Scottish Football Supporters Survey

Supporters Direct Scotland has launched its Scottish Football Supporters Survey for 2017 – with a clear message to Ayr United fans: your voice is heard.

Officially recognised as the lead supporters group in Scotland by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) and the Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA), Supporters Direct Scotland has established a formal means to engage with the game’s key decision makers and represent fans’ views.

Outcomes from 2016 were formally presented to the Scottish FA’s Professional Game Board and the Scottish FA Congress, the latter of which includes representatives from all areas of football in Scotland.

You can read more about the results of the 2016 survey, and the resulting “asks” by visiting www.scottishsupporters.net.

This year’s survey covers issues that affect the national game, how football is governed and now also includes more specific club-related questions following a new consultation with supporters and clubs themselves.

Supporters who participate can enter a free draw to win tickets to Scotland’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against England on 10 June.

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2017 SCOTTISH FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS SURVEY

The survey is open until 2 April 2017.

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Dunfermline Athletic 0 v 1 Ayr United
The Honest Men earned a hard fought 3 points at East End Park with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a goal from Ross Docherty early in the second half.

It was the home side that started the stronger and on 4 mins had their first chance. A poor clearance at the edge of the box by Fleming led to Cardle having a shot towards an empty net but Balatoni was there to clear the ball off the line.

2 mins later and the Pars were threatening the Ayr goal again, this time through ex-Ayr man Michael Moffat. Williamson collected the ball on the right and his cross was met at the front post by Moffat whose header flashed across goal and rebounded back off the post.

Ayr’s first chance of the half came on 16 mins. Rose picked up the ball midway through the Dunfermline half and played it to Docherty who turned on the edge of the area and dragged a shot wide of the goal.

The final chance of the half fell to the home side on 35 mins. Higginbotham’s ball from the right was met by Clark in the centre of the box however his header was well wide and caused Fleming no problems.

Dunfermline had the first chance of the second half through Moffat on 46 mins. The striker picked up the ball inside the Ayr half before driving into the box and curling a shot which was superbly tipped over the bar by Fleming from close range.

47 mins gone and Ayr almost took the lead through El Alagui. A freekick from 30 yards out was whipped into the box by Gilmour and El Alagui’s reaction header was saved on the line by Murdoch from close range.

2 mins later and Ayr did go ahead. A corner from the right was curled in my Gilmour, headered by Docherty and then passed between the legs of a defender then bobbled and crept over the line to give the Honest Men a crucial goal.

On 56 mins, a freekick by Rose from 25 yard out was tipped over the bar by Pars’ keeper Murdoch just as the ball appeared to be creeping under the bar. Forrest then had a shot from a tight angle saved by Murdoch.

Dunfermline continued to increase the pressure and went all out for an equaliser. On 67 mins, they should have drawn level. A Williamson cutback was met by the unmarked Cardle some 12 yards out but he somehow managed to fire the ball high and wide when it looked a certain goal.

The home side continued to press and on 76 mins had yet another golden chance. Talbot’s cross on the byline on the left was met by Paton whose header was disappointing, weak and straight into the arms of Fleming.

The final chance of the match fell to Hopkirk on 80 mins. The substitute drove forward and into space before his drive from 25 yards out was clawed away by Fleming.
3 points for the Honest Men as other results mean that the lower end of the league tightens and those above are also drawn closer. Next up Dumbarton on Saturday at Somerset Park.

Dunfermline Athletic
Murdoch, Talbot, Ashcroft, Morris, Herron, Williamson, Wedderburn, Clark, Moffat, Cardle, Higginbotham. Substitutes Hutton (GK), Fordyce, Spence, Paton, McCabe, Reilly, Hopkirk.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, Forrest, El Alagui, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty, Crawford. Substitutes Hart (GK), Moore, Harkins, McKenzie, Wardrope, McGuffie, McKenna.

Referee: Bobby Madden
Attendance: 3276
Match Report: AUmedia

Player of the year awards

We are pleased to announce that the annual Player of the Year Awards will take place on 8th April 2017 in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite at Somerset Park. The awards will kick off at 7.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now from the club shop and will be priced at £25 each. The ticket allows entry to the Awards and there will be a buffet served during the event.

AU Media will be running the event and there will be music following the presentations which will continue until closing time.

Voting for the awards will open after our game with Dunfermline and Voting can be done via email, nominating the player(s) under each category to commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or by using the forms in the Club Shop. Voting will finish on Monday April 3rd at 9pm.

The criteria for the Young Player of the Year is that the player be under 23 on 8th April 2017 and have made at least one first team start during the season. The players that meet the criteria are Michael Rose, Robbie Crawford, Craig Moore, Alan Forrest, Declan McDaid, Mick Wardrope, Craig McGuffie and Scott McKenna. There is no age limit on the Player of the Year.

