£5 entry for Stirling match

Next Saturday’s match with Stirling Albion at Somerset Park is going to be absolutely crucial in terms of our final placing in League One this season. Due to this we have decided to reduce entry in the hope of creating a great atmosphere inside the ground, exactly what happened when we offered the same deal against East Fife last season.

We are near the end of another long, hard season and we hugely appreciate the support that our fans have continued to provide, home and away, despite poor results.

The impact a busy Somerset Park buzzing with an atmosphere makes is absolutely huge to our players and many times over the years has been a deciding factor.

Commercial manager  Graeme Miller said :”In terms of results this season hasn’t been what any of us expected however the fans have stayed with us because they can see the effort and the level of performances have been getting better however it’s now down to the crunch. Hopefully this is our last home game of the season and more than ever we need a big turn out.

Encourage your friends to come along, friends of friends, tell people it’s only £5 to get in and most importantly that will make a huge difference to our players.  Our new strip will be on sale at 10am on the morning of the game and it’s the Player of the Year awards in the evening so it could be a great day. Fans have been asking about opening the railway end so we have decided to open it for this match as we are expecting a bigger crowd.

Season tickets will be on sale as soon as it’s confirmed what division we will be in next season which could see them being on sale two months earlier than last season. “

Ayr 2 Peterhead 4

A disastrous second half performance saw United again struggle to see out a game from a commanding position, by allowing Peterhead to come from 2 goals down to win 4-2 and maintain their outside chances of a promotion play-off place.

 

Ian McCall and his coaching staff will be scratching their heads at United’s Jekyll & Hyde performance, as only a late capitulation by relegation contenders Stenhousemuir at Cappielow, prevented this result from being an even bigger disaster. Stenhousemuir also managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as they also lost a 2 goal lead, going down 3-2 to Morton. This result means Ayr stay above The Warriors thanks to United’s better goals scored tally, as both teams have the same goal difference.

 

Going in to this game United made one change to the side that narrowly lost to league leaders Stranraer last Saturday, replacing Craig Beattie with Allan Forrest. While Jim McInally decided to make changes after Peterhead’s 1-1 draw against Dunfermline last weekend . They made three changes with Steven Noble, Jordan Brown and Andy Rodgers being favoured in the starting eleven as Nicky Riley and Scott Ross dropped to the bench with Jamie Stevenson missing through injury.

 

The afternoon started positively for United as they looked the hungrier and better of the two sides pressing Peterhead deep into their own half preventing them from threatening United for the bulk of the first half.

 

The early domination by United saw early chances for Mikey Donald and Alan Forrest but the opener wasn’t far away. In 17 mins Allan Forrest eluded the Peterhead defence to find himself in on goal, he coolly rounded the goalkeeper before showing great composure to finish past a defender on the line to give Ayr an early lead.

 

More was to come from the home side just two minutes later. Good build up play by Ayr was rewarded when Jordan Preston burst into the box before slipping the ball under Peterhead keeper Smith to double United’s advantage at 2-0.

 

Allan Forrest should have made it 3-0 soon after but from in front of goal 10 yards out he pulled his volley wide of the keepers right hand post in 36 mins.

 

Three minutes later Peterhead’s keeper Smith kept his team in the game with a sensational one handed save, blocking a shot on the line with his right hand, and somehow managing to turn it up and over the bar.

 

However Ayr were made to pay for their inability to put the game to bed in 41 mins.

 

Steven Noble managed to find space on the left, sending in a teasing cross, that ended up with the unmarked Andy Rodgers heading home from close range to make the score 2-1 in what was Peterhead’s first serious attack of the game.

 

At the start of the second half Ayr almost scored from the kick off as Jordan Preston burst through and bore down on goal only to see his shot well saved by Smith in the Peterhead goal.

 

Again a positive start by United was quickly undone as Peterhead levelled the score in 52 mins with another close range header from the unmarked Jordan Brown.

 

David Hutton then saved Ayr from further embarrassment off of another free header from Andy Rodgers in 56 mins as Ayr struggled to repel Peterhead’s attacks.

 

In 58 mins the inevitable happened as the United defence was breached again when Jordan Brown notched his second goal of the game prodding home from close range to make it 3-2 to The Blues.

 

Ayr made a double substitution in an attempt to get back in to the game in 67 mins as Robertson and Beattie replaced Forrest and Murphy.

