£5 travel to St Mirren

Fans can travel to Saturdays game with St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium for just £5 with the Cottage Travel Club.

Chairman Lachlan Cameron made a donation at the recent fundraiser for the Travel Club to ensure that the buses for Saturdays game at St Mirren and the New Years Eve match at Queen of the South are £5 for everyone.

The buses are leaving the Campbeltown Bar at 1.30pm.

To book seats contact Jamie on 07792 747354, Tam on 07585 328685, Jeanne on 07599 289517 or Lisa on 07599 289514

Ayr Utd 0 Dundee Utd 1

The Honest Men fell to a 1-0 defeat to joint league leaders Dundee United despite an impressive performance. An early goal from Tope Obadeyi was enough to earn the Arabs the 3 points as they resisted constant Ayr pressure.

The visitors had the first chance of the game on 2 mins. After a Spittal shot was deflected wide, the resultant corner was met by Durnan at the near post who fired his shot into the side netting from close range.

4 mins later however and they got their noses in front through Obadeyi after a ruthless counter attack. From an Ayr corner, Harkins saw his shot blocked inside the area and from there on Obadeyi picked the ball up, sprinted up field and despite Devlin’s efforts to clear the ball he managed to round Fleming and slot into the empty net. 0-1 after 6 mins.

Ayr were quick to respond to this and after consistent closing down and pressure they won themselves a corner on 10 mins. Cairney floated the ball in and it was Balatoni who met the ball but he could only direct his header over the bar.

12 mins gone and Devlin went on one of his bursting runs into the box where his cross almost found Harkins who had the ball taken away from his feet by Durnan inside the area.

Ayr continued to press and on 14 mins it was Cairney’s turn to try his luck. Balatoni picked out a great ball to Cairney on the left and he found space on the edge of the area and blasted a shot which went harmlessly over the bar.

Ayr’s best chance of the first game fell to Adams on 37 mins. Docherty slid in an inch perfect pass to Devlin on the right and his low cross was met by Adams who from only a couple of yards out somehow had his shot blocked on the line to deny Ayr the equaliser.

Andreu had looked quiet throughout the match however almost doubled the away side’s lead on 52 mins after he lashed a shot just wide of the left hand post from the edge of the area.

On 54 mins it was again Adams causing the Arabs problems in the box, this time from a Docherty cross he met the ball with a header which unfortunately didn’t have the sufficient power and pace required to beat Bell in goal.

After 72 mins Smith passed the ball across to Spittal on the edge of the area however his strike was weak from 15 yards out and straight at Fleming.

Ayr’s last chance of the game came on 82 mins through O’Connell. A loose ball in the Arabs’ box was pounced upon by O’Connell who’s fierce volley was also blocked by the firm Dundee United defence who had remained solid throughout the match to keep Ayr out.

A disappointing result however the performance will leave Ayr’s spirits high as they travel to Paisley next Saturday to play St Mirren in what is a crucial clash at the bottom end of the table.

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

Dundee United
Bell, Durnan, Toshney, Spittal, Fraser, Telfer, Edjenguelle, Flood, Andreu, Obadeyi, Robson. Substitutes Zwick (GK), Dillon, Donaldson, Murdoch, Van Der Velden, Allardice, Smith.

Attendance: 2049
Referee: William Collum
Match Report: AUmedia

Support the Honest Kids Club!

Come and support the Honest Kids Football Club!

Ayr United Football Academy, Ayr United Football Club and Boots are teaming up this Saturday and Sunday to raise funds to provide strips for the Honest Kids Football Club.

The HKFC is a Children in Need funded football club for children with disabilities and additional support needs, run by AUFA.

Boots pharmacy have come on board to help support the kids and help get them kitted out in Ayr United football strips for next year’s football activities.

Saturday – Ayr Central – 12pm to 2pm

There will be a gift wrapping station manned by Boots volunteers and a Beat the Goalie competition. But not any old Beat the Goalie because we have Pudsey the Bear and Ayr United FC mascot, Pandamonium, as the goalies! Kids can try and score against the 2 bears to win themselves a free ticket for that afternoon’s big match – Ayr United v Dundee United at Somerset Park. With 50 tickets up for grabs, there’s plenty of reasons to come down and support this great cause!

Sunday – Boots, Ayr High Street – 12pm to 2pm

Again, Boots staff will be on hand in-store to provide a gift wrapping service. And again, Pudsey and Panda will be there to be the goalies! This time we have 50 kids tickets up for grabs for the Christmas Eve match at Somerset Park between Ayr United and Dumbarton.

