5 star winners wk13-16

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 13

£1000 I3413 Kirsty Dickson Kirkoswald

MONDAY
£50 F1145 D McWilliams Ayr
£10 A5023 Mrs Duncan Ayr
£10 A1523 A Muir Girvan
£10 J0413 S McCreadie Girvan

TUESDAY
£50 E2413 B Shields Ayr
£10 B2545 T Sharpe Logan
£10 E0615 H Campbell Ayr
£10 H0911 E Anton Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 E2935 K Red N Ireland
£10 C2235 D Wells Trabboch
£10 D3625 D Mcanespie Ayr
£10 I1144 P Love Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 P0421 M Johnstone Ayr
£10 G5025 M Steele Logan
£10 E1941 J Livingstone Ayr
£10 J1433 Mrs Evans Prestwick

FRIDAY
£10 K1413 A Cuthbert Annbank
£10 C0121 J Hannan Mauchline
£10 T0232 D McLean Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 14

£1000 A2243 J Bogan Mossblown

MONDAY
£50 A1925 N Kennedy Ayr
£10 F1644 Mr Campbell Ayr
£10 G0934 C Campbell Ayr
£10 A0915 D Masterton Muirkirk

TUESDAY
£50 A1931 R Miller Prestwick
£10 D4725 J White Ayr
£10 B2614 A Hannah Coylton
£10 D4725 A Cambers Drongan

WEDNESDAY
£50 E3731 S Reid Ayr
£10 B1535 T Mitchell Ayr
£10 B0245 K MClelland Ayr
£10 B4145 J Riggans Maybole

THURSDAY
£50 B5042 D Rossi Ayr
£10 F1313 M Wells Girvan
£10 B2523 J Taggart Coylton
£10 E0144 S Bain Girvan

FRIDAY
£10 D4824 D Rankin Ayr
£10 F0413 M Duncan Dunure
£10 F0335 M Crozier Midlothian

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 15

£1000 A1021 A Stevenson Ayr

MONDAY
£50 A3414 J Doolan Prestwick
£10 R1625 M Alexander Ayr
£10 G0613 M Lennox Crosshill
£10 A1113 M Hamilton J Mitchell

TUESDAY
£50 G3313 K Wells Dailly
£10 N0232 I McKissock Cumnock
£10 B2721 E Gallagher Drongan
£10 A0441 M Keenan Coylton

WEDNESDAY
£50 C4131 E Sturgeon Drongan
£10 V1515 K Capaldi Girvan
£10 C2115 L McNamee Ayr
£10 D2612 T Bickerton Bellsbank

THURSDAY
£50 C0123 G Mongtomerie Coylton
£10 E1741 J Anderson Ayr
£10 A0811 P Harris Mossblown
£10 G3613 R Halket Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 A0215 J Brown Ayr
£10 L2912 T Lewis Ayr
£10 A0524 S Brown Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 16

£1000 E0213 S Ferguson Chippenham

MONDAY
£50 J1923 R Hannah Coylton
£10 F2432 J Samson Muirkirk
£10 B2213 B Lees Ayr
£10 A3043 T Leitch Logan

TUESDAY
£50 F3724 E Drife Muirkirk
£10 Y0824 J Frew Ayr
£10 E0615 H Campbell Ayr
£10 C1422 Mrs Graham Maybole

WEDNESDAY
£50 F2413 H Young Cumnock
£10 L1013 A Sullivan Ayr
£10 K2723 J Gaw Fairlie
£10 P0244 C Hendry Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 C1025 D Woodward Coylton
£10 F0123 C McRonald Irvine
£10 A0213 A Long Dundonald
£10 E0913 R Carruthers Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 C3343 J Hendrie Ayr
£10 B0245 K Mclelland Ayr
£10 M1933 M Lynch Ayr

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Forfar 2 Ayr Utd 2

Forfar Athletic 2 v 2 Ayr United

Ayr could not have had a worse start to this match with Forfar taking the lead in only 1 min 47 secs. Ayr’s central defence were posted missing as winger Andrew Black’s cross reached Danny Denholm in acres of space in the box. Under no pressure Denholm slammed the ball home much to the delight of the home fans.

