Ayr United 0 Airdrie 1

This was another important fixture for United as they attempted to get back to winning ways after a disappointing result away to Dunfermline at the weekend.

Ian McCall made one change to the side that started against the Pars replacing Craig Beattie with Peter Murphy as the experienced defender returned to the heart of the Ayr defence.

A win for United would have seen them leapfrog Stenhousemuir into 8th place and out of the relegation zone but Airdrie were also in need of points to give themselves any realistic chance of making the play offs.

In a subdued opening period we had to wait until the 13th minute before we had a serious shot on target, with Ayr’s Adam Blakeman attempting an ambitious effort from 35 yards, but his powerful drive was straight at Airdrie keeper Andy McNeil who saved comfortably.

Unfortunately for Blakeman he was to feature soon after but for all the wrong reasons just 21 mins into the game. He chased down a loose ball in midfield that broke in the direction of Airdrie’s Jamie Bain. While attempting a sliding challenge, he appeared to be over stretching, as he went into the tackle catching the Airdrie player in the process.

As the Airdrie defender crashed to the surface referee Colin Steven had no hesitation in showing the midfielder a straight red card, dismissing him from the field of play, leaving Ayr with a mountain to climb.

The visitors then tried to capitalize on their extra man advantage and although they had the bulk of possession they struggled to create any meaningful openings against a stubborn Ayr defence. Ayr on the other hand looked to set pieces and the occasional counter attack to create opportunities but they also failed to create any significant chances.

Right on half-time Airdrie’s Jordan Morton hit a screamer from 25 yards but David Hutton in the Ayr goal was happy to watch it sail over his bar, with this the last significant piece of action before the interval.

Airdrie playing towards the Railway End started the second half on the front foot and made an early break through in 52 minutes. Mikey Donald was dispossessed on the half way which allowed the Diamonds to break at pace down the right hand side. A low cross eventually found it’s way to Marc Fitzpatrick who swept home from close range to give Airdrie the lead.

Craig Beattie replaced a tired looking David Robertson in 59 mins as Ayr began to show signs of getting back in to the game as his robust style gave Airdrie something to think about. Beattie won a free kick soon after coming on with John Paul McGovern forcing Airdrie keeper McNeill into a good save from the resultant free kick with a shot from around 20 yards.

Craig Beattie then followed up McGovern’s free kick by going close himself with a turn and left foot shot from the edge of the box that hit the side netting.

Both teams made changes with 20 mins to go as tired legs saw the game opening up. Nicky Devlin sent in a teasing low pass across goal that almost saw Beattie equalise. However his close range shot from an acute angle was well saved by Andy McNeil in the Airdrie goal.

Young Ryan Nisbet was sent on to replace the tiring Jordan Preston with Ayr in the ascendancy as they went in search of an equaliser. Airdrie then attempted to prevent United from building momentum by replacing Prunty with Boyle as they looked to run the clock down.

Mikey Donald tried to make up for his earlier error with a 20 yard volley that stung the hand of the Airdrie keeper who managed to tip his shot over the bar right on the final whistle.

However Ayr’s luck was out on the night and Airdrieonians managed to hold on to their slender lead, leaving United with the prospect of a relegation six pointer at Somerset on Saturday against fellow relegation candidates Stenhousemuir.

Attendance – 835

Ayr United
Hutton; Devlin; Blakeman; Murphy; McKenna; McGovern; Murray; Crawford; Preston; Robertson; Donald
Subs
Newman; Gilmour; Donnelly; Nisbet; Neil; McCracken; Beattie

Airdrieonians
McNeil; Bain; Boyle; Gilfillan; Gasparotto; Lindsay; Docherty; Fitzpatrick; Morton’; Fraser; Prunty
Subs
Ferguson; Boyle; Watt; Blockley; Gray; O’Neil; Richford
Report by AUMedia

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Dunfermline 2 Ayr United 1

Dunfermline Athletic 2 v 1 Ayr United

Once again Ayr United made the long journey home having failed to beat Dunfermline, leaving United without a win in the last 11 meetings between the two sides, and now having lost 14 out of the last 15 trips to East End Park. United boss Ian McCall was left to rue a number of chances that Ayr failed to take before Dunfermline finally got the upper hand, and in the dying seconds a launched body that blocked the ball denying United an equaliser.

The first half was very much an even contest with Dunfermline content to play long build-up play before using the flanks to try and get around the Ayr United rear-guard. United adopted a faster paced approach relying on speedy breakouts from defence and causing Dunfermline some panic as they scrambled to defend.

