Petrofac HT Challenge

Keep up with the Kids and WIN with Ayr United!

Ayr United supporters today have a chance to show they really can “Keep Up with the Kids” following the launch of Petrofac’s half-time challenge with a difference.

Set for the Petrofac Training Cup tie between Ayr United and Rangers, this year’s competition will pit one daring dad or magnificent mum against their cool kid in an all-new assault course – on the pitch at Somerset Park!

Bad news for the adults though – the odds are stacked heavily in favour of the kids!

Scottish football has NEVER seen anything like this before.

Here’s how it works:

• One lucky winner will be selected to take on a child (under 12) at half-time when Ayr United welcome Rangers to Somerset Park on 19th August (kick-off 19.45pm)
• Both the winning adult and their child will take on our “Keep Up with the Kids” assault course
• Starting on the half way line, the carefree contestants crawl through a giant net, take on some top football tricks, go round the bend (pole) ten times (your kids do that to you don’t they?) and then score from the penalty spot
• The first one to finish – blasting our Petrofac Ball gong – will win a home shirt

There’s a twist though – the adult’s course comes with more challenges than you might expect because this really is “The Parent Trap”.

Both adult and child will receive a ticket to watch the game with their starring moment coming during the interval.

To be in with a chance of taking part in this half-time challenge with a difference enter via www.petrofactrainingcup.com/win.

Entries close Friday 14th August at 5pm. Terms and conditions apply. Over 16s only can enter. Participating child must be under 12.

Albion Rovers 3 Ayr 0

Ladbrokes SPFL League 1
Albion Rovers 3 v 0 Ayr United

After a promising pre-season and back to back cup victories over Albion Rovers and Brechin City, Ayr United travelled to Coatbridge for the opener of the Ladbrokes SPFL League 1 season. The Honest Men had a rather depleted looking squad with Captain Nicky Devlin, Gerry McLauchlan, Andy Muir and Craig Moore suspended. This meant Ayr had to shape up with Ross Docherty at right back and Jamie Adams slotting into the midfield. Meanwhile Albion Rovers only named three outfield substitutions but it was Flag Day for last season’s League Two champions and spirits were high in the home camp.

Ayr’s hopes of getting the seasons off to a flying start were dealt a huge sucker punch after the first chance of the game saw Albion take the lead after just 1 minute and 47 seconds. Josh Mullin delivered a wicked bouncing ball from the right hand side which had to be nodded behind by Docherty for a corner kick. From the resulting set piece Ally Love rose well at the back post to nod the ball back across goal and Ross Davidson slammed the ball home to give the home side a dream start to life in League One.

Rovers then kicked on from their explosive start, as a quick one – two between Paul Willis and Darren Young allowed player manager Young to fire in a volley but he blazed his effort high over the bar from well outside the box.

Ayr were struggling to get a foothold in the game as they struggled to adapt to the condition of the pitch and it took until 16 minutes for the away team to create their first chance. Good build up play outside the box ended with a terrific cross from Docherty from wide on the right. His delivery was met by Jamie Adams, who had made bursting run into the box, but his header sailed over the bar from close range.

United then had another chance as Docherty and Ross Caldwell combined to slip Alan Trouten through but he shot wide when squaring the ball might have been the better option.
Albion Rovers were defending excellently and denying Ayr any space and time on the ball. However, when they were in possession themselves they were always a threat and they made it 2-0 right on the stroke of halftime. Young regained possession for his side in their own half before Ross Davidson sent tricky winger Mullen free down the right. His initial cross was cleared but only and far as Davidson who returned the ball to the winger. This time his wonderfully floated cross to the back post was nodded home by the impressive Love.

The half time whistle sounded and Albion Rovers were fully in control. They looked a totally different team to the one who Ayr swept away in the Petrofac Training Cup just two weeks before. Ayr had a big task on their hand in the second half if they wanted to take anything from the game.

Ayr had a claim for a penalty after 51 minutes as Adams shirt was being pulled by the Albion Rovers defender but the referee saw no wrong doing, leaving Adams bemused and frustrated.
The Honest Men were struggling to find any rhythm and were seriously lacking in the final third and there was very little in the way of a creative spark. On the other hand, the home side were looking energised and should have made it 3-0 as Paul Willis was one on one with Greg Fleming but he wasted the opportunity – firing high over the bar.

Veteran striker John Gemmell was then introduced and was immediately involved in setting up the killer goal for Albion Rovers. Love nodded the ball through the Ayr defence to Gemmell bore down on goal. It looked as if the striker was going to take the effort on himself but unselfishly he cleverly slipped the ball to Love who had the simplest of tasks to knock the ball home for his second of the match. 68 minutes gone and Albion Rovers were three goals to the good.

Ross Docherty was then moved into midfield and he immediately got involved in the action as he sent an effort towards goal. The shot was straight at Ross Stewart as he saved easily. Ayr then created their chance of the game as Martyn Campbell got on the end of a free kick but his back post header went wide of the mark.
The game drew painfully to a close and Ayr appeared glad to hear the final whistle. They failed to create any real chances and struggled to find any passing rhythm against an Albion team that hassled for every ball and looked fired up. After so much optimism, this is a very disappointing result for Ian McCall’s men but after only one game it would be ludicrous to make any assumptions as to how the team will fair this season. McCall knows what he wants from the team this year and with a full squad to choose from next weekend at home to Brechin, hopefully Ayr can kick start their season.