This early goal settled the hosts who for the rest of the half had the luxury of defending in numbers, thwarting Ayr’s forward movement, and catching United on the break through the pace of Swankie, Denholm and Black.

In 5 mins Forfar were forced to shuffle their backline after centre-half Michael Travis slipped awkwardly and had to be carried off with a knee injury. Kerr Hay replaced the injured Travis, with midfielder Thomas O’Brien stepping in beside Kevin Nicoll in the centre of defence. If Ayr had felt that this would create a weakness they were to be disappointed with O’Brien and Nicoll creating a formidable central partnership negating the effectiveness of striker Jordan Preston in particular.

Forfar worked hard at shutting Ayr down and the Honest Men had few opportunities in the first half, only three of which went close. The first of these came in 15 mins when Brian Gilmour released a drive from 25 yards which went just over the bar. Then on 35 mins Jordan Preston ran onto a long pass on the right and took the ball to the line before lifting it to the far post but full back Paddy Boyle could only shoot into the side netting. With only two minutes till the break Alan Forrest found himself in space but his left footed shot slipped wide of the post from a difficult angle.

Almost within grasp of half-time and a necessary tactical shuffle Ayr went further behind. With 2 mins of additional time played Ayr only half cleared the ball and it landed at the feet of Forfar’s Iain Campbell some 40 yards out. Under no pressure the defender adjusted his body before releasing a powerful drive that ripped into the top of the net giving keeper Greg Fleming no chance.

At half time Ian McCall needed to do something to alter the pattern of play that had Ayr restricted to scraps and two goals in arrears. It was here that the Ayr boss wove his tactical magic replacing the labouring Forest with Ross Caldwell and Jamie Adams with Robbie Crawford. These alterations had immediate effect with Ayr more direct and combative putting pressure upon the Forfar backline which for the first time looked fallible.

In 53 mins Ayr struck back. Gilmour’s corner from the right was headered goalwards by Andy Graham but keeper Rab Douglas looked odds on to save. Inexplicably Douglas flapped at the ball with both his hands and it dropped into the net.

Ayr stepped up a gear, bringing on Mikey Donald for the increasingly frustrated Preston to give more pace on the left, and it looked only a matter of time before the equaliser came. Then came the big talking point.

In 68 mins Nicky Devlin stretched out to try and reach a ball which had gone past him, while from his blind side Forfar’s Danny Denholm raced in. Devlin caught Denholm who hit the deck for what looked an unintentional foul. Referee Walsh had a different opinion and the United skipper was given a straight red card.

It might have been expected that Ayr would try to shut up shop but with Gilmour moving deeper on the right United maintained an attacking formation often leaving only two at the back and didn’t look like surrendering control.

Mikey Donald had been causing all kinds of problems for the Forfar defence and it was no surprise when he had a hand in the equaliser. In 71 mins he charged down the left before picking out Ross Caldwell in the centre of the box and the big striker stretched to deflect the ball down into the bottom right hand corner.

Ayr were dominating the match with Forfar restricted to distant shots from Iain Campbell and Gavin Swankie and causing few problems for the visitors. Ayr, on the other hand, were carving out chance after chance with Docherty, Donald twice and Caldwell all going close and Douglas pulling off some excellent saves in the Forfar goal.

At the final whistle the Ayr fans applauded their team off the park but must have been left wondering how they had not come away with 3 points. The greatest disappointment would be that this allowed Dunfermline to leap-frog the Honest Men to the top of the league.

Forfar Athletic
Douglas, Baxter, Campbell, Nicoll, Travis, Hodge, Black, O’Brien, Templeman, Swankie, Denholm Substitutes: Fotheringham, Hay, Smith, Kennedy, Clark, Gallacher (GK)

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

Referee: Nick Walsh
Attendance: 745
Report: AUmedia

September awards

After an unbeaten month in September manager Ian McCall has won the Ladbrokes League One manager of the month and captain Nicky Devlin the player of the month. David MacDonald of Ladbrokes presented the trophies on Thursday evening.

September saw three wins and a draw with away wins over Dunfermline and Airdrie.

Manager Ian McCall said “I’m delighted to get the award as it shows the progress we are making however it’s the boys on the pitch that deserve all the praise. Nicky has been fantastic for me since day one and is only getting better and it’s great to see him get recognition for his efforts.”

