Stranraer 1 Ayr Utd 2

Stranraer 1 v 2 Ayr United

Right from the kick-off both teams set out to attack with Stranraer first to come close in under two minutes when McGuigan attempted to capitalise on a Gerry McLaughlin loose ball but just failed to convert the opportunity. But Ayr were not to be outdone and went ahead just one minute later.

Jamie Adams got his foot to the ball in midfield and flicked through to Alan Forrest who delicately lifted it over the Stranraer backline and into the box. Craig Moore raced through to meet the ball, getting a shot off whilst under pressure, only to see keeper Brennan partially block. Although off-balance Moore managed to regain composure and reach the ball before turning it into the net to put Ayr one up.

With Stranraer still recovering from the early opening goal United almost went two up with Forest put clean through only to see his shot well saved by Brennan.

This stung Stranraer into action with a passing move across the field some 25 yards out finally seeing the ball land at the feet of Andy Stirling on the right. Stirling turned inside giving himself space at the edge of the box before releasing a drive that slammed off the bar.

Stirling’s threat was becoming evident and in eight minutes he played a one-two with Thomson in a move that saw him bypass three players before reclaiming the ball. He then moved into the box before slamming the ball across the goal mouth only to see striker Craig Malcolm fail to connect.

Ayr were still managing to create chances. In the 14th minute a pinpoint cross-field pass by Nicky Devlin found Paddy Boyle forward on the left. His touch inside found Forrest who created space for himself before releasing a drive just over the top from some 22 yards.

In the 20th minute came the first moment of controversy. Alan Forrest drove into the box using some neat footwork and appeared to be getting to the goal line when an excellent recovery tackle poked the ball away from him for what appeared to be a corner. The tackle resulted in Forrest but there was no appeal for a penalty with players on both sides preparing for a corner. However for the second match in a row the youngster was booked for simulation much to the bemusement of all involved.

Stranraer’s patient, carefully controlled build-up play created the best of their chances down their right mostly through the influence of Stirling. On the 25th minute his close control again allowed him space at the edge of the box but this time his cutely curled effort went narrowly wide.

In the 32nd minute Stirling nutmegged Crawford before finding Robertson with an excellent through pass but at full stretch McGuigan was blocked by keeper Fleming. Shortly after this Stirling picked up the ball on the right of midfield before cutting diagonally across the edge of the penalty area before finding Thomson in the box with an audacious flick of his right boot. Thomson laid the ball back to Bell whose drive was sliced over the bar from just 5 yards out by Ayr’s Nicky Devlin.

At half-time manager McCall pulled a masterstroke with a tactical change designed to negate the influence of Stirling while at the same time giving Ayr an alternative attacking strategy. McCall replaced goal scorer Moore with Mikey Donald and at one stroke Stirling was denied the space and time on the ball which had allowed him to dictate much of the first-half play.

The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Stranraer still having the majority of the play but restricted to only half chances from Malcolm and McGuigan with Ayr’s central defensive pairing of McLauchlan and Murphy relatively comfortable. Both sides attempted to freshen up with United replacing Alan Forrest with Alan Trouten and Stranraer bringing on Jamie Longworth for the tiring Mark McGuigan.

The match had changed with a number of niggling tackles and some which were a little bit more tasty from both sides but it was surprising when Ayr’s Murphy became the first to be booked in the second half (joining Forrest and Adams who had already been booked in the first). In 67 minutes referee Walsh booked the defender for time wasting during a free kick. This was in itself surprising due to the early time on the clock and as Murphy was attempting to take a freekick deep in his own half but was restricted by the tight marking of the forwards he was trying to reach.

Shortly after this Ross Docherty of Ayr was deservedly booked for a tackle on Stirling as the Stranraer man attempted to make a break for the halfway line following an Ayr attack. Docherty then got involved in an incident that resulted in his sending off.

