GOAL architect Mark Shankland admitted to being "stuck for words" after helping engineer the epic winning strike for Auchinleck Talbot in the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round.

He helped set up hero and fellow former United player for the victory-clinching goal as the Beechwood Park side celebrated the most famous win in their history.£

Shankland feels that talk that it was just a case of how many goals Ayr were going to win by spurred them on and said: "Shankland said: "In dangerous areas, Craig is a very good in the air, it was good two former players combining for the goal. That goal was sweet. It went as well as I could possibly thought and am stuck for words.

"We had five in midfield as long as we could and then the boss took a gamble by putting two upfront. At night I couldn't sleep, thinking what would happen if this happened. I read in the build-up to the game where they were saying how many goals it was going to be by. That is almost them telling you their team talk. The longer it went I felt we were going to create chances.

"I saw that Lawrence Shankland had to come out of training early and Ian McCall was on the radio during the week saying he was fit and would be playing. In a way I would rather have played against him as they would have been at their best but on paper they should have beaten us comfortably but if anyone could do it then it was us. Michael Moffat is Ayr's best player so they are still going to cause you problems and they did have a few chances but we battled in every single area of the pitch for 50-50s and second balls."

Added the Talbot ace: "That is up there with my best moments including the Scottish Junior Cup last year in the last couple of minutes.

"Ayr are tipped to win the league and we went toe-to-toe with them and came up trumps. I think we are good enough to compete in League One or League Two. It was almost like Ayr playing a team one or two divisions down as we have quality who can play in that league."