Captain Nicky Devlin said “Obviously delighted to win the award, just shows how well the team is doing as it could have been any one of the boys because everyone has been different class and I’m sure there will be a few more awards coming to the boys this season. Well done to the gaffer on his award too, thoroughly deserved.”

Forfar match preview

Match Preview
Forfar Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 17th October 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United return to League 1 action following the International break with the first of back-to-back away fixtures. First up this weekend are Forfar Athletic at Station Park, with the Honest Men travelling to Angus much changed from the side who clinched League 1 safety at the same venue last May.

Forfar Athletic drew 2-2 at Peterhead in their last match and have taken just four points from a possible 15 since the start of September. The run of form has seen the Loons drop to third position in the table, six points behind United.

Team News:Peter Murphy and Craig Moore are ruled out through injury. Everyone else is fit.

Ian says: “we have worked hard during the break and are really looking forward to get out there again. We remember the last time we were at Forfar, hopefully our fans can try and create an atmosphere like they did that day. Forfar will be up there at the end of the season so we know how difficult it will be. We want to go 4 points clear before Dunfermline go to Stranraer.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 54
Draws – 17
Forfar Athletic wins – 30

In 45 league meetings at Station Park, both sides have scored 75 goals. Forfar have 20 wins to Ayr’s 17 and there have been 7 draws.

Last Meeting: Honors were even last time the sides met, at Somerset Park at the end of August. Forfar travelled south with three wins from three in the league and maintained their unbeaten record with a last minute Michael Travis equaliser. The Loons had taken the lead after 24 minutes through on loan Hibs striker Lewis Allan before goals either side of half-time from Craig Moore and Alan Forrest edged the Honest Men ahead before Travis snatched a point for Dick Campbell’s side.

On this day: in 1914 the Honest Men defeated Rangers 2-0 at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Ryan Milne
Assistant Referee – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee – Ronnie Strain

Match Details:
Adults £13 (Stand) / £12 (Ground)
Over 65’s and Under 17’s £7 (Stand) / £6 (Ground)

AUFC Burns Supper

The Inaugural ‘Honest Men and Bonie Lasses Burns Supper’ will take place in the Ally MacLeod Suite of Ayr United F.C. Having given the team its nickname, it seems only right that the club stages a Supper in honour of the town’s most famous son and our national bard. The club has organised an excellent array of speakers and performers.

The Immortal Memory will be proposed by the former Bridgeton Burns Club President, Charlie Newlands M.B.E. Charlie has spoken at some of the most prestigious Suppers throughout Scotland and is well known on the circuit for his funny and insightful tribute to Burns.

The Toast to the Lassies will be given by political speechwriter Neil Wallace. Neil, the brother of the former Deputy first Minister of Scotland, Jim Wallace, and a Liberal Democrat politician in his own right is a Principal Teacher of English in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Reply will be given by Fiona Hyslop MSP who is also currently Cabinet Minister for Culture, Europe and External Affairs. Ms Hyslop, whose mother is a past President of Ayr Burns Club, is steeped in Burns and is well known for a lively and entertaining reply that will have the gentlemen squirming in their seats!

Tam O’Shanter will be recited by Graham Hill who has performed Burns’ greatest work at Oxford University for the last 2 years. Graham is the current President of the Glasgow Haggis Club and has performed Burns poetry in both hemispheres and on both sides of the Atlantic.

Scots Poet, Donald Munro Graham, whose poetry is displayed in numerous bars in the west of Scotland, will address the haggis and regale the audience with some of his own poetic gems.

Husband and wife, John and Lesley Young, will be providing the musical entertainment on the evening. John is a former President of Dumbarton Burns Club and is a well-known performer on the Scottish folk scene, having previously performed alongside the Corries and Billy Connolly.
It all adds up to an excellent evening of entertainment!

The event will begin at 7pm on Friday 5th February and the ticket price of £35 includes a fantastic three course meal and a special gift for everyone attending. Tickets are on sale from the club shop now either by going into the shop or by phone on 01292 263435 ext 5.

