Open Day Reminder

This Sunday, 20th August sees the annual Ayr United Open Day take place at Somerset Park. There is no charge for entry. The event will start at 12 noon and finishes at 3 with the Adults v Kids match from 2.30 to 3pm.

The Stage Door restaurant and Hollybush Inn have sponsored the event for the third year in a row and we thank them for the fantastic support. They will also be providing an outstanding BBQ which will be in front of the family stand.

Again we welcome along the award winning Mancini’s Ice Cream where the only difficulty is deciding which flavour to choose!

Bubble Football has been hugely popular for the last 2 years and again we have them coming along with bubbles for adults and kids so everyone can join in the fun.

Our Ayr United Football Academy coaches will be taking sessions with kids and also showcasing Walking Football for adults – our own players may well be giving a demonstration.

Club historian Duncan Carmichael will be running stadium tours all afternoon, there’s no one who knows more about Ayr United so its well worth going along.

The emergency services will all be represented with Ayr community fire station and Police Scotland bringing vehicles as well as the The Royal Regiment of Scotland who might just have a few surprises for us!

If you want to let the kids loose for a while then we have a bouncy castle, facepainting and club mascot Pandamonium to keep them occupied.

All the players and management will be in attendance for pictures and autographs all afternoon and thanks to The Ayrshire Post we will also give out AUFC posters which can be signed on the day.

We will also have Dougie and Jeanne from the Ayr United 5 star lottery here on the day and they will be available for anyone looking to sign up or if you are just looking for the benefits of being a lottery member.

Ayr United Media will be providing their own unique brand of running commentary throughout with plenty of music!

The club shop will be open from 11.30am to 3.30pm.

It promises to be a fantastic day, everyone is welcome and remember it is free to get in! Entry is through the gate at the Somerset Road End turnstiles.

East Stirling match preview

Match Preview East Stirlingshire vs. Ayr United Irn-Bru Cup Wednesday 16th August 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Wednesday), Ayr United travel to face Lowland League side East Stirlingshire in the first round of the Irn-Bru Cup. The Shire have been a bogey side for the Honest Men in this competition, twice upsetting the odds in first round ties at Ochilview and Ian McCall will be hoping to avoid another upset and continue United’s good run of form.

Last season was East Stirlingshire’s first in the Lowland League after defeat to Edinburgh City in the play-offs ended 61-years in the Scottish Football League. The Shire finished second, seven points behind winners East Kilbride but were comfortably the division’s top scorers with 107 goals in 30 games. This term, The Shire have again been no strangers to the back of the net but seven goals in four games have earned just four points. On Saturday, they were held to a goalless draw at home to Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The Shire’s manager John Sludden will be well known to United supporters, having scored 78 goals in 140 appearances for the club between 1985 and 1990. In October 1990, Sludden scored the first ever hat-trick in the Challenge Cup for Kilmarnock in a 4-1 win over Stirling Albion at Rugby Park. Striker Andy Rodgers, in his second spell at the Stirlingshire club, is another with connections to the Honest Men and an eye for a spectacular goal.

Team News: Jamie Adams is out, everyone else is available.

Ian says: “We will make changes tonight however that doesn’t mean we are not wanting to progress, we have a squad of players and training right from the start of pre season has been excellent so we need to utilise the squad and give some of the players that have been knocking on the door an opportunity. We have momentum and we want to keep that and continue improving every match.”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 32

Draws – 10

East Stirlingshire wins – 16

 

Ayr have faced the Shire on three previous occasions in the League Challenge Cup – with very limited success. United needed extra-times and penalties to progress in 1994 after a 1-1 draw at Firs Park.

The sides met again in 2008, East Stirlingshire’s first competitive fixture at Ochilview following the switch from Firs Park. Alex Williams put the Honest Men ahead in the 15th minute but The Shire shock United with late goals from David Richardson and Andy Rodgers. The Shire were more comfortable in 2012, beating an Ayr side featuring Michael Moffat and Robbie Crawford 3-1. Mark Shankland pulled a goal back midway through the second-half to make it 2-1 after a Mickey Herd double put the home side ahead and Scott Maxwell scored late on.

