Forfar match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th December 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United will look to bounce back from their first defeat in 15 weeks when bottom of the table Forfar Athletic are visitors to Somerset Park for the final match of 2017. Despite the Honest Men taking 24 points from a possible 27, challengers Raith Rovers are still in touch with Ian McCall’s side, five points behind with two games in hand following recent results. Rovers host Stranraer on Saturday before a Fife derby versus East Fife on Wednesday.

Forfar travel to Ayrshire on the back of six straight defeats and three points adrift at the foot of the table following a 3-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Queen’s Park last weekend. The Loons have drawn a blank in their last three games.

Team News: Robbie Crawford is definitely out and Ross Docherty has a 50/50 chance.

Ian says: “It’s good to be back at Somerset to close out the year, especially after a poor result last week. We have put in a lot of work since then and we are starting to get some of the injuries clearing up. Every game in this league is difficult and we need to get a better balance back in the side. We are always going to create chances, despite losing last week we still missed big chances at important times that could have had a huge impact on the game. We are still in a good position in the league and are fully focused on getting 3 points and getting on another run.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 35

Draws – 9

Forfar Athletic wins – 7


The Loons are without a win in their last five visits to Somerset Park.


Last Meeting: Michael Moffat scored the 100th goal of his senior career when the clubs last met in October – and went on to score a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over the Loons at Station Park. Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore were also on the scoresheet in the comfortable victory, the first of United’s nine game winning streak which ended last Saturday.


Earlier in the season, Ayr were 3-0 winners over Forfar, then under the management of Gary Bollan, at Somerset Park. Moore, McDaid and Crawford the scorers.


On this day: in 2008, United defeated Brechin City 1-0 at Glebe Park with Bryan Prunty scoring the only goal of the game. Ayr have played 13 fixtures of the 30th December, only one of which has been won or lost by more than one goal.


Match Officials:

Referee – Grant Irvine

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen



Adult – £16

Concession (OAPs, Students, 18-21) – £10
Child (Under 18) – £5
We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment.  We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry.

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website.

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Airdrie 2 Ayr Utd 0


by AUmedia

Ayr’s unbeaten run came to an end as they fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat following a lack lustre display at Airdrie.  Russell opened the scoring for the home side early on before Brownlie forced in a second before the half hour mark.  However, gaffer Ian McCall insisted that he should not be too hard on the players, with 4 key midfielders out, and praised the great run that they were on.

Airdrie opened the scoring with the first chance of the match through Russell.  On 3 mins Ayr failed to clear their lines on the edge of the box and Russell was there to collect the ball and direct a low shot into the bottom right hand corner for 1-0.

Ayr almost responded within minutes when Boyle’s dangerous delivery was met by the on-form Shankland who could only send a volley just wide of the post.  Ayr were growing into the match as the half progressed, seeking an equaliser to get them up and running.

Shankland was soon involved in the action again. On 10 mins he collected a Ferguson pass on the edge of the area before curling a shot inches over the top of the bar.

Ayr’s best chance to equalise came on 14 mins when Moore was sent through one-on-one with the keeper.  With the fantastic scoring form of the striker, fans and players alike expected the hall to nestle in the back of the net but Moore’s strike was straight at keeper Ferguson who saved with relative ease.

Airdrie – unfortunately for the away side – were in a clinical mood and punished Ayr for their missed chances. On 23 mins, a corner from the right whipped into the box and again Ayr were slow to react, allowing Brownlie to force the ball just over the line despite Forrest’s best efforts to block the ball.

Although Ayr had dominated play for long stretches they just didn’t create enough chances or, for the first time in the season, have the composure needed against a hardworking and well organised defence. Things were made much worse by the enforced weakened midfield, missing Captain Ross Docherty, Robbie Crawford, and Jamie Adams and this was exaggerated when Andy Geggan hobbled off.

The first attempt in the second half came from Shankland – who was proving to be Ayr’s biggest goal threat- as he forced his way into the box and cut the ball across goal for a tap in however no-one had made up enough ground to make contact.


Ayr were desperately trying to find a way back into the game and had another great chance on 67 mins when the ball fell to Higgins in the box however his powerful volley was deflected over the bar.


Airdrie did everything they could to stifle United’s forward moving intent, resorting quick break-a-ways with the pace of Watt, Russell, Stewart and Furtado causing most problems.

The last real chance of the game fell to Shankland on 73 mins when made space in the penalty area, but his low strike was stopped as keeper Ferguson stuck out a leg before McDaid hit the follow-up over the bar from 12 yards.
Time slowly ran out for the frustrated Ayrshire men and Airdrieonians took the 3 points their tactics and determination deserved.

A disappointing performance from The Honest Men yet still the 500 travelling supporters stood to applaud efforts and the achievement the players’ over the course of the past 2 undefeated months.


Ayr now welcome Forfar at Somerset, aiming to kick start another unbeaten run in their fight for promotion.


