Ayr United looked to be down and out at half-time on Friday night as they visited Ochilview to take on newly promoted Queen’s Park.

Manager Lee Bullen stuck with the same team as last week’s goalless draw with Arbroath but failed to show the same attacking intent in the first-half.

The Scottish Championship newcomers shocked Ayr as they rushed to a 2-0 lead inside 32 minutes. Simon Murray headed the home team ahead from a Dom Thomas corner, and the second was fired home by Thomas with a beautiful curling effort from 20 yards out to extend the hosts’ lead before half-time.

The travelling fans feared that Ayr’s lack of goalscoring in their league opener had followed them on their travels.

That wasn’t the case though as Ayr finally found their finishing touch in the form of summer acquisition Dipo Akinyemi.

A double-substitution by Bullen at half-time saw Mark McKenzie and Daire O’Connor replacing Fraser Bryden and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and instantly made a difference for the Ayrshire side.

McKenzie played in Akinyemi who slotted home his first goal for Ayr United in front of the travelling supporters in a fantastic start to the second-half which kickstarted the comeback.

Ayr proved to be much improved in attack with the addition of McKenzie and O’Connor and their persistence paid off.

On the 78th minute captain Sean McGinty headed his team level from a Ben Dempsey corner to set up a blockbuster final 12 minutes.

It looked as if The Honest Men were going to have to settle for a draw when Queen’s Park’s Charlie Fox handled the ball inside the area awarding the visitors an opportunity to take all three points.

The comeback was completed when Akinyemi stepped up and slammed the ball past Calum Ferrie to secure all three points for Ayr United.

The three points temporarily sent Ayr to the top of the Championship table and after the weekend they sit level on points with top of the table Partick Thistle.

Ayr welcome Hamilton to Somerset on Saturday.