In the early stages both teams struggled against the strong swirling wind and to keep their feet on a slippery surface. In the 10th minute Ayr were the first to create a clear-cut chance. Robbie Crawford drove past three players and reached the corner flag before crossing the ball in towards the 6 yard line. As it looked as if either Preston or Beattie would reach the ball first a Dunfermline head appeared from nowhere and with the finest of touches flicked the ball away.

Ayr had two more chances in quick succession. In the 13th minute Beattie launched a drive from 35 yards but it was straight at Dunfermline keeper Scully who saved easily. Then Dunfermline gained a corner and moved all their big men up from the back, attempting to pressurise United. As the ball was knocked out of the penalty area, Michael Donald found himself with a swathe of green in front of him and he charged forwards. Jordan Preston came with him making a run to his left and as Donald reached the edge of the penalty area he attempted to play Preston through. Unfortunately for Preston the ball took the deftest of flicks off the heel of a defender and forced him to stop and turn backwards. The chance was lost, with Preston surrounded and the ball eventually cleared.

Dunfermline were causing Ayr some problems especially down the flanks through Hopkirk and George but good build-up play was regularly wasted by a poor final ball in dangerous positions.

The first booking of the match came in 17 minutes when Dunfermline’s Paul George caught Craig Beattie square on the shins with a straight footed and studied tackle that would result in Beattie leaving the field some 10 minutes later to be replaced by Ryan Donnelly. Beattie’s reaction of attempting to bounce straight back up off the turf probably saved George a more severe punishment.

The game began to increase in pace with chances for both sides. Dunfermline’s Paul George picked up on a slip by McKenna and darted to the line before hitting a flighted across the 6 yard line only for it to be narrowly missed by both Michael Moffat and Lewis Allan. Three minutes later Allan himself created a chance, darting down the left-hand side and getting into the penalty area before drawing the ball back behind a line of in-rushing Dunfermline forwards allowing Ayr to scramble the ball away.

Ayr were not to be out done, and when United gained a freekick 35 yards out after David Robertson had been upended, Adam Blakeman’s drive outwitted the keeper but slid inches past the post.

It was now Robertson’s turn to go into the book as he ‘professionally’ took down Pars’ Allan as he attempted to capitalize on a quick one-two with fellow striker Michael Moffat at the edge of the box. From the resulting freekick Ross Millen smashed the ball off the bar as Dunfermline came the closest they had to scoring in the first half.

At the break the score was tied at 0 – 0 and Ayr must have felt confident as this Dunfermline team showed little of their normal dominance, power or flair. In the second half Ayr shot out of the traps with Brian Gilmour blasting the ball from all of 35 yards out only to see keeper Scully pull off an amazing fingertip save at full stretch, pushing the ball against the post then watching as it came back right along the goal-line before going to safety.

Ayr were having the best of the game at this point and should have gone ahead in the 53rd minute when Donald controlled the ball well on the edge of the penalty area before putting through an inch perfect pass to Ryan Donnelly. Donnelly then contrived to miss the target from 6 yards when it seemed easier to score.

Dunfermline manager, John Potter had targeted the right-hand side of Ayr United’s defence as a weak spot, encouraging winger David Hopkirk to drive into that area at every opportunity. The signs were there that this tactic was having some effect. In the next five minutes Hopkirk created three clear chances the closest being when, put through by Michael Moffat, his crisp shot slammed back off the up right with Hutton beaten.

In the 61st minute Ayr’s luck ran out. Once again Hopkirk was released into the box and after good control his drive in from the left flicked off Nicky Devlin and into the net. This appeared to be ‘devilishly’ bad luck for Nicky as he did his best to block the incoming ball.

Two minutes later a darting run by Hopkirk saw him powering past Craig Murray before releasing a beautifully flighted ball onto the penalty spot allowing the onrushing Michael Moffat to powerfully hit goalwards, only to be denied by the alert Hutton.

In the 70th minute Ayr tried to freshen things up, and seal the gaping hole down the right-hand side of defence, by replacing Craig Murray and captain for the day Brian Gilmour with Morgyn Neill and Jon Paul McGovern, allowing Nicky Devlin to move into the right back slot. Shortly after Dunfermline replaced the tiring George with Shaun Byrne.

With United still trying to get back into the game came the sucker punch. This time Hopkirk played the provider with a beautifully flighted corner picking out Andy Geggan as he made a run towards the front post. Unchallenged the midfielder headed the ball past Hutton to make it two nil.

