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Match Preview
Queen of the South vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 31st December 2016 – Kick-off 2pm

On Saturday, Ayr United conclude 2016 with a trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South. The match pitches ninth place Ayr against sixth place Queens, who hold a two point advantage in a congested bottom-half of the Championship table. Ian McCall’s men could end the year in sixth place if results go the right way.

Ayr returned to goalscoring form last weekend netting four times against Dumbarton – but lost the lead on three occasions and conceded four goals meaning they were unable to record a first win in eight Championship games, stretching back to a 1-0 win over Queen of the South in October.

The Doonhamers find themselves in a poor run of form, with just four points from the last 12 games. Their last victory came at home to Raith Rovers in mid-September, at which point the side were top-of-the-table with five wins and a draw from their opening six fixtures. Gary Naysmith took over the managerial reigns at the start of the month, overseeing draws 2-2 against Falkirk and Dunfermline before a 1-0 reverse away to Morton last weekend.

Team News: Jamie Adams, Craig Moore and Nicky Devlin are out. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian McCall says:”We have now gone quite a few games without a win however I don’t think any of our fans who have been at the games over the last couple of months would say that we aren’t in good form. We do need to get wins on the board and see out games better. We played well in beating Queens at home and much earlier in the season we lost 4-1 there although it wasn’t a 4-1 game. I still feel that we are good enough to push up the league and string some positive results together. Hopefully we take a big noisy support and give them something to celebrate about at night.”

Ayr United wins – 37
Draws – 14
Queen of the South wins – 35
United are without a win in their last 11 visits to Palmerston Park, losing the last seven.
Last meeting:
On this day: Our most recent Hogmanay fixture was in 1994, a 2-1 defeat away to Hamilton Accies. United saw out 1927 in style, however, with a 6-1 win at home to Arthurlie.
Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

Adults – £16
Concessions – £9
Under 16 – £5

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Fans travel to Q of S

On Saturday, 31st December, we travel to Dumfries to play Queen of the South in another big match for the club. Kick off is 2pm.

The Cottage travel club are running a bus priced only £5 per person thanks to a donation from chairman Lachlan Cameron.

The bus is leaving the Campbeltown bar at 11am and stopping in Dumfries pre match.

To book a seat please contact Jamie on 07792747354, Tam on 07585328685, Jeanne on 07599289517 or Lisa on 07599289514.

Prices for the match are as follows

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Dumbarton match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dumbarton
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 24th December 2016 – Kick-off 12:30pm

It is the night before Christmas but an early kick-off at Somerset Park on Saturday when Dumbarton make the journey down the Clyde coast for a crucial match in the Ladbrokes Championship. With both sides – along with Dunfermline – locked on 17 points, three points will be hugely important going into the second-half of the season and the New Year.

Ayr are looking for their first league win in seven games and have lost their last three home games – against Hibs, Dundee United and Falkirk – without scoring. A point at the Paisley 2021 Stadium last time out means Ian McCall’s men maintain a six point advantage over the Buddies at the foot of the table.

Dumbarton were 2-1 winners at home to Falkirk last weekend, Gary Fleming netting the winner in the 68th minute, two minutes after the Bairns’ equalised Robert Thomson’s first half opener. It was an important win for Stephen Aitken’s side following their shock defeat to Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup.

Team News: Craig Moore is out and Jamie Adams begins a two match suspension.

Ian says: “We have some huge games coming up and this is the start of a run of games we are really looking to pick up points from. Dumbarton have had some good results recently and the fact we won comfortably when we played them earlier in the season means absolutely nothing in terms of this game. If we play as we have been then we are going to start picking up wins and scoring goals so its a game we are really looking forward to.”

Head-to-Head (league):
Ayr United wins – 54
Draws – 22
Dumbarton wins – 44

United have won the last four matches between the sides at Somerset Park without conceding.
Last meeting: Alan Forrest hit a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for the Honest Men when in the sides met at the Rock in October. Dumbarton’s last visit to Somerset Park was in January 2011 and ended 2-0 to United thanks to goals from Mark Roberts and Danny McKay. Ayr skipper Nicky Devlin featured for the Sons on the day.

