This 5th round Cup tie went ahead despite very adverse conditions at Somerset Park. Conditions were appalling for both sides and, with heavy rain continuing to fall, it quickly became clear that the match wasn’t going the full 90 minutes.
After a last minute inspection referee Graham Grainger gave the go ahead for the sides to take to the field. Despite the odds being stacked against any football being played both sides set about trying to get on the ball and pass in some hectic opening exchanges.
It was Saints who forced the first opening on five minutes, the ball falling to skipper Jack Baird on the edge of the Ayr box. His shot and the slippery ball was gratefully held by Shaun Newton in the Ayr goal.
Ayr pushed up field and after 7 minutes came even closer. Peter McGill crossed from the right and Dale Shirkie’s spectacular volley rattled the bar and flashed over.
The conditions underfoot were making this game increasingly treacherous and unplayable, the ball scarcely able to roll on the surface. This was highlighted when a simple pass back by Ayr’s Andrew Muir almost went badly wrong, skidding off the surface just wide of his own post.
The hosts went on to enjoy a good spell in the Saints half without creating many cast iron opportunities. Saints looked dangerous on the break and Lewis Morgan’s run and shot almost gave his side the lead on 25 minutes.
On the half hour the visitors broke the deadlock An inswinging corner from the left found Daniel McDonald unmarked at the far post to nod in from close range.
The home side went in search of an equaliser and still enjoyed most of the territory, winning a succession of corners. Regan Ross caused problems for the visitors with his deliveries without being able to pick out a team mate,
By the end of the half it was evident that the referee had to call a halt to proceedings. Always a frustration to the side in front, but both sides will be hoping for better conditions in the rescheduled match to allow a fairer test of their respective footballing abilities.