Peterhead match preview

Match Preview  Ayr United v Peterhead Championship Play-Off, semi-final, second leg Saturday 7th May 2016. Kick-off 3pm

Peterhead go into the game on the back of seven consecutive defeats however they do welcome back top goalscorer Rory McAllister, following his two match suspension for his red card against the Honest Men.

Team News: Jamie Adams has trained this week and comes back into the squad. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “There is no point in denying that we now have a great chance to get to the final. We couldn’t have asked for much better than coming down the road on Tuesday with a 3 goal advantage. However this game is far from over, if we start like we did against Airdrie then Peterhead will take advantage.

We will be approaching the game as if it is 0-0 and we will need to take the chances that come our way. If we play with the same strength, pace and intensity as Tuesday night we will be fine.”

 

Play-off Record: Ayr United are competing in the play-offs for the fifth time. United won promotion in 2009 and 2011, after finishing second both seasons but were relegated from the First Division following defeat in the semi-final against Airdrie in 2012 and also fell at the semi-final stage in 2014.  P13, W6, D4, L3, F25, A19

Peterhead have been involved in the Division 1/Championship play-offs on two previous occasions. In 2006, they beat Morton 1-0 on aggregate to set-up a final against Partick Thistle but, after earning a 2-1 win at Firhill, were defeated on penalties at Balmoor in the final despite taking an early lead. In 2009 they lost out to Airdrie in the semi-final. P7, W2, D1, L4, F6, L11.

Match Officials:

Referee – Crawford Allan

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Raymond Whyte

4th Official – Colin Steven

Admission:

Adults – £10

Concessions – £5

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Peterhead 1 Ayr Utd 4

Peterhead 1 v 4 Ayr United

Ayr United took the upper hand in the Championship play off semi-final with an emphatic 4-1 victory away to Peterhead, in the first leg of the tie.

The match started at a frantic pace as both teams tried to impose themselves on the game. However, it was United who took the lead after 17 minutes. Michael Donald collected a Nicky Devlin cross at the edge of the box. The winger then took a touch to his left before firing the ball low across Graeme Smith and into the bottom corner.

Robbie Crawford then struck the post for United but just minutes later Leighton McIntosh brought his side level. Nicky Riley latched onto a loose ball in midfield before slipping it through to Peterhead danger man, McIntosh. The striker rounded keeper Greg Fleming before sending a shot towards goal. It looked as if Peter Murphy might clear the ball off the line but McIntosh’s effort had too much on it and it nestled into the net. 1-1 after 34 minutes and it was very much game on.

Just six minutes later Ayr were back in the lead. Jordan Preston controlling a Ross Docherty cross at the back post before slotting the ball into the far corner of the net to restore his side’s advantage.

Ayr went into half-time 2-1 to the good and looked to assert their dominance in the second half. With 58 minutes on the clock they extended their lead in sensational fashion. The ever threatening Preston picked up the ball on the left hand side before cutting in and onto his right foot. From the edge of the box he then arrowed a shot into the top corner of the net giving Smith no chance and sending the away fans into raptures.

Peterhead were always a threat but Ayr were starting to look full of confidence. They rounded off the scoring after 74 minutes when Robbie Crawford dazzled the home defence, twisting and turning inside the box before slotting the ball under Smith to hand his side a 4-1 win.

Ayr go into the second leg with a three goal advantage but will need to be aware of the pitfalls of being too complacent with Peterhead determined to get back into the tie with their lucky talisman striker Rory McAllister returning after suspension.

Peterhead: Smith; Blockley; Redman; Strachan; Noble; Ferry; Dzierzawski; McIntosh; Brown; Riley; Sutherland Subs: Jarvie (GK); Ross; Baptie; Lawrence; Rodgers

Ayr: Fleming; Devlin; Boyle; Docherty; Graham; Murphy; McCrorie; Crawford; Preston; Moore; Donald Subs: Newman (GK); Trouten; McLauchlan; Forrest; Gilmour; Stevenson; Wardrope

Referee: Stephen Finnie Crowd: 807

Report: AUmedia

May Madness 1/2 price sale

MAY MADNESS 1/2 PRICE SALE

The club shop May Madness end of season 1/2 price sale begins on Tuesday 3rd May at 12pm. Running throughout May, we have slashed the price on our huge range of official Ayr United merchandise by half in store and online.

Sale ends 4pm Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Peterhead match preview

Match Preview Peterhead vs. Ayr United Championship Play-Off, semi-final, first leg Tuesday 3rd May 2016. Kick-off 8pm

After securing second place in Ladbrokes League 1, Ayr United travel north to face Peterhead in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals tomorrow (Tuesday). United’s 4-0 win at Balmoor nine days ago proved enough to leapfrog Jim McInally’s side and secure home advantage for the second leg on Saturday.

Peterhead go into the game on the back of six consecutive defeats and without top goalscorer Rory McAllister, following his red card against the Honest Men. McAllister, who has 31 goals in 40 appearances this season will serve the second game of a two-match suspension. The Blue Toon were defeated 1-0 by Champions Dunfermline on Saturday at East End Park.

Team News: The full squad is travelling apart from Jamie Adams. Jamie will be training this week and is expected to be fit for Saturday’s second leg.

Ian says: “Back when I was playing the team who finished second were always promoted however the playoffs work as shown by the fact there were no meaningless games in our league on the final Saturday of the season.

It will be an extremely tough game there is no doubt about that. All that’s happened previously goes out the window and its all down to these two games. We changed the team about on Saturday and were extremely poor however prior to that we had scored 8 and conceded 0 in two tough away games so we will be going there with confidence high.

These games will be played like a cup tie so its something to look forward to. Hopefully our supporters will make themselves heard!”

Head-to-Head (at Balmoor): Ayr United wins – 7 Draws – 2 Peterhead wins – 7

Peterhead took seven points from the four meetings between the sides this season.

Play-off Record: Ayr United are competing in the play-offs for the fifth time. United won promotion in 2009 and 2011, after finishing second both seasons but were relegated from the First Division following defeat in the semi-final against Airdrie in 2012 and also fell at the semi-final stage in 2014.  P12, W5, D4, L3, F21, A18

Peterhead have been involved in the Division 1/Championship play-offs on two previous occasions. In 2006, they beat Morton 1-0 on aggregate to set-up a final against Partick Thistle but, after earning a 2-1 win at Firhill, were defeated on penalties at Balmoor in the final despite taking an early lead. In 2009 they lost out to Airdrie in the semi-final. P6, W2, D1, L3, F5, L7.

On this date: in 2014, United secured a play-off place with a 4-1 win over East Fife. Craig Malcolm netted a hat-trick at Somerset Park with Brian Gilmour also on the scoresheet.

Match Officials:

Referee – Stephen Finnie

Assistant Referee 1 – Andy Milne

Assistant Referee 2 – Anthony Cooper

4th Official – Matt Norcroft

Admission:

Adults – £12

Concessions (12-16, 65+ & students) – £6

£10 & £5 for Semi final Saturday

We have reduced the prices for Saturdays vital semi final second leg against Peterhead.

Entry to the game will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

We will also be opening the Railway End for our own supporters to increase the atmosphere during both halves.

Kick off is 3pm.