Fixture Change

Our Ladbrokes League One fixture with Raith Rovers originally scheduled for Saturday November 11th has been moved to Tuesday 14th November kick off 7.45pm.

This is due to Raith Rovers playing in the Irn Bru Cup quarter final on the Saturday.

AU500 FUND

The AU500 Fund sparkles again

At Saturday’s match against Airdrie, AU500 Fund representatives Steve and Alan Clark presented a cheque for £1000 to Ayr United Director Willie Houston. The brothers are lifelong Ayr United supporters, who live in Glasgow, but have deep Ayrshire roots.

Steve is a partner in the group which owns the Sparklehorse bar in Glasgow’s west end as well as being a member of well known Scots indie band Bis who are working towards the release of their next album.

This latest donation takes the total contribution from the AU 500 Fund to an impressive £14,400 since launching in August last year all going towards the playing budget. 

If you’d like to learn more about the AU 500 Fund please visit www.au500fund.com

Ayr Utd 2 Airdrieonians 2

Ayr United 2 v 2 Airdrieonians

by AUmedia

 

On a gloomy grey day at Somerset Park, United came up short against a plucky Airdrieonians team who rode their luck at times but made the way back to Lanarkshire with a point firmly lodged in their kit bag.

Statistics suggest that Ayr (54% of possession, 13 attempts on goal with 8 on target as opposed to Airdrie’s 8 attempts and only 3 on target) should have won this one relatively easily but in the cold, hard light of reality the ‘Diamonds’ did what was needed and deservedly got something from the game. Manager Ian McCall was left to shake his head and wonder what his team have to do to turn such dominance into goals and 3 points.

The first half was a stuffy affair with both teams huffing and puffing but with neither one showing the quality to make the game their own.

Airdrie were first to have a decent attempt when on 6 mins, midfielder turned striker, Willis Furtado charged through the United defence before releasing a shot which Chris Higgins managed to block before keeper Jordan Hart collected.

Airdrie adopted a strong defensive line and relied upon speedy break away attacks as Ayr tried to find a route to goal. On 16 min full back David Ferguson made his way down the right before finding Michael Moffat in the box, the striker then created space and found Craig McGuffie free to his left. The usually assured McGuffie surprisingly lost control of the ball and the chance was lost.

One minute later Docherty played the ball forward from his own half and it was neatly flicked on to the on-rushing Moffat by Lawrence Shankland who immediately moved to get back in support. Under pressure, Moffat manged to get the ball back to Shankland but his left footed drive was blocked by keeper Rohan Ferguson before being hacked clear by centre half Jordan McGregor.

On 19 mins United scorned an excellent opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot. Michael Rose thumped a high ball into the Airdrie half which Moffat head flicked to Shankland. As Shankland attempted to get the ball under control, defender David Brownlie slid in and poked it back towards his keeper. Moffat pounced and tried to take the ball around keeper Ferguson who unceremoniously up-ended him in the box.

There followed a few moments of confusion as assistant referee Calum Doyle stood with his flag raised apparently signalling that Moffat had been in an offside position. After a short discussion referee Steven Reid overruled his assistant and it was a penalty for Ayr and a booking for keeper Ferguson.

Lawrence Shankland, Ayr’s hot scoring property of the moment, stepped up and struct the ball to Ferguson’s right but the keeper got down and solidly deflected the ball wide for a corner.

The penalty miss seemed to take the wind out of United’s sails although Moffat came close when put into the box by Shankland 3 mins later but this time McGregor blocked and Luke Watt booted clear.

Ayr were made to pay for their profligacy on 28 mins when, against the run of play, Airdrie took the lead. As Tom Fry’s in-swinging corner from the left reached the 6-yard box, centre half McGregor lost his marker Michael Rose and bulleted a header into the back of the net. The Diamonds were one up.

Ayr continued to press but without success. On 31 mins McGuffie, Shankland and Moffat linked up well but the ball was taken from the toe of Moffat just as he looked certain to hit home. 12 mins later a Shankland header went over the bar and with 1 minute of added time on the clock a Moffat solo run ended with a shot that went wide.

A frustrated United went in at half-time wondering just what they’d have to do to get back on track but emerged from the tunnel looking rejuvenated.

Ayr piled on the pressure with Airdrie taking an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to defence. Ayr gained an early corner and both Shankland and Chris Higgins were denied by dogged defending and last second blocks. On 47mins, Robbie Crawford skilfully stepped past Airdrie skipper Ryan Conroy before unleashing a blistering drive from 18 yards that smashed off the post.