At this point not many people would have given Ayr a chance of getting back into the game but in the 85th minute they snatched a goal that was to turn the last seven minutes of this match into very uncomfortable period for the Pars.

As the ball came in from the left Dunfermline keeper Scully attempted to prevent Ayr striker Jordan Preston from a heading in from close range. The keeper’s efforts appeared particularly un-composed and somehow the ball dropped at the feet of Robbie Crawford who hit it goalwards through the legs of the keeper and into the net.

This was a signal for Ayr United to throw everything at Dunfermline who struggled to keep the Honest Men out. And right on the stroke of full-time it looked like United were going to do it as the ball was blasted goalwards only to be blocked by a Dunfermline defender despairingly throwing his body in the way.

It just wasn’t to be for Ayr, and due to results elsewhere the team drops back down into the play-off zone.

Dunfemline Athletic

Scully, Millen, Urquhart, Martin, McAusland, Spence, George, Geggan (c), Allan, Moffat, Hopkirk Subs: Goodfellow (GK), Barrowman, Williamson, O’Kane, Thomson, Byrne, El Bahktaoui

 

Ayr United

Hutton, Devlin, Blakeman, Gilmour (C), McKenna, Crawford, Murray, Robertson, Preston, Beattie, Donald Subs: McGovern, Donnelly, Muir, Neill, McCracken, Newman (GK)

SFA Youth Cup 1/4 final

Today sees our Under 20s team take on St Mirren in the quarter final of the Little Big Shot SFA youth cup. The 5th round tie takes place at Somerset Park with a 1pm kick off. The game was played two weeks ago with Ayr leading 1-0 at half time only for the game to be abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

The main stand is the only part of the ground open for the match and entry to the match is by a donation to the Ayr United Football Academy which will be collected on entry.

In the event of a draw after normal time, extra time of 30 minutes (i.e. 15 minutes each way) will take place and thereafter, if necessary, kicks from the Penalty Mark will be taken in accordance with the Rules laid down by The International Football Association Board.

Dunfermline match preview & info

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to face Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park, a venue which is far from a happy hunting ground for the Honest Men. Ian McCall’s men, however, will be buoyed by their late equaliser against Peterhead on Tuesday night and face a Dunfermline side that has been struggling in recent weeks.

 

After a run of three defeats, the Pars held on-form Brechin City to a draw on Tuesday night in a match that saw Josh Falkingham score after just 30 seconds. The point took them above Airdrieonians into fifth position, eight points behind Forfar Athletic in the final promotion play-off spot.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Ian says: “Theres a good atmosphere about the team at the moment and it was a good sign that they kept going on Tuesday night to ensure we didn’t lose the match. We know on Saturday how difficult it will be, Dunfermline are on a poor run and their fans will be expecting improvements so they will be fired up. They have one of the best squads in the league however we have some confidence back, are creating chances and will have a good support there so we are really looking to it.”

 

Team news: Martyn Campbell is close to a return, he will play in an under 20 match in the next week. Alan Forrest is also out as he has not fully recovered from tonsillitis.

 

Form: Ayr have taken 7 points from a possible 12, while Dunfermline have take just one point from their last four games. The Pars have won just twice since United’s last trip to East End Park at the Start of December – in the return fixture at Somerset Park at the end of January and the following week at home to Stenhousemuir

 

Head-to-Head (all competitions): Ayr United wins – 33 Draws – 27 Dunfermline Athletic wins – 49

 

United are without a win in the last 10 meetings between the sides and have lost on 13 of the last 14 trips to East End Park.

 

Last Meeting: Dunfermline were the victors when the sides met at Somerset Park on January 31st following second-half goals from Andy Geggan and David Hopkirk. The Pars are looking for the clean sweep against United this season.

 

On this day: in 1964 Ayr travelled to East End Park in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and were defeated 0-7. In 1981 the sides met at Somerset Park, with the Honest Men winning 2-1.

 

Match Officials: Referee – Nick Walsh

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Conner

Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Grainger

 

Match Info:

Away fans will be situated in the East Stand for Saturday’s match at East End Park.

 Tickets will be available at turnstile 10 and 11.

 Tickets are priced at: Adults £15, Concessions £10* and under 12s £5

 *Concessions are Under 18s, Over 60s, unemployed, disabled and full time students

 

Ayr United Lottery

We are currently looking for the following :-

 

Collection Agents various areas – 15% commission and with over 30 fully paid members a season ticket to home games.

