Ayr United manager Jim Duffy has praised Michael Moffat for his performance in the 2-1 win over Albion Rovers at the weekend.

The Honest Men went into the third round Scottish Cup tie looking to get back to winning ways after a winless streak of six matches.

Ayr United had chances in the first half but could not capitalise on them as both sides went into the break level at Somerset Park.

The away side punished the hosts from the restart, taking the lead through Max Wright.

However, their lead did not last for too long as Ayr bagged an equaliser less than 10 minutes later.

Moffat beat the offside trap to feed in James Maxwell, who rounded Albion keeper Cammy Binnie to score.

Moffat then turned fromvprovider to goalscorer, finishing off a good move to put the Honest Men ahead.

The hosts had a chance to add to that lead when Moffat won a penalty but Aaron Muirhead saw his spot kick saved.

The Honest Men saw the match through however to pick up their first win since the start of October and see them through into the fourth round of the cup.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Duffy said: “Moffat had a terrific performance at the weekend and showed all his quality really.

“The weight of the pass for the first goal for Maxwell was terrific and then a great finish himself for the second goal.

"Obviously, he was instrumental being brought down for the penalty as well.

“So, as a forward player you cannot ask for much more than that.

“Overall, I was delighted with his performance and it is good to see him enjoying his football again.”

Next up for Ayr is Greenock Morton away in the Scottish Championship at the weekend.

Despite Morton’s mixed form of late, Duffy insists it will be a tricky away day.

He said:”I am not saying they have been amazing all season but the thing is no one has really turned them over, particularly at Cappielow.

“So, they will be very tough opponents and it will be a highly competitive game.”