United were not to be denied and on 54 mins David Ferguson delivered a delicious ball in from the right, curving behind the defenders and away from the keeper before being struck home by Andy Geggan on the end of his well-timed run. 1-1 and Ayr’s appetite seemed to be whetted.

Just two minutes later, Ayr were in the lead and it was that man Geggan again. The midfielder won the ball in his own half before sliding it through to Moffat who charged forward. When Moffat slipped the ball to his right in the penalty area he found Geggan on a parallel course waiting to slam the ball home.

Ayr were in the driving seat and looking comfortable but would live to regret not going for the jugular and killing off their opponents.

Jordan Allan entered the field of play on 61 mins with a fire and determination that suggested he could cause problems and just 3 mins later he got onto a long cross from the left and his immaculate first-time volley from an angle slammed off the post with the thinnest of touches from keeper Jordan Hart. First to react was Willis Furtado and with the United defence looking on he smashed the ball into the net and Airdrie were on level terms again.

On 70 mins Airdrie again went close with a Tom Fry snap drive from 25 yards going over as Ayr stuttered and looked shaky. 2 mins later a Fry drive from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar by Hart.

This was becoming too close to call but Ayr started to regain some composure. With 73 mins gone, Shankland released Declan McDaid into the Airdrie half and the United substitute drove into the penalty box but his shot just scraped past the post.

On 76 mins Ayr should have taken the lead when double scorer Andy Geggan fluffed his lines and failed to claim a hattrick as he put a ‘free’ header wide from a Brian Gilmour corner.

Moffat, McDaid and captain Ross Docherty all went close but it was hearts in the mouth time as Airdrie almost stole all three points on 89 mins when an Allan shot from the left beat Hart but Rose cleared off the line.

United could also have snatched the points in the first minute of added time but Crawford’s strike was tipped over by keeper Ferguson.

A bemusing time for Ayr who had enough chances to win two games but must clear their heads for next Saturday’s encounter away to Forfar.

Ayr United: Hart, Ferguson, Higgins, Rose, Boyle, Crawford, Docherty, Geggan, McGuffie, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Avci (GK), Gilmour, Moore, Forrest, McDaid, McCowan

Airdrieonians: Ferguson, McIntosh, Brownlie, McGregor, MacDonald, Stewart, Watt, Conroy, Fry, Furtado, Cairns Substitutes: Kerr (GK), Russell, Allan, Tierney, Higgins, Edwards, Hastie

Referee: Steven Reid

Attendance: 1,513

Airdrie match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Airdrieonians Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 14th October 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the League 1 campaign resumes after the international break when Airdrieonians are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men are looking for a third consecutive victory as they look to close out the first quarter of the season in touch with leaders Raith Rovers.

It has been a tumultuous season for a young Diamonds squad with uncertainty over who was in charge of the side following the departure of Mark Wilson as head coach in June. However, the players have responded to adversity admirably and Airdrie have 10 points from their 8 league games, positioning them 7th in the table. Their 4-2 victory over Queen’s Park a fortnight ago was the first official match of Stevie Findlay’s tenure as first team coach, having previously overseen the U20s.

Team News: Jamie Adams misses out but otherwise Ian McCall has a full squad to pick from with Craig Moore, Alan Forrest and Robbie Crawford all available following injury.

Ian says: “After the break we can’t wait to get back out there. Training has been at a really high tempo and its good to have some of the injured players back in the squad. We won two in a row before the break and momentum is key, we are at home and we will look to get forward in numbers and get another 3 points in front of our supporters.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 12

Draws – 8

Airdrieonians wins – 10

 

The Diamonds have had the upper-hand in matches between the sides at Somerset Park since our first meeting with Airdrie (then United) in their current guise 10 years ago, with six wins to Ayr’s five.

 

Last Meeting: The sides met in September 2016 last season in the Challenge Cup. Alan Forrest and Craig McGuffie put United 2-1 up after Ryan Conroy opened the scoring; a Conrad Balatoni own goal meant the game went to extra-time but the defender atoned with the winner in the 97th minute.

 

The last league fixture between Ayr and Airdrie came at the end of the 2015/16 season at Somerset Park. The Diamonds recorded a 3-0 victory with goals from Alan Lithgow, Dylan Mackin and Sean Crighton as Ian McCall’s men had one eye on a midweek trip to Peterhead in the play-off semi-final first leg three days later.