On this day: Ayr’s last Christmas Eve fixture at Somerset Park was in 1960 and saw Rangers defeated 1-0. Peter Price scored the only goal of a game and home goalkeeper John Gallagher saved a Ralph Brand penalty.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Gentles

Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – Free

Club shop Xmas hours

Club shop Xmas & New Year opening times

20th December to 23rd December 12-4
Xmas Eve 24th December 10-3 (open throughout the game)
Xmas Day 25th December to Wednesday 28th December CLOSED

Thursday 29th December 12-3
Friday 30th December 12-3

Saturday 31st December to Wednesday 4th January CLOSED

Thursday 5th January 12-4
Friday 6th January 12-4
Saturday 7th January 10-5.30 (closed during the game)

Free entry to under 16s v Dumbarton

We have a huge match at Somerset Park this coming Saturday, Christmas Eve. To help bring about some Christmas cheer we are offering free entry to anyone under the age of 16.

Remember kick off is at 12.30pm and Panda Claus will be in and around the ground from 11.30am handing out some goodies.

After the match why not take the kids along to the hospitality suite as the players will be there for half an hour to sign autographs and get pictures taken.

Come along and support the boys in this huge match and get into the Christmas spirit!

St Mirren 1 Ayr Utd 1

The Honest Men were undone by another late goal against St Mirren as they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Paisley 2021 stadium. Cairney put United ahead before Sutton levelled in a game which also included a missed penalty and a sending off.

Ayr had the first chance of the game through Forrest on 10 mins. United’s striker was picked out at the back post and he had time to compose himself before striking towards goal however it was blocked on the line by Gallagher from close range.

Saints responded to this a minute later and Mackenzie saw his header from a Mallan corner nodded off the line by Docherty who did well to get up to the ball which looked goal bound.

On 19 mins Mallan had a strike from the edge of the area which was deflected just wide of Fleming’s right hand post.

Ayr’s best chance of the half came on 32 mins. Crawford swung the ball in from the right and it was met by Balatoni who couldn’t get enough on the ball which resulted in his flick header landing to McKenna at the back post but the United defender could only smash his shot off the bar from close range.

35 mins gone and it was the turn of Webster to try his luck and his flick on from another Mallan corner scraped just wide of the far post.

On 38 mins Devlin had a chance at the back post and his header was straight at Gallagher. From that chance Saints broke immediately through Shankland and as the striker burst forward he dragged his shot just wide as he closed in on goal.

Ayr’s last chance of the half came through Docherty on 44 mins. The United midfielder found himself with space on the edge of the box and his volley sailed over the bar when it looked like he could have did better.

Ayr continued to threaten the home side and after the break Harkins had a glorious opportunity on 56 mins. The ball fell to Harkins inside the area and with only Gallagher to beat he fired his effort straight at the goalkeeper.

It looked as if Ayr would be made to pay for their missed chances as on 58 mins St Mirren won a penalty after Cairney pulled down Naismith in the box. Shankland stepped up but could only drag his penalty wide of the left hand post – with Fleming also correctly guessing which way to dive.

Mallan then weaved his way inside the box on 61 mins but United’s captain Devlin was there to block the shot from close range.

Ayr took full advantage of the missed chances from the home side and opened the scoring through Cairney after 63mins. Balatoni stepped out of defence with the ball and passed the ball forward, the ball was left by Adams which allowed Cairney to slip through into the box and coolly slot the ball underneath Gallagher to give Ayr the lead. 0-1.

St Mirren began to pile on the pressure and their first effort after the Ayr goal came through Mallan on 75 mins as his strike from 25 yards deflected awkwardly and forced Fleming into a good stop at the bottom right corner.

Just as Ayr were looking to shut up shop and hold on for the win they were handed a set back when Adams was sent off on 76 mins for a tackle from behind, hauling down McAllister as he was breaking away midway in the Ayr half.