 

Peterhead though took no notice of the changes Ayr made and grabbed a fourth goal in 75 mins. Gary McDonald ending a good move, netting with a close range finish, to put the game beyond Ayr. This result keep’s alive Peterhead’s outside chance of a promotion play-off place but condemned Ayr to a morale sapping home defeat.

 

Attendance – 998

 

Ayr United

Hutton; Devlin; Campbell; Murphy; McKenna; McGovern; Blakeman; Crawford; Prreston; Forrest; Donald

Subs

Newman; Robertson; Nisbet; Gilmour; Beattie; Murray; Neil

 

Peterhead

Smith; Donaldson; Noble; Strachan; Smith; McDonald; Dzierzawski; Redman; McAllister; Brown; Rodgers

Subs

McDonald; Riley; Cowie; Ross

 

Report – AUMedia

 

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Peterhead Match Preview

Ayr United’s fight for survival looks set to go to the wire but Ian McCall’s men at least have their destiny in their own hands. Peterhead travel to Somerset Park this Saturday for what everyone hopes is this season’s penultimate home fixture. The race to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off spot is between Ayr and Stenhousemuir and the Warriors journey to Greenock this weekend to face Morton.

 

Peterhead are one place above Ayr but have a 17 point advantage over the Honest Men. The Blue Toon have an outside chance of making the play-offs but are seven points behind fourth placed Brechin City with just 12 points to play for. Jim McInally’s side earned a draw at home to Dunfermline last weekend in a match that saw former United strikers Michael Moffat and Andy Rodgers trade goals.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Ian says: They are all big games for us now so we are looking forward to it. Hopefully there will be a good crowd in to see the match and get behind us. We want to replicate our last two home performances and if we do that and improve our finishing then we expect to win the game. Peterhead are a good side and the 3-3 game at Somerset could have gone either way however we know we can create chances against them.

 

Team news: There are no injury concerns.

 

Form: United are without a win in their last seven matches, drawing three and losing four. Peterhead have taken two points from their last four matches and are without a win in their last six away games.

 

Head-to-Head (all competitions): Ayr United wins – 8 Draws – 8 Peterhead wins – 10

 

In 11 league meetings between the sides at Somerset Park United have recorded just one victory, back in October 2008. Six of the matches have ended in a draw.

 

Last Meeting: Peterhead last visited Somerset just a month ago. Nicky Devlin scored his first senior goal to open the scoring after just 3 minutes before Gary McDonald levelled nine minutes later. Craig Beattie controversially put United back in front but goals from Steven Noble and Jordan Brown, in the 87th minute, looked to earn Peterhead the win. That wasn’t the end of the scoring, however, and Jordan Preston netted a vital equaliser just 60 seconds later.

 

On this day: Ayr United have played 16 fixtures on this date and have a 43.75% win rate.

 

Match Officials: Referee – Calum Murray

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig King

Stranraer 1 Ayr 0

Stranraer 1 v 0 Ayr United

 
If there were a machine called a ‘reporter’s auto-repeater’ it would be so easy to write about any Ayr United match in the last few weeks. ‘Good energy, good organisation, a solid defence, the ability not to score with ‘certainties’, deserving of at least a share of the points, and giving away an undeserved goal in tragic fashion’ would just roll off the word processor. But it is true.

 
For those of us who made our way down the road to Stranraer it was a tough experience. Certainly Stranraer put Ayr under pressure for the first 20 minutes of the first half but other than two wayward shots from Gibson and Aitken the United rear-guard seemed particularly comfortable and solid with Martin Campbell slotting in beside Murphy and McKenna.

 
After weathering the early storm it was United who started to move forward with a Donald free kick in 23 minutes being deflected narrowly wide and just two minutes later Preston, picking up on a mistake by Stranraer in midfield, driving past two players into the box only to watch his shot roll across the face of goal and scrape past the post.

 
Stranraer seemed temporarily shocked and were almost caught out on the 28th minute. Ayr gained a free kick almost on the by-line, but as the Stranraer defence marshalled itself for a cross, Blakeman saw an opportunity and drove the ball directly at goal. This time the ball fizzed across the front of goal and it appeared that Preston at the back post would easily tap in, but somehow it evaded everyone and went wide.
Stranraer were finding it more difficult in this Ayr’s best phase of the match. Both teams gave their all with some crunching tackles keeping the referee busy. Former Honest Man, and Stranraer captain, Chris Aitken found himself the first man in the book as his high boot clattered off of Adam Blakeman’s head.