United’s Robbie Crawford broke over the halfway line and after releasing a pass forward he was chopped down by Stranraer’s Craig Pettigrew in a manner which could have caused injury, leaving the United man clutching his ankle and shin. The referee and Pettigrew were instantly surrounded by players, first on the scene being Stranraer’s Craig Malcolm but joined a few seconds later by Docherty, Adams, Murphy and Trouten and Stranraer’s Bell, Longworth, Robertson and Thomson. Although there seemed to be angry words exchanged there was no physicality between the players and most appeared to separate possible combatants. The referee, supported by his assistants who had also run onto the pitch, decided to book Pettigrew for the initial tackle and Robertson and Docherty for the following incident. This being Ross Docherty’s second booking he was also shown a red.

As Ayr reorganised Stranraer went for the kill. In 73 minutes Pettigrew picked up the ball some 30 yards out and unleashed a drive that smashed off the post with Fleming beaten at full stretch. It only seemed a matter of time before the weight of numbers and Stranraer pressure would result in an equaliser. But it was not to be so easy and this Ayr team had not got the memo to lie down and play dead.

In 76 minutes Donald stole the ball off of Thomson just inside the United half and flicked the ball on to Trouten who surged forward before releasing Preston into the box. Under intense pressure from Robertson, Preston somehow managed to slide the ball past keeper Brennan but only found the post. The ball bounced back into the 6 yard box and there was Trouten to hammer the ball into the top of the net putting United two up and signalling a jubilant reaction from the noisy travelling support.

Again Ayr restructured in an attempt to consolidate their position with Brian Gilmour replacing Jordan Preston and Stranraer responded with former Ayr youngster Peter McGill replacing Thomson and Chris Aitken coming on for Cairney.

The remaining minutes were breathless, nerve-racking yet entertaining with Stranraer desperate to get something from the match while Ayr defended stoutly and attacked on the break. With only a few seconds of normal time left Stirling pulled one back for The Blues with another moment of individual excellence picking the ball up just outside United’s box to the left before curling an immaculate drive into the top corner. Although nearly 5 minutes of added time were played this was to be the final goal of the game and United had come out on top.

Stranraer
Brennan, Robertson, Keenan, Pettigrew, Rumsby, Thomson, Cairney, Bell, Malcolm, Stirling, McGuigan Substitutes Aitken, McCloskey, Longworth, McGill, Mair, Rowan, Currie (GK)

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLauchlan, Murphy, Adams, Crawford, Preston, Moore, Forrest Substitutes Trouten, Gilmour, Caldwell, Donald, McCracken, Muir, Newman (GK)

Referee: Nick Walsh
Attendance: 882
Report: AUmedia

Stranraer Match Preview

Match Preview

Stranraer vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 22nd August 2015

After a creditable showing against Rangers on Wednesday night, Ayr United return to League 1 duty on Saturday when they make the trip south along the A77 to face Stranraer. The Honest Men will be out for revenge having lost all four games against the Blues last season.

There will be a familiar face in the home dugout after Brian Reid took over from Stephen Aitken in the summer. The former Ayr boss has been forced to contend with a host of departures from Stair Park, including David Mitchell, Jackson Longridge, Frank McKeown and Willie Gibson but strikers Craig Malcolm and Jamie Longworth remain a dangerous proposition and Peter McGill has become the latest in a long line of former Ayr players to swap Somerset Park for Stranraer.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back from a 4-0 reverse at home at the hands of Peterhead last weekend, although they opened the season with three points at Cowdenbeath. Stranraer face Hibernian in the League Cup next week.

Team News: Everybody is fit and we should have a full squad to choose from. Jordan Preston goes straight into the squad.

Ian says:”The team will change from Wednesday night and we will pick a team we think is suited to going and getting three points from a very difficult venue. I keep hearing about our poor recent record down there and that is something we need to rectify. We know that we wont always be able to play the way we would like to play. We were magnificent in the second half against Rangers and it showed just how fit the boys are and we are heading to Stranraer with confidence. Hopefully we will have a big noisy away support to cheer us on.”

