Ayr Utd 2 Dundee Utd 0

Ayr United 2 v 0 Dundee United

by AUmedia

Saturday afternoons don’t get much better than this, bright sunshine, a vociferous United support, and a comprehensive 2 nil victory maintaining Ayr’s position at the top of the Championship league table as the teams go into the international break.

Dundee United haven’t had their troubles to seek recently, their 5 – 1 home defeat to Ross County last weekend signalling the end of Csaba Laszlo’s term as manager with coach Laurie Ellis taking the reins as interim manager. There had been much ‘informed’ speculation that the change in manager would see a ‘bounce’ put back into the step of the Dundee United team and its performances, this just did not happen. The Tayside United looked a shadow of what would normally be expected of them, while table-toppers Ayr impressed in all areas, with the stats showing a dominating 57% possession.

Prior to kick-off both sides and officials lined up in front of the stand, raising red cards to show their support for the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign Fortnight of Action 2018. All teams in Scotland and others in over 40 European countries will also be taking part in similar events, condemning all forms of racism and stating that any racist behaviour will not be tolerated within their clubs.

The match got underway with both teams showing their intent to attack, and as early as 2 mins Ayr carved out their first chance. Murdoch found Forrest at the halfway line who then made his way into the Dundee United half, slipping the ball to Shankland in the penalty area. The striker then tried to play the ball to Geggan, but his pass was short giving the Tayside men the chance to scramble clear.

Ayr were truly on the front foot putting relentless pressure on the Tangerines’ rear-guard in the opening 10 mins, with Shankland being foiled twice, first by keeper Siegrist, and secondly by a last-second slide and block as Ayr turned up the heat.

It took Dundee United 11 mins to create their first chance. Bouhenna lifted the ball to the edge of the box, and Safranko flicked on to McMullan who found King to his left. King made his way into the box and onto his left foot and letting fly with a shot that Doohan did well to block at his right-hand post.

If Dundee United fans were hoping this would signal that their team were getting to grips with the game they were to be disappointed as Ayr continued to dominate and on 21 mins were to get the goal that their play deserved.

Doohan kept the ball deep into the Dundee United half and, under pressure from Shankland, Frans failed to clear with his header, and Murdoch played the ball forward to Moffat who immediately flicked it into the path of Shankland who had spun away from Frans and into the penalty area.  As Siegrist advanced Shankland composed himself and coolly slotted the ball home with his left foot. 1 – 0 Ayr.

Ayr fought like terriers all over the park, giving the Tayside men very little time on the ball, Geggan, Murdoch, and Kerr in midfield working tirelessly, while Smith and Harvey rampaged up and down the wings providing tempting crosses and steely defensive work when necessary.

On 29 mins, looking suspiciously offside, Moffat sprinted clear on the right and onto a ball over the top from Smith and made his way into the penalty area. Bouhenna and Watson rushed back into their penalty area to block Moffat’s direct path the goal, but the striker attempted a left-footed short which, unfortunately for him, lifted and flew over the bar.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, came 2 mins of incident where Dundee United went close to finding the equalizer.  After a short period of header tennis at the halfway line, an attempted clearance by Adams smacked off fellow defender Smith and into the path of Safranko who threaded the ball forward to McMullan. With Adams caught out of position on the right, Harvie moved across to cover and slid in on McMullan to block his progress. Harvie appeared to catch the ball with his arms and referee Greg Aitken signalled for a free kick and booked the Ayr man for his efforts.

In an attempted diversion, Booth ran over the ball before Fyvie’s powerfully hit free kick smashed off the wall and out to Bouhenna, who played the ball wide hoping to find a Dundee body. With no man in tangerine in sight, Liam Smith comfortably trotted after the ball, but he hadn’t reckoned on Paul McMullan who sprinted out to the wing, dispossessed the Ayr man and made his way back toward goal. McMullan then slid the ball into the 6-yard box and Matthew Smith flicked towards goal only for Doohan to pull off a superb reaction save to his right. Quality goalkeeping from the keeper and Ayr maintained their lead.

For the rest of the half, Ayr seemed comfortably within themselves as they controlled the game but couldn’t find the final touch to extend their lead and put space between the two United’s. For the Taysiders, half-time, when it came, was a chance for a breather and rethink as to how to add some energy to the performance. Something must have clicked as they returned to the pitch with added vigour and a greater attacking intent.