It didn’t take long for St Mirren to take advantage of this and they quickly found themselves level through Sutton after 80 mins. Clarkson picked up the ball on the right and whipped in a great ball for Sutton who muscled off McKenna to head home and pull his side level. 1-1.

It almost got from bad to worse for Ayr as Hardie found himself in space immediately after the restart and fizzed a shot which was tipped onto the bar by Fleming to keep Ayr level.

The best chance of the latter stages undoubtedly fell to Ayr on 83 mins when a Crawford shot inside the box fell to Nisbet who was totally unmarked and from 8 yards out dragged his shot just wide of the far post.

Mallan had a couple of long range efforts which never tested Fleming in the final few minutes as the game fizzled out and both teams had to settle for a draw.

Ayr now welcome Dumbarton at Somerset next Saturday in what is a huge game on Christmas Eve in the battle at the bottom.

St Mirren
Gallagher, Naismith, Irvine, Mackenzie, Quinn, Mallan, Shankland, McAllister, Webster, Morgan, Magennis. Substitutes Langfield (GK), Sutton, Clarkson, Gallagher, McLear, Hardie, Baird.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Crawford, Forrest, Harkins, Cairney, Adams, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty, McKenna. Substitutes Hart (GK), McGuffie, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, O’Connell, Nisbet.

Referee: Greg Aitken
Attendance: 3124
Match Report: AUmedia=

St Mirren match preview & info

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 17th December 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United make their third trip to the Paisley 2021 Stadium this season for the first of four crucial league games for the Honest Men over the festive season. United are currently seventh in the league table, with a six point advantage over the Buddies and two points ahead of Dumbarton, the visitors to Somerset Park on Christmas Eve. Ayr then face the two clubs above them in the table: sixth placed Queen of the South – currently three points ahead – and then Dunfermline, ahead of United only on goal difference.

If Ian McCall’s men are to emerge from this quartet of matches in a positive position, they will need to reverse a run of results which has borne just two points from a possible 18 and in which goals have been hard to come by.

St. Mirren have kick started their season under new boss Jack Ross, recording their first league victory with a last minute goal away to Queen of the South 10 days ago and following that up with a 1-0 home win over Raith Rovers at the weekend.

Team News:Craig Moore is out, everyone else is available

Ian says:”Every game in this league is tough and this game will be no different. We always felt that St Mirren would start start to pick up, they have a good manager and good players. What we have proved is that we can compete with any team in this league. Last week I felt we dominated most of the match we just need things to click in the final third and we are sure they will.”

Head-to-Head (league):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 33
St. Mirren wins – 37

United’s last league win in Paisley came in November 2001 courtesy of a late Pat McGinlay goal.

Last meeting: In each of the three meetings between the sides this season, the Buddies have netted late, snatching victory at home in the League Cup and Challenge Cup and a point at Somerset Park in the league at the end of August.

On this day: in 1994, Ayr defeated Kilmarnock 4-1 in the Ayrshire Cup at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee 1 – Douglas Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Willie Ferguson

Adult – £20
OAP (Over 65) – £10
Child (under 18) – £10
Child (under 12) – £5
Wheelchair User* – £10
Carer – FREE

United fans will occupy the West Stand and enter through turnstiles 15 and 16.

Our fans can purchase tickets from the window at the away end of the ground (North Stand) from 1:30pm to kick-off time (3:00pm).

AUFC board invite to fans

The members of the Ayr United Board would like to invite supporters of Ayr United to a free social event in the Somerset Park Hospitality Suite from 7:30 on Friday 6th January. The event will be an opportunity to meet fellow supporters and some of the directors to share views and ideas in an informal setting. There will be a small buffet and music from Rumour Has It to finish the evening.

There are limited spaces available so please email Mark Pettigrew at pettigrm@aol.com if you’re interested in attending and please include your name. Mark will then get back to you confirm if you’ve secured a space.

The directors are very keen to increase engagement with supporters, so this event is hopefully the first in a series. Why not come along and share your ideas on how to improve engagement, improve the supporter experience, raise the profile of the club or any other ideas you want to put forward.

We look forward to seeing as many supporters as we can accommodate at the event so please get in touch.

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