 

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Duties would include reconcilling agents returns, inputting information onto database and general filing and office admin as well as keeping information up to date on our facebook page.  A good working knowledge of excel and word is necessary.

 

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Five Star winners Wk 33 & 34

Treble Chance winners for the Forfar game  on Sat 28 Feb are as follows

1st Prize  £200   Tkt no  477

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Treble Chance winners for the Peterhead game on Tues 03 Mar are as follows

1st Prize  £200  Tkt no  3278

2nd Prize  £50   Tkt no  2532

3rd Prize   £25   Tkt no  2917

All prizes have been claimed

 

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 34

 

£1000 P3541 J Hainey Drongan
MONDAY    
£50 B2114 D Knox Maybole
£10 E3711 C Kirkland Ayr
£10 A0435 G Christie Troon
£10 B4341 J McMillan Barr
TUESDAY    
£50 T0233 G Lee Ayr
£10 Y4411 R Cowperthwaite Clowne
£10 D2134 K Mccoll Sanquhar
£10 C1633 S Hall Ayr
WEDNESDAY    
£50 A1133 L Scotland Muirkirk
£10 E1825 T Andrewucci Ayr
£10 B1211 B Milligan Ayr
£10 D1531 A Hogg Ayr
THURSDAY    
£50 R0534 A McWhirter Dailly
£10 B4331 D Peters Ayr
£10 A2612 J Crawley Glasgow
£10 F4435 E Kenny Ayr
FRIDAY    
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£10 A4145 M Hendry Ayr
£10 E2321 P Doak Troon

 

 

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FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 33

 

£1000 A4834 J McManus Ayr
MONDAY    
£50 C1345 D Smith Ayr
£10 L0125 E Murray New Cumnock
£10 J0212 J Runchiman Ayr
£10 L2535 E Nelson Ayr
TUESDAY    
£50 V1522 A Sharp Saltcoats
£10 I1315 C Cooper Dunure
£10 B4722 G Tudhope Girvan
£10 H3835 I Miller Ayr
WEDNESDAY    
£50 G3541 T McFarlane Dalrymple
£10 A1133 L Scotland Muirkirk
£10 E3044 C Alcroft Girvan
£10 E2343 E Loch Kirkmichael
THURSDAY    
£50 F0435 D Jess Ayr
£10 C2311 M McCrone Kilwinning
£10 H2714 E Noble Ayr
£10 B2914 A Reid Ayr
FRIDAY    
£10 B2125 T Ferguson Minishant
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£10 F0433 F Welsh Prestwick

Ayr United 3 Peterhead 3

Ayr United 3 v 3 Peterhead

With 87 minutes on the clock it appeared that the gods were on the side of Peterhead in this enforced replay after Peterhead had fielded an eligible player back in November. The heavens were darkened and strong winds drilled heavy rain towards the Ayr United goals and Jordan Brown had blasted the ball into the net from 25 yards to make the score Ayr 2 v 3 Peterhead, for what seemed a late winner to repeat the November result. But this was not the Ayr United of a few months ago where heads would have dropped with the acceptance of defeat, and when one minute later Jordan Preston got his third goal in four games for United this was nothing less than they deserved.

But this game wasn’t just about the last few minutes, It had everything, horrendous weather, dogged determination, controversy, and goals. Both managers were careful with their comments but referee Craig Charleston’s decision-making was certainly controversial. What appeared blatant handball by Craig Beattie led to Ayr’s second goal, while the lead up to Peterhead’s second came from a freekick that only the referee saw as foul play, and their third from a corner which was given although the ball was clearly hit out of play by a Peterhead player.

The game had opened up in lively fashion as he took the lead after two minutes. Good interplay between Ayr’s Jordan Preston and Craig Murray led to a corner on the right. Adam Blakeman hit the ball in strongly allowing Nicky Devlin to use its power to head home from close range.

Peterhead seemed oblivious to this setback and were level in 11 minutes. After a good spell of play, Jamie Stevenson found himself in plenty of space down the left-hand side and charged into Ayr’s penalty area before cutting back into the path of Gary McDonald who smashed home from 6 yards.

Although Peterhead appeared to have more of the game it was Ayr who went ahead again in the 28th minute. A ball in from the right was met by Robbie Crawford whose header crashed off the crossbar causing panic in the Peterhead defence. As it was returned to the back post the ball appeared to hit off Craig Beattie’s outstretched arm before being smashed into the net. Both managers were later to comment that there seemed blatant handball but not for referee Charleston who pointed to the centre circle.