The opening 20 minutes of the half were played at a ferocious pace, with both teams wearing their attacking hats, and spectators treated to an exciting end-to-end spectacle. It was during this period that the quality and ability of players such as Ayr’s Kerr and Shankland came to the forefront. Not for them the hash and dash of testosterone filled intent, but a controlled, purpose-filled direction and understanding of the situation. Shankland’s strength, hold up play, eye-for-goal, and awareness of the needs of others around him was matched by Kerr who skilfully made his own time for thoughtful creativity while directing play from midfield.

United went close on a number of occasions, a Forrest shot going narrowly wide, a cute one-two at the edge of the box with Moffat allowed Shankland to dribble past three defenders only to be denied by Siegrist’s dive at his feet,  and some controlled build-up play leading to Moffat dribbling into the box only to be denied his shot from 10 yards by the hopeful outstretched leg of Bouhenna.

When Declan McDaid was introduced for the hard-working Alan Forrest on 64 mins he soon found himself in the middle of the action.   Within minutes of entering the field of play he could, and probably should, have put Ayr two up thanks to an horrendous pass back from Tangerines’ captain Frazer Fyvie which put him clear through on keeper Siegrist and just 8 yards out. Instead of taking a shot the selfless winger attempted a cut back to Shankland who was free in the centre of the box, but the ball was easily intercepted by Watson.

On 71 mins, McDaid found himself with another chance. Moffat charged across the halfway line found Shankland at the edge of the penalty area where the striker skilfully slid the ball between defenders and into the path of McDaid. The winger’s quick footwork bamboozled

Watson who fell to the ground, opening up a view of the goals for McDaid, whose powerful quick-fire shot curled past Siegrist and slammed off the underside of the bar before Booth hacked clear.

With 73 mins on the clock, McDaid finally got his goal. A long freekick forward from Jamie Adams resulted in Ayr swarming around the Dundee United box, Geggan, Shankland, Smith, and Murdoch all exchanging passes as they probed for a route to goal. As the ball came in from the right Bouhenna seemed odds-on to clear but instead nonchalantly prodded a foot towards the ball allowing the vigilant Murdoch to nip in and steal the ball then clip a reverse chip-pass across the face of goal to McDaid whose first-time volley smashed into the back of the net.

Ayr were two goals up, and although Dundee United tried to intensify their attacking options by bringing on Nikki Clark and Samuel Stanton to join earlier substitute Yannick Loemba, the home side never looked like losing their two-goal advantage.

With the full-time whistle sounding, and 3 points in hand, Ayr entered the international break with their lead at the top of the Championship table maintained.

In two weeks’ time, Ayr make their way north for an exciting top of the table clash with Ross County at Dingwall.

Ayr United

Doohan, Smith, Bell, Adams, Harvie, Geggan, Kerr, Murdoch, Forrest, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Crawford, Ferguson, Docherty

Dundee United

Siegrist, Booth, Frans, McMullan, Fyvie, King, Safranko, Smith, Bouhenna, Rabitsch, Watson Substitutes: Matej Rakovan (GK), Clark, Stanton, Robson, Wardrop, Loemba

Referee: Greg Aitken

Attendance: 2621

Show Racism the Red Card

Ayr United are proudly supporting Show Racism the Red Cards Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years, the, SPFL and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland 15 years ago.

In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 5th– 19thOctober, shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.

All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend – Friday 5th,Saturday 6thand Sunday 7thOctober. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.

We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

Ross Docherty, Club Fortnight of Action Ambassador, said :”Ayr United have worked with Show Racism the Red Card for many years and everyone at the club is fully behind it. There is no place for racism anywhere in sport or society and we will take part in any of the initiatives being run. We are delighted to take part in the Club Fortnight of Action.”

The Ayr United Football Club condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated within the club.

Show Racism the Red Card are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.

Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.

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Dundee United match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 6th October 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Championship leaders Ayr United take on Dundee United at Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s side come into the game on the back of three consecutive league wins and showed no ill-effect after exiting the quarter-finals of the League Cup at Ibrox, with four second-half goals in a stunning 5-1 win away to Greenock Morton last weekend.

