JAKE LAWLOR has no experience of taking penalties but the centre-back jumped at the chance to fire Wrexham into the last 16 of the Scottish Challenge Cup.

The Reds' third round tie against Ayr United at The Racecourse finished in a 1-1 draw and had to be decided on a shoot-out.

Both teams scored their first five spot-kicks but after sudden death began with Luke McCowan's effort saved by Wrexham goalkeeper Dawid Szczepaniak, centre-back Lawlor converted from 12 yards to send Bryan Hughes' side through despite the best efforts of Ayr stopper Ellis Hare-Reid.

"I missed one when I was young and not really fancied one since. I am always at the back of the queue," said Lawlor.

"The gaffer pretty much named the five and I wasn't in the five so I said I would go sixth.

"Luckily the goalkeeper helped me out a little bit. I wouldn't say thrown it in for me but he has helped me out a little bit.

"It went through the goalkeeper a little bit but it is only a good penalty if it goes in! All that matters is it goes in."

Lawlor, currently serving a four game ban in the league but allowed to play in the cup, praised the quality of the penalties.

"It was a great standard of penalties," added. Lawlor.

"Sending the goalkeepers the wrong way, sidenetting, every one was really good.

"The goalkeepers didn't touch one until Dawid made his save."