MX23RW : Tuesday, June 15 19:44:54| >> :600:1570323:1570323:
Oct 10, 2020 at 3pm UK at New Douglas Park
HamiltonHamilton Academical
2-1
AyrAyr United
Ogboe (19'), Trafford (36')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Moffat (68')
Zanatta (25'), Chalmers (56')

Result: Hamilton Academical record narrow win over Ayr United in Betfred Cup

Marios Ogkmpoe and Charlie Trafford were on target.

Hamilton kick-started their Betfred Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Ayr United.

Having lost their opening group game to League Two Annan Athletic on Tuesday, Hamilton had no margin for error as they had to win to keep their hopes of progressing alive.

And they secured three points with first-half goals from birthday boy Marios Ogkmpoe, who turned 26, and Charlie Trafford.

There was a nervous ending to the game when Ayr's Michael Moffat pulled one back after 68 minutes but Hamilton held out for the win.

Ayr threatened inside two minutes when Dario Zanatta drilled a low shot across the face of goal and just wide.

Hamilton striker Ogkmpoe opening the scoring after 19 minutes as he got in front of Ayr defender Jack Baird to cushion a volley from Scott McMann's cross beyond Viljami Sinisalo. It was his first goal of the season.

Ayr were forced into a change when Michael Miller was replaced by Michael Hewitt after 24 minutes.

The visitors continued to pose problems to the Accies defence and Moffat sent a header from an inviting Aaron Muirhead cross just over.

Hamilton, however, doubled their advantage after 36 minutes as Trafford notched his first goal for the club.

David Templeton's free-kick was headed clear but it fell to Trafford, who was lurking just inside the penalty area, and the midfielder unleashed a crisp volley that beat Sinisalo.

Ayr United pushed for a way back into the game after the interval and Moffat forced a fine save from Ryan Fulton, who was back in the starting line-up after completing a period of self-isolation following a positive Covid-19 test, and the hitman spurned another opportunity when he blazed over as he closed in on goal.

But the next chance Moffat got he tucked away as he reduced the deficit with 20 minutes remaining. Muirhead's long throw was not dealt with by the Accies defence and came to the unmarked Moffat, who confidently dispatched from close range.

ID:417925: cacheID:417925:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3492:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
General view of Almondvale Stadium, home to Livingston, from 2005
Read Next:
Livingston agree two-year deal for Ayr forward Alan Forrest
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
 
5pm
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
2pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CHearts27176463243957
3Raith Rovers2712784536943
4Dunfermline AthleticDunfermline2710983834439
5Inverness Caledonian ThistleInverness2781273631536
6Queen of the SouthQotS2795133851-1332
7Arbroath2779112834-630
8Ayr UnitedAyr27611103137-629
9Greenock MortonMorton27611102233-1129
RAlloa AthleticAlloa2757153060-3022

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!