Last Meeting:

The last meeting between the sides was in the League Cup in 2014, also at Ochilview. After a goalless first-half, United netted four times during the second period, three of the goals coming after David McKenna was sent-off for the home side. Ryan Donnelly (2), Scott McLaughlin and Brian Gilmour were the Honest Men on the scoresheet.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Munro

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

Admission:

Adults – £10

Concessions – £5

Five Grand Fans

Saturday’s match against Forfar Athletic brought three welcome goals and three welcome points as Ayr United strives to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

There was even more great news as the committee of the AU500 Fund presented a cheque to the club for £5,00,0 a remarkable figure which took the total amount that AU500 Fund has raised to an amazing £12,400 since the fund raising initiative was launched one year ago this month.

Chairman of the fund Ron Withers said “the AU500 Fund was launched last August to give fans of Ayr United the opportunity to support the club even more by making monthly donations to the fund. The committee and the members of the fund are incredibly proud of how much we’ve been able to help the club over the past year and we’d love even more people to join if they can.”

Manger Ian McCall said “the efforts of the AU500 Fund over the past year have been a great help in supporting the playing budget and with our full-time status this season their support is even more significant. I can’t thank the members of AU500 Fund enough for their contributions.”

The committee members are pictured presenting the cheque to Ayr United Director Mark Pettigrew. If you’re interested in joining the AU500 Fund or finding out more, please visit www.au500fund.com.

Ayr Utd 3 Forfar Athletic 0

The Honest Men made it two wins from two in the league as they ran out comfortable winners at Somerset Park with a 3-0 victory over Forfar Athletic. First half goals from Moore and McDaid got Ayr up and running with Crawford killing the game late on in the second half.

The first chance of the game was to fall to the visitors on 16 mins. Scott broke with the ball and passed to Lister whose powerful drive was well tipped over by Hart who had to be on his toes. 2 mins later and it was the experienced defender Mensing who met a corner with a header however that was blocked inside the box by Ayr.

Ayr began to show more of the attacking prowess that had caused teams so many problems this season and carved open Forfar with their first real chance of the game on 22 mins. A long ball into the box met Moffat at the back post, he had his shot blocked by McCallum and the keeper was there again to deny Boyle the rebound to keep Ayr at bay.

Forfar were proving to be a threat at set pieces and Rose lost Travis at the back post from a corner however the defender could only direct his header well over the bar on 26 mins.

Ayr were then awarded a penalty on 32 mins after Geggan was fouled inside the box, Rose had powered a header into the net during this passage of play however the referee had already blew the whistle for the penalty to be taken. Moore stepped up and although his initial strike was well saved by McCallum the United striker was there to fire the rebound high into the net for 1-0.

Ayr had built a reputation of killing teams off in the first half and handed Forfar another blow as they doubled their lead only 4 mins later. Geggan collected the ball on the right and fired an accurate ball into the path of McDaid who blasted the ball beyond McCallum to give Ayr a quick fire double. 2-0 after 37 mins.

Forfar were desperate to find a route back into the game and created their first chance of the second half on 50 mins. A delivery into the box from Cox was met by ex-Ayr player Malone who’s low header was well saved down at the bottom right corner by Hart.

McGuffie almost increased Ayr’s advantage after neat play on the edge of the box with a driven shot that was tipped over the bar by McCallum on 58 mins.

3 mins later and Forfar almost landed themselves a vital goal when Lister met a ball at the front post however his flicked shot was met by Higgins on the line who kept his cool to clear the ball to safety.

Ayr killed the game off on 80 mins when Crawford got himself on the scoresheet – rounding off an impressive performance from the midfielder. A neat one two on the left with Forrest allowed the midfielder space to run into with the ball and drove forward into the box and poked the ball under McCallum for 3-0.

The final chance of the game fell to Crawford on 85 mins when Forrest collected the ball on the right and looped a ball to the back post for Crawford whose header from point blank range flashed just wide.

Ayr sit top of the league after two games and now travel to Ochilview to play East Stirlingshire in The Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening.

Ayr United
Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Docherty. Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, Forrest, Ferguson, Faulds, Murphy, Reid.

Forfar Athletic
McCallum, Bain, Quigley, Malone, Travis, Mensing, Cox, Millar, Lister, Easton, Scott. Substitutes King (GK), See, McBride, Munro, Aitken, Warwick, Kennedy.

