Ross County bow out of the William Hill Scottish Cup after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ayr United. On a cold Ayrshire day, the Staggies headed to Somerset Park looking to repeat last years feat of securing a place in the 5th round draw.
It was the Staggies who would have the first effort of the match. Lee Erwin managed to work a yard for himself inside the box but the striker’s effort was well saved by Doohan in the home goal.
The first real chance for the hosts would come just moments later. An Ayr cross was nodded down to Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box and he let fly from range but his shot went narrowly wide of the right hand post.
Erwin would again get a strike away for the Staggies on the half hour. He linked up well with Harry Paton on the edge of the box and after some one touch passing aimed for target from 20 yards but again Doohan was equal to the shot.
36 minutes in and the hosts would land a sucker-punch. Steven Bell met an Ayr corner from the right at the near post and glance a header in to the bottom right hand corner giving the home side the lead and something to protect.
County surged forward looking for an equaliser before the break but wouldn’t find one. The best chance falling to Lee Erwin who again let fly from the edge of the box however again Doohan would win the battle and get a hand to the shot.
Just 3 minutes in to the second forty-five and County had a good chance to draw level. The ball falling to Josh Mullin on the edge from a cleared cross. Mullin tried to take it on the half-volley but failed to get enough power and accuracy and the ball sailed over.
Ross County would introduce Brian Graham and Billy McKay before the hour to try and bolster the attack and get back in to the match. Just moments after being introduced to the match Brian Graham was picked out with a Josh Mullin cross from the right. Graham took the ball down and tried carve a yard for himself but could get a clean enough gap and the ball was deflected to safety.
With Ayr dropping deep to protect their lead it was increasingly more difficult for the Staggies to breakdown the home sides resistance. McKay had a good chance when Mullin sent in another teasing cross. McKay took his run to the centre of the box where he met the ball with his head but failed to guide it accurately and saw the header go the wrong side of the right-hand post.
Lee Erwin would have the best opportunity to draw the Staggies level with time running out. He linked up well with Billy McKay on the edge of the box, but Erwin wasn’t able to break the deadlock for the Staggies as his shot went wide of target.
The Staggies bow out of this seasons William Hill Scottish Cup but return to League action on Wednesday night when we welcome Hearts to the Global Energy Stadium.