 
Ayr still pushed forward and in 32 minutes Nicky Devlin sent in a shot from the right again just went narrowly wide. It was then that Ayrs best chance came and went.
In the 34th minute Craig Beattie was put through into the penalty area and was faced with a one on one with The Blues keeper Mitchell. Beattie was odds-on favourite with all his experience and he attempted place the ball beneath the onrushing Mitchell who with no little skill managed just to do enough to flick the ball past the post. Manager Ian McCall’s frustrated reaction showed just how much he could not believe that yet again Ayr had failed to score in a one-on-one situation.

 
For the last 10 minutes or so of the half Stranraer did their utmost to re-gain the upper hand but could only manage a single easily snuffed out break by Winter in 36 minutes for their efforts.
For all of Stranraer’s early pressure Ayr deservedly went in at half-time all square, but the home team’s electricity bill must surged during the break as they returned to the pitch with their batteries fully charged.
Stranraer opened the second half with all the intent they had shown early in the first. Ayr were pushed backwards and chance after chance came Stranraer’s way. In the first five minutes Chris Aitken had two chances, feeding on good work by Gibson down the left, his first effort saved by Hutton and the second going just over the bar.

 
In the 52nd minute Stranraer came the closest they had when McKeown knocked the ball down to Craig Malcolm whose first-time drive smashed off the nearside post and out for a goal kick.
Stranraer maintained the pressure and United were restricted in their forays forward and struggled in the last third with only Blakeman and Preston managing to get shots on target but these were easily saved by Mitchell.
In the 63rd minute the capricious gods looked down upon Stair Park and decided it was time for the usual doze of bad luck/comedy for this United team. Some good work from Stranraer down the left saw the ball hit across the edge of the penalty area to Chris Aiken whose mishit effort went powerlessly through a ruck of players towards the Ayr goal. With everyone expecting the ball to go harmlessly through to keeper Hutton the ball flew off Martin Campbell’s boot and up into mid-air landing in front of Craig Malcolm almost on the by-line. His response to the out rushing Hutton was to coolly flick the ball over his head and as everyone stood stunned in disbelief the ball floated downwards for what seemed an age and into the net. Comedy cuts had led to some skill of extreme quality and Ayr were one down.

 
Ayr replaced defender McKenna with Brian Gilmour as they adopted a more attacking posture and tried to up the tempo but Stranraer were determined this wasn’t going to happen. Gallagher, Mitchell, and Gibson all ended up in the referee’s book for persistent fouling, kicking the ball away, and what can only be described as high quality clothing grabbing and WWE skills, in that order.
Ayr still struggled to create any real opportunities and as the game went towards full-time. Continuing their positive attitude United brought on Nisbet and Robertson for Craig Beattie and Jon Paul McGovern. Stranraer were, however, determined not to let this lead slip and replaced strikers Longworth and Malcolm and winger Winter with Stoney, Stirling and Robertson while changing their formation to one upfront and wall of bodies at the rear.

 
With seconds left Ryan Nesbitt turned in the box and appeared to be caught as he tried to wriggle free. Ayr screamed for a penalty but referee Kevin Graham just shook his head, looked at his watch, and the game was over.

 
Stranraer
Mitchell, Pettigrew, Longridge, Rumsby, McKeown, Aitken, Winter, Gallagher, Malcolm, Longworth, Gibson
Substitutes Stirling, Robertson, Russell, McShane, Stoney, Tobin (GK)

Ayr United
Hutton, Devlin, Donald, Murphy, McKenna, McGovern, Campbell, Crawford, Preston, Beattie, Blakeman
Substitutes Robertson, Muir, Gilmour, Nisbet, Murray, Neill, Newman (GK)

Referee: Kevin Graham
Attendance: 1,010

Report: AUmedia

Stranraer match preview

Tomorrow, Ayr United head south to face league leaders Stranraer and the battle at both ends of the season continues. A point last Saturday against Brechin City was enough to see United climb above Stenhousemuir on goals scored after a Bryan Prunty double defeated the Warriors at the Excelsior Stadium. Brown Ferguson’s side host third placed Forfar this weekend.

Stranraer hold a one point advantage over Morton and Forfar Athletic as they look to gain promotion to Scottish football’s second tier for the first time for a decade. Stephen Aitken’s side came back from one-goal down at Peterhead last weekend to win 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Jamie Longworth and Willie Gibson. The former Kilmarnock winger has three goals in his last three games.

Read on for our match preview:

Ian says: “Stranraer might be top of the league however we are travelling with confidence due to the level of our performances. We need to keep the same level of performance, finish better and hope a wee bit of luck goes our way.