Referee: David Lowe
Attendance: 1399
Match Report: AUmedia

Forfar match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Forfar

Ladbrokes League 1

Saturday 12th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United return to league duty and to Somerset Park with Forfar Athletic the visitors to Ayrshire. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to put defeat at Easter Road on Tuesday night behind them and build on the 5-1 win at Albion Rovers that puts them top of the early League 1 table.

Forfar opened up their league campaign with a 2-1 home win against Airdrieonians last weekend. Former Falkirk and Queen of the South midfielder Marc Miller netted the decisive goal midway through the second-half. The result was Gary Bollan sides’ first victory of the season after taking just one point from their Betfred Cup fixtures.  

Team News: Jamie Adams is out with the head knock he received last week, everyone else is available.

Ian says: “The first home league game of any season is always a good occasion and with the way we have started this season we are really looking forward to a Saturday home game. We are all hoping for a good home crowd that really gets behind the boys from the start. Tuesday night was a tough game however we have trained well since, training today was exceptional, and everyone is raring to go.”

 

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 34

Draws – 9

Forfar Athletic wins – 7

The Loons have just one win in their last seven trips to Somerset Park.

Last Meeting:

Forfar were the victors in the previous encounter betweeen the sides in March last year. Ryan Stevenson cancelled out Andy Ryan’s early strike at Station Park but Ryan and Steven Craig scored in the second-half to make it 3-1 in a match that saw Paddy Boyle and Ross McCrorie hospitalised after a nasty clash of heads in the first-half.

The Loon’s last trip to Somerset Park was in February 2016. Stevenson and Ryan were again on the scoresheet but it was Stevo’s double which gave the Honest Men all three points, the winner coming in the 75th minute, seven minutes after Ryan’s equalizer.

The earlier two fixtures between the sides during the 2015/16 season both ended in 2-2 draws.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Dougie Potter

Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Grainger

Admission:

Adults – £16

OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10

U16s – £5

 

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Hibernian match preview

Match Preview

Hibernian vs. Ayr United

Betfred Cup Second Round

Tuesday 8th August 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

 On Tuesday night, Ayr United travel to Edinburgh take on Championship title holders Hibernian in the second round of the Betfred Cup. A tough task awaits the Honest Men at Easter Road but Ian McCall’s men go into the game in red-hot form and the knowledge they made life difficult for the Hibees in Leith last season. The match pitches together the two of the top scorers in Scottish football; The Honest Men have found the net 20 times in five games already this season.

 Hibernian started off life back in the top tier of Scottish football with a 3-1 come-from-behind win at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday. Chris Erskine opened the scoring in the seventh minute at Easter Road but Thistle’s lead didn’t last long, Martin Boyle equalizing seven minutes later. The returning Steven Whittaker put Hibs ahead before half-time and former Dundee United striker Simon Murray netted from the penalty spot in the second-half, his eight goal of the season. 

 Neil Lennon’s side topped their group in the first round of the Betfred Cup with comprehensive home wins over Montrose (4-0) and Arbroath (6-1) and a 3-0 victory away to Alloa but drew 0-0 away to Ross County, losing the penalty shoot-out. In addition to Whittaker and Murray, Neil Lennon has signed midfielder Danny Swanson, Lithuanian internationals Vykintas Slivka and Deivydas Matulevicius and Scottish Cup hero Anthony Stokes.

 

Team News: Jamie Adams and Robbie Crawford miss out through injury. Everyone else is fit and available.

 Ian says: “Obviously we are delighted with the start we have made however we are taking it one game at a time. Every match so far this season has been a different challenge and of course tonight’s will be the most difficult yet. Hibs are on a high and have made some good signings over the summer to add to the quality they already had. We have some momentum though and we will go to Easter Road with no pressure on us and look to attack and enjoy the occasion. We did very well at Easter Road last season so we know how difficult it can be but also that we can get something.”

 

Head to head (League Cup):

Ayr United wins – 3

Draws – 1

Hibernian wins – 5

 

United’s three victories over Hibs in the League Cup came at home in August 1975 in a group stage game; a Quarter-Final second-leg match at Easter Road in October 1980; and at Hampden Park in the Semi-Final in February 2002.