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 9
Stranraer wins – 21

Stranraer have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: Stranraer completed a whitewash against Ayr last season, winning all four matches between the two sides, losing just one goal. The last fixture was at the start of April at Stair Park when a second-half Craig Malcolm was enough to earn the Blues all three points.
On this day: in 1992 Ayr United beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Somerset Park in the First Division. It is United’s last league win over their Ayrshire rivals.
Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee – Ross Haswell
Assistant Referee – Colin Pensom

Match Details:
Admission:
Adult – £13
Senior Citizen (over 65) – £7
U16 – £5
Primary School – £3

Jordan Preston returns

We are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Jordan Preston until the 16th of January. jordan goal peterhead

Manager Ian McCall said :”I have been very patient to hold out for Jordan as I really wanted to get him back. Everyone saw his ability last season, he had a wee dip in form as you would expect from a young guy and finished the season strongly. The team he will play in this season will create a lot more chances for him. He’s a great boy, already has a great bond with a lot of the team and will fit in really well. We have him until January however theres a chance it could be for longer than that.”

Pending FA Clearance Jordan will go straight into the squad for Saturdays visit to Stranraer and is also available for the League Cup match at Ross County on Tuesday night.

Rangers match preview

Ayr United v Rangers
Petrofact Training Cup 2nd Round – Wednesday 19th August 2015

Ayr United welcome Rangers to Somerset Park on Wednesday night in what is the 100th meeting between the two clubs but the first in the Challenge Cup. United bounced back from their disappointing league opener at Albion Rovers with a 2-1 win against Brechin City on Saturday, a fourth consecutive victory at Somerset Park under Ian McCall.

Mark Warburton’s new look Gers have started the season with four wins, scoring 17 goals along the way including 6 in their opening fixture of the season, a comprehensive 6-2 versus Hibs at Easter Road in the first round of the competition. Veteran striker Kenny Miller has five goals to his name this season and was joined on the scoresheet on Sunday by new signings Martyn Waghorn, James Tavernier and Jason Holt in a 5-1 win at Recreation Park.

Ian says:”Wednesday night is a big night for everyone at the club as Somerset Park is a great place to be when its close to full. We have had Rangers watched and there is no doubt how well they are playing at the moment however we have a few ideas to make sure they will have a difficult night. We have our own players that can cause them problems.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 13
Draws – 16
Rangers wins – 70

Rangers have won four of their last five visits to Somerset Park 2-0 and kept a clean sheet in all five games – Ayr last netted against the Gers at home in April 1978.

Last Meeting: In April 2014, Alan Forrest scored Ayr United’s first goal against Rangers since Darren Henderson in 1996 after seven consecutive games against the Light Blues without a goal but, like on that occasion United’s equaliser was not enough to avoid defeat at Ibrox. Bilel Mohsni broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second-half and then netted the winner in the 82nd minute after Forrest’s composed finish.

On this day: Ayr have a relatively poor record on August 19th, with a win rate of just 25%. The Honest Men have twice played Rangers on this date, losing 2-1 at Ibrox in 1971 and 4-0 at home in 1939.

Match Officials:
Referee – Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee – David Roome

Rangers final information

AYR UNITED V RANGERS
WEDNESDAY 19TH AUGUST
7.45PM
PETROFAC TRAINING CUP

• TICKET SALES AND PICK UPS
o Ticket Sales will end at 6.15pm on Wednesday, after this time we will no longer be able to sell tickets to the match from the Club Shop.
o Tickets that have been bought online or by phone sales will be available to pick up until 6.15pm from the Club Shop/Administration Office
• CAR PARK
o Due to the capacity of the Car Park and the estimated attendance, we have acquired extra car parking facilities at Ayr Racecourse for supporter’s cars. Our Car Park will therefore be available only to Blue Badge holders, Car Park Passes, Officials, Press, Staff and players. All other cars will be accommodated at Ayr Racecourse. There will be parking available at Ayr College also.
o Supporters’ Buses will be directed to Whitletts Road and to Dam Park.
• TRAFFIC
o There will be Traffic Management around Somerset Park and surrounding areas. No-waiting restrictions will be in place. Please see above with regards to where to park.
• TURNSTILES
o Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm
o Please have your ticket ready and ensure you are at the designated turnstile for your ticket. The turnstiles will be clearly marked.

Rangers ticket update

We have now stopped taking phone and online orders. All tickets must now be purchased in person from our club shop before 6.15 on Wednesday night.

The club shop is open from noon – 7.30pm today, 12-4 on Tuesday 18th August and from noon on Wednesday 19th.