With a strong wind at their back, Peterhead grabbed control of the second half but it took them until the 71st minute to draw even. A contentious decision gave Peterhead a corner. The first one was cleared then Stephen Noble’s wind -assisted in swinging corner evaded the Ayr United keeper and defence and appeared to go straight into the net although Jamie Redmond also tried to claim the goal.

On 87 minutes it looked like Peterhead had won this match. A tremendous 22 yard drive from substitute Jordan Brown put Peterhead 3 v 2 ahead.

But this is not the Ayr United of a few months ago and they were determined to get something from this match and just over a minute later they got their just rewards. Ayr forced a corner on the left side and as the ball came in Peterhead struggled to clear. Ayr sub Brian Gilmour hit the ball forward and after a rebound, Jordan Preston flicked the ball into the net to the joy of United gaffer Ian McCall who danced onto the pitch in celebration.

And so it finished three goals apiece and another vital point for Ayr United.

Ayr United: Hutton, Devlin, Blakeman, Murphy, McKenna, McGovern, Murray, Crawford, Preston, Beattie, Donald Subs: Newman (GK), Forrest, Robertson, Donnelly, Neil, Gilmour, McCracken.

Peterhead: Smith, Kerr, Noble, Strachan, Ross, McDonald, Dzierzawski, Redman, Rodgers, Stevenson, Cox Subs: McDonald (GK), McAllister, Brown, Riley, Smith, McLaren.

Referee: Craig Charleston

Attendance: 693

Report: AUmedia

Peterhead match preview

Three days on from our first home win in six months, Ayr United are back in action at Somerset Park when Peterhead are the visitors.

 

Peterhead occupy seventh spot in the table, one place and 11 points ahead of Ayr. They make the 212 mile trip to Ayrshire on the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to Morton on Saturday. Former United striker Andy Rodgers opened the scoring for the Blue Toon from the penalty spot in the 56th minute before a Declan McManus double and last minute goal from Ross Caldwell earned Jim McInally’s old side the win.

 

Also in action in League 1 tonight are Stirling Albion who travel to Greenock and Stenhousemuir who host Stranraer. Brechin City face Dunfermline Athletic.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Ian says: “I thought we defended very well, maybe slightly too deep at points however in general we restricted them to very little efforts. In patches we played some good football considering the conditions. Forfar are a big, strong side and I was most pleased about how we toughed it out with them as I felt in previous games we just weren’t physical enough. We have a good idea how Peterhead will play and are looking forward to getting them here tonight and will be aiming for another home win.”

 

Team news: Martyn Campbell is still out and other than a couple of small niggles everyone has came through Saturdays game and is fit for tonight.

 

Form: After eight defeats in nine games, the Honest Men have lost only two of their last six.

 

Peterhead have lost their last two matches away from home and their last midweek fixture was a 5-0 defeat at Stair Park.

 

Head-to-Head (all competitions): Ayr United wins – 8 Draws – 7 Peterhead wins – 11

 

In 23 league meetings United have beaten Peterhead just five times – and only once at home. Ryan Stevenson and Alex Williams were on the scoresheet in October 2008. Three games since between the sides at Somerset Park have ended all square.

 

Last Meeting: Peterhead have defeated Ayr 2-0 on both our trips north this season, including just 10 ago.

 

On this day: in 2012, United beat Falkirk 1-0 at Somerset Park with Andy Geggan scoring the winning goal in the second-half. The Honest Men have a 50% win rate on this date.

 

Match Officials: Referee – Craig Charleston

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

 

Match Info:

Admission

Adults – £15

OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8

Parent & Child Gate – £18 (via Gate 13)

Peterhead match pricing.

We are aware that there have been questions regarding our pricing for tomorrow nights rearranged match with Peterhead.

Originally, we wanted to reduce prices significantly assuming that any loss incurred by us would be covered by the spfl. The reason that the prices have not been reduced is that despite the fact the league decided Peterhead had broken the rules they made the choice that the game must be replayed which will come at a financial cost to ourselves.

Our costs for a home game are not covered by our current crowds and the spfl have decided that they will only compensate the loss we will incur at tomorrow nights match if the match is played under the normal pricing structure.

We fully understand the frustration of our fans in that you have paid for a match that is considered null and void however we have been left with no option in this instance. Your support this season in difficult times has been magnificent and if you are able to support the team during this crucial match it would be hugely appreciated.