Hibernian match preview

Match Preview
Hibernian vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 11th September 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Edinburgh on league duty for the first time since Boxing Day 1998 to face Scottish Cup holders Hibernian at Easter Road.

Ian McCall’s men climbed to 7th in the Championship table last weekend when they picked up their first league win of the season, beating Greenock Morton 2-1 at Somerset Park and will be hoping to extend a three match unbeaten run.

Hibernian’s season started on 14th July with a Europa League qualifier against Brondby at Easter Road. Neil Lennon’s side have won seven of their nine fixtures this season and boast a 100% record in the league.

Last weekend, Hibs travelled to ‘The Rock’ and earned a narrow victory against Dumbarton, Jason Cummings scoring first-half penalty.
Team News: Craig Moore is out however everyone else is fit.

Ian says:”This is another one of the games we have been looking forward to. It’s a fantastic place to go and play football and there will be a big crowd. We need to be brave and have confidence in ourselves. I am sure we will have a great support there backing us all day.”

The Opposition: Neil Lennon has a wealth of talent to choose from as he attempts to lead Hibs back to the Premiership following their demotion in 2014.

Strikers Grant Holt, who boasts English Premier League experience from his time at Norwich and Aston Villa, and Brian Graham have been added to the squad that beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final in May, as has midfielder Graeme Shinnie on loan from Birmingham while Israeli International Ofir Marciano is likely to keep goal.

Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 19
Hibernian wins – 51

Matchstick Men & Matchstick Cats & Dogs by Brian & Michael was top of the music charts when Ayr recorded their last league win over Hibernian, a 2-1 victory at Somerset Park in April 1978. United’s last win at Easter Road was in the quarter-final, second-leg of the league Cup in October 1980. A 2-0 win in the capital secured a 4-2 win on aggregate and a place in the semi-final.

Last meeting: The last five meetings between the sides have all been in cup competitions, most recently in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup in 2012 when Hibs edged past United at Somerset Park with early goals from Roy O’Donovan and Leigh Griffiths from the penalty spot. The following season had seen a 0-0 draw in the same competition at Easter Road before Mark Roberts scored the only goal of the replay to send the Honest Men into the fifth round of the competition and shock the Hibees.

The last league match between Ayr and Hibernian was at home in February 1999. Despite a 5th minute Ian Ferguson penalty, the Easter Road side ran out 3-1 winners with Stevie Crawford bagging a hat-trick.

On this day: in 1974, United were defeated 3-0 away to Birmingham City in the Texaco Cup. The first-leg of the quarter-final tie had ended goalless.

Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Admission:
Adults – £22
Concessions – £12

Topps launches all-new SPFL Match Attax

Topps launches all-new SPFL Match Attax

Good news Ayr United fans – Topps Match Attax all-new Scottish Premiership 2016-17 collection lands in shops today!

Honest Men of all ages can get involved in this year’s collection, which features all-new card types and all your favourite Ayr United players.

Available now, Topps Match Attax, the world’s most successful football trading card game, offers fans of all ages a fun-filled addition to the new SPFL season. Featuring all of Scotland’s Premiership and Championship clubs, there are over 300 cards to collect including ‘star players’, ‘rising stars’, ‘top-rated man of the match’, ‘awesome penalty takers’ plus 100 club cards.

This year’s collection also boasts more limited edition cards than ever before, and a guaranteed shiny card in every pack!

“SPFL Match Attax is continuing to grow in popularity year on year, and our latest SPFL edition trading card game promises to be a huge hit with our collectors,” said Steve Conner, National Sales Manager at Topps.

“The new collection is bigger and better than before, with even more new cards to collect, giving fans the opportunity to play a fresh, new version of SPFL Match Attax.”

There are 336 cards to collect, including brand new ‘rising star’, ‘awesome penalty takers’ and ‘star players’ cards to enhance gameplay.

The SPFL Match Attax Starter Pack retails at £4.99 and includes a collector binder, A2 play pitch a game guide, and a six card packet containing an exclusive gold limited edition card. A packet of nine cards will be £1 for collectors.

There is also the SPFL Match Attax Collector’s Tin available, retailing at £5.99, with 45 cards including a bronze, silver or gold limited edition card, all packaged in a mini tin to keep collections safe and travel handy!

