Rangers loanee James Maxwell tasted disappointment in the Ayrshire derby as his Ayr United side succumbed to a late goal against fierce rivals Kilmarnock.
The Ayrshire derby has been traditionally one of the most hotly contested in Scottish football even if it doesn’t quite boast the numbers or intrigue of the Old Firm, the Edinburgh derby, or the Dundee derby.
👏 | Tonight's attendance at a wet and blustery Somerset Park is 6,052.
Thank you for your support. pic.twitter.com/PUy1lGARze
— Ayr United (@AyrUnitedFC) October 26, 2021
But a crowd of over 6000 descended on Somerset Park to watch this one as the famous game was resurrected for the second time this season.
A league derby hadn’t been played since 1993 before this campaign but after Kilmarnock’s relegation the two have been pitched against each other in the Scottish Championship.
Killie ran out 2-0 winners at Rugby Park back in August and won 1-0 this week courtesy of a late Oli Shaw penalty.
A raucous crowd added to the occasion but Ayr United couldn’t appease their home support as Killie earned a shot at winning all three points after Markus Fjortoft fouled Fraser Murray.
Rangers loanee James Maxwell tastes Ayrshire Derby disappointment
Maxwell, 19, started on the left-wing for Ayr United and lasted 83 minutes in the match before Jim Duffy threw caution to the wind by introducing striker Michael Moffat.
It’s a decision that backfired as Killie went on to win the day and reclaim their spot at the top of the Scottish second tier after Inverness were beaten 1-0 by Dick Campbell’s Arbroath.
It’s all to play for in the Scottish Championship this season with Killie only top on goal difference and Inverness, Arbroath, Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle all providing competition.
Left-back Maxwell has made 10 appearances for Ayr United since joining on loan this summer, scoring one goal and laying on one assist.
Read more about his winning goal in a recent Scottish Championship clash, with Ayr United now 6th in the table following defeat to Killie.
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