AUFC Burns Supper 2017

Last season we took the decision to resurrect our Burns Supper. We felt that with our connections to Burns this should be one of the best local events of the year. Last year’s event took place at the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite and was a huge success with many commenting that it was one of the finest Burns events they had ever attended.

We are very keen to grow the event and make it one of the prime events on the local calendar. To help grow the event we have decided to move venue to the spectacular Enterkine House which also has a far larger capacity. The event takes place on Friday 3rd February 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start.

This promises to be an excellent evening as we have secured the services of a number of excellent Burns speakers and performers. Performers include Professor David Purdie who is one of the country’s most celebrated public speakers and was speechwriter for Sam Torrance when captain of the Ryder Cup team. Jane Brown who is former President of the Robert Burns World Federation and an internationally renowned speaker will be giving the Reply on behalf of the Lassies. Singing on the evening will be the acclaimed ‘Trinity Trio’ from Glasgow.

We are offering tickets for the event at £50 per person and this will include transport to and from Enterkine House from Ayr, a welcome drink on arrival and a delicious 3 course meal.

There are several ways to secure tickets for the event, please click here for booking form and return it to Graeme Miller at Ayr United Football Club, Somerset Park, Tryfield Place, Ayr, KA8 9NB or commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

You can also get tickets through our club shop, either by visiting the shop or by phone on 01292 263435 ext 5.

Or you can contact Graeme Miller by email on commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or by phone on 01292263435 ext3.

St Mirren match preview

Match Preview
St. Mirren vs. Ayr United
Irn-Bru Cup Quarter FInal

Sunday 11th November 2016 – Kick-off 12:30
On Sunday, Ayr United make the short trip to Paisley to face St. Mirren with a place in the semi-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup at stake. United will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats versus Morton and Hibernian.

For St. Mirren, the match is a welcome distraction from a league campaign in which they are yet to record their first win. The Buddies lie bottom of the table with 4 points from 12 games and on Saturday missed the opportunity to climb off the bottom when Dumbarton were 1-0 winners at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

Last month, Jack Ross was appointed manager following the departure of Alex Rae.

The Buddies have reached this stage of the competition with wins at Albion Rovers and Hibernian. Last season they were beaten semi-finalists, losing out to eventual winners Rangers.

Team News: Craig Moore and Jamie Adams are out. Scott McKenna is added to the squad.

Ian says: “We have enjoyed this competition so far and it doesn’t matter what level of football you play at when you get to a quarter final you want to get further. Hopefully we will take a good support that will get right behind us.”

Head-to-Head (in Paisley):
Ayr United wins – 17
Draws – 16
St Mirren wins – 32

There have been three meetings between the sides in the Challenge Cup, with the Honest Men winning first round ties in 1992 and 2001 but losing 2-1 in the semi-final of the competition at Love Street in 1993. The Buddies were then defeated by Falkirk in the final.

Last meeting: Sunday is the third encounter between Ayr United and St. Mirren this season. Both matches have seen St. Mirren score late on: Jack Baird netted a 90th minute winner at home in the League Cup in July and the following month Tom Walsh scored an 89th minute equaliser at Somerset Park in the league. Jamie Adams had opened the scoring in the first-half.

On this day: in 1990, Ayr lost 3-2 to Dundee in the inaugural Challenge Cup Final – then titled the B&Q Centenary Cup – at Fir Park. The Honest Men scored first through Ian McAllister after 12 minutes but Billy Dodds scored a double to give Dundee a 2–1 lead; his first a penalty kick and second a header in the 72nd minute. Three minutes later David Smyth scored Ayr United’s second goal to level the match at 2–2 to force extra time but during extra time Billy Dodds scored to complete a hat-trick which was enough to Dundee lift the trophy in front of a crowd of 11,506.

Match Officials:
Referee – Crawford Allan
Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2 – Graeme McNeillie
Fourth Official – Gavin Ross

Admission:
Adult – £12
Concession – £6
Supporters are asked to purchase tickets from the North Stand Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles in the West Stand numbers 15-16

McKenna returns on loan

Aberdeen central defender Scott McKenna has today signed on a 28 day loan deal.

