Ayr United boss Lee Bullen insists Honest Men are on the right track ahead of Kilmarnock clash

Lee Bullen is convinced his Ayr United side are making real progress after winning a point against Dunfermline.

A spectacular Lewis Martin own goal canceled out Colonel Donaldson’s first goal for the Fifers.

And Ayr went on to have the best of a spirited contest played in terrible conditions, giving Bullen confidence heading into Wednesday’s Ayrshire derby.

He said: “We are creating the opportunities and I think we handled the conditions very well.

“We showed a little bit of bravery to try to pass the ball and I can see life budding.

“Hopefully the fans can see it too and we can take it to the derby.

“The frustrating side is that we are not getting the points that our performances warrant at the moment, but they will come.

Lee Bullen points the way
Lee Bullen points the way

“When we show the bravery required, we know we can hurt teams.

“I feel like the last three performances have been really strong from the guys and now it’s about building trust between them.

“We can’t afford to give away chances like we did early in the game for his goal, but we got up and came back good, and that was nice.”

Donaldson swooped in to shoot the Pars ahead after a corner from Steven Lawless had hung on the spinner and Ayr was unable to clear his lines.

But United slowly grew out of the competition with Kerr McInroy, in his first start in the middle of the park, showing particularly well.

And they equalized thanks to an incredible own goal that saw Martin head in a wind-assisted Aidan McAdams goal kick past his debut goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk.

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Helpless Jakub Stolarczyk is hit by teammate Lewis Martin's header as Ayr leveled
Helpless Jakub Stolarczyk is hit by teammate Lewis Martin’s header as Ayr leveled

United had chances after that with McInroy and James Maxwell both close before halftime.

With the wind tailing in the second half, the Pars sensed their chance and Ryan Dow hit the post just after the restart.

But it was Ayr who was inches from the lead when Donaldson produced a heroic clearance from under his own bar to deny Maxwell a bunt.

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And the home team should have hit the front line when McInroy’s free throw spilled to Mark McKenzie just two yards away, but somehow it threw the effort wide.

Pars substitute Bobby Kamwa almost became an instant hero at the other end with a post-rattling shot as the game ended level.

Dunfermline boss John Hughes said: “Thank you to both sides for trying to play football.

“I felt like we really connected well in the first half and got our goal.

“We missed a strange goal because of the conditions and we never played the conditions in the second half.”

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