Buddies boss happy with emphatic win

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Danny Lennon was happy with his side's all-round performance against Ayr
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Danny Lennon was happy with his side's all-round performance against Ayr

Manager Danny Lennon was satisfied after watching his St Mirren side ease into the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a 5-1 win over Ayr United.

Lewis Guy raced on to Paul McGowan's slide-rule pass to open the scoring after 16 minutes and Steven Thompson doubled the hosts' lead on the half-hour mark.

A wonderful individual effort from McGowan stretched the Paisley side's advantage to three before Kenny McLean added a fourth from the penalty spot.

The visitors pulled one back through Michael Moffat before the break but the Clydesdale Bank Premier League side added a fifth through Gary Teale after 58 minutes.

"First and foremost I'm delighted to get through, the application was great and the statistics would be very positive in terms of possession, corners and the most important one, the five at the beginning of the scoreline," said Lennon.

"We are a little disappointed with the little slip up with Sammy (Craig Samson) but that gave us the tools to come out in the second half and build on our half-time display.

"Tonight's result doesn't make up for losing to Ayr in the cup last season, I regarded that as a massive missed opportunity, however I am very pleased with how we did this time round. We gave Ayr the utmost respect and I think that showed."

Ayr boss Mark Roberts was downbeat at his side's first-half display at St Mirren Park.

United trailed 4-0 after 38 minutes and Roberts confessed he was worried the result could end up embarrassing.

"When that fourth goal went in I wanted the ground to eat me up," said Roberts. "(Michael) Moffat's goal was our first chance in the game and it was through a mistake from Craig Samson that we managed to score. We got a response from the guys in the second half after changing things though and I was pleased with that."

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