 

Opponents: While Ayr United were running up a superb victory at Cappielow, Dundee United were on the reverse of the same 5-1 scoreline at home to Ross County. Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko’s 17th minute strike cancelled out Billy Mckay’s opener for the Staggies but that was as good as it got from the Terrors as Mckay went go on to complete a hat-trick in County’s comfortable victory. Matters were compounded when Stewart Murdoch’s second-half substitute appearance was brought to an end after just three minutes as he was shown a straight red card by referee John Beaton for an apparent stamp.

 

The result signalled the end of Csaba László’s tenure as manager at Tannadice. The Hungarian took over from Ray McKinnon in September 2017 and led the team to a third place finish in the Championship last season, however, their promotion hopes were ended by Livingston in the play-offs at the semi-final stage. The former Hearts manager leaves the Tangerines in fifth place in the table, five points behind the Honest Men, with three wins, two draws and two defeats from seven, both defeats coming at Tannadice.

 

Laurie Ellis will take the team at Somerset Park, the former Raith Rovers defender having acted as assistant to both László and his predecessor Ray McKinnon. Ellis’ previous stint as caretaker saw them record wins at Dumbarton and home to eventual Champions St. Mirren and he will be looking to continue that run – and close the gap at the top of the table.

Team News: Michael Rose and Chris Higgins miss out through injury.

Ian says: “These are the kind of games that you want to get promoted for. Dundee United are a huge club and will bring a good support. We have won our last 3 league games and in this league those kind of runs of form will be completely invaluable. We have momentum and we want to keep that going and again we know we are going to have to be at our best.”

Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 28

 

Dundee Hibernian, who become Dundee United in 1923, gained entry to the Scottish Second Division in 1910 following the amalgamation of Ayr FC and Parkhouse to create Ayr United.  The first league meeting between the two new sides was at Somerset Park in November 1910 when the crimson and gold hooped shirts of the home side beat the visitors, in green shirts and white shorts, 3-0.


Last Meeting:
There were four league encounters between the sides during season 2016/17, with a 0-0 draw at Somerset Park in April 2017 the most recent of those matches. Dundee United’s earlier visit to Ayrshire that season saw them return to Tayside with a narrow 1-0 victory, Tope Obadeyi scoring an early breakaway goal.

Match Officials:
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – David Doig
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Grainger

Admission:

Adults – £17
Concessions (OAPs, 18-21 year olds & students) – £11
Under 18s – £6

Morton 1 Ayr Utd 5

Morton 1 v 5 Ayr United

by AUmedia

On Saturday at Cappielow, Ayr United demolished Morton and retained top spot in the Championship 2 points ahead of Ross County. Goals from Lawrence Shankland (2), Craig Moore (2) and Declan McDaid saw off the Ton whose single counter came from in the first half from Charlie Telfer.

 

United started off in the front foot with efforts from McDaid and Crawford going close in the opening 2 mins.  And that was the pattern for the opening phase of the game, with United in control and putting pressure on the Morton rear-guard, a Geggan header saved, a Shankland drive blocked, Crawford driving inches wide, and racking up numerous corners to boot.

 

It came as no surprise when United took the lead on 19 mins. Ayr gained a corner on the left and McDaid’s looping ball in reached Rose at the back who nodded down to Shankland just 6-yards out. The striker didn’t have to be asked twice and smashed the ball home.

 

United were one up and looked comfortable and relatively unthreatened but then came an uncharacteristic mistake by Robbie Crawford which allowed Morton to get back into the game. With 35 mins on the clock, a long hopeful cross-field pass from McAlister was picked up by Crawford near the edge of the United’s penalty area. Facing his own goals, Crawford was pressurised by Millar into the box and, as he tried to turn, Telfer nipped in, stole the ball and struck home an angled shot from 12 yards. Morton had struck back much against the run of play to make it 1 – 1.

 

Buoyed by their success, Morton rallied and forced themselves into the match, but still found it hard to create chances against Ayr’s well-organised defence, with the back 4 solid and hardworking, and regularly turning defence into attack.

 

Ayr started out the second half with the same intent that they had shown early in the first. 2 mins in and Shankland tried an effort from just outside the box but his shot bent high and wide.

