Physio Update

Everyone at Ayr United would like to wish our club physio Stevie Maguire a speedy recovery. Last month Stevie suffered a brain haemorrhage and is recovering at home. Stevie will have an operation within the next few months and is targeting a return to the dugout for the 2016/17 season. He would like to thank everyone involved with Ayr United for their best wishes and support so far. Steven Maguire

Mark Duffy will be our new physio on matchdays after coming highly recommended by Stevie.

Manager Ian McCall said :”In all my time in football Stevie is up there with the best physios I have ever worked with. We are all thinking about him and he will be back with us next season.”

Moore signs for season

Striker Craig Moore has agreed a deal that will see him stay at Somerset Park, on loan, until the end of season 2015/16.

Moore’s contract with Motherwell is up at the end of this season and manager Mark McGhee felt it would benefit him to be playing first team football every week.

Mark McGhee will monitor Moore’s progress during the loan with one eye on next season.

He said: “Craig has been a little unfortunate with injuries and almost as I arrived at Motherwell, he picked up a knock that ruled him out for most of October, November and December.

“He’s only now back to fitness and I want to see him in competitive action as we plan ahead. As a 21-year old striker who is still developing and learning his craft, he needs regular first-team football, week in and week out, and at the moment that couldn’t be guaranteed here.

“However, he is very much in our minds and we’ll closely monitor his weekly progress at Somerset Park. He’s one of a number of younger players we intend to loan out to get them more ready for future campaigns with Motherwell.”

Manager Ian McCall said :”We have already seen the quality that Craig has, if it wasn’t for injury he would be well into double figures for the season. To get him for the rest of the season is a terrific signing for us and I know the fans will be delighted. He has a great attitude and he will be fit and raring to go for the 16th January.”

Moore has already scored 6 goals in only 9 league starts for United this season.

Footgolf Fundraiser

United superfan Gavin Craig has organised a Footgolf Fundraiser for Saturday 9th January when we have a free weekend.

This is a footgolf event with ALL profits going to Ian McCall’s transfer kitty for January.

WHEN: Saturday 9th January 2016.

WHERE: Roodlea Family Golf Centre in Coylton.

TIME: 12:30pm meet, will be a shotgun start at 1pm. Plan to finish with a short prizegiving at 3pm. Every participant will be given a free entry into a prize draw for a signed Ayr United shirt.

COST: £20 for adults / £10 for under 16’s. (normally £10 for adults per round, but as already mentioned profits are going to Ian McCall’s January transfer budget)

ADDITIONAL COST: Bring your own ball or £2 to hire.

PRIZES: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Prize also for longest drive and nearest to the pin competition.

WHAT TO WEAR: Football boots are not permitted, astroturfs are the best footwear & if not then just trainers.
Any type of clothing suitable.

TO BOOK A PLACE: Please e-mail Gavin at thegavmanaufc@gmail.com

You may never have played before, but come along and give it a try. The main aim is for you to enjoy yourself and to raise money for our local team, although you don’t have to be an Ayr fan to play. Thanks, Gavin.

Football Fans in Training

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 room. Who knows, maybe you’ll even bump into a player or two.

The main aims of the programme are to:
• Increase knowledge of diet & nutrition
• Improve lifestyle choices
• Increase physical activity amongst participants
• Reduce weight and waist measurements
• Increase engagement in other physical activity

This is a great opportunity to shed a few pounds with the support of your local Football Club and help you live a healthier and more active life.

The programme will be held at Somerset Park in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite and starts with an information meeting on Monday 11th January 2016 at 6.30pm and then the course proper from Monday 18th January for 12 weeks. The meetings will take place in the evening and will last 90 minutes. The 90 minutes will be split in half with the first 45 minutes on discussing positive changes to your lifestyle then 45 minutes of physical activity.

The course is limited to 32 places and if you are interested in attending the course then please email your name and contact details to Nicholas.Provan@aufa.org.uk

Please remember numbers are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
For any enquires, don’t hesitate to contact the office on 01292 263435 (option 2)

Stranraer 1 Ayr Utd 0

Stranraer 1 v 0 Ayr United

The conditions for the match where surprisingly good following the heavy rainfall during storm ‘Frank’ during the week. Despite the deluge the surface, although soft, was in good condition and with no visible water. However, Stranraer were riding a bit of a wave of their own creation following a 5-1 away victory to Stenhousemuir the previous week while Ayr were still muddling through with a makeshift midfield.