The centre and East stands have sold out however there are still plenty of tickets left for the family stand and the Somerset Road End.

5 star winners wk 1-6

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 1

£1000 C2814 S Dempsey Tarbolton

MONDAY
£50 B0215 M Cairns-Macleod Saltcoats
£10 A0834 R Murray Kirkmichael
£10 G5043 L Cameron Ayr
£10 F1024 J Meeton Prestwick

TUESDAY
£50 J1443 I Coulter Kirkmichael
£10 B2141 L Brodie Ayr
£10 R1724 Mrs Howitson Tarbolton
£10 F1435 M Dickson Kirkoswald

WEDNESDAY
£50 C4812 R Lendrum Ayr
£10 F2311 J Lauder Ayr
£10 C3522 R Clark Mossblown
£10 C0415 B Richmond Prestwick

THURSDAY
£50 F1445 O Robinson Dunure
£10 D0823 N Foggo Prestwick
£10 N2914 R McLarty Edinburgh
£10 I3413 K Dickson Kirkoswald

FRIDAY
£10 J2825 A McMorland Ayr
£10 I5045 S Wilson Prestwick
£10 F3115 J Urie Maybole

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 2

£1000 M0231 D McDonald Cumnock

MONDAY
£50 B1033 M Wallace Tarbolton
£10 P0124 W Cassidy Ayr
£10 M1411 M Aitken Prestwick
£10 A0312 N Sanderson Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 A0931 T Brown Muirkirk
£10 E1521 M Murray Auchinleck
£10 R1433 J Alexander Ayr
£10 F0921 J Evans Ardrossan

WEDNESDAY
£50 M3812 T Scott Dalrymple
£10 C4115 R Barclay Girvan
£10 A2323 B Shields Ayr
£10 R2211 D Brackenridge Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 A2444 B Morrison Ayr
£10 B4745 A Morgan Ayr
£10 C3222 Mrs Fisher Ayr
£10 J2831 H Dempsey Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 A0443 R Murray Drongan
£10 I1542 R Hamilton Ayr
£10 E1513 H Reid Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 3

£1000 B3312 C Davidson Girvan

MONDAY
£50 A1133 L Scotland Muirkirk
£10 A3825 R Morrison Ayr
£10 B0511 E Kennedy Mossblown
£10 B0144 S McKay Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 B1731 T Baird Ayr
£10 A2125 E Murphy Ayr
£10 B0443 A Murphy Ayr
£10 B4225 J McGuire Girvan

WEDNESDAY
£50 C3833 G Perrie Prestwick
£10 A4741 D Allan Prestwick
£10 A1814 B Sloan Ayr
£10 B2234 M Hutchison Girvan

THURSDAY
£50 A0432 D Hart Ayr
£10 P0421 M Johnstone Ayr
£10 G1614 R McDonald Ayr
£10 F1815 R McLean Prestwick

FRIDAY
£10 D0941 J Durie Drongan
£10 G4312 A Peterkin Ayr
£10 A2135 M Whyte Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 4

£1000 J0214 J Runciman Ayr

MONDAY
£50 A0843 F Brown Ayr
£10 H1035 J Ferguson Logan
£10 F0744 W Stewart Ayr
£10 B1723 A McTaggart Dalrymple

TUESDAY
£50 A4114 W Donnelly Ayr
£10 B0814 D Clark Girvan
£10 G4312 A Peterkin Ayr
£10 D4742 D Rankin Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 B3934 P Duthie Dailly
£10 E1243 S Allan Ayr
£10 B0445 P Byrne Ayr
£10 A2912 H Greenwood Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 A4313 M Bell Ayr
£10 A4912 R McCubbin Ayr
£10 D0335 N Sanderson Sanquhar
£10 B1025 I Miller Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 A4345 B Thomson Ayr
£10 L1932 T Patterson Ayr
£10 F2522 S Leslie Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 5

£1000 H0944 G Reid Irvine

MONDAY
£50 A1325 G Eaglesham Kirkoswald
£10 H3613 J Templeton Ayr
£10 F0431 E Pearce Mossblown
£10 B4145 J Riggans Maybole

