Edinburgh Accies produced a performance brimming with character to snatch a vital BT Premiership victory that moved them away from the foot of the table.
And, although the bonus point outcome was far from disastrous for the visitors, it does threaten their hopes of the top two finish that would mean home advantage in the title play-offs.
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Both sides deserved credit for serving up an entertaining encounter in difficult conditions, and they reached the break locked at 3-3 after Ross Curle and Callum Ramm had landed a penalty apiece. Ayr dominated early in the second period and capped it with a try by Rob McAlpine. At that stage, the visitors looked as if they would kick on and secure the win.
However, the hosts trimmed the deficit to two points when Ramm banged over his second penalty of the afternoon after a high tackle on Alex Glashan by Curle that ended the home stand-off’s involvement and earned the Ayr man ten minutes in the sin bin.
During Curle’s absence, the momentum swung Accies way and they converted pressure into points when Ruaridh Young dived in at the corner for an unconverted score.
Ayr responded with another flurry of attacks but Accies held on to post their fourth win of the campaign.
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