1st Chris Higgins
2nd Lawrence Shankland
3rd Paddy Boyle

AIRDRIEONIANS – Ferguson, Brownlie, MacDonald, McGregor, Watt, Edwards, Stewart, Cairns, Russell, Hastie, Furtado.  Substitutes: Kerr (GK), Brown, Fry, McIntosh, Allan, Higgins, Leighton.

AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Moore, Forrest, Ferguson, Shankland.  Substitutes: Avci (GK), McDaid, McGuffie, Reid, Hilton, Faulds, Murphy

Referee:  Scott Millar
Attendance: 1113

Airdrie Match Preview

Match Preview
Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 23rd December 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men close out 2017 with a trip to Lanarkshire to face Airdrieonians. United will be looking for a tenth straight victory and to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games, maintaining their position as Christmas number 1 in League 1.

Seventh place Airdrie took the lead at Hampden Park last weekend but were eventually held to a draw by Queen’s Park. The result gave the Diamonds a three match unbeaten run for the first time this season, having also held Raith Rovers to a draw and defeated Forfar Athletic, with both matches at home.

Stevie Findlay’s side have not tasted defeat in their last five league matches at the Excelsior Stadium but were knocked out the Scottish Cup by Highland League side Cove Rangers.

Team News: Robbie Crawford and Ross Docherty are out with injuries. Jamie Adams wont feature.

Ian says: “We know we are on a brilliant run at the moment but as ever our focus is only on one game at a time, not the fact we have a certain amount of wins in a row. Airdrie showed on TV a couple of weeks ago that they are a good side and there always seem to be something happening when we play each other. Again we have key players out however it gives other chances, Alan Forrest had done really well coming off the bench and got back into the starting line up last week and Brian Gilmour was excellent off the bench last week. Despite it being two days before Christmas I know we will have a good noisy support and we want to make sure every one of them enjoys their Christmas dinner!”

Head to head (at Airdrie):

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 4

Airdrieonians wins – 4


Last Meeting: The Diamonds are the last side to take points off Ayr when they held the Honest Men to a 2-2 draw at Somerset Park in October. Jordan McGregor put the visitors ahead in the first-half. A quick-fire Andy Geggan double saw Ayr take the lead but Willis Furtado made it 2-2 in the 65th minute and neither side was able to find a winner.


Ayr have won the last two fixtures at the Excelsior Stadium. Craig Moore scored on the stroke of half-time in both games, which were during season 2015/16.


On this day: in history Ayr have a 64% win rate. In 2008, goals from Neil McGowan, David Gormley and Bryan Prunty saw the Honest Men defeat Lochee United in a Scottish Cup replay at Somerset Park to set up a meeting with Kilmarnock in the next round.


Match Officials:

Referee – Scott Millar

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Euan Birch



Adult – £16
Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10
Under 16s – £7

Parent & Child – £20

Message to Fans

The Club would, once again like to praise the terrific backing of our fans at both home and away fixtures. It really helps carry the team over the line.  However, we witnessed first-hand, one supporter enter pitch side at East Fife on Saturday, resulting in him being ejected from the Stadium.  This also happened in our previous away game at Alloa. To  reiterate, this behaviour is unacceptable and contravenes the Ground Regulations and could result in a club ban for the persons responsible from either or both Clubs.

Please keep up the fantastic support whilst adhering to the Clubs Unacceptable Conduct Policy and The Ground Regulations.

 Many thanks

Roy Provan, Safety & Stadium Manager.

East Fife 1 Ayr Utd 4

East Fife 1 V 4 Ayr United

by AUmedia

United stretched their unbeaten run to 9 Leagues games in what could honestly be described as the proverbial game of two halves with East Fife dominating the first half and in the lead through a Duggan goal on 35 minutes. Not many neutrals wold have given Ayr a chance, but United fans know better, this is a team that just never gives up and they stormed their way to victory with an outstanding second half performance.

Manager Ian McCall felt that the balance of his team during the first half was not right, but two half time substitutions and a tactical change in mid-field gave United the impetus and possession that turned subservience into their own dominance. The gaffer also savoured the second half partnership of Shankland and Moore, describing it as ‘mouth-watering’.

Apart from an early couple of attacks, United struggled against a very direct and hard-working East Fife team, with Mark Lamont, for the home side, impressive in mid-field. Time after time Lamont, Smith and Wilkie cut through Ayr’s defence with intricate pin-point passes, creating opportunities for Duggan, Page and Piggot. To a great extend United were lucky, struggling to clear from their own box and profiting from some poor finishing by East Fife, missed chances the Fifers would come to rue not converting.

On 35 minutes, the home side finally got the goal their play deserved. Dunsmore slid a beautiful ball through the Ayr defence into the path of Duggan in the penalty area. Duggan then stroked the ball past the despairing Hart and into the back of the net. 1-0 for the Fifers.

Try as they might, United just couldn’t do anything to get themselves in to this game, and as the half time whistle blew, United needed to find inspiration and something different to rescue the game.

