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Hibs Goal a Tait O.G.

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Ayr United seemed to he poised for a highly successful season on the evidence of
their first three results. A 2-I defeat here kept them within striking distance of Hihs
in the Anglo Scottish Cup and they followed an away draw against Partick Thistle
with an exciting home victory over Celtic.
Big Walker McCall scored twice to floor the champions and Ayr were off to a
filler. However, Hibs qualified in the Anglo event and Ayr’s fortunes began to
They had terrible trouble in eliminating Queen’s Park in the League Cup. After
winning the home leg through a Gordon Cramond goal. Ayr were beaten at
Hampden where the amateurs won l·0.
‘There was deadlock in extra time and United showed the necessary nerve to
qualify on a 4-2 penalty count.
In the meantime. they had lost to St Mirren in the championship and further
defeats followed from Aberdeen, Motherwell, Rangers and Dundee United. And
Ayr did not manage to score a single goal in these matches.
So it is no great surprise that manager Alex Stuart has tried as Variety of switches
in an effort to produce a more formidable formation. He has used 15 players in the
last two League games and will probably go for a different line·up today following
two home defeats. since United beat Forfar 2-1 in the league Cup in midweek.
Since the previous games with Hibs at the start of the season. Ayr have changed
their full hacks. Brian Rodman and Willie Kelly alternating with Joe Filippi. the
versatile defender who can play anywhere at the back, and veteran John Murphy.
who has been on the Ayr payroll for 14 years. _
Ricky Fleming and Alex McAnespie are still together in the middle of thc defence
with ex—Celt Robert Hannah demonstrating his drive and determination in
Jim McSherry, who moved from Kilmarnock to his present club; and the fair-
haired Cromond are the others normally found in this department.
The tall McCall is Ayr’s top scorer for the season with three goals, having enjoyed
a magnificent run at the beginning of the year. He has prove to be a bargain buy
from Aberdeen.
Danny Masterton. a quiet·spoken young man from Muirkirk Juniors, forms a
troublesome duo with McCall but his best day was against Partick when he
collected both goals. _
Bobby Tait. yet another six·foot-tall player, could be in the side. having been in
the team twice in the past three weeks.
And lastly there`s goalkeeper Hugh Sproat, who was unfit a fortnight ago. and
missed his first match of the season.

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Aug. 4 Deveronvale ………… (A) 6-0 Macleod 3. Bremner 2. Scott.
Aug. 6 Inverness Thistle ……,. (A) 3-2 MacLeod, Bremner. Stewart.
Aug. 8 Elgin City ………….. (A) 7-0 Scott 2. Bremner, Duncan, Carroll.
Paterson. Smith.
Aug. I0 Ayr United …………. (IH) 2-1 Smith. Scott.
Aug. 22 Ayr United …………. (A) 2-2 Bremner, Smith.
Sept. 14 Blackburn Rovers ……. (H) 2-1 McKay, Macleod.
Sept. 28 Blackburn Rovers …….. (A) 1-0 Higgins.
Aug. 13 Motherwell. .,,…….. (H) 0-0
Aug. 20 Rangers …………… (A) 2-0 Rae. Bremner.
Aug. 27 Clydebank …………. (H) 2-0 Scott, Brazil.
Sept. I0 Dundee United ……… (A) 0-2
Sept. I7 Partick Thistle ………. (A) 0-1
Sept. 24 St Mirren ………….. (H) 20 Higgins, Macleod.
Oct. I Celtic …………….. (A) 1-3 McKay.
Aug. 17 Queen of South ……… (H) 1-2 Macleod.
Aug. 24 Queen of South ……… (A) 0-0
Sept. 6 Newcastle United …….. (H) 3-0 Macleod 2. Higgins.
Oct. 5 Meadowbank Thistle ….. (H) 4-1 Macleod 2. Higgins, Duncan.
Oct. is ABERDEEN ……. (A) Feb. 4 CELTIC ……….. (A)
Oct. 22 MOTHERWELL . . . · (A) Fcb. 11 AYR UNITED …… (H)
Oct. 29 RANGERS …….. (H) Feb. 25 ABERDEEN ……. (A)
Nov. 5 CLYDEBANK …… (A) Mar. 4 MOTHERWELL …. (A) .
Nov. 12 DUNDEE UNITED . . (H) Mar. 11 RANGERS …….. (H)
Nov. 26 ST MIRREN ……. (A) Ma:. 25 DUNDEE UNITED . . (H)
Dec. 3 CELTIC ……….. (H) Apr. 1 PARTICK THISTLE . (H)
Dec. 10 AYR UNITED …… (A) Apr. 8 ST MIRREN ……. (A)
Dec. 17 ABERDEEN ……. (H) Apr. 15 CELTIC …….. . . . (H) `
Dcc. 24 MOTHERWELL …. (H) Apr. 22 AYR UNITED …… (A)
Dec. 3 CELTIC………. Apr. 29 ABERDEEN ……. (H)
Jan. 21 ST MIRREN ……. (H) Nov. 1 or 2 BRISTOL CITY …… (A)

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Any team trailing Celtic by three goals would seem to have little hope of
obtaining a suitable result but Hibs nearly snatched a point last week in an exciting
finish to the Reserve League game here.

We went down 3-2 in the end but it
was a really good contest played at at
terrific pace and l must praise the
Young lads for their industry and non
Stop effort
Defensive slackness was partly
responsible for Hibs falling three behind
but_a neatly worked goal put us back in
business. Willie Murray gathered a Pass
from John Brownley, cut in from the
wing to beat the goalkeeper with his slip into the middle for willie paterson to tap it home
Celtic tried to play us offside before
the second goal but Brownlie took a
return pass fom Paterson to go in and

There were several near misses in the goalmouth and Hibs just couldn’t make it. Earlier on, though, with. the score at 3-1- I felt we had a valid goal dis-allowed. Pat Carroll smashed a beauty into the net from a free kick and the referee orders a retake That was an extremely tough break for the team. John Mtalholland had an excellent game and this boy has a bright future if he dedicates himself to football. SFA coach Andy Roxburgh watched the match to check on talent for the Under·18 youth team and l’m sure he was surprised to line so many eligible lads in Hibs team. Celtic paid transfer fees for four players in their side – Baines, Lynch,Doyle and Dowie — so Hibs fared promisingly against such experienced opposition. ln the previous week, St Mirren hit us with a 10-second goal and another on the stroke of hall time and we neverlooked like pulling back

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