TUESDAY
£50 H3835 I Miller Ayr
£10 D4812 T McKenna Ayr
£10 G4132 S Sturgeon Drongan
£10 A1621 W Gallacher Prestwick

WEDNESDAY
£50 F1815 R McLean Prestwick
£10 C1633 S Hall Ayr
£10 B3912 W Andress Coylton
£10 H2325 S McWilliam Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 M1242 D Maclean Ayr
£10 H5034 M Kirk Dalrymple
£10 A2141 J Smith Girvan
£10 C3614 J Smillie Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 B1042 D Findlay Ayr
£10 A0525 H Brown Ayr
£10 A3931 A McAllister Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 6

£1000 C4543 M McGinn Dailly

MONDAY
£50 C0813 C Brodie Ayr
£10 A5043 F Wallace Girvan
£10 D1012 R Keir Prestwick
£10 B3631 R McClung Tarbolton

TUESDAY
£50 T0221 I Thompson Mossblown
£10 D0535 M McMillan Muirkirk
£10 H3012 R Crossan Ayr
£10 K1913 G Hallliday Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 C2943 J McAndrew Ayr
£10 J3521 I Anderson Ayr
£10 C3915 A Jardine Prestwick
£10 B2921 A Lynch Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 C4123 R Barclay Girvan
£10 B4541 A Martin Girvan
£10 C3434 I Grier Annbank
£10 B0412 G Owens Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 A0915 D Masterton Muirkirk
£10 A3314 W Yuille Girvan
£10 C2812 W Wilson Girvan

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Ayr 2 Brechin 1

Ayr United 2 – 1 Brechin City

United secured the first three points of the league season in a tight encounter in the sunshine at Somerset Park. Manager Ian McCall had been determined that his team would put in a much better performance than the previous week that had seen them going down three nil to Albion Rovers, and felt that but for some missed chances in the first half this could have been a much easier victory for the Honest Men. Brechin gaffer Darren Dods believed that his team deserved to get something out of the match and was much more content with his team’s performance when compared with last week’s match against Dunfermline and their defeat in the League Cup only two weeks ago against Ayr.

The game had opened with Ayr on the front foot, pacey and fluent moving forward with debutant Craig Moore linking up well with Forrest, Trouten, Gilmour and Crawford and causing some concerns in the initially shaky Brechin defence.

As early as 3mins Crawford found himself at the edge of the box but his powerful shot was deflected wide for a corner. In 5mins Moore’s pace put him on to a poor pass back by Dods and he showed great creativity in lifting the ball over the outrushing keeper Smith but unfortunately the ball flew narrowly over the bar.

Ayr went close again in the 7th minute when after a spell of good short passes McLauchlan played a long ball down the right hand side allowing Trouten to get behind the defence and burst into the box only to see his powerful shot well saved by Graeme Smith in the Brechin goals. McLauchlan and Trouten again combined in the 15th minute but this time Trouten’s shot went wide.

At this point Ayr were the dominant team, commanding midfield and creating the majority of chances with Brechin being forced to resort to shots from distance which caused few problems for Fleming in the United goal. It was therefore no surprise when Ayr took the lead.

Brian Gilmour played a beautiful ball through to Moore whose strike was blocked by Smith, deflected off defender McCormack and drove narrowly wide for a corner. Gilmour’s flighted corner proved difficult for the Brechin defence and was headed back to him by defender Gary Fusco. Gilmour then moved into the penalty area dragging the Brechin defenders from the 6 yard box before lifting the ball over them towards the back post to in-rushing Forrest who nodded the ball into the net from close in. With 21mins gone it was 1 – 0 United.

Anyone who believed that this would be the signal for Brechin to crumble and for Ayr to dominate were to be disappointed as it had the opposite effect. ‘The City’ stepped up a gear and slowly gained dominance of midfield with Johnston, Jackson and Thomson being brought more and more into the play upfront. Suddenly the chances began to fall for Brechin.
In 26mins a ball into the box by Tiffoney showed a previously unseen fragility in the United backline who failed to clear giving a chance to Jamie Montgomerie whose left footed shot from the centre the box was well saved by Fleming. Only one minute later Jackson was flagged narrowly offside as he burst onto a through ball to take him one-on-one with Ayr’s keeper and put the ball in the net.

