MILA  Moffat may have kept her dad up all night waiting for her to be born but when she hears how he celebrated her birth she’ll be a proud girl.

With no sleep, Moffatjoined his teammates and scored two in a man ofthe match performance to be savoured.

United dominated throughout with only brief spells of attacking pressure from Alloa. In 28 minutes United claimed the opening goal. McDaid slid the ball to Moffat who released a 22-yard left-footed pile driver that screamed into the top left corner. Moffat had celebrated Mila’s birth in the finest of fashions. Unfortunately, the lead lasted only 90 seconds. Ex-Ayr man Alan Trouten created space at the edge of the box and steered the ball in at the bottom left-hand post.

Te second half began with United continuing to press hard and it was no surprise when they took the lead again. A ball over the Alloa backline allowed Moffat to race into the box and keeper Parry rashly rushed out and charged into the striker sending him to the deck. Referee Roncone was left with the easy decision to point to the spot. Up stepped Lawrence Shankland, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and the ball into the net in  52 minutes

Then seven minutes from time. Ayr broke into the box again and this time defender Graham slid in and tripped the striker. A stone wall penalty of granitic proportions except for in the eyes of referee Roncone. Disbelief oozed from all areas of the ground.

Somewhat inspired by their let off, Alloa pushed forward and Flannigan found himself in space in the box. The midfielder drove the ball goalwards but was thwarted by a superb acrobatic reaction save from Doohan. On 88 minutes United got the third that their play deserved, and it was that man Moffat again. Ayr trapped Alloa in their own box and attempts to play the ball clear became panicked allowing Docherty to steal the ball from Kirkpatrick and find Shankland. Shankland cut back to new boy Nicky Cadden and the ball then ricocheted off Taggart and Kirkpatrick to Moffat who slammed it into the top of the net. 3-1 Ayr, and a second for Moffat who could now dedicate this one to his son Luka and rule out any early sibling rivalry.

Alloa had no way back and United returned home with a well-deserved three points and one happy Dad.

ALLOA ATHLETIC: Parry; Taggart, Graham, Dick, Robertson, Kirkpatrick, Shields, Hetherington, Flannigan, Zannata, Trouten. Subs: Cawley, Aitchison, Brown, Hamilton, Peggie, Henry.

AYR UNITED: Doohan, Harvie, Rose, Moffat, Shankland, Murdoch, Smith, Muirhead, McDaid, Miller, Docherty. Subs: Hare-Reid, Higgins, Bell, Moore, Cadden, Crawford, McCowan. Referee: Mick Roncone Attendane:  957

Star Man Michael Moffat – 3 Lawrence Shankland – 2 Ross Docherty – 1