 

On this day: in history Ayr have a 60% win rate but have not recorded a victory in the last five fixtures played on this date. Our most recent fixture on 14th October was in 2009 against Dundee. Craig Forsyth and Leigh Griffiths put the Dees 2-0 up in a Wednesday evening played under the lights at Somerset Park but goals from on loan Ryan McGowan and Ryan Stevenson earned a point for the Honest Men.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Steven Reid

Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill

Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

 

Admission:

Adult – £16 Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10 Under 18s – £5

Turnstile Operators needed

We urgently require Turnstile Operators.  Please apply to info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk  with your full contact details if you are interested and comply with the below:

  • Must be over 18
  • Must have cash handling experience
  • Have worked with the general public
  • Must be able to work under pressure.

 Successful candidates will:

  • Have full training beforehand
  • Be paid the living wage
  • Have food and refreshments after cashing up
  • Gain entry to the game after cashing up

Ayr Utd 3 East Fife 0

Ayr United 3 v 0 East Fife

Report by AUmedia

 

The Honest Men made it two wins on the bounce as they defeated East Fife 3-0 at Somerset Park.  Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring early on before goals from Andy Geggan and Chris Higgins sealed the win in the second half.   Ayr started the better of the two sides with Shankland getting keen to get involved.  His curling strike from the edge of the area on 4 mins had to be palmed away at full stretch by keeper Mark Hurst to prevent Ayr going ahead.

It wasn’t long before United’s striker got himself on the scoresheet. On 7 mins, Brian Gilmour took a short corner on the left to Declan McDaid who returned the ball. Gilmour then whipped the ball in and it was met by Michael Rose whose header was acrobatically saved by Hurst but the ball fell free.  Shankland, lurking at the back post, was first to react and poked the ball under the keeper and just over the line for 1-0.

East Fife almost got themselves back on level terms two mins later when Chris Kane’s head flicked effort in the box went straight to keeper Jordan Hart, causing him no problems.   Shankland, who has now netted 5 goals in 4 games, had a chance to increase his impressive goal tally since joining when, on 15 mins, good play with Michael Moffat set the striker through into the box with time and space but his shot blazed over the bar.

20 mins gone and East Fife had another chance to level the scores when midfielder Pat Slattery got the ball on the edge of the area and his volleyed effort went harmlessly over the bar.   Declan McDaid was next to have an effort on goal when he sent a curling shot from 20 yards which was almost knocked in by the on-rushing Moffat but fell straight into the hands of Hurst.

On 33 mins McDaid then turned provider when his freekick was met by Rose whose powerful header smacked back off the bar.   On 42 mins Ayr had a glorious chance to increase their lead when Shankland dispossessed defender Chris Kane, charged into the box then rounded keeper Hurst before seeing his effort from a tight angle hit the base of the post and out for a goal kick.

It didn’t take long into the second half to double their lead when Geggan made it 2 – 0. Paddy Boyle sent a delicious cross-field ball from the left to Shankland just inside the penalty box on the right. Shankland nodded into the path of Geggan who smashed the ball into the net from 15 yards giving Hurst absolutely no chance. 49 mins gone and it was 2 – 0 Ayr.

It got from bad to worse for East Fife when their captain, Jonathan Page, was sent off for a high studded challenge on McDaid on 59 mins.   The visitors continued to plug away and on 61 mins striker Chris Duggan found space 20 yards out and took a powerful drive that fizzed over the bar. Michael Moffat, desperate for his 100th goal, was next to try and get his name on the scoresheet for Ayr when on 72 mins he found himself through one-on-one with the keeper but Hurst did well to block and turn the ball past for a corner.

From the resultant corner Ayr did make it 3 through Higgins.  The initial delivery was cleared and Docherty sent the ball back into the box for Higgins whose flicked header found the back of the net after a deflection. 73 mins gone and it was 3 – 0 Ayr .

The final real chance of the game fell to McGuffie on 75 mins as he worked his way into the box before unleashing a powerful strike that smacked into the side netting.   Ayr are back in action a week on Saturday, after the International break, when they welcome Airdrieonians to Somerset Park.

Ayr Untied Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, McDaid, Shankland, Docherty, Reid.  Substitutes Avci (GK), McGuffie, Ferguson, Balfour, Murphy, McCowan.   East Fife Hurst, Dunsmore, Linton, Watson, Page, Flanagan, Kane, Docherty, Millar, Duggan, Slattery.  Substitutes Goodfellow (GK), Reilly, Willis, Lamont, Hurst, Mutch, Wilson.