 

It was, however, Morton who could, and probably should, have taken the lead from the penalty spot on 49 mins.  Gary Oliver darted into the box to get onto the end of a curving ball forward from Millar, reaching the ball and tapping it away, just before the advancing Doohan who took the forward down. Penalty, of the stonewall variety, and referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot without hesitation.

 

Tidser stepped up to hit the ball to the keeper’s left but Doohan was quick to respond, getting down quickly to save and as if a switch had been flicked, Morton switched off and United smelled blood.

United now saw their dominance prepare to bear fruit. On 63 mins McCall stayed true to his attacking philosophy, by refreshing his forward line, Craig Moore on for Michael Moffat and Craig McGuffie replacing Robbie Crawford.  These changes were soon to pay dividends.

 

On 67 mins a Michael Rose long ball to the edge of the box which Moore nodded back to Shankland, but the striker’s first-time volley pulled wide of the post.

Ayr were dominant, relentlessly pushing forward, and with 73 mins gone the touch paper was lit, and the game exploded goals.  United worked the ball from left to right, Smith then tapping the ball to McGuffie near the edge of the box. The substitute hit the ball goalward, a wicked deflection looping the ball to the back post where the unmarked Moore turned the ball home. United were in the lead again, and there was no coming back for Morton this time.

 

Within 2 mins, United had their third. From his own half, Andy Murdoch picked out Shankland wide on the right some 30 yards out from goal. The striker immediately flicked the ball on to Moore who collected and came into the box from the right with Shankland continuing his run onto the penalty spot. Moore selflessly turned the ball back to Shankland who blasted the ball into the net, and United were sailing into the distance and clear water.

 

Ayr were hungry and when Shankland raced clear from the halfway line 2 mins later he was only stopped by a quick reaction save from keeper Scully.

 

With 9 mins remaining, United scored again.  With Morton players being harried continuously by United they appeared nervous and vulnerable on the ball, and such was the case when Shankland dispossessed Reece Lyon, fed the ball to Murdoch who then found Moore at the edge of the box. Moore composed himself and smashed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. Impressive stuff from United, but they weren’t finished yet.

 

With the icing on the cake, and a cherry already on top, United applied a dollop of ice-cream with a counter from wingman McDaid on 89 mins.  Doohan threw the ball out to Harvie who clipped the ball to Shankland whose perfectly timed run had taken him behind Morton’s last line of defence. He made his way into the left-hand side of the box and towards the line, but his shot was blocked by Scully before landing at McDaid’s feet. With two men in front of him, the winger played the ball between Buchanan’s legs, past the despairing McKeown on the line, and into the net.

 

A quite magnificent performance from the Honest Men, and an astonishing final 30 mins.

 

Next up, Dundee United at Somerset Park this Saturday.

 

Morton

Scully, Tumilty, Kilday, Buchanan, McKeown, Millar, McAlister, Tidser, Telfer, Oliver, Tiffoney Substitutes: Gaston (GK), Iredale, Waddell, McHugh, MacLean, Armour, Lyon

Ayr United

Doohan, Smith, Bell, Rose, Harvie, Geggan, Murdoch, Crawford, McDaid, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Kerr, Moore, Forrest, McGuffie, Adams, Docherty

 

Referee: Steven McLean

Attendance: 2,273

Morton match preview

Match Preview
Morton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 29th September 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, United get back to league business with a trip to Cappielow Park to face Greenock Morton. After a tough shift at Ibrox on Wednesday night, focus returns to the Championship where Ian McCall’s men will be looking retain top spot in the table.

 

Opponents: Former Finnish international Jonatan Johansson took over the reigns at Cappielow at the start of the month following Ray McKinnon’s shock departure to Falkirk. Johansson has brought in the experienced Peter Houston as his assistant and the new management duo oversaw their side’s 1-1 draw at home to Dunfermline Athletic last weekend; Scott Tiffoney scoring an equaliser in the 81st minute with the assistance of an error from Pars keeper Lee Robinson.

 

The draw, which followed on from a point at Tannadice the previous week, sees Morton occupy fifth place in the league table with nine points from their six games. They remain unbeaten at home having also drawn with Queen of the South and defeated Ross County at Cappielow.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available for selection.