Manager Ian McCall said “Scott will add strength and pace to our back line. He’s a player I rate very highly. He is big and strong and we know what he has to offer. We feel he will improve the squad we currently have here. Scott will be in the squad for Sunday’s game.”

St Mirren travel, tickets & info

On Sunday we travel to Paisley to face St Mirren in the quarter final of the Irn Bru Cup with a 12.30pm kick off.

Prices for the match are £12 and £6.

Tickets are on sale from our club shop now if you would like to purchase tickets in advance you can do so until 4pm on Friday. Wheelchair users can contact our main office or club shop.

On the day of the game our supporters can purchase tickets from the North Stand Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles in the West Stand Numbers 15-16.

With the game being held on Remembrance Sunday both sides, match officials and veterans from Erskine Hospital will be lead out by a piper to the touchline and a minute’s silence will be observed ahead of kick-off.

St Mirren and Ayr United are also offering free entry to the match to serving and former Forces personnel/veterans who show ID as proof of their service status.

If you are looking to travel to the match there are still seats with the Cottage Travel Club. Buses are leaving the Campbeltown Bar at 11am.

If you would like to book please contact Jamie on 07792747354, Tam on 07585328685, Jeanne on 07599289517 or
Lisa on 07599289514

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Hibernian match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Hibernian
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 5th November 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United take on Scottish Cup holders Hibernian with a bumper crowd expected at Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to bounce back from last gasp defeat at Morton last weekend and extend their fine run of home form: United are unbeaten in their last six at Somerset Park but will face a Hibs side who are yet to taste defeat away from home this season.

League leaders Hibernian were 2-0 winners at home to struggling St Mirren last Saturday with Martin Boyle and Grant Holt grabbing first-half goals. Neil Lennon’s side are unbeaten in the league since Ayr’s victory at Easter Road, picking up nine points from a possible 18 but were defeated at home by St. Mirren in the Irn-Bru Cup.

Team News: Craig Moore is out. Brian Gilmour had a virus last week however he trained on Thursday so should be ok and Kevin Nisbet had to come off with a slight hamstring problem so he is doubtful.

Ian says: “Its just a great game to look forward to. We fought so hard last season to make sure that we were involved in games like this. There should be a big crowd and a great atmosphere but we aren’t just turning up for the atmosphere, we believe we can take something from the match and that’s what we will be going all out to do. We want to stay tight in that pack above us.

Head-to-Head (League matches at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 15
Draws – 11
Hibernian wins – 14

Saturday is the 99th meeting between the sides in all competitions.
Last meeting: Ayr’s shock 2-1 victory at Easter Road in September is still fresh in the memory and was the Honest Men’s first league win over Hibernian for more than 38 years. The last league meeting between the sides at Somerset Park was in February 1999 when a Stephen Crawford hat-trick earned the capital side all three points despite Ian Ferguson’s opener from the spot.

The win put Hibs well on their way to the First Division title that season, while Ayr finished in 3rd place.
On this day: in 1927, Ayr beat Third Lanark 6-2 at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Kevin Clancy
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – David Doig

Admission:
Adult – £17
Concession – £10
Child u16 years – £5

Hibs tickets on sale

Away tickets for Saturday’s match against Hibernian are on sale now from our club shop.

The away section of the main stand is sold out so all remaining tickets are for the terracing.

Prices
Adults £17
Concessions £10
Under 16s £5

The club shop is open 12-4 today & tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) and from 10am on Saturday.

Hibs supporters can phone and pay for tickets over the phone and pick up prior to the match. There will be no online sales or tickets posted out. Phone orders will end at 12 noon on Saturday.

The home end will be pay at the gate as normal.

25% off for November

CLUB SHOP NOVEMBER SALE
25% OFF ALL STOCK

The club shop 25% OFF ALL STOCK November sale begins today 31st October continuing through until closing time on 30th November.

The sale covers all of our official Ayr United FC merchandise including 2016/17 Adidas replica kit.

25% OFF will be available online from Tuesday 1st November till midnight 30th November.

Sale items are on a first come first served basis. No further discount can be applied to sale items.