Attendance:  1382 Referee:  Barry Cook

East Fife match preview

Match Preview Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 30th September 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, East Fife are the visitors to Somerset Park as Ayr United look to keep pace with leaders Raith Rovers at the top of League 1 ahead of the international break.  Ian McCall’s men got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Queen’s Park at the National Stadium last weekend but found themselves drop to third in the table behind Arbroath by virtue of the Red Lichties win at Somerset Park last time out, with the teams tied on points, goal difference and goals scored.  East Fife, along with Albion Rovers, lie within one point.

East Fife have won their last two league fixtures without conceding. Last weekend, they defeated bottom side Forfar Athletic 3-0 at Bayview, with former Dumbarton midfielder Mark Docherty netting twice from the spot after Chris Duggan had opened the scoring the in the fourth minute. Another Docherty penalty was the only goal of the game a fortnight ago as Darren Young’s picked up all three points at Airdrie.

Team News: Alan Forrest, Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore are still out. Paddy Boyle comes back into the squad.

Ian says: “We were pleased last week to come away with three points after not playing anywhere near our best. Recently we haven’t  taken full points when we should have so it is important to get results in different ways. We have given the boys a target so they know what we need to do over these next two matches at Somerset which bring up the end of the first quarter of matches. We need to win games at Somerset and make it difficult for teams to come here. If we can get the 3 points tomorrow we all know how important it would be as it would give us a 2 week break before the next match and will be hoping to have a full squad for it.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 20

Draws – 10

East Fife wins – 4

 

United have won the last five meetings between the sides while the last eight fixtures have averaged 4.5 goals per game.

 

Last Meeting: The Honest Men were 4-1 winners at Somerset Park in the last encounter with East Fife, which came at the end of the 2013/14 season. Craig Malcolm netted a hat-trick for United with Brian Gilmour adding a fourth before Liam Buchanan netted late for the Fifers.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Alasdair Ross

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Hardie

 

Admission:

Adult – £16

Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10

Under 18s – £5

 

Armed Forces Day returns to Ayr United

 

All serving personnel, regular and reserves, Cadets and Veterans welcome.

Free Entry via Gate H.

 

All serving personnel and Cadets should wear MTP uniform

All Veterans in suitable Veterans Day attire with Medals

 

Point of Contact is:

Capt. Michael Green 6SCOTS

07739997964

Michael.Green786@mod.uk

Queens Park 0 Ayr Utd 2

QUEENS PARK 0 v 2 AYR UNITED
by AUmedia
The first real chance of the game fell to the home side after only 5 mins. Midfielder David Galt found space and time in the box and his curling effort smacked off the post as Ayr scrambled the ball to safety. On 14 mins, with the Spiders continuing their early pressure, Luke Donnelly was next to try his luck, this time with a header that flew over the top of Hart’s goal.

Despite a flurry of chances for the home side, the opening goal of the game came for United on 23 mins through Adams. Gilmour picked the ball up midway through the Queen’s Park half and primed himself to shoot before disguising a clipped ball to the back post for Adams to head back across goal and into the bottom right corner. 0-1 Ayr. Ayr hadn’t been at their best in the opening stages with Queen’s Park dominating possession but the quality of the goal’s construction, and not a little relief, brought the 500 plus travelling supporters to their feet.

Ayr began to grow in confidence and almost picked up a second just minutes later. Defender Ciaran Summer’s attempted headed clearance from a Geggan throw in fell to Michael Moffat in the box and the striker pounced, adjusting his body before firing towards goal on the volley. Just as Ayr fans were preparing to celebrate, keeper Willie Muir (a former Honest Man) got down well to save.

On 32 mins, Ayr’s stopper, Jordan Hart was called into action with a double save. First, at full stretch, he palmed away a close-range header from striker Luke Donnelly before recovering swiftly to stop Dominic Docherty’s follow-up drive at the front post.

Into the second half and Queens Park found themselves a glorious chance to get back into the game. On 55 mins, they were awarded a penalty after Rose was adjudged to have fouled Donnelly in the box. This seemed a harsh decision with Rose appearing to have made contact with the ball and not the man and, for the second week in a row, United feared the worst.

Ross Millen stepped up but saw his effort saved by Hart who dived to his left then reacted at pace to keep out the rebound attempt and ensure that Ayr maintained their lead.

Ayr were looking to try and kill the game off and on 59 mins almost did so when Moffat passed the ball to Shankland who from 20 yards out curled a shot just wide.