 Hibs won the last League Cup meeting between the sides in September 2005. Derek Riordan netted twice in the first-half at Somerset Park before Gareth Wardlaw struck late on to make 2-1. 

 Last Meeting:

The sides met five times last season in league and cup. Neil Lennon’s side found things relatively straight-forward in Ayrshire, recording 3-0 and 4-0 victories at Somerset Park but needed three attempts to chalk up a win at Easter Road. The then holders ran out 3-1 winners in the Scottish Cup in March but not before United earned a shock league win in September with goals from Conrad Balatoni and Brian Gilmour and then held Hibernian to 1-1 draw in February.

 

On this day:

In 1998, Ayr progressed to the third of the League Cup with a 3-1 win away to St. Mirren. Andy Walker and Andy Lyons put the Honest Men ahead before half-time and Glynn Hurst extended United’s lead at Love Street on the hour mark. Tam Brown scored a late consolation for the home side.  

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Kevin Clancy

Assistant Referee 1 – Alasdair Ross

Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon Crawford

Fourth Official – Grant Irvine

 

Admission:

Adults – £15

Concessions – £10

 

Tickets will be on sale at Easter Road from the ticket pod at the away end (South Stand) which will open at 6.30pm.

Albion Rovers 1 Ayr Utd 5

ALBION ROVERS 1 v 5 AYR UNITED
Report by AUmedia

Backed by 465 Honest Men, Ayr picked up in the league where they left off in the Betfred Cup with an emphatic 5 -1 win over Albion Rovers. Craig Moore bagged a hattrick and with goals from Moffat and McDaid it proved to be yet another ruthless display from the Honest Men. Shields, however, bagged a late consolation for Rovers.

It was yet another early goal for Ayr, scoring after only 2 mins. Moffat received a long ball on the right and drove forward into the box before passing to McDaid. The winger then took a touch before firing low past Bowman and give Ayr a dream start.

Moore then saw a header at the back post go wide on 10 mins before Albion had their first chance of the game when Victoria beat Reid before seeing his shot blocked.

Ayr were then dealt a blow when Adams was forced off, suffering from a fractured cheekbone in four places, a broken nose and fractured eye socket when Rover centre half, Perry, came in late and headered the United man in the face. To add insult to injury, referee Graham Beaton, did not deem this challenge as dangerous and the Rovers’ man can think himself lucky not to have been issued with at least a yellow card.

On 21 mins Ayr fans were baying for blood after a horrendous tackle by Rover’s right back Reid on Robbie Crawford only merited a yellow card in the referees’ opinion. With Crawford wide on the left near the halfway line, Reid launched himself forward and over the ball, his leading leg straight and his studs making hard contact with the United midfielder’s lower shin.

Ayr’s next real chance of the game fell to Moffat on 27 mins when the striker was set through one-on-one with keeper Bowman who did well to get down and block the shot.

Moffat wouldn’t be denied for long and pencilled himself onto the scoresheet on 34 mins after neat link up play with Moore. Moore received the ball and flicked it beyond the defence and into the path of Moffat who side-stepped the defender and slotted into the bottom left hand corner to give Ayr breathing space at 0-2.

The Honest Men have shown no signs of mercy this season and this game was no different as they made it 0-3 after only 39 mins. Moffat pounced upon a mistake in the Rovers defence and latched onto a loose ball before rounding Bowman and cutting the ball across to Moore who had the simplest of tasks to tap in at the back post.

Albion were determined to make more of a game of it in the second half and had a chance to pull a goal back on 55 mins when Victoria managed to dribble his way inside the area but saw his shot blocked. Defender Reid for Albion then had a header at the back post on 67 mins that went well over the bar from a promising position.

Former Ayr skipper Scotty McLaughlin appeared to have won a penalty for the Coatbridge side as he forced his way into the penalty spot and looked to have been clipped but yet again the referee saw nothing.

Ayr continued to be an attacking threat and earned themselves a penalty on 70 mins when Moffat pounced upon a slack back pass before keeper Bowman was adjudged to have brought him down. Craig Moore stepped up and slammed the ball down the middle to increase Ayr’s lead in front of the healthy band of Ayr supporters.