Albion Rovers
Stewart, Reid, Turnbull, Young, R. Dunlop, M. Dunlop, Mullin, Davidson, Barrowman, Willis, Love
Substitutes Ferry, McRobbie, Gemmell, Lochhead (GK)

Ayr United
Fleming, Adams, Boyle, Docherty, Campbell, Murphy, Gilmour, Crawford, Caldwell, Trouten, Donald Substitutes Forrest, Nisbet, Wardrope, McKenzie, McCracken, Newman (GK)
Referee: Alan Newlands
Attendance: 781

Report: AUmedia

Albion match preview

Match Preview

Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United
League 1, Saturday 8th August 2015

Ayr United’s much anticipated League 1 campaign begins on Saturday when Ian McCall’s side make the trip to Coatbridge to face Albion Rovers. The Honest Men go into the game on the back of two cup wins at home, against Albion and Brechin City and including victories at the end of last season, Ayr are looking for five-in-a-row for the first time since 2008.

Rovers followed up their Petrofac Cup defeat at Somerset Park with a 3-0 reverse at Championship side Raith Rovers in the League Cup but are sure to be a different proposition at Cliftonhill as they prepare to unfurl the League 2 Championship flag.

Team News: Nicky Devlin, Gerry McLauchlan, Craig Moore and Andrew Muir are all suspended for this match.

Ian says: “This will be our hardest test of the season so far. Albion will have a go at us at their home ground and we will need to be at our very best. SO far this season I have felt dangerously comfortable however this is the league now and all of us will be on the ball. We are going their to win. We will be going to try and win every game this season home and away. Cliftonhill will be a really tough place to go this season.

I would love our supporters on the road to recreate Forfar every week. I can assure them it gives everyone a massive lift. Theres no other team in the league that has supports like ours away from home and we will use that to our advantage.”

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 40
Draws – 12
Albion Rovers wins – 25

Club Historian Duncan Carmichael advises that Saturday will be the seventh meeting between the clubs on the opening day of a league campaign. Of the previous six, five have been at Somerset Park and United have recorded just one win: a remarkable 5-4 victory away from home in 1954.

Saturday marks something of a coincidence as Rovers also hosted Ayr in their first league game after winning their last league championship in 1989. United had turned full-time that summer but were defeated 3-1 in a match played at Airdrie’s Broomfield.

Last Meeting: Fans don’t need to look too far back to remember the last meeting between the side – a 3-1 win for the Honest Men a fortnight ago. United’s last trip to Cliftonhill was in April 2013 and saw them come away with a 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from Michael Moffat, Liam Buchanan and Scott McLaughlin. Only Robbie Crawford and Michael Donald from the match day 16 are still at the club.

On this day: in 2009 Ayr opened the the league season back in Division 1 with a 1-1 draw against Partick Thistle at Somerset Park. Mark Roberts’s audacious 5th minute opener was cancelled out by Simon Donnelly. Paddy Boyle was an unused substitute for the visitors.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee – Simon MacLean

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £14
Concessions* – £7
Juniors (aged 13-16) – £3
Parent & Child (U12) – £14

* Senior Citizens (65+), Students (with Student ID), Unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card) and U16s

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Rangers ticket details

The tickets for our Petrofac Training Cup second round match with Rangers will go on sale for home supporters on Tuesday 11th August from 10am.

Only Season ticket holders, supporters club members and shareholders can buy their tickets on Tuesday by producing voucher 1 from the season ticket book and are limited to 4 tickets per person unless given authorisation from the club. General sale to all our supporters begins on Wednesday 12th August.

The club shop will open from 10am – 4pm on Tuesday 11th August to accommodate sales and will open 12-4 for the rest of the week. On Saturday 15th August the shop will open from 9am until kick off and then again after the match.

We had hoped to get the tickets on sale earlier and we apologise for the delay however we have been dealing with a new supplier and the process has taken longer than expected.

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

Ross County details

We can now confirm that the Scottish League Cup second round tie away to Ross County will be played on Tuesday 25th August at 7.45pm.

Tickets for the match will cost £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.

Forrest signs extension

Last night Alan Forrest signed an extension to his current contract which will see him remain at Somerset Park until at least the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Manager Ian McCall said :”I am delighted to finally get this tied up. Alan is one of the youngsters we have at the club that I think has a big big future. If you look at McCarthy and McCarthur when they were at Hamilton, they both played a lot of first team games before going elsewhere so the most important thing for Alan is to be playing first team football. We hope that we can move up to the Championship and that he comes with us. Alan is also a great boy with a great attitude and I know the supporters enjoy watching him.”

Fixture amendment

Our fixture at Somerset Park, originally to be played on Saturday 5th September has been moved to 7.45pm on Tuesday 1st September.

Since the fixtures were produced many of our fans have been in touch expressing their disappointment at the fixture clash with the Scottish Airshow. The airshow is expected to be the biggest spectator event in Scotland this year outside of T in the Park and therefore we felt that the best decision for the majority of our supporters and for the club would be to move the fixture.

League cup draw

The 2nd draw for the Scottish League Cup took place this afternoon at Hampden Park and we have been given an away tie with Ross County. The tie will be placed on Tuesday August 25th or Wednesday August 26th and we will update as soon as this is confirmed.