Although Ayr had a Forrest shot go narrowly wide and a freekick from Murphy curling inches past at the near post it was Brechin who made the most chances in the last 15 minutes of the half. On 35mins Jackson found space in the centre of the box and his left-footed drive was deflected past the right post. Brechin then had a succession of corners with United finding it difficult to clear their lines, and from one of these McCormack struck a cracker of a left-footed shot from outside the box but Ayr keeper Fleming somehow saved to his right.

But half-time Ayr United’s one goal lead appeared tenuous and manager McCall made a tactical change, bringing on Jamie Adams for Brian Gilmour, hoping that Adams’ height and more combative style would assist Ayr to re-gain the upper hand in midfield, but it was Brechin who came out after the break with the same intent and drive as it shown in the latter stages of the first half.

The opening phase saw ‘The City’ forcing two corners and having Gary Fusco’s sweetly struck shot from the right stopped by a timely block by McLauchlan. Slowly Ayr appeared to be getting back into the match with Ross Docherty showing tenacious determination in midfield and the defensive line appearing much more secure. As often happens the simplest of balls out of nowhere can turn a situation on its head. In 68mins this happened.
After some scrappy play in midfield Craig Molloy turned well in the centre circle and created space for himself before lifting the ball over the heads of the United central defence giving Robert Thomson the chance to nip in between the turning McLauchlan and the outrushing Fleming to nod the ball home. Brechin had got the goal that their play deserved and it was 1 – 1.

In recent seasons this would be the signal for Ayr to crumble but this squad were determined not to quit and their heads never dropped. Instead United went on the attack. Only four minutes after Brechin had drawn level Ayr were back in front.
Adams picked up the ball deep in his own half and moved towards the half-way line before releasing the ball to Moore some 25 yards in front of him. Moore, with his back to goal, cutely turned his covering defender before sprinting forwards then sliding the ball between Brechin’s two central defenders Dods and Fusco. Trouten charged into that space and outpaced the Brechin men into the box and looked certain to score before Dods twisting leg caught him on the calf pulling the Ayr man down for a stonewall penalty.

Although Ayr’s Devlin and Brechin’s Dods and Molloy had already been booked, this had been a hard but not unfair contest, but Brechin’s keeper Graeme Smith’s reaction acted as a precursor of what was to come. Smith chased after the referee and manhandled Ayr’s Docherty who responded by winding up the keeper who continued to threaten the midfielder as the Ayr man moved away. Smith received a deserved booking but worse was to follow.
Ayr freshened up their team with Donald replacing the tiring Forrest, and Caldwell for debutant striker Moore. This gave Ayr added impetus and both substitutes came close. The best of these chances was in the 81st min when Caldwell held the ball up well before releasing Donald on the left. Donald darted into the box and smashed in a powerful drive which was blocked on the line and cleared.

Brechin attempted to turn up the heat and moved forward with purpose but created few clear chances in the last 10 minutes. Then, with the clock ticking away they almost snatched an equaliser. From just inside the United half Jackson lifted the ball over the top of the Ayr defence and into space on the right-hand side of the penalty area. Again it was Thomson who chased the ball but this time McLauchlan managed to get a foot to it but it did not go out of play. Fleming raced out to attempt reach the ball first but Thomson turned his back to him only allowing Fleming the merest of touches on the ball with his hand. Thomson had got the better the keeper and flicked the ball to the edge of the penalty area where his strike partner Jackson was in space and with an empty net wide open. For no apparent reason he failed to control the ball and was forced left allowing Murphy to clear but catching the United defender and the ankle for a freekick.

With 90mins on the clock things turned nasty as Brechin keeper Smith made his way into the United penalty box for a last minute corner. Failing to reach the ball he ran after it before fouling Devlin then reacted as Murphy tackled him just as the referee’s whistle blew. Right in front of the official Smith elbowed Murphy straight in the face and was instantly sent off but the enraged keeper remained long enough to lash out at other players. After all had quietened down Tiffoney also went into the book.

