Ayr Rugby Football Club

Ayr made it three-from-three for preseason with a 0-45 win over Hull Ionians.

The opening stages of the game was dominated by the men in pink but a sturdy Hull defence managed to keep them at bay. The constant pressure proved all to much for Ionians on the 20 minute mark when Tommy Spinks, playing at eight, carried from the back of a scrum and bullied over the line. Scott Lyle added the extras to make it 0-7.

The next score came from Ollie Smith. Captain on the day Danny McCluskey found Paddy Dewhirst out wide who darted free up the touchline. He was eventually brought down but managed to pop the ball up into the hands of a charging Smith. 

HT: Hull Ionians 0-12 Ayr RFC.

The home side came out of the interval with more fight. They looked to scrape the deficit back early on but weren't clinical when opportunities appeared. Soon, Ayr were back on the scoreboard again. Armstrong managed to hit a storming Steven Longwell with the ball deep into the Hull 22, Longwell bounced off the tackler to fall over the line. Lyle converted to make it 0-19 after 50 minutes.

Two minutes later Ayr were back in for another. A clearance kick ended up in the hands of the covering Paddy Dewhirst who made a weaving 60 metre run through the scattered defence before feeding the supporting Jack Rennie. Lyle converted to make it 0-26.

The floodgates had opened at Brantingham Park and Ayr were running riot. This time it was Jamie Bova who took advantage of slack defence and darted in from out wide.  

With ten to play Ionians took back control of the game and began to build deep inside Ayr's 22. A rolling maul which had looked devastating at times throughout the contest was starting to strain a tiered Ayr side. Just as Ionians looked poised to score on an overlap out wide Cameron Reece shot out of the line and intercepted the ball, striding up the field. He found Euan McLaren on his outside shoulder who then found Jamie Bova. Bova ran in for his brace. 

The last try of the game came from Paddy Dewhirst. A crafty grubber from Jack Rennie bounced up perfectly for the chasing Dewhirst who dotted down under the posts. He converted his own try to conclude the scoring at 0-45.

Peter Murchie praised his men on the performance, stating: "Our effort and attitude was outstanding. In our second half especially our attack was excellent.

"We are in a good place, it is only preseason and the business end kicks off next week so it's just about taking everything we have done and using that as a springboard to get us off to a positive start next week".

Murchie also highlighted how important it is to finish preseason three wins from three: "We are in a good place. The pleasing thing for me is the amount of young players we have used in these games. 

"It is great that we have these young players who are being exposed to this level of rugby and are excelling". 

Ayr RFC kick-off their 2018/19 league campaign this Saturday when they travel to Raeburn Place to face Edinburgh Accies. Kick-off is at 15.00 and you can follow the action every step of the way on Twitter @OfficialAyrRFC.