Ian says: “We had a very tough game in midweek however everyone has came through it ok, we may look to freshen up the team for tomorrow and utilise the squad. It is a big game for us as we are at the top of the league and that gives that extra incentive to stay there. Morton will be a completely different side to the one we faced first game of the season and they have been in good form so we will need to be at our best to get anything.”

Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 32
Greenock Morton wins – 49

 

Both teams have scored in the last seven meetings between the sides.

 

United have won just one of the last ten match-ups at Cappielow.


Last Meeting:
Ayr and Morton met on the opening day of this season in the Betfred Cup. Despite Michael Tidser’s clever free-kick giving the visitors the lead at half-time, United ran out comfortable winners thanks to a second-half Lawrence Shankland hat-trick.

 

Shankland was also on the scoresheet in the last league meeting between the sides, while on loan to Morton from Aberdeen. His 38th minute strike at Cappielow was cancelled out by Craig Moore on the stroke of half-time as the teams played out a draw in April last year.

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2 – Willie Ferguson

Admission:

Adult – £20
Concession (Over-65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15
Child (12 – 17) – £5
Child (Under-12) – £1

 Ayr supporters will be accommodated in the covered terracing area of the cowshed, with limited seating available in the west stand section G.

Entry is via turnstiles at west side of the stadium at wee Dublin end.

Buses can drop off on east Hamilton street, facing west just past the Arnold Clark garage.

Thereafter they can park for free in the main carpark, accessed from the junction of Sinclair Street and the A8.

Bus drivers must ensure they leave the carpark at least 15 mins prior to the end of the game to pick up in east Hamilton street.

Searching will take place at turnstiles.

Rangers match preview

Match Preview
Rangers vs. Ayr United
Betfred Cup Quarter-Final
Wednesday 26th September 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Wednesday), sees Ayr United travel to Glasgow to take on Rangers in the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup. The high flying Honest Men returned to the top of the Championship on Saturday with a 2-0 at Alloa and are the division’s last remaining representatives in the competition.

 

The clean-sheet at the Indodrill Stadium was our eighth of the season and sixth away from home in just seven games while at the opposite end of the park, Lawrence Shankland took his tally to 15 goals in 12 games, nine of them coming in the league cup.

 

Opponents:
Rangers resurrection under Steven Gerrard has seen them qualify for the group stages of the Europa League, having overcoming clubs from Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and Russia in qualifying. Last Thursday, they held Villarreal to a credible draw in Spain, before brushing aside St. Johnstone 5-1 at Ibrox on Sunday to climb to second place in the Premiership table.

 

They have lost just once in all competitions this season, at Celtic Park at the start of the month, and only Croatians Osijek have avoided defeat in Govan.

 

The Light Blues reached this stage of the Betfred Cup with a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos scored a hat-trick against Steve Clarke’s side last month and Rangers will see the competition – which they have won more than any other side – as a great opportunity to lift their first national cup competition since 2011.

 

Morelos – who earned his first cap for the Colombian national team in an international against Venezuela last month – leads the way as Rangers top goalscorer this season with seven goals, and captain James Tavernier has weighed in with five from right-back.

Team News: Daniel Harvie comes back into the squad after suspension.

Ian says: “We are well aware of the size of tonight’s task however we have good players and we have been encouraging them to go out and show how good they are. It will be a great occasion, one for everyone to enjoy and although we know how hard it will be we are going there to try and cause them problems and win the game. We know we have goals in this team and right now they are all enjoying their football. The playing surface will be superb and our fans will make plenty of noise.”

Head to head (at Ibrox):
Ayr United wins – 2
Draws – 6
Rangers wins – 38

 

The Honest Men’s only wins at Ibrox came in 1915 and 1959.

Ayr and Rangers have met 11 times in the League Cup, most recently in the final of the competition in 2002, a match Rangers won 4-0 at Hampden Park. United’s only win came in a quarter-final second-leg tie at Somerset Park in 1953, a 3-2 win not enough to overcome the first leg deficit.