AU media will very shortly be releasing the shortlist for the Goal of the Season on their facebook page so make sure you get your votes in for that.

Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 18th March 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to East End Park to face familiar foes Dunfermline Athletic. United will be looking to extend their seven league match unbeaten run away from home – only the top two sides Hibs and Falkirk have lost fewer games away from home than the Honest Men this season – but with all seven games drawn, United need to start picking up wins.

With a quarter of the season remaining, St. Mirren have closed the gap at the foot of the table to just one point following their victory over Dundee United on Wednesday night. Raith Rovers are four points ahead of Ian McCall’s men and host the Arabs this weekend. Dumbarton, a further point ahead, travel to Easter Road while St. Mirren face Queen of the South in Dumfries.

Dunfermline have one win in their last seven league matches and have drawn their last two, including against St. Mirren last Saturday; a game that ended goalless. The Pars are not quite clear of relegation danger yet, and Ayr will be looking to cut their cushion between the play-off spot to just four points.

Team News: Peter Murphy, Jamie Adams, Paul Cairney and Declan McDaid are all definitely out. Robbie Crawford, Craig Moore and Ross Docherty are all 50/50
Ian McCall says: “9 games to go and all huge games. The final quarter of the season and we have it in our own hands. Dunfermline are seven points ahead of us however if we can win there tomorrow and get it back to 4 points then we bring them back into the mix. Dunfermline have a very good squad so we know how difficult it will be however our away form has been good and we know we can get a result.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 29
Dunfermline Athletic wins –55

Saturday will be the 18th meeting between the sides in three-and-a-half years, with Ayr winning just one of those fixtures.

Last meeting: Dunfermline were 2-0 winners at Somerset Park at the start of January, Nicky Clark and Andy Geggan scoring in the first-half. Former United midfielder Geggan has scored 6 goals in 16 games against the Honest Men in a Dunfermline shirt.

The first two meetings between the sides this season ended all square, including a remarkable match at East End Park in December which saw Dunfermline go down to 10 men, Alan Forrest equalise from the spot and then Greg Fleming save two Kallum Higginbotham penalties in quick succession.
On this day: in 1939 United defeated Motherwell 6-1 at Somerset Park. More recently, the Honest Men recorded a 1-0 win at East Fife in 2009, Brian Prunty scoring in the 12th minute.

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden
Assistant Referee 1 – Anthony Cooper
Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Fraser

Admission:
Adults – £17
Concessions (Over 65/Student) – £11
Child (under 16) – £5

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Ayr United 1 v 4 Falkirk
The Honest Men suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat at home to Falkirk. Nathan Austin scored early for the away side before grabbing another in the second half to double his side’s lead. Ayr responded through Gary Harkins but Falkirk ran away with the match when they scored two further goals through Craig Sibbald and Fraser Aird in added time.

Falkirk went ahead through their first chance on 7 mins. Ayr failed to clear the ball after a goalmouth stramash and Leahy’s powerful cross deflected into the path of Austin who fired high into the net from a tight angle to put his side ahead.

11 mins gone and it was Falkirk on the attack again, this time Aird finding space on the right after beating Harkins and flashing a shot just wide of the left-hand post from inside the box.

Ayr’s first chance of the match came on 16 mins. Moore found space in the box and his powerful drive was almost tapped in at the back post by Harkins who was inches away from connecting with the ball.

On 31 mins Austin met a cross from Leahy on the left and his header, from close range, went harmlessly over the bar.

The last chances of the half fell to Ayr on 43 mins. Crawford managed to weave his way into the penalty area but he saw his effort blocked from close range. Boyle then had an effort which was blocked as the Falkirk defence stood strong.

It was Falkirk who started the stronger of the two sides in the second half and Austin was again causing Ayr problems. On 55 mins, the striker had a shot on goal which was deflected away by Devlin just as it looked certain to end up in the back of the net.

It wasn’t to be long before Austin finally doubled his side’s lead. With 62 mins gone, Ayr again failed to clear the ball from the box and Austin was there to pounce, then blast the ball into the net, giving Fleming no chance

That second goal seemed to wake Ayr up and in the blink of an eye they halved the deficit through Harkins on. A long ball by Meggatt fell to Forrest who had beaten the offside trap and his shot trickled through the keeper before Leahy’s attempted clearance fell straight to Harkins who the ball into the net to give Ayr a lifeline. 63 mins 1 – 2.

Ayr were now pushing for the equaliser and on 80 mins Forrest had a shot from close range that went over the bar when it looked like he could have did better.

