Brechin City went out of the Scottish League Cup at the first hurdle following their 2-0 loss to Ayr United.
Former City hero Gerry McLauchlan scored an early goal before Paddy Boyle put the game beyond Brechin during the second half.
Player-manager Darren Dods made three changes to the side beaten 3-0 by Peterhead in the Petrofac Training Cup a week previously as the boss joined Craig Molloy and Dene Shields in making way for Ross Perry, Gary Fusco and Jamie Montgomery.
Alan Trouten joined McLauchlan as familiar faces in the United team and he had the first real chance, but keeper Graeme Smith dove at his feet to snuff out the danger.
Ayr were able to take the lead on 12 minutes; a short corner was cleared but a follow-up delivery fell to McLauchlan blasted the ball low into the goal from about seven yards.
His celebrations were subdued after netting against his former club.
Trouten saw a shot go wide before Fusco fired past the post.
Michael Donald’s effort shortly after just missed the target.
Livewire Craig Johnston replaced Montgomery and he didn’t waste any time in getting involved, following up a James Dale header with a strike that went off target.
But United secured the win and their place in the second round when Boyle converted with a tidy finish after Ross Caldwell’s effort was saved well by Smith.
Andy Jackson had been a workhorse all day and he got to a lofted ball ahead of keeper Greg Fleming, but his header was wide of the goal.
Trouten almost made it three but he had efforts blocked by Smith and the defence in quick succession.
Johnston had City’s last chance late on when he twisted and turned inside the box before Fleming got down to deny his low shot.
McCracken then fired a free kick just over Smith’s bar at the other end.
The result leaves City out of both cups which is disappointing to an extent, but does allow for full focus on the league campaign.
Brechin get that campaign under way this Saturday at home to League One title favourites Dunfermline Athletic.