Arbroath See Off Sorry Seasiders

Last updated : 30 January 2005 By Simon
Well, what a difference that was! A completely new midfield, and what looked like a completely new team put in a great 2nd half performance to overcome the pre season favourites for promotion.

Arbroath lined up with Inglis in goal, a flat back four of Millar, Donaldson, Rennie and McLeod, a midfield of Greg Henslee, John Cusick, John McGlashan and Farqy with Alan Brazil and Gav Swankie upfront.

The first half was largely a midfield battle, with very little happening upfront for either team. The action did start to unfold after about 30 minutes though, when Ayr hit the bar twice in the space of a few minutes. First, a Andrew Ferguson header was fantastically pushed onto the bar by Neil Inglis from point blank range, then Gareth Wardlaw hit the bar from another corner 3 minutes or so later. Sadly, this was all the first half had to offer.

Arbroath came out 2nd half looking like a side possessed. They created 5 or 6 good chances during the 2nd half, and never really looked under pressure at the back. The first chance came on 51 minutes, when Ludo Roy spilled a good Alan Brazil shot into the path of Gavin Swankie, but Gav's shot from a very narrow angle was cleared off the line.

Seconds after this, Harry brought on Stevie Cook for the injured Farqy, who looked like he had injured the ligaments in his leg.

Six minutes later, Arbroath took the lead through Greg Henslee. A cross in by Gavin Swankie was dropped at the feet of Steven Rennie by Ludo Roy, and after Rennie's shot was blocked, Greg Henslee was there to hammer the ball home, much to the delight of the home fans.

Exactly 10 minutes later Alan Brazil scored his 6th goal of the season. Gavin Swankie curled a great cross into the 6 yard box, and from about 10 cm out Alan Brazil headered the ball into the back of the net.

After those 20-25 minutes of pressure from Arbroath, the game died down alot. Craig Conway had a shot tipped onto the post from Neil Inglis late on, but this was the only chance Ayr had to score.

Overall a great performance from Arbroath, we looked a different team. The chance of formation suited us today, and Harry got it spot on with the selection and subs. It was great to see Henner, Cusick and Big John all back playing together in the midfield, and seeing local lad Stevie Cook get almost all the 2nd half was great aswel. No player played badly today, and they all played together as a team. Also, Neil Inglis looks like a new goalkeeper the past 3 games and hopefully this is the real goalkeeper we are seeing, not the idiot who kept throwing the ball into the net earlier in the season! Long may it continue!