“On another day, we might’ve scored more goals, but I’m delighted” – David Hopkin on Edinburgh City victory
After Ayr registered their first victory of the new season with a 3-0 win over Edinburgh City, manager David Hopkin spoke to the media. Jack Donnelly reports.
In his first match at Somerset Park with fans in attendance, David Hopkin was his Ayr United side claim a 3-0 victory over League Two side Edinburgh City in Group E of the Premier Sports Cup.
Two goals from Tomi Adeloye and a late strike from Andy Murdoch sealed all three points for the Honest Men, in what was a solid, professional performance from the home side. Understandably, Hopkin had plenty of praise for his players after the match, when he spoke to the media:
“The whole team was magnificent for the 90 minutes and we asked them at half time to keep a clean sheet and if we could go and score a few more goals, and I was delighted with some of the play we had tonight.
“In the first half, we started the game well. We should have scored after 30 seconds with Cammy (Salkeld), but it kind of set the tone for the game. Once we got Tomi (Adeloye) up to speed, he’s always going to be a handful, but I thought Cammy partnered him well and did a lot of unselfish running tonight.
“Michael Hewitt was unbelievable tonight, his energy levels… Him, Cammy, Mark McKenzie, Tomi, they all work really hard and when you’ve got three or four of them pressing you high up the pitch, it makes things easier for the midfielders and the defenders. Absolutely delighted, delighted to get our first win and now we’re off in the group stage, hopefully we can follow it with another couple of victories and hopefully we get some more players in.”
It took two games for Ayr to get their first win of the 2021/22 season on the board, after a 0-0 draw in their opening fixture against Albion Rovers resulted in a penalty shootout win for The Wee Rovers. Given that this is the first pre-season that Hopkin has had with Ayr after joining the club midway through last season, he’s more than pleased to get to winning ways at this stage:
“It’s a work in progress – when you actually look at it and strip it back, I’ve been here a month really. I was here three months last year and it was different circumstances so to me, we’re starting from scratch.
“We’re creating chances in games, through pre-season we were doing it. I’m really happy, I’m happy with the shape of the team, the way we played. We had to press – we pressed, we kept the ball well and as I say, on another day we might’ve scored more goals but I’m delighted because it gets us a win and gets us back into the group where we want to be.”
With two goals in the match before making way for Michael Miller after 74 minutes played, new striker Tomi Adeloye was the man to steal the headlines. The 25-year-old came on trial with Hopkin’s side, scoring in a friendly against Stranraer before signing a one-year deal at the club. Most recently at Barnet, Adeloye had a short stint with East Kilbride last season, before the suspension of the Lowland League. Spectators at Somerset Park could see the physical presence that Adeloye brings up front, as he showcased his link-up play throughout the match. Hopkin is looking forward to getting the striker up and running:
“It’s early days, but he’s scored goals. He could’ve scored a few on Saturday but then the keeper’s made a good save, he’s been unlucky, he’s hit the bar. I think tonight, when you see him with his back to goal, he’s a handful, and he wants to score goals. He got a header, he got a tap in and now we just have to watch we don’t do too much, too early with him because he’s probably three weeks behind everybody in terms of fitness, but as you can see, he gives us something different.”