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Ross County F.C. 2 – 0 Ayr United F.C.

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This match was pretty much what you’d expect.

The visiting League One side arrives, plays pretty well (maybe better on balance!), goes home with a 2-0 defeat to the Premiership side that shows up, plays “okay” and advances in the League Cup.  So a more talented starting eleven and, more importantly, a deeper bench saw Ross County through this tie and into the third round and that’s that.

Liam Boyce scored in the first half (11 goals in his last 13 matches for County…the word “prolific” comes to mind) on a typically scrappy effort and  Michael Gardyne scored one in the second half with a typically brilliant curling effort.

Scott Boyd made his 288th senior appearance for the club and is now the club’s all-time leader in that category.

Jackson Irvine continued to play well…very well.

Plenty of players- Jamie Reckord, Daniel Bachmann, Ian McShane, the aforementioned Scott Boyd, etc. got some much needed playing time.  And think about that for a moment- in past seasons players as good as these would have been starting for this club.  This year they’re just hoping to get a start in a cup match.  Competition for places is always good- always.

Ross County face Dundee United this weekend at Victoria Park in Dingwall- a win or a draw will ensure at least one more week in the top half of the Premiership table.

 

 

 

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