United to light up Xmas

We are delighted to confirm that the Club will be represented at this Sunday’s Christmas lights switch on in Ayr High Street!

Club captain Nicky Devlin and rising star Alan Forrest will be answering questions on stage and helping turn on the town’s lights – and our mascot Pandamonium will also be there to get pictures taken throughout the afternoon.

The event takes place between 4-6pm and the players are expected on stage shortly after 4pm.

Commercial manager Graeme Miller said: “We’re thrilled to play a key role in this major event for the town and there is sure to be a big crowd in attendance.

“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and hopefully it’s going to be a very Merry Christmas for Ayr fans across the world.

“We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the High Street on Sunday.”

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Brechin City 1 V 1 Ayr United

Ayr stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games and maintain the position at the top of the league in this pulsating encounter at Glebe Park. On the face of it, this top of the league versus bottom may have suggested that United only had to turn up to gain three points but this was not to be. Brechin had been buoyed by victory in their previous week’s local derby against Forfar and the wet surface conditions somewhat hampered Ayr’s usual passing style of football.

Ayr opened strongly and as early as the 1st min saw their first chance with Jordan Preston volleying just over from 20 yards.
On 28 minutes United almost went ahead. Gerry McLauchlan hit a freekick from his own half to the edge of the Brechin penalty area. Combative midfielder Jamie Adams rose to knock the ball into the 6-yard box where onrushing Alan Trouten glanced a header goalwards only to see former Ayr keeper Graeme Smith pull off a superb save.

It was now Brechin’s chance to show what they could do. Isaacs Layne dispossessed defender Paddy Boyle before making his way into the United penalty box. Thwarted in his attempt to find a route to goal he played the ball back to Jonathan Tiffoney who raced to the by-line before placing the ball onto the foot of Darren McCormack on the penalty spot. With the goal at his mercy McCormack somehow managed to balloon the ball high and wide into the David H. Will stand.

Ayr were beginning to look more and more dangerous on the attack and again went close. After a patient build-up involving passes between seven United players captain Nicky Devlin lifted the ball into the box and defender Paul McLean, under no pressure, kneed the ball across the face of the goal to Alan Trouten. In much the same way as there was a mystery as to how McCormack had failed to hit the target, Trouten blasted the ball at almost right angles towards the corner flag. To the surprise of most onlookers, and possibly as an act of kindness to Trouten’s, the assistant linesman raised his flag for offside.

In 42 mins the Honest Men finally got the goal their play deserved. Again Ayr patiently built from the back before Ross Caldwell crossed from the right. Robbie Crawford ran in to meet the ball but it looked like a stretching header would be unlikely to have enough power to cause home goalkeeper Smith problems. Crawford decided not to attempt the direct header and cleverly dropped the ball to his right and Jamie Adams whose flick curled into the net. 1 – 0 Ayr.

If anything the half-time whistle came too early for the Ayrshire men who had been gaining impetus as the first half wore on and the start of the second half could not have gone worse.

Only one minute into the second half came that controversial corner as Brechin striker Andy Jackson tried to get a ball into the centre and the referee adjudged that it had come off Ayr’s Andy Graham before going out. Willie Dyer swung the ball towards the front post but Ross Docherty got his head to it first and knocked it out of the box. Unfortunately for Ayr Isaac Layne pounced on the ball and as a wall of Ayr players rushed out he hit the ball with the outside of his right foot curling it into the net. This was a goal of some quality and Brechin were level.

The goal seemed to re-invigorate Brechin and their confidence grew but without creating a great number of chances. The game again retreated into a midfield battle for the next twenty minutes with ‘tasty’ challenges from both sides. Then as the match went into its final third play became stretched resulting in some exciting end-to-end football.

In 67 mins a Devlin freekick found Docherty some 25 yards out from where he released a delightful left-footed drive off the top of the bar. 4 mins later Preston received a ball into the box from substitute Mikey Donald then spun quickly but his shot rose over the bar.

Brechin were still showing their hunger with Layne being at the heart of their best attacks, his tricky footwork and good distribution making him a thorn in Ayr’s side. Twice in a row he twisted and turned before darting into the United box. The first time he squared to McLean who lost his footing under pressure before Fleming grasped the ball. Secondly he bent the ball across the face of goal forcing Docherty to knock it out for a corner as McLean moved in for the kill.