All proceeds will go to the Honest Kids Football Club.

AUFA would like to give a huge thank you to Boots, for organising this weekend’s events, and to Ayr United FC for giving us the use of Panda and providing tickets to AUFC games. Cheers!

We hope that you can come down, join in the fun, and help support an amazing group of young people!

Dundee Utd match preview & info

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Saturday 10th December 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United host Dundee United in the Ladbrokes Championship – the first time the two clubs have faced each other in the league at Somerset Park for over 38 years. Back-to-back draws see Ayr occupy seventh place in the league table, two points behind Queen of the South and with a two point advantage over Dumbarton, who travel to Easter Road. Dunfermline, a further point behind, are at home to Morton.

Dundee United joined Hibs at the top of the league last Friday night with a one-nil home win over the Edinburgh side at Tannadice. The ‘Terrors’ are unbeaten in their last 11 games – winning nine – and have gone over 400 minutes since conceding. Manager Ray McKinnon has a good record at Somerset – unbeaten in five games as manager of Brechin City between 2012 and 2015; his only defeat came when in charge of Dundee Juniors Lochee United in a Scottish Cup replay in 2008.

Team News: Craig Moore is out. The rest of the squad is fully fit and available. Paul Cairney returns from a two match suspension.

Ian says: “Earlier in the season when we went to Tannadice we were poor in the first half but in the second half we were much improved and that was the start of us going on a good run. I feel Dundee United and Hibs will probably start to stretch away in the league however that doesn’t mean that we can’t beat either of them as we have already shown at Easter Road. These are the games everyone should be looking forward to and I really hope we have a good crowd inside Somerset and that our fans get right behind the boys.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 11
Dundee United wins – 10

Last meeting: The first meeting between this sides this season was back in August and saw the Tangerines run out 3-0 winners. The home side were awarded a penalty within the first 15 minutes of the game and although Greg Fleming saved Nick Van der Velden’s spot kick, Simon Murray was on hand to knock the ball home. Jamie Robson and Willo Flood added goals either side of half-time.

Dundee United’s last match at Somerset Park was a Scottish Cup Quarter-Final replay in March 2002. Ayr shocked their Premier League opponents 2-0 with goals from Scott Crabbe and Paul Sheerin.

On this day: in 1927, Ayr beat Dundee United 3-1 at Tannadice. The Honest Men’s most recent fixture on this date was a thrilling Scottish Cup second-round tie against Morton at Somerset Park in 2005. After a goalless first-half, Gareth Wardlaw and a quick-fire Chris Robertson double put United ahead, but Ton hit back twice to set up a nervous last 10 minutes which saw three red cards; Paul Weaver seeing red for Ayr in the final minute.

Match Officials:
Referee – William Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Derek Crothers

Admission:
Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5

GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS

Away fans
o West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10
o Railway End (Terracing) – Turnstiles 2-6
o Parent and child(ren) can go through turnstile 5 together.

Home fans
o Season tickets are valid through ANY turnstile.
o Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile. In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate. They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.
o Students must provide their Student ID when using a Season Ticket or paying at the gate
o Due to larger away crowds this season, gates 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand. Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.

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Dunfermline 1 Ayr Utd 1

Dunfermline Athletic 1 v 1 Ayr United

The Honest Men earned a draw at East End Park thanks to heroics from United keeper Greg Fleming. Clark opened the scoring for the Pars in the first half before Forrest levelled it up with a penalty early in the second which also saw Dunfermline’s Martin sent off for a second bookable offense. The final 10 mins of the game also became the match talking point with United’s keeper Fleming saving two penalties in the space of 2 mins from Higginbotham.

It was Dunfermline who had the first chance of the game on 8 mins. Higginbotham picked up the ball on the right and his stinging drive was well saved from Fleming. From the resultant corner, McMullan saw his shot blocked at the edge of the area.

Ayr’s first real attempt on goal came after 21 mins. A clever one-two between Devlin and Crawford saw Devlin collect the ball on the right and he sent a cross in for Nisbet who could only fire his volley over the bar from the edge of penalty area.

It was Dunfermline who took the lead on 29 mins. A ball to the right was met by Martin who sent in a low cross which was met by Clark and he managed to snap the ball high into the net to give the home side the advantage.

The last chance of the first half fell to Forrest on 34 mins when from a cleared corner, he curled a shot well over the bar from the edge of the box.

