 2nd goal almost on full time.
The pattern had been the same however as the league match against Morton with Morton also scoring early in the first half and being able to keep Ayr finishing the match off with a late sucker punch.
The trip to Palmerston Park, Dumfries on 29th August was never going to be
United had thought they had done enough to go in 0-0 at half time but Queens' McLaren gave the home side a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half time.
It was goalscorer McLaren who set up the Dumfries clubs' second in 63 minutes when he set Quinn to slot home.
The league defeats leave Ayr in bottom place, level with Airdrie United, the team who Ayr beat in last season's play off final, but who found themselves reemaining in the 1st division after the, as yet, unresolved Livingston fiasco.
It is Airdrie United that are next to face Ayr in the league on 12th September and Ayr United just have to win.