From the resultant corner Brechin almost grabbed the three points. As the ball came in it was McLean again who met it and his downward header seems certain to go in at the right post. Keeper Greg Fleming somehow managed to get down and touch the ball away with what was a marvellous save.
Brechin attempted to increase the pressure and only one minute later had three chances to put the game to bed.

Jackson crossed from the right and found danger man Layne at the back of the box. Layne dragged the ball to his left foot but his shot was saved by Fleming but wasn’t cleared. Dyer then drove the ball in only to see it blocked by Devlin before it fell at the feet of Smith who should have done better but blazed over from the edge of the box.

In the 88th min another contentious decision gave Brechin a free kick just at the edge of the box. Jamie Adams and Brechin captain Craig Molloy both challenged hard for the ball and Adams appeared to make full contact knocking it towards the halfway line. Molloy went down heavily and the freekick was awarded. Layne didn’t have to be asked twice and stepped up but, luckily for Ayr, the ball went inches wide.

Certainly not the best performance of the season from United and the chance lost to go three points clear at the top, but the club remain at the top of the league and now have the benefit of two home matches in a row.

Brechin City
Smith, McLean, Dyer, Bates, Perry, Dods, Tiffoney, Molloy, Jackson, Layne, McCormack Substitutes Smith, Montgomery, Johnston, Dale, Weatherston, Fusco, O’Neil (GK).

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

Referee: Barry Cook
Attendance: 541
Report: AUmedia

Brechin match preview

Match Preview

Brechin City vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 7th November 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United take Scotland’s longest unbeaten run north to face Brechin City. It’s top versus bottom at Glebe Park, with Ian McCall’s side looking to chalk up an twelfth consecutive league match without defeat.

Brechin City started the season under new manager Darren Dods with eight consecutive defeats. They remain at the foot of the table but picked up their third league victory at the weekend in the Angus derby, Andy Jackson scoring the only goal of a game which saw Forfar finish with 9 men at Station Park.

Team News: Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour are both out and aiming for a return against Dunfermline in the cup.

Ian says:” Brechin is always a very difficult place to go. Even more so now that we are top of the league as when you are in that position everyone wants to beat you that bit more. Of course we want to keep our run going and stay at the top of the league and that’s what we will be going there to do. This is where I had my first game in charge of the club and we lost 2-1 so we will be looking for a different result on Saturday. I love that stand behind the goal as our fans can create a great atmosphere in it and I hope they are in there all game making a load of noise.”

Ayr United wins – 49
Draws – 16
Brechin City wins – 33

Saturday will be the 50th meeting of the sides at Glebe Park.

In nine of the last 14 match-ups the home side has scored exactly two goals.

Last Meeting: United and Brechin have already faced each other twice this season, with both games at Somerset Park. City old-boy Gerry McLauchlan opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory in the League Cup, Paddy Boyle adding the second. Two weeks later another former Glebe Park favourite Alan Trouten scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after Robert Thomson cancelled out Alan Forrest’s first-half header.

On this day: in 1959 United travelled to Celtic Park and recorded a famous 3-2 victory, completing an Old Firm double that season. Sam McMillan put the Honest Men 2-0 up only for Celtic to level the scores. Jim McGhee netted the winner with six minutes remaining, scoring directly from a corner.

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee – Mark Ainslie

Match Details:
Adults – £12
Parent & Child – £15 (plus £2 for each additional school-age child in family party)
Concessions (over 65’s and u18s) – £6

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Ayr United 3 v 1 Stranraer

Ayr United extended their unbeaten run to eleven games with a well-earned 3-1 victory over Stranraer at Somerset Park – a win which sends them back to the top of League One. Robbie Crawford and Jamie Adams scored either side of a Scott Robertson header to give United a 2-1 lead going into the break. Jordan Preston then confirmed Ayr’s victory heading home with 7 minutes to play.