Ayr were quick out the traps in the second half and won a penalty on 49 mins. A long ball came into the Pars’ box and defender Martin was punished for pulling on McKenna’s shirt. This resulted in Martin’s second booking and he was off. Forrest coolly slotted home the penalty to get Ayr back on level terms at 1-1.

On 53 mins Clark almost gave the home side the lead again. Ashcroft laid the ball off to the striker inside the box but Clark scooped the ball well over the bar from close range.

2 mins later and United’s Harkins was next to try his luck. First he nutmegged McCabe on the right before curling a shot inches wide of the right hand post from around 20 yards. On 59 mins Harkins was denied by Murdoch who blocked his close range effort at the near post.

64 mins gone and McMullan caused the Ayr back-line problems, driving forward in midfield before unleashing a powerful drive which was well palmed away by Fleming who had to be quick on his toes. 2 mins later and Fleming was called into action again, this time saving from Clark who found himself one-on-one with the United keeper.

Ayr looked to have been undone after they conceded a penalty on 83 mins. McKenna flew into a challenge in the box and referee Barry Cook pointed to the spot. Higginbotham stepped up and saw his penalty saved at the feet by Fleming to keep the score level.

Incredibly Dunfermline were awarded another penalty just 30 seconds later after Boyle hauled down Higginbotham in the box after the ball was sent back in from the cleared penalty. Higginbotham this time opted for more power in his penalty but still couldn’t beat Fleming who made a spectacular one handed save to keep Pars out once more.

The final chance of the game fell to McMullan who could only send his effort way over the bar from inside the area on 89 mins.

The result keeps Ayr in 7th place and they now welcome Dundee United to Somerset Park next Saturday.

Dunfermline Athletic
Murdoch, Talbot, Martin, Ashcroft, Herron, Fordyce, McCabe, Clark, El Alagui, McMullan, Higginbotham. Substitutes Hutton (GK), Duthie, Wedderburn, Paton, Cardle, Spence, Moffat.

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

Referee: Barry Cook
Attendance: 3250
Match Report: AUmedia

Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 3rd December 2016

After overcoming Brechin City in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday night, Ayr are back on the road this weekend when they take on Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. Ian McCall’s men are looking for their first league victory since mid-October, while three points for Allan Johnston’s side will see the Fife club climb above United on goal difference into seventh place in the table.

The Pars were involved in a high scoring cup tie in the Highlands last weekend, eventually defeating Buckie Thistle 5-3. That result came on the back of an important away win in the league against St. Mirren which ended a six-game run without a win in the Championship.

Dunfermline’ six home league games in the Championship this season have seen an average of 3.8 goals-per-game, despite a goalless draw against local rivals Raith Rovers.

Team News: Craig Moore is out, Paul Cairney is suspended and Peter Murphy is 50/50. Scott McKenna and Kevin Nisbet come back into the squad.

Ian says: “East End Park is a great place to go and play. It’s always a great playing surface and a good atmosphere. We did really well there last season, winning the first match and being well ahead in the second match which was changed by the sending off. We have a 5 or 6 game period now where some good results will have us looking towards mid table or if the results don’t go our way we will be in a battle at the bottom so its a really important spell and we are looking forward to it.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 28
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 54

United have won just one of the last 17 meetings between the sides, that win coming in the first meeting between the clubs at East End Park last season.

Last meeting: The sides played out a tight goalless draw when they met at Somerset Park at the start of October.
On this day: in 2005, United defeated Alloa Athletic 4-0 away from home with goals from Ray Logan, Jerome Vareille and Gareth Wardlaw. The Honest Men have a 40% win ratio on 3rd December.

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Spence

Admission:
Adult – £17
Concession – £11
Under 12s – £5

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Fans travel info & fundraiser

The Cottage Ayr United Travel Club are running a bus to Dunfermline. There are still plenty of seats left for anyone who is looking to travel.

The bus leaves the Campbeltown Bar at 12 noon and the cost is £10 per person.

If you would like to book a seat(s) please contact Jamie 07792747354, Tam 07585328685, Jeanne 07599289517 or Lisa 07599289514.

In the evening the travel club are hosting a fundraiser to try and keep the price of buses as cheap as possible moving forward.

The event is being held at Hawkhill Bowling club and there will be a karaoke, raffle and a buffet. Anyone wishing to donate a prize for the raffle please contact one of the numbers above.

There is no admission charge on the night and everyone is welcome whether you travel on the buses or not. Expected start time is around 7.30pm when the bus returns from East End Park.