Ross County 4
Ayr United 0
AYR manager Brian Reid hit out at his side’s ‘schoolboy’ defending as they crashed heavily to Ross County in Dingwall on Saturday.
Richard Brittain opened the scoring for the home side after only five minutes before the Staggies ran away with the match in the second half, thanks to goals from Paul Lawson, Sam Morrow and Iain Vigours.
It made for painful viewing for the small band of Ayr supporters who made the long trip north to see their side.
And Reid didn’t hold back in post-match interview about his side’s woeful display at the back.
He said: “It was very disappointing that we defended like schoolboys. Three of their goals were just simple punts up the park and they scored from them.
“Scoring the first goal in this division is vital and we lost a sloppy first goal. We managed to get back into it but our final ball was very poor.
“The home form is good but our away form is poor and it was another poor result for us today. If we defend like we did today then we’ll be beaten easily.
“Teams in this division are clinical and any mistakes we make are capitalised on.
“We had a few opportunities in the right areas but we either didn’t put in the right ball or we made the wrong decision.
“I’ll certainly try and strengthen as we had two recognised centre backs missing which didn’t help matters.”
Brittain fired his side in front after converting former Hibs man Sam Morrow’s squared pass inside the area. Ayr came close to levelling with a speculative from Mark Roberts, who spotted County goalkeeper Michael Fraser off line and tried an audacious attempt from the centre circle that flew just over the bar.
That was about as good as it got for the Honest Men as, from then on, they had to battle wave after wave of attack from Derek Adams’ men.
Firstly, Lawson hit a sweetly-struck drive that skidded off the turf and ended up comfortably in the hands of Kevin Cuthbert.
Then Vigurs pulled the trigger 20 yards from goal, prompting a simply sublime stop from Kevin Cuthbert, who reached up excellently to touch the ball over the bar.
Just as the half was nearing to an end, County had an excellent chance when Roberts’ careless pass allowed Sam Morrow to burst clear of the Ayr defence before attempting the most delicate of chips.
However, the effort was poorly executed and bounced well clear of Cuthbert’s goal.
But County doubled their lead when the unmarked Lawson fired past Cuthbert.
Five minutes later, the Staggies made it three. Ayr’s youthful defence showed their inexperience and were torn apart by Morrow who slid the ball calmly into the goal.
Vigours rounded off the scoring to cap a fine display with minutes remaining to hand Ayr their third heavy away defeat of the campaign.
With no fixture next weekend due to the international break, the Honest Men will be looking to bounce back at home to Livingston at Somerset Park.