Ayr rang the changes at half time, with Adams and McDaid being replaced by Moore and Gilmour. Moore slotted in up-front to partner Shankland, with Gilmour sitting in a deep mid-field role, while Forrest moved in behind the strikers. Suddenly the Honest Men were transformed into an attacking machine, with Gilmour, in one of his best performances of the season, providing the missing link between defence and the forward line, collecting, passing, probing and providing a creative platform for the United attack.

Ayr pressed forward with wave after wave of attacks, finally getting the breakthrough they were looking for in the 56th minute. Forrest lifted a high, curling corner into the centre of the box where Rose leapt above his marker to head the ball powerfully in to the back of the net. 1-1, and there was something in the air that indicated this was not going to be the last from United.

East Fife were now causing few problems for the Ayrshire men being limited to set-pieces and long-range shots. Hart, however, had to come to the rescue on 67 minutes when Docherty tried his luck with a 25-yard attempt.

On 72 minutes Ayr took the lead and it was that man Rose again. Forrest took a corner on the left towards the back post, and with the defenders content to watch it curl out for a goal kick, Rose darted in to slam the ball high in to the back of the net. 1-2 United.

Two minutes later and it was 3. Shankland controlled a pass from Geggan at the edge of the box before turning and slipping the ball through to Moore who stroked home. The vociferous Ayr support could not believe their team’s transformation since half time never mind the three goals.

East Fife had a brief rally which ended in a magnificent save from Hart. Lamont worked the ball to the edge of the box and found Linton on the left. Linton lifted the ball to the back post where Wilkie nodded on to the penalty spot and Duggan overhead kicked goalward. Gilmour tried to block but the ball spun towards the line where Hart instinctively reacted, diving and clawing the ball away with one hand.

There was to be no consolation for the Fifers and it was the visitors who grabbed another. In the 87th minute, Shankland received the ball some 30 yards out, looked up, saw the keeper coming off his line, and sent a pile-driver of a shot in to the back of the net. 1-4 and the icing on the cake for United.

With Raith not playing, Ayr have taken an 8-point lead at the top of the league, although Raith do still have two games in hand.

Next up for Ayr is a trip to Airdrieonians.


Hurst, Dunsmore, Docherty, Page, Lamont, Duggan, Smith, Wilkie, Millar, Piggot, Linton SUBS: Goodfellow, Kane, Willis, Wilson, Reilly, Hurst, Mutch



Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McDaid, Ferguson, J Adams, Shankland SUBS: Lyle Avci (GK), Gilmour, Moore, McGuffie, Faulds, Murphy, Reid


Referee: John McKendrick

Attendance: 637

Fergie signs new deal

Full back David Ferguson today penned a new deal and extended his contract until the end of this season.

Manager Ian McCall said “Fergie has done really really well since coming into the team and he made a starting slot his own with continued top performances. He is exactly the right type of boy we want in the squad and I am delighted to ensure he will be here for the rest of the season at the very least.”

David said “I have really enjoyed my time here and of course it helps when the team has been doing as well as we have in the league. It’s still early days in the season though and we all know what we want to achieve and that will take a lot of hard work. The fans have been great with me and hopefully we can keep this run of form going to repay them for the support they give us, especially away from home.”

East Fife match preview

Match Preview
East Fife vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 16th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we travel to Methil to face East Fife in the first of two consecutive away games before Christmas. Ian McCall’s side go into the match looking for a ninth consecutive victory and having not tasted defeat since their last trip to Fife at the start of September.  The Honest Men hold a five point advantage at the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table.


Opponents East Fife here held to a 1-1 draw at home by Stranraer last Saturday and lost to bottom side Queen’s Park at Hampden the previous weekend but Darren Young’s side are unbeaten at New Bayview in their last five matches – including a 6-1 victory over Airdrieonians. The Fife sit in fifth place in the table, two points behind third place Alloa Athletic.


Team News: Ross Docherty and Robbie Crawford are ruled out through injury.


Ian says: “In terms of performance we know we have to improve on last week, we didn’t have the right shape to the team and in the end we had to work extremely hard to get the victory. East Fife have an excellent home record so this will be another very tough game. Alan Forrest and Declan McDaid both made a good impact off the bench last week so we have plenty to think about in terms of team selection, especially with another couple of players back from injury.”


Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 20

East Fife wins – 18


The last 12 games between the sides have seen 50 goals scored, an average of over 4.1 per game.


Last Meeting: United were 3-0 winners when the sides met at Somerset Park at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 7th minute and goals in second-half from Andy Geggan and Chris Higgins either side of Jonathan Page’s red card.


The Honest Men’s won 5-0 on their last trip to New Bayview in March 2014 with Michael Moffat (twice), Kevin Kyle, Michael Donald and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet.


On this day:


Match Officials:

Referee – John McKendrick

Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic

Assistant Referee 2 – Ryan Lee



Adult – £15
Senior Citizens (60 and over) – £12
Child – £5
Parent and child – £18
Parent and 2 children – £21

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