Last Meeting:
The sides last met seven months ago in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup at a snowy Somerset Park. Alan Forrest put United ahead in the 11th minute after ‘keeper Wes Foderingham’s error. Alfredo Morelos equalised 20 minutes later and it was level at half-time but Graeme Murty’s side ran away with it after the hour mark, scoring five goals without reply.

 

Forrest was also on the scoresheet when the Honest Men last met at Ibrox, in April 2014. Bilel Mohsni opened the scoring in the 54th minutes before Forrest scored an equaliser in the League 1 encounter only for the Tunisian defender Mohsni to grab the winner with 8 minutes to go in the game.

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel McFarlane
Fourth Official – Nick Walsh

We thank you for travelling to support the team.  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 either Club or individuals facing charges.

All Scottish grounds 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 football stadiums.

 Copies of Ayr United’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found on our website.  http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Thank you and enjoy the game.

Ibrox parking information

Buses and cars from Ayr United can park in the Broomloan Road car park which is straight through the roundabout with Ibrox on your right, and the carpark is on the left. Entry is free and both supporter buses and cars should all utilise it. There will be a sizeable Police and steward presence.

Leave the carpark, cross the road and as you walk up the hill the Govan west stand is facing you, entry via turnstiles 76 and 77.

Searching will take place at turnstiles.

Alloa match preview

Match Preview
Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 22nd September 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Clackmannanshire for the first of three away games in the space of eight days. Ian McCall’s side take on Alloa Athletic on the back of a moral boosting come-from-behind win against Falkirk last weekend. With three wins from three at home, we’ll be looking to pick up our first away win in the league after a hard fought point in Inverness but a disappointing outing at Dumfries a fortnight ago.

 

Opponents:
Alloa gained promotion to the Championship via play-offs after a strong finish to last season, edging out Dumbarton in the final despite losing the first leg at home. Jim Goodwin’s men are yet to record their first league win of the season but have picked up draws in the last three games, including at Inverness despite being reduced to 10 men shortly after half-time and at Dunfermline on Saturday.

 

Alan Trouten – who scored 28 goals for Albion Rovers last season – is perhaps the most well known of the arrivals at the Indodrill Stadium over the summer and he will look to link-up again with Connor Shields, who has returned to Scotland on loan from Sunderland after an impressive spell for Rovers at the start of last season saw him join the Black Cats in January.

 

Alloa’s attacking options are further enhanced by Greig Spence who has made the switch from Raith Rovers for his fourth spell with the Wasps, Dario Zanatta, on loan from Hearts and Kevin Cawley.

Team News: Daniel Harvie is suspended and Chris Higgins has had a minor setback and will miss training for a week or so.

Ian says: “We saw last season that Alloa are a very good side with a good manager. It will be a very tough place to go all season and we will need to be at our absolute best to get anything from the game. We travel with confidence after a great performance in the second half last week but there was plenty to work on after that game so we have had another tough weeks training.”

Head to head (league matches at Recreation Park):
Ayr United wins – 24
Draws – 14
Alloa Athletic wins – 15

Saturday will be the first match between Ayr and Alloa at this level since the penultimate game of season 2000/01. Pat McGinlay (2), Lee Sharp and Eddie Annand scored in a 4-1 win at Somerset, with Willie Irvine netting for the Wasps.

The Wasps had the better of the four encounters between the sides in League 1 last season, recording two wins to United’s one. United’s only victory in the series came at the Indodrill Stadium last November courtesy of a last minute Craig Moore goal.

Last Meeting: United fans will need little reminding of the last meeting between the sides, just over four months ago. Over 1,000 travelled to Clackmannanshire for a Sunday fixture in which a win would have seen the Honest Men with one hand on the league trophy. Instead, goals from Iain Flannigan and Calum Crane in a calamitous first-half ultimately take all three points – and hand the advantage to Raith Rovers – despite a much improved second-half performance which saw Craig Moore score but miss a last gasp penalty.

 

On this Day: United’s most recent fixture on this date was against East Fife in 2012. The Fifers went ahead in just the 5th minute at New Bayview but a David Sinclair double put the Honest Men ahead at the break. Bobby Barr equalised with just seven minutes of the game remaining only for Kyle McAusland to net a late winner.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Ross Haswell
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Hardie

Admission:
Adults – £17
Senior Citizens – £9
Juvenile (under 16) – £4

Bus and car parking at Morrisons which is first on the left coming off the roundabout.