Ayr went into the game on the back of a 1-0 win away to Stenhousemuir last weekend, whilst Stranraer suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to Cowdenbeath. The Honest Men were without Brian Gilmour and Craig Moore who missed the game through injury while Stranraer were unable to unleash their new Argentinian striker, Luciano Nequecar as international clearance did not come through on time.

The home side started the game positively and were unlucky not to take the lead after six minutes as Jordan Preston and Jamie Adams both had shots cleared off the line by the Stranraer backline.
It wasn’t long before United got the opener and it came from tenacious midfielder, Robbie Crawford. Good build up play allowed Devlin to slide the ball to Docherty who quickly moved it on to Crawford. Crawford then took one touch before firing an unstoppable drive in off the post from eighteen yards, giving the keeper no chance. Fourteen minutes played and it was 1-0 Ayr.

The teams then started to cancel each other out but Stranraer had a glorious chance to equalise as a long ball from Rumsby freed Ryan Thomson. One on one with the goalkeeper the midfielder tried to slot the ball past the onrushing Greg Fleming who saved well to preserve his side’s advantage.

Stranraer were then awarded a very soft free kick as Ross Docherty was adjudged to have fouled Jamie McCluskey. Former United skipper Chris Aitken stepped up to float the ball to the back post where Scott Robertson was on hand to head home. A terrific delivery from Aitken and the game was all square.
Just ten minutes later Ayr were back in the driving seat after a superb team goal. The ball was played out from the back before eventually finding Alan Trouten in space to turn. He then threaded an inch-perfect pass down to the by-line for captain Nicky Devlin to clip the ball into the box. His cross was met excellently by Jamie Adams who timed his run to perfection, thumping his header into the back of the net. 2-1 United.

The away side then had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Gavin Duncan much to the anger of the Stranraer bench when winger Stirling appeared to be pulled back as he entered the box.

Next a Jordan Preston’s effort was deflected wide and from the resulting corner Ayr could have extended their lead but Andy Graham headed just over.

The second half started fairly quietly with Ross Docherty coming closest to finding the net with a long range shot which flew harmlessly past the post.

It was then the home sides turn to shout ‘penalty!’ as they had three claims for hand ball dismissed by the referee. The first came when Nicky Devlin took the ball deep into the box on the right and Stranraer’s number 19 Lee Mair slid in to dispossess him and rolled round to the ground. He then clutched the ball tightly in his arms. To the bemusement of all of those watching, referee Duncan awarded a freekick to Stranraer.

Next, Ayr floated in a corner from the left which Stranraer keeper McGurn appeared to misjudge allowing Jamie Adams to head towards net. Mark McGuigan on the back post then swatted the ball, not once but twice, away from the goals, leaving Ayr manager Ian McCall performing what could only be called the dance of disbelief in the technical area as Mr. Duncan waved away appeals.

Whilst these decisions appeared baffling he seemed to get the final handball correct. Releasing his hold on Andy Graham’s jersey in the box Stranraer’s Mair jumped with his arm raised and the ball appeared to hit off him. Closer scrutiny would suggest that he actually flipped up Ayr’s Adams’ arm just in front of his and that was what made the connection.

Preston then called David McGurn into action as he let fly from the edge of the box but the experienced keeper saved well.

Preston did, however, get his name on the scoresheet with a well-deserved goal. A short corner crafted by Alan Forrest and Ross Docherty resulted in the former swinging a lovely ball to the back post. Ryan Thomson could only head the ball back across the face of his own goal to Preston, 6 yards out, who powerfully headered home.

A solid performance from Ayr who look in confident mood after going unbeaten following an opening day defeat. However, Ian McCall’s men face a stern test away to Brechin City next weekend as they hope to remain on top spot.

Ayr United Fleming (GK), Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLauchlan, Graham, Adams, Crawford, Preston, Trouten, Cladwell Substitutes Shaun Newman (GK), Forrest, Murphy, Donald, Nisbet, Muir, McCracken
Stranraer McGurn (GK), Pettigrew, Rumsby, Mair, Robertson, Aitken, McCluskey, Thomson, Stirling, Cairney, Mcguigan Substitutes Currie (GK), Keenan, McGill, McCloskey, Longworth, Turner

Referee: Gavin Duncan
Attendance: 1,415
Report: AUmedia