Football fans in training

Football Fans in Training

Get fit, lose your belly and get behind the scenes at your local club, all for free.

Are you a female aged 35-65 years old?

Is your trouser waist size at least 38 inches?

Do you want to lose weight, have a healthier lifestyle and ultimately be fitter?

Our 13 week Football Fans in Training programme can help you do this for free. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at your club, be trained by selected club coaches, have a nosy at the trophy cabinet and have the chance to talk tactics in the dressing room. Who knows, maybe you’ll even bump into a player or two.

The main aims of the programme are to:
• Increase knowledge of diet & nutrition
• Improve lifestyle choices
• Increase physical activity amongst participants
• Reduce weight and waist measurements
• Increase engagement in other physical activity

This is a great opportunity to shed a few pounds with the support of your local Football Club and help you live a healthier and more active life.

The programme will be held at Somerset Park in the Ally Macleod Hospitality Suite and starts on Tuesday 28th March, 7pm to 8.30pm. The meetings will be on a weekly basis for 13 weeks with each session lasting 90 minutes. The 90 minutes will be split in half with the first 45 minutes on discussing positive changes to your lifestyle then 45 minutes of physical activity.

The course is limited to 24 places and if you are interested in attending the course then please email your name and contact details to nicholas.provan@aufa.org.uk

Please remember places are limited so we advise that you register early in order to avoid disappointment.

Hibernian match preview

Match Preview
Hibernian vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter-Final
Saturday 4th March 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United look to cause a shock when they travel to Edinburgh to face the holders Hibernian in the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

United go into the game on the back of their first league win since mid-October after beating a beleaguered Raith Rovers on Tuesday but saw bottom side St. Mirren quickly close the gap to five points once again with a comfortable 2-0 win against Hibs in a match described by Neil Lennon as his side’s poorest performance of the season.

The Opposition: Neil Lennon moved quickly to address a defensive crisis this week, signing Efe Ambrose on loan from Celtic and former Ross County centre-back Brian McLean, following his brief spell in Singapore. Paul Hanlon, Liam Fontaine and Jordon Forster all missed Hibs’ match in Paisley on Wednesday through injury, while Darren McGregor is suspended for Saturday’s game.

The Road to Hampden: Ayr United have made hard work of despatching three lower league sides in the competition so far to reach the quarter-final, beating Brechin City, Queen’s Park on penalties after a replay at Hampden Park and extra-time still couldn’t separate the sides and Clyde, also after extra-time.

Hibernian haven’t yet left the capital in their attempt to retain the Scottish Cup. They comfortably dispatched Junior outfit Bonnyrigg Rose in the fourth round with a 8-1 win at Tynecastle before returning to Gorgie to face Hearts in the fifth round. After a typically cagey Edinburgh derby the tie went to a replay in which Hibs raced to a three-goal lead and comfortably held on for a 3-1 win.

Team News: Farid El Alagui is cup tied. Robbie Crawford, Peter Murphy, Jamie Adams, Paul Cairney and Declan McDaid are out with injuries.

Ian McCall says: “It is the Quarter Final of the Scottish Cup which is always a huge occasion and we are delighted to be there. We want to go and enjoy the occasion however the enjoyment comes from getting a result and that is exactly what we are going there for. We have been to Easter Road twice this season and come away with a win and a draw however that will have absolutely no bearing on this match. The twice we have been there our fans have been brilliant and I imagine there will be more of them there this time and I am sure they will help us with the usual noisy backing. We have quite a few injuries at the moment however it gives a great chance for some other players to show what they can do.”

Head-to-Head (Scottish Cup):
Ayr United wins – 1
Draws – 1
Hibernian wins – 4

It was goalless the last time the sides met at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup in January 2011, Ayr winning the replay 1-0 at Somerset Park. The tables were turned the following season, when the Hibees won 2-0.

