Layne scores with fine ‘Ayr shot’!

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In the week that Brechin City launched a virtual tour of Glebe Park, new striker Isaac Layne must have taken advantage, as he certainly knew his way around the pitch on Saturday.

The on-loan striker from Alloa Athletic scored a wonderful goal in only his second appearance for the club.

Brechin lined up with the same formation from the Forfar derby game a week ago.

Three at the back with two wing backs providing a solid five when defending and width in attack, three in midfield and two up front.

Andy Jackson deserved credit for a tireless shift supporting man of the match Layne, as the front two battled against former City favourite Gerry McLauchlan in Ayr’s defence.

The difficult conditions certainly played their part in a sometimes feisty match and both teams looked to take a more direct approach, with the long ball dominating the early stages.

It was on 28 minutes when Ayr created the first real chance of the match.

Andy Graham played the ball into the box and it was flicked through to Alan Trouten, whose header was saved comfortably by Smith in the City goal.

Brechin responded with a McCormack shot blocked by McLauchlan and some great work by Jackson, with great control, took the ball past his man and he hit a fierce shot which was defended well and cleared.

Ayr United took the lead just before half time. Caldwell played the ball across to Crawford, who set up Adams in the box with an improvised finish that looped past Smith into the top left corner.

City didn’t have to wait long for an equaliser.

Jackson took the ball from a throw in and played for a corner, which left the Ayr players aggrieved as they thought it had gone out for a goal kick.

The corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Isaac Layne hit a fantastic shot with the outside of his right foot past Greg Fleming.

Layne looked confident and every time he got the ball, there was a sense of excitement in Glebe Park.

He holds the ball up well, has a trick or two and has struck up a good working relationship with Jackson.

It was back and forth in an exciting and entertaining second half.

Ayr hit the bar with a long-range Docherty effort, while Jackson, for Brechin, showed good skill down the right before taking on two men, hitting a low cross across the face of goal with no takers at the end.

Brechin looked the more likely team to snatch a winner late on but it ended up all square after an entertaining match at Glebe Park.