Both teams made a tentative opening to the match with neither able to take control. Stranraer, however, created the first real chance of the match in 7 mins as an in swinging freekick found Scott Robertson near the back post but his header flashed wide.

It took until the 17th min for the next opening and again it fell to Stranraer with a drive by Sam McCloskey blocked on the line by Ayr’s Captain Nicky Devlin.

On 20 mins Ayr created the first clear chance. A beautifully curled and flighted cross from a freekick by Ryan Stevenson found the head of in-rushing Gerry McLauchlan but his header lacked power and nestled securely in the hands of keeper David McGurn.

Stranraer were beginning to take control with Paul Cairney prompting and driving his team forward from the midfield. Ayr were starved of the ball and struggled to carve out any meaningful chances and were kept in the game by Greg Fleming in the United goals making a string of excellent saves from Malcolm, McCloskey and McGuigan. The best of these came in the 22nd min.

Stranraer moved the ball from right to left with an excellent cross-field pass from Craig Pettigrew finding McCloskey on the touchline. McCloskey played the ball inside to Cairney who prodded the ball forward to Craig Malcolm on the edge. With his back to the Ayr goal Malcolm held the ball up before again finding Cairney who played a delicious pass behind the Ayr backline and into the path of Mark McGuigan who saw his short blocked and flipped over the bar by Fleming.

In 33 mins United did manage to carve out a chance. Muir launched a long ball forward down the left and Preston held it up before slipping it to Crawford who darted into the box and to the by-line. Crawford then played the ball back to Preston in the centre of the box but his goalward drive was blocked by the out rushing Liam Dick.

In the second half Stranraer continued to have more of the ball and substitute Alan Trouten even found himself forced into deeper positions to defend but it was from this that Ayr gained the best opportunity of the match. On 54mins Trouten tackled and won the ball in the United penalty area and dribbled to his own corner flag before launching the ball up field. As Jordan Preston charged towards the ball defender Scott Rumsby looked odds-on to take control but an unusually high bounce took it over his head allowing the Ayr forward to run into the box. Preston found himself in a one-on-one situation with the keeper but his shot was saved by the Stranraer keeper.

Just 5mins later Stranraer were ahead. Longworth charged forward evading McLauchlan’s last-ditch tackle some 40 yards out and then found McCloskey to his left in the penalty area. Somehow Fleming managed to save his drive but could only watch helplessly as Longworth followed up by smashing the rebound into the net.

The lead was no more than Stranraer deserved and they had their tails up. Two minutes later they almost doubled their lead and again United had Fleming to thank for keeping them in the game. Longworth curled a cross field pass to McCloskey who outpaced Donald before releasing powerful drive which the keeper saved acrobatically.

On 80 mins Stranraer were forced to replace goalkeeper McGurn who raced out of his box to go toe-to-toe in a slide tackle with Ayr’s Ryan Stevenson. The game was held up as the keeper was stretchered off but the referee acknowledged that both players had committed to strong but legal challenges and no one was to blame.

It did not go unnoticed by the United manager that for the final 10 mins Stranraer’s inexperienced young keeper Max Currie hadn’t a save to make and that only Mikey Donald attempted a shot.

Stranraer deserved their victory and a quick look at the statistics shows that United were nowhere near their best with around 42% possession and only 9 shots in the full 90 mins. Whereas an earlier Saturday off seemed to signal the start of this stutter in form and results, this break is certainly a godsend which should allow the Honest Men the time to recover and regroup.

Stranraer
McGurn, Pettigrew, Dick, Bell, Rumsby, Robertson, Cairney, McCloskey, McGuigan, Malcolm, Longworth Substitutes Currie [GK], Keenan, Stirling, Kemp, Turner, McGill, Nequecaur

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Muir, Murphy, McLauchlan, Stevenson, Donald, Crawford, Preston, Caldwell, Forrest Substitutes Newman [GK], Graham, Trouten, McKenzie, McCracken.

Referee: Colin Steven
Attendance: 1,178
Report: AUmedia