For the remaining added time United seemed comfortable and on 94 ½ minutes the final whistle blew giving Ayr their first three points of the season.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLauchlan, Murphy, Forrest, Crawford, Moore, Trouten, Gilmour Substitutes Caldwell, Donald, Nisbet, McCracken, Muir, Adams, Newman (GK)

Brechin City
Smith, Montgomery, Tiffoney, McCormack, Dods, Fusco, Johnston, Molloy, Jackson, Thomson, Smith Substitutes Dale, Buchan, Trialist, O’Neil (GK)

Referee: Barry Cook
Attendance: 1,074
Match Report: AUmedia

Brechin match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Brechin City
League 1, Saturday 15th August 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United look to bounce back from their shock opening day defeat at the hands of Albion Rovers when Brechin City are the visitors to Somerset Park.

After defeat in the League Cup here a fortnight ago, Brechin were routed 6-1 in their opening league game, at home to Dunfermline. New signing David Weatherston netted a late consolation for Darren Dods’s side.

Team News: Martyn Campbell will be rested. Craig Moore, Nicky Devlin, Gerry McLauchlan and Alan Forrest will all start the match.

Ian says:”With so many games coming up it is essential that we rotate certain members of the squad to ensure everyone stays fit. The priority in the next 3 weeks for us is the 4 league games.

Saturday was very much a wake up call for us. After beating Albion pretty comfortably at home they ran out 3-0 winners just two weeks later. Now we have a very similar scenario with Brechin. I am expecting a big reaction from everyone however Brechin will also be looking for that after their result last week. We will look to be at it from the start and hopefully we get a good crowd behind us.”

Head-to-Head (League games at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 20
Draws – 7
Brechin City wins – 13

Former Brechin boss Ray McKinnon was unbeaten on five visits to Somerset Park in charge of the Hedgemen, winning three and drawing two. City’s last league defeat in Ayrshire was Jim Weir’s last in charge, a 3-0 loss in September 2012. Michael Moffat, Marc Twaddle and David Sinclair netted for the Honest Men, who played for 75 minutes with 10 men following Austin McCann’s ordering off.

Last Meeting: Fans don’t need to look too far back to remember the last meeting between the side – a 2-0 win for the Honest Men a fortnight ago. Last season, Brechin had the better of the four games between the side, earning seven points including four at Somerset Park.
On this day: in 2000 Ayr travelled to Glebe Park to face Brechin City in the first round of the Challenge Cup. United had invested heavily in the summer, recruiting John Hughes, Paul Lovering, Pat McGinlay and Eddie Annand among others but crashed out of the competition, losing 3-1. A Neil Duffy own goal and Blair Sturrock strike put City two-up, Pat McGinlay countered but Roddy Grant, on loan at Somersert Park the previous season, completed the scoring.

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee – Mark McLean
Assistant Referee – Daniel McFarlane

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions* – £8
Parent & Child – £18
* Senior Citizens, Students (with Student ID) and U16s

Brechin supporters can receive £2 off the gate price by showing their 2015/16 season ticket. Adults only

Rangers Tickets Update

We have a slight change in times for the ticket sales for our Petrofac Second Round clash with Rangers. Sales will now begin at 12 noon tomorrow, 11th August (Instead of 10am) for Season Ticket holders, Supporters Club Members and shareholders. Season ticket holders must bring season ticket voucher one if coming in to the shop and also can buy over the phone by giving their season ticket number however we do expect the lines to be busy so we would ask you to be be patient.

We are selling tickets for the Ayr United support only.

Season tickets do not apply and neither does reserved seating.

General sale will begin on Wednesday 12th August in shop, over the phone and online.

Ticket sales and pick ups will finish at 6.15pm on the night of the match.

There will be no postal delivery for online orders, tickets must be picked up from the club shop during opening hours anytime before 6.15 on the day of the match.

The club shop will be open the following hours.
Tuesday 11th August 12-4
Wednesday 12th August 12-4
Thursday 13th August 12-4
Friday 14th August 12-4
Saturday 15th August 9am – closed during match – open again after.
Monday 17th August 12 – 7.30pm
Tuesday 18th August 12-4
Wednesday 19th August 12 – closed during match.

Ticket prices are as follows. For the terracing £15 and £8. For the stand £17 and £10.