Club Shop Deals

INTERNATIONAL WEEKEND CLUB SHOP DEALS

There may be a free weekend coming up for the table topping Honest Men but the staff at the official club shop here at Somerset Park have put together three international class deals to keep United supporters cosy no matter what happens at Hampden Park and in Portugal over the next few days.

Ladies and gents bath robes have been reduced from £34.99 to only £25 with boys and girls robes down from £26.99 to £20!

Ayr United FC Onesies are now only £20 for adult sizes and an amazing £15 for kids reduced from £34.99 and £27.99 respectively!!

Finally, the ever popular any 3 mugs for £10 is the perfect compliment to sitting in your onesie and bath robe with a cuppa watching the national side take a further step towards qualification for the Euro 16 Finals!!!

Offers are available from 12pm on Thursday 8th October and finish at 1pm Saturday 10th October.
Shop opening hours: Thurs / Fri 12-4 Saturday 10-1
Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5 (during shop hours)

*while stocks last **No further discount applies

Ayr Utd 5 Cowdenbeath 0

Ayr United 5 – 0 Cowdenbeath
Ayr United go into the international break top of League 1 after a thumping 5-0 win over struggling Cowdenbeath. The two sides have experienced vastly differing starts to their respective league campaigns with Ayr flying high while Cowdenbeath are at the bottom end of the table having yet to pick up any points away from home.

United made one change from their previous encounter as Robbie Crawford dropped out in place of Alan Forrest as Ian McCall started with a very attack minded line-up. Cowdenbeath gaffer, Colin Nish made four changes to the team that lost to Brechin City last weekend with Bradley Donaldson, John Armstrong, Andy Murdoch and Liam Callaghan all given their chance.

Ian McCall wanted his side to get back to winning ways but even he couldn’t have predicted Ayr taking the lead after just 28 seconds. Some neat build up play on the left allowed Forrest to get to the by-line before delivering the ball into the box. As the ball was taken off the toe of Alan Trouten, Jordan Preston was there to volley home from close range.

A stunning start to the game from Ayr but it could have two just a minute later as Jordan Preston tried to loop a shot over the head of Jamie Sneddon but the keeper saved easily.

Ayr were not to be denied a second goal however and they got it after eighteen minutes. A lovely passage of play down the right hand side allowed Nicky Devlin to get in behind the opposition defence before cutting the ball back to Moore. The striker turned and laid the ball back to Forrest who slotted home from 12 yards with the aid of a deflection. 2-0 and Ayr were in cruise control.
With Trouten, Forrest, Moore and Preston all on the pitch together for the first time this season, Ayr were playing some magnificent football. A terrific piece of interplay on the edge of the box with seven Ayr players involved in one touch passing almost resulted a chance for Trouten but Armstrong did well to foil the attack.

Ayr were in ascendance as the first half drew to a close and within two minutes of the second half, they made it 3-0. Brian Gilmour floated a terrific ball into the box where Gerry McLauchlan was on hand to head home as he found himself in an acre of space in the box.

Cowdenbeath were looking a beaten team and after forty nine minutes Gilmour was unlucky not to make it four as he sent a sweet curling effort crashing off the post. But the midfielder did get his name on the scoresheet eight minutes later as he rounded off another well worked move. Forrest again got to the by-line before chipping the ball to the back post. Trouten was first to the ball and he cleverly knocked it into the path of Gilmour who poked the ball home.

The away side then had a couple of chances to claw a goal back. Greg Fleming produced a terrific reaction save to deny Donaldson from finding the net before Grieg Spence wasted two golden opportunities to grab his side a goal missing the target from close range on each occasion.
On 71 minutes Ayr were to make it 5-0. A wonderful ball played into the channel by Paddy Boyle allowed substitute Ross Caldwell to drive into the box. The striker then unselfishly squared the ball to strike partner Moore who stabbed the ball home from close range to round off the scoring.
Spence then had another effort to try and salvage some pride for his team but his long range effort bounced just wide of Fleming’s right hand post.

A disappointing day for Cowdenbeath as they never really troubled Ayr who strolled to a comfortable victory. The home side were impressive from start to finish and looked a constant threat going forward. This leaves Ayr top of the league going into the international break before travelling to Forfar in two weeks’ time.