Please note the shop will be open slightly later at 1pm on Tuesday 1st November.

Tel; 01292 263435 Ext 5 for further details.

Morton 2 Ayr Utd 1

Morton 2 v 1 Ayr United
Ayr United’s good run came to an end as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Morton at Cappielow Park. Kevin Nisbet opened the scoring for The Honest Men in the first half however to second half strikes from Tom O’Ware and Gary Oliver earned the home side the win.

Ayr started the stronger of the two sides and after 4 mins had their first chance of the game. Gilmour swung in a corner which was met by Balatoni who beat McNeil to the ball however his header went over the bar.

The home side then carved out their first chance of the game after 8 mins. Nesbitt picked the ball up on the right and beat Devlin before cutting the ball across to Forbes who curled a shot just wide of the far post from inside the box.

On 13 mins a break of the ball on the edge of the Ayr area allowed Oliver a shot at goal however it was well blocked by Balatoni and Lindsay then volleyed the rebound over the bar from the edge of the box.

Gilmour was next to try his luck on 27 mins when Cairney played a ball into his path midway in the Morton half and from 25 yards out, Gilmour fizzed a drive just wide of the right hand post.

As halftime approached, Ayr opened the scoring through Nisbet on 37 mins. Docherty won the ball in midfield and passed the ball forward to Nisbet who drove forward to the edge of the box before curling a shot in off the right hand post to give Ayr the lead. 1-0 to the visitors.

The home side increased the pressure in the second half and after 48 mins created their first chance of the half. Quitongo stole the ball of Gilmour and laid off the ball to Oliver who fired his shot wide from 20 yards out. 2 mins later and Quitongo saw his shot from inside the box deflect off Balatoni and go inches wide of the post.

On 53 mins Cairney tried to double Ayr’s lead but his shot from 20 yards out went harmlessly wide of the goal.

The home side thought they had equalised on 66 mins however the goal was ruled out for offside. Forbes whipped in a freekick which was cleared only for Nesbitt to volley home the rebound from the edge of the box however Quitongo appeared to have been restricting Fleming’s view in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.

Morton did get their equaliser on 72 mins through O’Ware. Forbes swung in a corner from the left and O’Ware met the ball to knock a header into the bottom corner and haul his side level. 1-1 and things were heating up inside Cappielow.
Ayr’s major moment of grievance came on 75 min. Docherty sprayed a cross field pass to Gilmour on the right who then laid the ball into the path of Harkins in the penalty area. Harkens beautifully turned Forbes who left his leg hanging and brought down the United man. Referee Northcroft raced to the scene and to everyone’s surprise awarded a freekick to Morton and, to add insult to injury, booked Harkins for simulation.

Scullion almost put his side in front on 79 mins but saw his shot hit the side netting from inside the box. A few mins later Nesbitt had a shot which sailed over the bar from the edge of the area.

The home side continued to push for the winner and on 86 mins almost got it. Nesbitt delivered the ball from the left and it was met by Lamie who saw his header hit the bar from close range.

89 mins gone and it was heartbreak for Ayr as Morton found their winner. A long ball caught out the Ayr defence and Oliver was set through on goal with the suspicion of being offside and his initial shot was saved by Fleming only for the ball to drop straight to Oliver again and he had the simplest of tasks of slotting the ball into the empty net. 2-1 Morton and Ayr had missed out on a well-earned point.

Docherty had one final chance for Ayr but volleyed a shot over from the edge of the box on 92 mins.

Ayr slip down to 7th place after this result and now welcome league leaders Hibernian to Somerset next Saturday.

Morton
McNeil, McDonagh, O’Ware, Lamie, Russell, Forbes, Murdoch, Lindsay, Nesbitt, Quitongo, Oliver. Substitutes Doyle, Oyenuga, Scullion, McAleer, Orr, McGowan (GK), Strapp

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Meggatt, Balatoni, Murphy, Adams, Docherty, Cairney, Gilmour, Harkins, Nisbet. Substitutes Hart (GK), Boyle, Donald, Crawford, Forrest, O’Connell, McGuffie.
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Attendance: 1,859
Report: AUmedia