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East Stirlingshire 2-1 Ayr United

SFL

East Stirlingshire netted twice in the final four minutes to snatch a home win in the Challenge Cup first round.

Striker Alex Williams gave Ayr United the lead with a diving header on 15 minutes and the Second Division side led at Ochilview until the 86th minute.

However, Dean Richardson levelled the game with a 25-yard thunderbolt.

Andrew Rodgers then picked up a Brian Graham pass and cut inside before unleashing a low drive beyond stranded keeper Stephen Grindlay.

The home side were without Norwegian defender Carl Thywissen, who has rejected a new contract after deciding to move back to his homeland after four years with Shire.


East Stirlingshire: Hillcoat, Ure, Richardson, Oates, Bolochoweckyj, Nicholls, Dunn (McKenzie 62), Gibson (Donaldson 37), Cramb (Graham 62), Rodgers, Anderson. Subs Not Used: Kelly, Mitchell.

Booked: Cramb, Dunn, Nicholls.

Goals: Richardson 86, Rodgers 89.

Ayr United: Grindlay, Dempsie, Easton, Scott Walker, Campbell, Stevenson, Borris, Aitken, Prunty, Williams (Agnew 49), Keenan. Subs Not Used: McGowan, Walker, Henderson, Stewart.

Goals: Williams 15.

Att: 761

Ref: A Muir




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