Our support will enter the ground via Hilton Road turnstiles. Beside KFC there are 2 adult turnstiles and behind KFC there are 1 adult, 1 concession and 1 under 16 turnstiles.

We thank you for travelling to support the team.  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 either Club or individuals facing charges.

All Scottish grounds 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 football stadiums.

Copies of Ayr United’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found on our website.  http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Thank you and enjoy the game.

 

Ayr United 3 Falkirk 2

Ayr United 3 v 2 Falkirk

by AUmedia

 

Sometimes the old saying ‘it’s a game of two halves’ describes a football match perfectly, and on Saturday it did. United were two goals down against a Falkirk team who seemed comfortable as they fought for a win to mark manager Ray McKinnon’s first league match in charge, but nothing should be taken for granted against this determined Ayr United team.

 

A dominant and thrilling second-half performance by the Honest Men turned the game around and blew away any Falkirk hopes that they could take something from the match. Goals from Shankland, Geggan, and an OG from keeper Fasan, wiped out first half counters from Rudden and Petravičius to seal a 3 – 2 victory for Ayr.

 

The first half was marked by some sloppy passing from United who showed an uncustomary nervousness at times against a Falkirk side that has been underperforming but looked to be well organised and displayed a gritty resolve to improve.

 

The early stages were ragged, to say the least with both teams hustling and bustling but neither managing to gain control, have sustained periods on the ball, or create any decent chances. A 15th min miss-hit drive which went wide from the edge of the box, by Falkirk’s Aaron Muirhead, was the only serious effort by either team.

 

Suddenly, Falkirk were in the lead, a goal which United brought upon themselves. Ross Doohan’s clearance from a Jamie Adams’ pass back didn’t rise off the ground and was intercepted by Rudden. Ayr rushed to get back and defend, but couldn’t clear, allowing Falkirk control of the ball just outside the penalty area. Finding space, Irving pushed forward towards the box before finding Petravičius on his right and the Lithuanian crossed hard and low towards the front post where Rudden nipped in to turn the ball home.

 

18 mins on the clock and it was Ayr United 0 v 1 Falkirk and it was to get worse.

 

On 25 mins, with Ayr pushing forward, Any Murdoch’s chipped pass went straight to Rudden at the halfway line. Ayr, again, had to race back from attacking positions while Falkirk worked the ball forward and to the left, Rudden to Irving and then to Petravičius at the edge of the penalty area. Petravičius entered the area turned inside Adams before blasting home from 12 yards. 0 – 2 Falkirk and Ayr had a mountain to climb.

 

Ayr tried to step up the pace while the Falkirk defence seemed to grow in confidence, stature, and determination, buoyed by their 2-goal lead. United had the vast majority of possession but struggled to break down a resolute Falkirk who limited Ayr to only one clear-cut change before the break.

 

On 39 mins, a long hanging cross from the left found Smith who passed to Crawford. Crawford slipped the ball back to Shankland at the edge of the box, but his first-time drive was palmed away by Fasan.

 

Asked, after the game, what he had said to the team at halftime, manager Ian McCall replied, ‘That’s a trade secret’, but whatever it was could make a fortune if bottled and sold, as United came out like a team possessed.

 

It took Ayr only 3 mins to grab one back. Pressurising Irving and Paton as they tried to work the ball out of defence, Shankland stepped in to steal the ball before darting to the edge of the box then powering a low drive under the outstretched hands of keeper Fasal and into the net. 1 – 2 and the volume of the Somerset Road end was turned up to 11.

 

It was all Ayr now, with attack after attack. Smith and Crawford on the left were torturing the Falkirk back line, Kerr and Murdoch pulling the strings in the middle, with both Geggan and Forrest providing ammunition for those in the middle.

 

A 5 mins later and Shankland went close again, meeting a cross in the centre of the box but his header ended wide to the right. Then on 57 mins, Ayr were within inches of drawing level. Ayr were encamped around the Falkirk penalty area, pushing and probing, moving from right to left and back again, as the besieged Bairns blocked and parried. Geggan lifted and curled a ball into the 6-yard box and as Crawford tried to turn and fire home Dallison slid in at the last moment to send the ball out for a corner.