Get the latest news and updates by following @toppsmatchattax on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat!

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Club Shop Offers

Heading to Easter Road on Saturday?

Get dressed for the game with our tremendous club shop weekend offers.

1) Buy any 2016/17 replica shirt get a free T shirt twin pack (value £14.99)
or
2) Spend £25 or more on official merchandise and get a free bronx hat & jacquard scarf (value £15.98)

Opening hours:
Thursday 12- 4
Friday 12 -4
Saturday 10 – 1

Hibs match & travel info

On Saturday we travel to Easter Road to play Hibernian with a 3pm kick off.

The Cottage Travel Club have already filled one supporters bus and are taking a second. To book seats please call Jamie on 07792747354, Jeanne on 07599289517 or Tam on 07585328685.

The bus will leave the Campbelltown Bar at 11.30am and will have a pick up at the Bon Accord (Charing Cross) in Glasgow. Cost is £10 per person.

Ayr United supporters are in the South Stand and will be able to purchase tickets from the South Stand ticket pod on match day from 1pm. The prices are £22 for adults and £12 concessions.

If we have any disabled/wheelchair supporters looking to travel then please contact Tracy on 01292 263435 ext 6 to give your details. Tickets are charged at the regular match price.

Ayr Utd 2 Morton 1

Ayr United 2 v 1 Morton

Ayr United secured their first win in the Championship with a 2-1 win over Morton at Somerset Park Second half goals from Cairney and Forrest were enough to earn United the 3 points with Forbes scoring Morton’s consolation goal.

Ian McCall made 2 changes to the side that beat Airdrie in the Irn-Bru Cup with Harkins and Adams coming in for McGuffie and Thomas.

The game started off at a quick pace and after only 6 mins the home side created their first chance of the game through Gilmour. After good passing in midfield, Gilmour received the ball 25 yards out and his controlled shot fizzed just wide of the left hand post.

On 15 mins Harkins was next to try his luck and was inches away from putting Ayr in front. Docherty collected the ball in midfield, passed into Harkins’ feet who then turned and curled a shot just wide of the post leaving McNeil scrambling.

Morton created their first chance of the game on 24 mins. Kilday’s cross from the left was met by the striker Oyenuga who could only put his header high over the bar from close range. 3 mins later and Nesbitt received the ball on the edge of the box but his shot was tame and straight down the throat of Fleming.

Morton’s best chance of the game came on the half hour mark. Oliver found himself free at the back post but, even though he had time and space, he could only fire the ball way over the bar from 12 yards out.

A moment of controversy came on the 36th minute. Alan Forrest received the ball in midfield and as he chased a loose touch, Lindsay flew in with feet off the ground and with showing. The young Ayr player was caught on the shins and thrown into a somersault. The challenge looked to warrant a red card but, much to the bemusement of the Ayr fans and bench alike, referee McKendrick saw fit to show only yellow.

Ayr broke the deadlock after 47 minutes. Devlin raced into the box on the right and his low cross, slid along the line to Harkins just past the back post. Harkins coolly controlled the ball and laid it off into the path of Cairney who fired home to give Ayr the lead. 1-0 Ayr who looked to have found a spring on their step.

Ayr almost doubled their lead on 58 minutes after a sumptuous outside of the boot cross by Gilmour was met by Forrest but keeper McNeil pulled off an impressive save to palm away the effort.

69 minutes on the clock and Ayr made their dominance tell as they increased their lead through Forrest. As the ball came into the box, Nisbet flicked the ball into the air, Adams met it with a back heel and Harkins managed to control and back heel back heel into the path of Forrest who slotted home from close range. 2-0 Ayr and a goal that any team would have been proud of.

It got from bad to worse for the away side as they found themselves down to 10 men on 72 minutes as Russell was dismissed for pulling back Nisbet as he raced down on goal.

The Ton were handed a lifeline on 85 minutes when Forbes curled a top quality freekick into the top corner from 20 yards out despite Fleming getting a hand on the ball. 2-1 and Ayr looked to be in for a nervy finish.

That didn’t turn out to be the case as the Honest Men saw out the win and climbed to 7th in the table.

Ayr now face a tough away trip to Easter Road to play Hibernian on Saturday but can take confidence from this result and performance.

Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, Balatoni, Gilmour, Forrest, Docherty, Cairney, Harkins, Adams. Substitute Hart(GK), McGuffie, Crawford, Thomas, O’Connell, Nisbet, Murphy.

Morton

McNeil, Kilday, Lamie, O’Ware, Doyle, Olvier, Forbes, Oyenuga, Lindsay, Russell, Quintongo. Substitute McGowan(GK), Nisbett, McAleer, Scullion, McDonagh, Orr, Tiffoney.

Referee: John McKendrick
Attendance: 1441
Match Report: AUmedia

Morton match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 10th September 2016.

On Saturday, Ayr United return to Championship action when Greenock Morton are the visitors to Somerset Park. United edged past Airdrieonians in the Irn-Bru Cup on Sunday and, after picking up their first league point of the season against St. Mirren last time out, will be looking to record their first league win against the Buddies’ Renfrewshire rivals.

Morton were bumped out of the Irn-Bru Cup at the weekend, losing 2-0 at the National Stadium to League 1 side Queen’s Park. Jim Duffy’s side have picked up three points from their opening four league matches, drawing at home to Dumbarton and Falkirk and away to St. Mirren.

Team News: Craig Moore is still out, everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “We feel that in the second half of the Dundee United game, the majority of the game against St Mirren and in stages last week that we are coming together as a team and getting up to speed. It was always going to take a period of time to adapt and come to terms with the difference in pace and in quality of the Championship however we are getting there. A win tomorrow would move us up a couple of places and bunch up the league and with a couple of hard away trips coming up we will be going all out for the win.”

The Opposition: Morton finished 5th in the Championship last season but were nearly 20 points behind Raith Rovers in the final play-off position.

Jim Duffy has assembled a young squad this season, with 26-year-old midfielder Ross Forbes the Ton’s oldest outfield player. He is likely to partner Michael Tidser in central the centre of the park with Tons’ attacking options ahead of the duo including summer signing Gary Oliver, on-loan Celtic forward Aidan Nesbitt and Jai Quitongo, son of Jose, whose three goals at the start of the season attracted a reported six-figure bid from Doncaster Rovers.

18-year-old forward Scott Tiffoney is the younger brother of former United defender Jonathan.

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 59
Draws – 31
Greenock Morton wins – 47
The Honest Men are one strike short of 200 league goals against Morton.

Last meeting:
The was little between the two sides when they went head-to-head in League 1 during season 2014/15. United were 1-0 winners in the first two encounters, in August 2014 at Somerset Park and the return fixture at Cappielow in October, with Ryan Donnelly and Scott McLaughlin respective the goalscorers.

Morgyn Neill and Peter McDonald traded first-half goals when the sides met at Somerset in January and the Honest Men were moments away from avoiding defeat in the final meeting of the season at Cappielow when, leading through a Jon-Paul McGovern free-kick, Ton scored two goals in stoppage time to snatch all three points in heartbreaking fashion.

On this day:
In 2011, Morton were 4-1 winners when the sides met at Cappielow. Ton scored goals in the 10th, 11th and 12th minutes to race to a 3 goal advantage before both teams scored penalties late on.

Match Officials:
Referee – John McKendrick
Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer
Assistant Referee 2 – Stephen Graham

Admission: Adults £17, Concessions £10 and under 16s £5

Friday night for IRN BRU Cup

After discussions with Falkirk we have decided to change the date of our upcoming IRN BRU Cup fourth round match.

The game will now take place on Friday 7th October at Somerset Park with a 7.45pm kick off.

With Scotland playing at Hampden on Saturday evening and also supporters travelling to Slovakia on the Sunday we felt the change was the best way of allowing all supporters the chance to follow club and country.

Pricing for the match will be announced at the beginning of next week.

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25% off everything

CLUB SHOP 25% OFF FLASH SALE

The official club shop has a 25% OFF ALL STOCK flash sale beginning on Thursday 8th September and finishing after our home match against Morton this Saturday 10th September.

All merchandise is included in the sale including our 2016/17 Adidas replica kit range. The shop is open weekdays 12pm – 4pm and from 10am on Saturday.

Phone 01292 263435 Ext 5 for any further information.

* No further discount applies
** While stocks last
*** In store only