Saturday will be the 50th meeting between the sides at Easter Road in all competitions. The Honest Men’s only cup win away to Hibs was also in a quarter-final tie – the League Cup in October 198o. The sides drew 2-2 in the first leg at Somerset Park but Ayr won through to the semi-final with a 2-0 win in Leith.

Last meeting: Robbie Crawford scored a stunning solo goal in just the 4th minute when the sides met at Easter Road one month ago but the Honest Men couldn’t hold on to the lead, Jason Cummings equalising midway through the second-half for the home side.

United famously won at Easter Road earlier in the season, coming back from a one goal deficit to beat 10 men Hibs 2-1, Conrad Balatoni and Brian Gilmour getting Ayr’s goals.

Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Anthony Cooper
Fourth Official – Alan Muir

Admission:
Adults – £20
Concessions – £10

Ayr supporters can purchase tickets on Saturday from 1.30pm on the day of the match at the South Stand ticket pod which is where our support will be on the day, the same as the two league matches this season.

Club shop open 9-12 Saturday

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Ayr Utd 1 Raith Rovers 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Raith Rovers
The Honest Men earned a long awaited 3 points with a 1-0 victory over a Raith Rovers side who unbelievably had to field ex-Ayr man Ryan Stevenson in nets due to injuries to all three of their keepers. Farid El Alagui scored the only goal of the game to give Ayr the vital win.

The first chance of the match fell to Ayr in the 2nd min of the game. A cross from the right from Gilmour was met by El Alagui at the front post but his header was superbly saved by Stevenson at his near post.

7 mins gone and Raith had their first chance of the match when McManus found himself in space in the box and saw his shot blocked on the line by Devlin who was there to clear.

Ayr’s next chance of the match fell to Meggatt on 23 mins when Gilmour rolled a freekick into the path of the defender whose drive went harmlessly over the bar from 25 yards out.

Raith were next to try and open the scoring and were inches away from doing so. Johnston whipped in a cross from the right which was met by Hardie whose looping header came back off the bar.

31 mins on the clock and Forrest was next to try his luck. McGuffie set through an inch perfect pass for Forrest in the box and he took a touch before blazing his shot over the bar from close range.

It was back and forth stuff at Somerset and it was Raith’s turn to try and break the deadlock on 35 mins. The ball was given away initially by Wardrope and McManus fizzed a cross in for Johnston whose header at the near post flashed just wide.

Stevenson was called into action once more on 41 mins when Rose took a strike from 25 yards out which had to be palmed away at full stretch. Moments later El Alagui met the ball in the box however he fired the ball well wide.

The final chance of the half fell to Forrest on the stroke of halftime. He found himself one on one with Stevenson but opted to take the shot quickly and lobbed the ball safely into the arms of the keeper.

It was Raith who had the first chance of the second half on 50 mins. Hardie picked the ball up on the edge of the box and his curling shot from 20 yards out fell comfortably into the arms of Fleming. One minute later and Hardie met a low cross ball in the box 5 yards out but somehow put the ball wide.

The away side were made to pay for their missed chances and Ayr opened the scoring through El Alagui on 61 mins. Gilmour played the corner short to Forrest whose curled ball into the box was met by El Alagui who held off the defender to flick the ball into the net with a neat header.

Callachan could have hauled his side level on 75 mins when he created space on the edge of the box however he fired a shot straight into the arms of Fleming. 4 mins later and it was substitute Bobby Barr who met a Coustrain cross from the left but the winger headed the ball over the bar from close range.

Ayr held out for the all-important three points and now take a break from league action as they travel to Easter Road to play Hibernian in the Scottish Cup quarter final.

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

Raith Rovers
Stevenson, Thomson, Callachan, Yves Mvoto, Benedictus, McHattie, Johnston, Davidson, Hardie, Barr, McManus. Substitutes Coustrain, Barr, Matthews, Roberts, Skacel, Thomson, Stewart.

Referee: Willie Collum
Attendance: 1103
Match Report: AUmedia

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