Falkirk almost killed the contest on 89 mins when they broke with McHugh who squared the ball to Miller inside the area but he hit post from 12 yards.

Ayr’s luck was to run out and the away side got their third of the match on 91 mins. Breaking from defence a long ball released Sibbald inside the Ayr half and he drove forward into the box before coolly slotting the ball under Fleming to increase Falkirk’s lead.

The icing on the cake for the away side came on 92 mins when Aird added to Ayr’s woes. McHugh won the ball on the left-hand side before fizzing a shot towards Fleming which was palmed away by the United goalkeeper but Aird was there at the back post to stroke the ball into the empty net.
What had, only a few minutes earlier, seen Ayr going all out for an equaliser ended in a 1 – 4 defeat.

Ayr now travel to East End Park to play Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday in what is another massive game for The Honest Men in their bid for survival.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Crawford, Moore, Harkins, El Alagui, Meggatt, McGuffie, Balatoni. Substitutes Hart (GK), Rose, Murphy, Forrest, McDaid, McKenzie, Wardrope

Falkirk
Rogers, Kidd, Leahy, Taiwo, Kerr, Baird, Sibbald, Grant, Gasparotto, Austin, Aird. Substitutes Thomson (GK), Muirhead, Hippolyte, Miller, McHugh, Shepherd, Gallacher

Referee: Steven McLean
Attendance: 1614
Match Report: AUmedia

Club shop £5 sale

CLUB SHOP TOP TEN £5 DEALS

Starting on Monday 13th March the club shop staff have once again came up trumps with ten amazing £5 deals on some of our best selling Ayr United FC merchandise.

The offer gives supporters the opportunity to snap up some of our top never to be repeated lines at up to 75% OFF. These items will be sold on a first come first served basis so be sure to get in early and avoid disappointment. Offer ends Saturday 25th March 2017.

Giant Beach Towel was £19.99 NOW £5
Garden Gnome was £16.99 NOW £5
All Polo Shirts was from £19.99 NOW £5
Black/White Umbrella was £17.99 NOW £5
Twin Pack T Shirts (kids & adult) was £14.99 NOW £5
Panda Mascot Soft Toy was £14.99 NOW £5
Ladies Retro Bag was £14.99 NOW £5
Cuff link Sets was £9.99 NOW £5
Mugs was £6.99 NOW ANY 2 FOR £5
All Beach Shorts was from £19.99 NOW £5

*No further discount applies
**While stocks last

Shop opening hours this week:
Monday 12-4
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 12-4
Thursday 12-4
Friday 12-4
Saturday CLOSED

Cash for Kids Easter Egg appeal

Every year there is the CFK Easter Egg Appeal to bring a little bit of chocolate cheer to children around Ayrshire. Once again our catering manager Lynne Watson is leading the Ayr United appeal.

Last year we delivered a record 200 easter eggs to West FM.

This year we want to set another record and deliver over 200.

We can take easter eggs anytime from now, including before and after tomorrows match with Falkirk, during the day until close of play Tuesday 21st March

If you would like to donate an easter egg(s) then please bring it to the front door of the main stand, the club shop or the main office.

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Falkirk match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Falkirk
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 11th March 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United return to Championship action when on form Falkirk are the visitors to Somerset Park. After recording a first league win since October against Raith Rovers, and a spirited performance in the Scottish Cup away to the holders Hibernian, Ian McCall’s men will be looking for another vital three points in the battle to stay in the Championship.

This week saw Peter Houston pick up the Manger of the Month award. The Bairns are unbeaten in eight league games since the turn of the year and have climbed to second place in the league table, six points behind Hibs. Last weekend, Falkirk defeated Queen of the South 2-0 away from home to open up an 11 points advantage over the Doonhamers as the Bairns close in on securing a play-off place.

Team News: Scott McKenna is suspended. Ross Docherty, Jamie Adams, Paul Cairney and Peter Murphy are out injured.

Ian McCall says: “We will be saying this every week until the end of the season but it is a huge game, they all are now. Our home performances haven’t been good enough however we got 3 points in our last match at Somerset and we need to take confidence from that and push on now. Our fans were magnificent at Easter Road last week and it would be a big help to get that kind of backing tomorrow. Declan McDaid and Robbie Crawford trained on Thursday and come back into the squad for the match as does Farid.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 29
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins –24

A Falkirk goal on Saturday will be their 100th at Somerset Park.
Last meeting: The sides played out a 1-1 draw in their last meeting in mid-January. Gary Harkins opened the scoring for Ayr at the Falkirk Stadium but Peter Grant equalised on the stroke of half-time. Falkirk recorded a 1-0 win at Somerset Park in the league in November with an early James Craigen strike but were defeated by the same scoreline by the Honest Men in the Challenge Cup in October.