With 68 mins gone, Ayr gave finally themselves a two-goal cushion thanks to Lawrence Shankland. A through ball from Geggan reached Shankland, back to goal some 35 yards out, who delightfully stepped away and turned leaving midfielder Fotheringham bemused and trailing in his wake. The striker then veered left, creating space for himself, and moved just inside the penalty area before directing a low shot, through the narrow slot to keeper Muir’s right, and into the back of the net. This was no less than the industrious Shankland deserved and Ayr were two up.

The home side were not giving up in this game and continued to press for a route back into the game. On 77 mins Orr saw his shot from close range blocked by Rose. On 86 mins, centre half, Adam Cummins thought he had headed Queens Park back into the game from an in-swinging free kick but his effort was ruled out for offside.

2 mins later it was United defender Chris Higgins who was called into action when he had to clear the ball off the line to ensure that Ayr finished the game with a clean sheet and 3 points.
Ayr now welcome East Fife to Somerset Park on Saturday.

QUEENS PARK – Muir, Millen, Cummins, Iredale, Summers, Docherty, Fotheringham, Brady, Bailey, Donnelly, Galt. Substitutes Orr, Duff, Green, Gibson, Burns, McVey, White (GK).
AYR UNITED – Hart, Geggan, Higgins, Rose, Reid, McDaid, Adams, Docherty, Gilmour, Moffat, Shankland. Substitutes McGuffie, Ferguson, Murphy, McCowan, Avci (GK).
Referee: Gavin Ross
Attendance: 821

Queens Park match preview

Match Preview Queen’s Park vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 23rd September 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Hampden Park to face Queen’s Park. The Honest Men remain in second place in the table after former Queen’s Park striker Lawrence Shankland’s late strike against Alloa last weekend rescued a point and are one of three teams who are six points behind leaders Raith Rovers. Another high-scoring match involving Ian McCall’s men means United’s six league games this season have averaged 4.67 goals.

Queen’s Park picked up their first league win of the season a fortnight ago when Ross Millen’s penalty earned the Spiders all three points at East Fife. Last Saturday, however, they were brought back down to earth when Raith put five goals past them with no reply at the National Stadium. Gus McPherson’s side occupy ninth place in League 1, a point ahead of bottom side Forfar, who dispensed with manager Gary Bollan this week.

Team News: Chris Higgins comes back into the squad. Craig Moore, Paddy Boyle, Robbie Crawford and Alan Forrest are still out.

Ian says: “We were hoping to have at least a couple of the injured boys back however we do have Chris Higgins back and Jamie & Doc have both had an  extra weeks training. We need to defend better and stop conceding goals as we do look very dangerous going forward. It is extremely frustrating to have taken 1 point from the last two games when I felt it should have been a lot more. Queens Park haven’t been in the best of form however they are a good side and it will be a difficult match. Hopefully we take a good number of fans through to Glasgow and they get right behind us.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 42

Draws – 23

Queen’s Park wins – 31

 

United have lost just one of the last 23 meetings between the sides, a record stretching back to 1982.

 

Last Meeting: Ayr United and Queen’s Park met last season in the Scottish Cup. After a goalless draw at Somerset Park in January, United edged through to the Fifth Round at Hampden Park in the replay. Paul Woods put the Spiders ahead in the 4th minute and Gus McPherson’s side scored again before half-time through Bryan Wharton after had Craig Moore equalised. A Conrad Balatoni goal in the 83rd minute forced the game into extra-time during which Sean Burns was sent-off for the home side. Greg Fleming then once again showed his penalty saving prowess, denying Wharton and Gregor Fotheringham from the spot to send the Honest Men through on penalties.

 

The last league game between the sides was at Somerset Park in 2009 and ended 1-1 after Ryan Borris equalised Steven Odenewo’s goal.

 

On this day: in history Ayr have a 55.56% win rate and have won their last four matches played on this date, most recently away to Brechin in 2006 when Paul Weaver and Jerome Vareille netted for the Honest Men at Glebe Park.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Gavin Ross

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe

 

Admission:

Adult – £14

Senior Citizen (over 65)- £5

Child (under 16) – £3

Student/Unemployed – £3

AU500 FUND PRESENTATION

Another grand gesture from the AU500 Fund

At Saturday’s home match against Alloa Athletic the AU500 Fund members Nick and Sheena West presented another cheque for £1000 to Ayr United director Mark Pettigrew.

Mark said “the generous contributions from the members of the AU500 Fund are really helping the club and they are a real boost to the playing budget. Nick and Sheena presented another generous donation and as always we’re really grateful for the magnificent help we receive from them and their fellow members of the AU500 Fund.”

 If you’d like to find out more about the AU500 Fund, you can visit the website at www.au500fund.com.