By Calum McCrindle and Ben Banks
Ayr boss Mark Kerr has been left gutted with the Honest Men’s Scottish Cup elimination following a 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone after a red card hindered his plans.
The Somerset Park side took the lead in this game four minutes in through Aaron Drinan as the Ipswich loanee continued his decent start to life at Somerset Park. It all unraveled for the Honest Men though.
Aaron Muirhead scored an own goal 14 minutes later to allow Saints back into the game before he was sent off eight minutes later. A Callum Hendry effort then eliminated Ayr.
Having beaten Premiership opposition in Ross County las time out in Scottish Cup action, no shocks were to be had this time around. It’s Tommy Wright’s men who have their name in the hat for the last-eight.
Kerr’s been left gutted after this outcome: “We’re disappointed. We set up and went attacking, went with three attackers up front. Even after we conceded the goal, I thought we’d go on the front foot again.
“The sending off set St Johnstone’s game up. They can counter-attack and they are very good at that in the Premiership. Losing the second goal so quickly, we’ve not even had a chance to grind something out with ten men.
“We worked on trying to play Aaron more central. We tried to get runners off him from midfielder and tried to have a go at them.
“We had to take a creative player for a defender though so it was never going to be easy. I just think with us going down to ten men it spoiled a cup good cup tie. The weather added to that.”