On 74 mins, Albion substitute Shields had a glorious chance for a consolation counter when he broke away, out-paced Boyle and unleashed a drive which flashed across the face of goal.

United showed no signs of letting up and they bagged their fifth goal of the game with Moore earning his hat-trick on 79 mins. Substitute Forrest dribbled the ball down to the byline and cut it back to Moore who again slammed the ball into the middle of the net. It was another five-star performance for Ayr in front of goal.

The home side were eventually to get their consolation when Shields fired high into the net from inside the area as Ayr switched off momentarily in defence. With the final whistle blown, it finished Albion Rovers 1 v 5 Ayr United. Another five-star performance for Ayr in front of goal.
ALBION ROVERS – Bowman, Reid, McLaughlin, Marr, Perry, Holmes, Fisher, Davidson, Victoria, Higgins, Trouten. Substitutes Lightbody, Hopkins, Sheilds, Gallagher, McMillan, McManus, O’Kane.

AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Adams, Docherty, Reid. Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, Rose, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Murphy.
Referee: Graham Beaton
Attendance: 830 (465 Ayr fans)

Shop hours w/c 7th August

SHOP OPENING HOURS WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 7TH AUGUST

Tickets for the Betfred Cup 2nd round tie at Hibernian will be sold until 5pm today (Monday 7th) and after that point you can buy tickets at the ticket pod next to the away end at Easter Road on the day of the match from 6.30pm

MONDAY 7TH 1PM -5PM

TUESDAY 8TH – CLOSED

WEDNESDAY 9TH 1PM -5PM

THURSDAY 10TH 3PM – 8PM

FRIDAY 11TH 1PM – 5PM 

SATURDAY 12TH 10AM – KICKOFF

Albion match preview

Match Preview Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 5th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick-off their league campaign when they travel to Coatbridge to face Albion Rovers. Buoyed by a four wins out of four in the Betfred Cup, the Honest Men will be looking to take their scintillating cup form into League 1 – but will have memories of a false start two season’s ago at Cliftonhill which saw them defeated 3-0 by the Wee Rovers on the opening day.

Free-scoring United ended the group stages of the Betfred Cup as the country’s top goalscorers with 15 goals but in former Ayr midfielder Alan Trouten, Rovers have the competition’s joint top scorer. Trouten netted seven goals – including a hat-trick against Hamilton in a 4-4 draw a Cliftonhill a fortnight ago. Like the Honest Men, Albion were unbeaten in their four games but three draws with only one bonus point penalty shoot out success meant that their seven point haul wasn’t enough to progress to next week’s second round.

It was all change at Cliftonhill over the summer with manager Darren Young heading the list of departures along with Dunlop brothers Michael and Ross, keeper Ross Stewart and strikers Ross Stewart, who joined his namesake in moving to St. Mirren, and Ryan Wallace. New boss Brian Kerr has added two familiar names to Ayr supporters in Alan Trouten and Scott McLaughlin plus former Clyde striker Sean Higgins.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available

Ian says: “It’s going to be extremely tough, the previous four games mean nothing now going into this game and you never get an easy game there. What this start has given us is momentum and we want to keep that going, keep scoring goals. It is great to have a full squad available though it may have came just too early for a couple of them. Our support will be crucial this season, I reckon we will take big numbers tomorrow and hopefully they get right behind the boys.”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 49

Draws – 12

Albion Rovers wins – 31

 

Rovers have had the upper hand in league fixtures between the sides at Cliftonhill, winning 19 of the 40 fixtures in Coatbridge with just 5 draws.

 

Last Meeting:

Rovers defeated the Honest Men last time out with a second-half Mick Dunlop header at Somerset Park in April 2016. That result meant it was honours even over the four league matches between the sides in the 2015/16 season with a home and away win a piece. United won the last encounter at Cliftonhill 3-1 with goals courtesy of Jordan Preston (2) and Ryan Stevenson.

 

On this day:

United have a 100% record in matches played on 5th August with wins in 2000 at home to Ross County, away to Stranraer in 2002 and at Stirling Albion in 2006.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Graham Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

 

Admission:

Adults – £14

Concessions – £7

U12s – £2