Team news: There are no suspensions or injuries.

Form: United are without a win in six, having taken just three points from a possible 18. The Honest Men have lost the last three on the road. Stranraer have won their last three games, each by a one goal margin. The Blues have won their last four league games at home, conceding just once.

Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 48
Draws – 11
Stranraer wins – 24

Only one of the last 20 games between the sides has ended in a draw.

Last Meeting: Craig Beattie played at centre-back as a threadbare United squad went down 2-0 on 3rd January. Craig Malcolm and Jamie Longworth netted the goals at Somerset Park. Ex-Ayr man Malcolm was also on the scoresheet when the sides last met at Stair Park, netting a double in a 3-1 win which had seen Jon-Paul McGovern open the scoring back in November.

On this day: in 1973 Ayr United lost 2-0 to Rangers in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

Match Officials:
Referee – Kevin Graham
Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 – Martin McCarthy

Match Info:
Adults – £13
Senior citizens – £7
Under 16s – £5

Player of the Year Awards

We are pleased to announce that the annual Player of the Year Awards will take place on 25th April 2015 in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite at Somerset Park. The awards will kick off at 7.30pm.

Tickets will be on sale at the club shop from 12 noon on Tuesday April 7th and will be priced at £20 each. The ticket allows entry to the Awards and there will be a buffet served during the event.

Voting for the awards will open at 12 noon on the 7th April for the Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year. Voting can be done via email, nominating the player(s) under each category to commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or by using the forms in the Club Shop. Voting will finish on Tuesday 21st April at 9pm.

The criteria for the Young Player of the Year is that the player be under 23 on 25th April 2015. The players that meet the criteria are Nicky Devlin, Scott McKenna, Morgyn Neill, Craig McCracken, Alan Forrest, Craig Murray, Robbie Crawford, Jordan Preston, Sean McKenzie, Andrew Muir, Peter McGill, Mick Wardrope, Dale Shirkie and Ryan Nisbet.

There is no age limit on the Player of the Year.

AU media will very shortly be releasing the shortlist for the Goal of the Season on their facebook page so make sure you get your votes in for that.

Five Star Winners Wks 37 & 38

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 38 

 

£1000 C2725 S Riddell Ayr
MONDAY    
£50 A0521 R Baird Ayr
£10 A3734 A Graham Girvan
£10 A0934 A Scott Ayr
£10 M0314 S McQuilken Ayr
TUESDAY    
£50 G1432 J Mcharg Maybole
£10 L0214 J Tate Ayr
£10 G3345 J Mcaleer Muirkirt
£10 J0413 S McCreadie Girvan
WEDNESDAY    
£50 H1135 W McCulloch Prestwick
£10 B0512 C Sowerby Dalrymple
£10 J0513 Mrs Downie Ayr
£10 G4735 R Logan Coylton
THURSDAY    
£50 K0743 A Sommerville Ayr
£10 G0341 A Main Ayr
£10 G2323 S Gaw Fairlie
£10 B3934 P Duthie Dailly
FRIDAY    
£10 T0443 C Eyley Uddingston
£10 B1242 M Woolgar Girvan
£10 B2114 D Knox Maybole

 

 

Don’t miss any more chances to win,

 

To join the Lottery please call the office on 01292 263435 (option 1) or go online at www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk

 

Also treble chance results from the brechin game last saturday were as follows

1st Prize  Tkt no  446

2nd Prize  Tkt no  517

3rd Prize  Tkt no  397

 

All prizes have been claimed

 

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 37 

 

£1000 R2211 D Brackenridge Ayr
MONDAY    
£50 B4331 D Peters Ayr
£10 E1541 J Eccles Maybole
£10 A3811 R Wallace Ayr
£10 D3914 L Muir Girvan
TUESDAY    
£50 G3415 R Murray Catrine
£10 A4835 R Scobie Ayr
£10 E0634 A McNally Ayr
£10 G3344 R Provan Ayr
WEDNESDAY    
£50 A2744 F Brown Sanquhar
£10 G4934 I Johnstone Irvine
£10 A5045 I Jamieson Prestwick
£10 C4121 S Russell Ayr
THURSDAY    
£50 F0512 MRs Mcclure Prestwick
£10 C2912 M Macdougall Ayr
£10 G2433 J Gourlay Ayr
£10 F2314 K Geddes Swindon
FRIDAY    
£10 A0142 D Smith Westhill
£10 C0443 W Lindsay Ayr
£10 B2233 H Gray Girvan