On this day: In 2008, Ayr United defeated Ross County 4-2 away from home. Goals from Gareth Wardlaw, Alex Williams and, either side of half-time, Ryan Stevenson saw the Honest Men establish a 4-0 lead in this Tuesday night fixture. Late goals from Sean Higgins and Michael Gardyne were unable to dampen the spirits of the small band of travelling supporters who made the long midweek journey to Dingwall.

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe
Assistant Referee 2 – David Doig

Admission:
Adults – £17
Concessions (Over 65/Student) – £10
Child (under 16) – £5

Falkirk fans will occupy the West Stand (Main Stand) and Enclosure. Entry is via turnstiles 9 & 10.

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Hibernian 3 v 1 Ayr United

The Honest Men exited the Scottish Cup after being defeated 3-1 by Hibernian at Easter Road in the quarter finals of the tournament. A superb strike by McGinn and a penalty by Cummings early in the first half put the home side on easy street before United replied through a spectacular goal from McGuffie. Ayr’s hopes were dampened when McKenna was sent off for a rash challenge right on halftime and substitute Keatings sealed the win late into the second half.

With the opening few minutes showing nothing between the teams, Hibs scored with their first chance of the match. On 6 mins McGinn made space for himself on the edge of the box before curling a shot into the bottom right-hand corner giving Fleming no chance.

It went from bad to worse for Ayr on 12 mins when Meggatt was deemed to have fouled Shinnie just inside the box. Cummings took the penalty and coolly slotted the ball down the middle to double the home side’s lead.

With 14 mins gone Ayr had their first chance. Brian Gilmour midfielder took a drive on the half volley from 20 yards out but unfortunately the ball looped harmlessly over the bar.

On 16 mins, a Shinnie effort on the Ayr goal from inside the box was well saved by Fleming to keep Hibs at bay and Ayr in the match.

2 mins later and United’s Boyle had a chance to halve the deficit. The defender strode forward and picked the ball up on the left, then took a shot which had Marciano in the Hibs goals scrambling, but the ball looped just over.

Ayr were to get themselves back in the game on 32 mins through a wonder goal from McGuffie. Harkins knocked down a header into the path of McGuffie and he let fly from 25 yards out with a crisp volley right into the top left hand corner. A sumptuous strike and Ayr were right back in it.

Right on halftime, with Ayr growing in confidence, the Honest Men were handed a blow right with the dismissal of McKenna. With McGinn trying to break into the box McKenna attempted to blast the ball away but the slightest of touches by the Hibs midfielder moved it forward. Instead of making contact with the ball, McKenna made solid and heavy contact with McGinn and referee Nick Walsh had no hesitation in showing the red card.

If things had been difficult, this gave Ayr a mountain to climb in the second half.

Hibs went close to increasing their lead on 55 mins. Shinnie ran onto a loose ball in the box and just when it looked like he had the simplest of tasks of poking it home, Meggatt dived in with a well-timed tackle to block the ball.

3 mins later and it was Cummings’ turn to try his luck with his fizzing drive from 25 yards flashing wide of the left-hand post.

Hibs continued to press for their third goal and almost got it on 63 mins. A low cross into the box deflected off Meggatt into the path of Fleming who did brilliantly to palm the ball away from point blank range.

73 mins gone and Hibs thought they had forced home their third goal but it was ruled out for offside. A Cummings drive from just inside the area deflected into the path of Martin Boyle whose shot bounced off the bar and over the line, Boyle was however in an offside position and the goal did not stand.

After a brave and battling rear-guard action, Ayr hearts were broken on 78 mins when Keatings finally got the crucial third goal. Gray’s cross from the right was met by Keatings at the back post and his powerful header went in off the bar to seal the tie.

81 mins on the clock and Hibernian were pressing for a fourth and almost got it when Balatoni was forced to head an effort off the line from Shinnie. 4 mins later and Keatings then had a shot from 30 yards which scraped just wide of the right-hand post.

Ayr can now focus on survival in the Championship and now welcome Falkirk to Somerset Park on Saturday.

Referee: Nick Walsh
Attendance: 13602
Match Report: AUmedia

Hibernian
Marciano, Gray, Forster, Ambrose, Stevenson, Bartley, McGinn, Shinnie, Boyle, Holt, Cummings. Substitutes Laidlaw (GK), Crane, McLean, Fyvie, Martin, Keatings, Graham.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gimour, Moore, Harkins, Meggat, McGuffie, Balatoni, Docherty, McKenna. Substitutes Hart (GK), Rose, Forrest, McKenzie, Wardrope, Balfour, L Murphy.