Ayr United: Fleming; Devlin; Boyle; Docherty; McLauchlan; Murphy; Gilmour; Forrest; Preston; Moore; Trouten Substitutes Newman (GK); Caldwell; Crawford; Adams; Donald; Graham; Muir
Cowdenbeath: Sneddon; Donaldson; Adamson; Armstrong; El Zubaidi; Hughes; Smith; Murdoch; Spence; Miller; Callaghan Substitutes Hunter (GK); Scullion; Kane; Johnstone; Orritt; Buchanan; Armstrong
Referee: Alan Newlands
Attendance: 1,171

Report: AUmedia

5 star winners wk 13

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 13

£1000 I3413 Kirsty Dickson Kirkoswald

MONDAY
£50 F1145 D McWilliams Ayr
£10 A5023 Mrs Duncan Ayr
£10 A1523 A Muir Girvan
£10 J0413 S McCreadie Girvan

TUESDAY
£50 E2413 B Shields Ayr
£10 B2545 T Sharpe Logan
£10 E0615 H Campbell Ayr
£10 H0911 E Anton Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 E2935 K Red N Ireland
£10 C2235 D Wells Trabboch
£10 D3625 D Mcanespie Ayr
£10 I1144 P Love Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 P0421 M Johnstone Ayr
£10 G5025 M Steele Logan
£10 E1941 J Livingstone Ayr
£10 J1433 Mrs Evans Prestwick

FRIDAY
£10 K1413 A Cuthbert Annbank
£10 C0121 J Hannan Mauchline
£10 T0232 D McLean Ayr

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Cowdenbeath match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Cowdenbeath
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 3rd October 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United are back in action at Somerset Park when Cowdenbeath are the visitors to Ayrshire. A win for the Honest Men – unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season – will see them end the first quarter of the season on top of the table going into the international break – and mark the club’s start to a season for 19 years.

Cowdenbeath were defeated 2-0 at Brechin City last weekend, their fifth loss in five away games this season. Defender Dean Brett was ordered off in the closing stages of the match at Glebe Park, the sixth red card Colin Nish’s side has been shown this season.

The Blue Brazil have picked up 7 points at home and sit in ninth position in the League 1 table, a point ahead of Brechin.

Team News: everyone is fit and available.

Ian says: “Saturday showed how different the pressure is when your at the top of the league and we will have learned from that as we look to get back to winning ways. Obviously we are delighted to be top with 5 wins and 2 draws in our last seven games however the two draws were late equalisers so we could be sitting even better. We know how difficult Saturday will be and we are looking forward to it. I’ve always said we should be looking to win every game at Somerset park and this is no different.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 49
Draws – 17
Cowdenbeath wins – 32

This will be the 50th meeting between the sides at Somerset Park. United’s next goal will be thier 200th against Cowdenbeath.

Last Meeting: A Kane Hemmings goal after just 15 seconds at Central Park put the home side on track for a 3-1 win which ended the Honest Men’s promotion hopes when the sides last met in the Division 1 play-offs at the end of the 2013/14 season. Michael Donald netted Ayr’s consolation.

On this day: in 1998 the Honest Men recorded a 2-0 victory over St. Mirren at Love Street thanks to goals from Andy Lyons and Ian Ferguson.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee – Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee – George King

Match Details:
£15 for adults, £8 for concessions and £18 for parent and child.

Cowdenbeath supporters can receive £2 off admission price if they show their season ticket for 2015/16. Adults only.

Football Fans in Training

Get fit, lose your belly and get behind the scenes at your local club, all for free.

Are you a man aged 35-65 years old? Is your trouser waist size at least 38 inches? Do you want to lose weight, have a healthier lifestyle and ultimately be fitter?

Our 12 week Football Fans in Training programme can help you do this for free. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at your club, be trained by selected club coaches, have a nosy at the trophy cabinet and have the chance to talk tactics in the dressing rooms. Who knows, maybe you’ll even bump into a player or two.

The programme will start at the end of October and be held on a selected evening during the week. The session will run for 90 minutes with the evening broken into two halves. Discussing positive changes to your lifestyle and then 45 minutes of physical activity.

The course is limited to 16 places and if you are interested in attending the course then please email Gregor, Gregor.Kyle@Aufa.org.uk or contact the office on 01292 263435 option 2.