The 26-year-old might have opened the scoring 5 minutes from half time when he discovered himself clear by on Ayr keeper Charlie Albinson.
However the Trustworthy Males goalie learn the state of affairs to disclaim Hester as the house aspect took the additional level after a penalty shootout win and Elgin’s talisman might solely maintain his arms up.
It was a welcome level for Elgin Metropolis as they started their Premier Sports activities League Cup marketing campaign at Ayr United, however striker Kane Hester continues to be kicking himself.
“I knew in my thoughts I used to be going around the goalie, however he’s learn me like a e-book,” he stated.
“I ought to have gone the opposite approach, however I’ve had an excessive amount of time to consider it.
“I had from the midway line to consider what I used to be going to do, however truthful play to the goalie. The sport was good problem for us and we greater than held our personal.
“I believe I used to be a bit rusty and I’m possibly needing to get that first purpose again after which I’ll be superb. I might have achieved with a bit longer off proper sufficient.”
Whereas the sport gained’t be thought-about a basic, Elgin keeper Thomas McHale did effectively to forestall his personal team-mate, Russell Dingwall from heading an Ayr free kick into his personal web.
Possibilities for Gavin Worth’s males had been few and much between because the Championship outfit probed and tried to prise their approach by Metropolis’s cussed defence, to no success.
However the alternative for Hester was undoubtedly the one which received away as Ayr’s nook shortly become a counter-attack and after the quantity 9 had received previous Jordan Houston, he was clear.
Charlie Albinson, to his credit score, learn it brilliantly and plunged to the opposing attacker’s ft to seize the ball on the sting of his 18-yard field to disclaim what was an unlikely opener.
A few minutes later and up the opposite finish, Patrick Studying’s cross was destined for Dipo Akinyemi’s head.
From shut vary, it had purpose throughout it. No-one instructed McHale, who threw up an arm and heroically diverted it over his crossbar.
The sport continued in a lot the identical vein within the second half with Ayr urgent and never getting a lot change out of Elgin.