 

There was now an air of expectation around the ground and on 66 mins it was all square at 2 – 2.  A long throw into the box by Smith bounced and popped around before Moffat rose and headed to Geggan who rocketed the ball into the top of the next from 8-yards out. Cue mayhem behind the goals and rightful celebrations from Andy Geggan.

 

At 45 mins few fans would have predicted a draw never mind a win, but a win it was to be, with a third goal arriving 2 mins later.

 

Ayr gained a freekick near the corner on the left and Alan Forrest played the ball towards the front post. Somehow the ball managed to sneak through a ruck of player and toward the back post. Shankland got a foot in as Kidd challenged, the ball was directed back across towards the front post, smacked off the face of Hasan who was on his hands and knees, and into the net. 3 – 2 Ayr.

 

United wanted more and continued to push forward. On 72 mins Moffat was crudely bundled to the deck by Petravičius at the edge of the box and Shankland’s rasping drive went narrowly wide.

 

Falkirk, to their credit, tried hard to get back on level terms with a more direct approach, but United were strong at the back when needed and continued to create chances up to the final whistle, Liam Smith’s solo run and shot bringing out a good save from Fasan, being worthy of note.

 

A fine comeback and win from United who travel to Alloa next Saturday.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Geggan, Adams, Rose, Smith, Forrest, Murdoch, Kerr, Crawford, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Bell, Docherty

 

Falkirk

Fasan, Kidd, Muirhead, Dallison, Paton, Petravičius, Harrison, Brough, Rudden, McKee, Irving Substitutes: Mutch (GK), Sammut, Lewis, Froxylias, Robson, Mackin, Haber

 

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance: 2,250

Falkirk match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Falkirk
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 15th September 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United return to action when Falkirk are the visitors to Somerset Park. United were left smarting after a heavy defeat away to Queen of the South prior to the international break knocked them off top spot in the league table and will be looking to bounce back against a Falkirk side who prop up the early standings.

The Bairns have started their Championship campaign with four straight defeats – scoring just one goal. Paul Hartley departed the Falkirk Stadium after a Stephen Dobbie hat-trick gave Queen of the South a 3-0 away win and they followed this was a 2-0 loss at Ross County a fortnight ago. New manager Ray McKinnon was in dugout for their Irn-Bru Cup tie against Connah’s Quay Nomads but was unable to guide his new side to a victory, the Welsh side earning a place in the next round.

Team News: Daniel Harvie begins a two match ban. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “We have used the international break very well. The boys have worked extremely hard and cant wait to get out there tomorrow. Of course our last result was a bad one but when you go back and analyse the game then a couple of hugely important decisions went against us that had a big impact. It is good our next match is at Somerset and of course we want to get back to winning ways. I watched Falkirk last week and we will need to be at our best to get anything tomorrow. Momentum will be huge in this league and we want to get it back as quickly as possible”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins – 25

The Honest Men’s last league win over the Bairns came in March 2012; Andy Geggan scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win at Somerset Park.

Last Meeting:
Falkirk were 4-1 winners in the last time the sides met, at Somerset Park in March 2017. Nathan Austin scored in the 8th and 63rd minute to put the visitors ahead. An immediate response from Gary Harkins gave United hope but Falkirk killed off any chance of a point with two goals in stoppage time from Craig Sibbald and Fraser Aird.

 

On this Day: In 1976, Ayr defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in the Quarter-FInal, first leg of the Anglo-Scottish Cup.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

Admission:
Adults – £17
£11.00 – Concessions (OAP, 18-21 year olds & students)
£6.00 – Under 18

GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS

 

 

  • Away fans

o   West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10

o   Railway End (Terracing) – Turnstiles 2-6

o   Parent and child can go through turnstile 5 together.

  • Home fans

o   Season tickets are valid through ANY turnstile.

o   Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile.  In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate.  They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.

o   Turnstiles 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand.  Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.

o   For Somerset Road Terracing enter through turnstiles 17-21

o   For North Terrace enter through turnstiles 25 and 26

 

All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.

 

 

Notice from Police Scotland:

Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable.  One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches.  These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated.  Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby.  Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches –  and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction.