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Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship

Friday 7th December 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm

 

Tonight/Tomorrow night (Friday), top of the table Ayr United welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the BT Sport cameras to Somerset Park as we look to build on last Friday’s stunning 5-0 win over Dundee United.

Lawrence Shankland’s four goal haul at Tannadice – taking his tally to 26 in 23 games this season – headed up a superb team performance which saw United keep a 15th clean sheet of the season and extend our unbeaten run to seven matches.

Again, only a win will guarantee Ian McCall’s men hold on to top spot in the Championship this weekend, with Ross County – two points behind the Honest Men – at home to Queen of the South on Saturday.

The Opposition: Inverness bounced back from their first league defeat since March with a convincing 6-1 win over Edinburgh City on Tuesday night in a Scottish Cup third round replay. Jordan White helped himself to a hat-trick against the League 2 leaders, after Blair Henderson cancelled out Tom Walsh’s opener. Walsh with a second goal and Aaron Cogan Doran completed a comfortable night for the Caley Jags.

 

Falkirk lifted themselves off the foot of the table last weekend with a dramatic last minute winner at the Caledonian Stadium, a victory that ended Inverness’s long unbeaten run.  Tom Walsh struck in the 6th minute for the home side only for a Zak Rudden double to give the Bairns the lead at half-time. George Oakley equalised on the hour mark but Scott Harrison scored in the 90th minute give Falkirk all three points.

 

Inverness have been the Championship’s draw specialists this season, with no fewer than 10 of their 15 games this season finishing all square. Amongst all those draws, John Robertson’s men have just two league wins since the start of September, both coming against bottoms side Partick Thistle. Caley lie in fourth position in the league table, just a point ahead of fifth place Queen of the South.

 

Form Guide (League):

Ayr United – WWDDW

Inverness – DDWDL

 

Team News:  Alan Forrest, Mark Kerr and Jamie Adams are unavailable through injury.

 

Ian says: “Last week was fantastic but that is over now and we have had a greats week training in preparation for tomorrow night. Every game feels like a big game just now and of course every game is tough so we need to keep picking up points. Our record at Somerset is good this season and teams are starting to play differently against us so we need to be prepared for that and it is really important that our fans stay patient. Our fans can go behind both ends tomorrow so hopefully that means a big atmosphere all game!

 

Head to Head:

Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 11

Inverness wins – 12

 

United are without a win in the last 9 league meetings between the sides, stretching back to April 2013.

 

Last Match: Ayr United left the Highland capital in August frustrated not to take all three points despite having full back Daniel Harvie sent-off for two bookable offences and playing for over an hour with 10 men. The game ended goalless.

 

On this date: in 2002, Ayr and Inverness were involved in a six-goal thriller at Somerset Park. The Honest Men were 3-0 up thanks to goals from Scott Chaplain, Eddie Annand and Paul Lovering but the visitors fought back with goals from Bobby Mann, Paul Ritchie and Dennis Wyness. James Grady and Russell Duncan were then sent-off as both sides played out the final 15 minutes with 10 men.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Thomson

Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill

Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

Fourth Official – David Dickenson

 

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concessions – £11 (65+, 18-21, Student)

Under 18s – £6

 

Due to the match being televised on Friday night, most of the car park’s capacity will be taken up with BT Sports production trucks.  This, therefore, will have an impact on how many spaces will be available.  Priority will be given to Blue Badge holders, Staff and Officials.  Unfortunately, on this occasion we will be unable to accommodate Car Park Passes.

 

Due to damage to the Somerset Road end turnstiles, home fans will enter through turnstiles 2, 3 and 5 at the Railway End.  From here you will be able to transfer from one end to the other for the match.  Entry to the North Terrace and Main Stand remain unchanged.  Please arrive in plenty of time as this area may become congested.

 

 

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. 

Dundee Utd 0 Ayr Utd 5

Dundee United 0 v 5 Ayr United

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Ayr could not have got off to a better start. With only 2 mins on the clock, Harvie played the ball into the box and Shankland sneaked between defenders to header home. 0 v 1 to the Honest Men but more was to come.

Surely Dundee United would attempt to force themselves back into the game, but they seemed well off the pace and it was Ayr who went close again just 2 mins later. Shankland was put through into the box and made his way towards goal but his clipped shot from a tight angle, although beating the keeper, could only roll across the 6-yard box with no takers to tap into the empty net.

Keeper Siegrist appeared to overstretch in his attempt to block Shankland and had to receive treatment on the park, an injury that would force his substitution just eight minutes later, making way for Rakovan.

It took Dundee United 15 mins to register a real attempt on Ross Doohan’s goal. A corner was floated into the box from the left and found Fraser Fyvie in space and with time, but the midfielder lacked composure and lashed out at the ball which rose well over the bar.

Ayr continued to dominate with a dazzling display of attacking football with McDaid a constant pain for the opposing backline. On 21 mins he surged forward down the left, his tricky footwork bamboozling right back Watson and allowing the winger to get to the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar.

2 mins later McDaid again tortured Watson and he drove into the box creating space for himself but replacement keeper Rakovan did well to block his shot. The ball landed at the feet of Michael Moffat in the 6-yard box but, on the stretch, he lifted his shot over the bar when it looked a certain second goal.

Ayr were flying forward with attack after attack and the Dundee United defence looked shell-shocked scrambling to try and prevent the Honest Men from grabbing another.

On 25 mins it was Shankland’s turn, dashing into the box, Rakovan coming to his team’s rescue with a block, but Shankland didn’t want to give up. As the ball bobbled into the air from an attempted clearance, he tried to head home but Rakovan was there to deny the striker once more.

Minutes later Shankland tried his luck again, charging down the middle, twisting into the box, but his left-footed shot was blocked by Rakovan.

It looked like there was only one team on the park and it seemed impossible that Ayr would not manage to get a second or third counter.

With 33 mins on the clock, Dundee United found themselves fortunate to get a header on target. Aird clipped the ball into the box from left to right and a slip by Bell (or possibly a clip of his heels) allowed McMullan a free header but it went straight to Doohan who comfortably clutched the ball to his chest.

Ayr kept pushing forward, Shankland inches short of a delicious ball to the back post from Harvie on 30 mins, but that second goal was coming.

40 mins gone, and the dangerous McDaid beat Watson to the line before sliding the ball into the middle to Shankland, in space just 6 yards out, and this time the back of the net bulged. 0 – 2 and it was the least that Ayr deserved for their dominant attacking play.

With an opportunity to shuffle the pack at halftime, Dundee United replaced King with Curran and set out to attempt to put pressure on the Ayr rear-guard. It really didn’t work out well for the Taysiders, as Ayr stood strong and looked comfortable for the short period they were under pressure, and the only attempt was a hopeful shot blasted over the bar by Aird.

Ayr stepped-up again and should have gone 3 in front on 51 mins had it not been for a superb sliding tackle by Watson on the Shankland when the striker had been put clear in the box by a threaded pass from Crawford.

Ayr were comfortable and could have got on the scoresheet again several times, Moffat being denied Rakovan when through clear on goal, and a Shankland free kick from 25 yards out being deflected out off a hand in the Dundee United wall.

Suddenly it was 0 – 3 and Michael Moffat got himself on the scoresheet, and this was no less than the hard-working forward deserved. Andy Geggan lifted the ball into the penalty area and Moffat raced onto the ball, one-on-one with keeper Rakovan. Moffat composed himself before side-footing the ball past the keeper and into the net. 77 mins and this signalled a mass exit by the Dundee United fans.

A more realistic distance had been put between the two teams, but Ayr were not finished yet. A hesitant Edjenguele let Moffat nip in between the defender and his keeper to challenge for a high ball just 6-yards out. Trying to nullify the threat Edjenguele chose to barge Moffat into Rakovan and, with no hesitation, referee Don Robertson pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Shankland who thrashed the spot kick at goal and watched as Rakovan got his hands to the ball, but there was so much power that it still reached the back of the net. 0 – 4 to Ayr and a Shankland hattrick.

If Ayr fans were in a Tayside wonderland, they were to reach a higher enlightened level with just 2 mins to go. Smith played a long ball into the penalty area where Shankland made space for himself, controlled on his thigh, before thumping home under pressure from Watson, Bouhenna and the advancing Rakovan.

0 – 5 it finished. Dundee United had been taken to pieces by this exciting attacking force that is Ayr United at present. Big matches come hard and fast in this league and next up are Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Somerset Park on Friday, in another televised game.

Dundee United

Siegrist, Watson, Bouhenna, Edjenguele, Booth, Aird, Fyvie, Stanton, McMullan, King, Safranko Substitutes: Rakovan (GK), Murdoch, Frans, Curran, Smith, Robson, Rabitsch.

Ayr United

Doohan, Smith, Bell, Rose, Harvie, Geggan, Murdoch, Crawford, McDaid, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Higgins, McGuffie, Ferguson, Ecrepont, Docherty, McCowan.

Referee: Don Robertson

Attendance: 6,097

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Dundee United vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Friday 30th November 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm

 

Tomorrow night (Friday), Ayr United travel north to the City of Discovery to take on Dundee United in a top-of-the-table clash at Tannadice. It is the first of a Friday night TV double-header for the Honest Men, with next week’s fixture at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle also being broadcast live.

 

Only a win at Tannadice will guarantee Ian McCall’s men hold on to top spot in the Championship this weekend, with Ross County and Dundee United having closed the gap to two points and three points respectively; the Staggies travel to Recreation Park on Saturday to face Alloa Athletic.

 

United kept a 14th clean sheet of the season in overcoming a spirited Beith Juniors side in the Scottish Cup last weekend and have conceded just once in the last five Championship fixtures on the way to 11 points from a possible 15. Ian McCall will be hoping for another resolute defensive display against his former club on Friday night.

 

The Opposition: Dundee United come into the match on the back of a 10 day break from competitive action, with their last match versus Alloa Athletic on Tuesday 20th November. A 4-2 against the Wasps made it four wins in-a-row for Robbie Neilson’s side and the former Hearts and MK Dons manager has yet to taste defeat in his new role, only dropping points in a 1- 1 draw against Inverness.

 

Neilson boasts a host of attacking options, with Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko in particularly fine form with four goals in his last six games, and could be boosted by the return of skipper Fraser Fyvie from injury.

 

Form Guide:

Ayr United – WWDDW

Dundee United – DWWWW

 

Team News:  Mark Kerr looks set to miss out on a return to face his former club due to a calf strain. Alan Forrest and Jamie Adams remain sidelined while Craig Moore is suspended.

 

Ian says:”There has been plenty of talk about the form Dundee United are in however we are in good form ourselves and we head there with plenty of confidence. Everyone knows they are a big club in Scotland but we have shown this season that we can match these teams. We have a few injuries to deal with but again we know that we have players more than capable to step into the squad. Its a Friday night game, live on TV with a big crowd, and we are hugely looking forward to it.”

 

Head to Head (League):

Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 15

Dundee United wins – 28

 

The Honest Men have just one victory at Tannadice since 1959, a 1-0 win in the Premier Division in April 1977.

 

Last Match: Ayr United ended up comfortable 2-0 victors when the sides met earlier in the season at Somerset Park, a match that saw Laurie Ellis takes temporary charge of the Tangerines following the departure of Csaba László.  Goals in either half from Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid gave The Honest Men the win.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Don Robertson

Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine

Fourth Official – Graham Beaton

 

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions – £10 (65+, under-18s and FTS with valid matric)

Messages from Dundee United –

Ayr United fans are allocated the West Stand (‘Shed’). Lower tier prices of £20 Adults / £10 Concessions apply and access is through turnstiles 19 and 20. The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the ground, those travelling by car will have to park out with the no waiting coned areas around Tannadice as there are no parking facilities for supporters.

Random searching will also take place involving both sets of fans. Surfing flags are not permitted and all other flags will be checked by CCTV to ensure they are neither offensive or derogatory, drums are not permitted in the ground and finally the stadium is a no smoking stadium and includes E cigarettes.

Smoke devices at Beith

The club would like to thank our supporters for, again, turning up in great numbers to support the team. Unfortunately the behaviour of a small few fell well short of acceptable conduct.

Setting off smoke devices may seem like it’s ‘harmless fun’ and ‘adding to the day’ however this is far from the case and in actual fact affects the health of other supporters who are breathing in the smoke.

The club has received numerous complaints from our own supporters regarding these incidents at Saturdays game and if anyone has any information or footage of the incidents please contact Roy Provan on 01292 263435 (stadium & security extension) or by email royprovan@yahoo.co.uk

Beith 0 Ayr Utd 3

Beith Juniors 0 v Ayr United 3

by AUmedia

 

A 0 – 3 win over Ayrshire Juniors side Beith in the William Hill Scottish Cup saw Ayr United awarded another Ayrshire ‘derby’ against Auchinleck Talbot. Although the result looked convincing on paper, the Championship side were made to work hard for their victory. A crowd of 1780 watched on as the two teams battled it out on a cold, but bright, November day in a typically towsy cup game.

 

Ayr United won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half, a slope of eight feet between one end of the park and the other. The slope was to play a vital part in the game in the second half.

 

United were in attacking mood from the start, with the first attempt of the game coming from McDaid rushing down the right-hand side straight from the off. His cross into the box was not hit with enough power and Beith keeper, Grindlay, who played a pivotal role in this game, made a comfortable save.

 

Two minutes later and Liam Smith, from inside his own half, slid the ball to Moffat who, hearing the shout from his strike partner Shankland, let the ball travel through to him on the edge of the box. Shankland’s first touch put the ball in the perfect position to launch a powerful dipping shot at goal and only an athletic one-handed save from Grindlay kept the ball from the back of the net. The Beith number 2, Connor McGlinchey cleared the ball from the danger zone and the Beith fans breathed a sigh of relief.

 

Seconds later, Shankland was ready for another go. A cross-field pass from Michael Rose saw the ball being picked up by Daniel Harvie on the left wing with Shankland just in front of him. With Moffat occupying the attention of two Beith defenders, Shankland was free to turn and fire a powerful shot at the goal, where yet again Grindlay was up to the task, diving at full stretch to push the ball past the post for a corner. Ayr were unable to capitalize on the resulting corner and the score stayed at 0-0.

 

Ayr were not quite finished yet. After some good one-touch passes moving the ball from left to right, Liam Smith received the ball close to the right touch-line. Getting past his marker and down to the goal-line, he whipped in a fearsome cross over the heads of the Beith players to reach Andy Geggan at the far post, but his header went over the bar.

 

Ayr were now going full out on the Beith goal to try and open the scoring. Chris Higgins, looking assured and confident on his return to first team duties after injury, sent a long, inch-perfect pass into the Beith penalty area where Shankland was unmarked. The ball dropped neatly over the striker’s shoulder allowing him to get to the line, but his shot from an angle was blocked by Grindlay and again Ayr were denied the goal they were desperately seeking.

 

Beith were not out of the picture though and always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with their two wingers, Christie and Bradley, determined, skilful and speedy. Defensively, Beith were well organised, working hard and getting everyone behind the ball in their own half, forcing Ayr to knock the ball back and forth looking for the opening to send the ball forward.

 

Long probing kick-outs from Grindlay offered Beith their best chances, looking for a forward to get in behind the Ayr defence as it pushed up, or relying on centre-forward Milliken to hold up and lay off to support as it arrived. The junior team showed great intent but could not unlock the defensive backline, superbly orchestrated by Rose and Higgins.

 

On 30 minutes United thought they had found the breakthrough as a bundled shot through a melee of players saw the ball nestle in the back of the net, but the far side assistant had his flag up for offside much to the chagrin of the attacking Ayr players.

 

With no quarter being asked in the tackles, it was merely a matter of time before the referee was required to pull a card from his pocket and on 37 mins Geggan was the unlucky recipient of a yellow, being adjudged to have made a dangerous tackle. In truth, the tackle was no worse than some that had been meted out by combatants from both sides throughout the game.

 

Beith continued to frustrate Ayr for the remainder of the half and as the whistle blew for half-time the score stood at 0-0.  Ayr certainly had the bulk of the possession and chances on goal throughout the first half but, it had literally been a bit of an uphill struggle. The second half would see Ayr increase their dominance and make good use of the advantage of the steep gradient against what became a tiring Beith side.

 

The half started with Ayr shooting downslope, but straight into the low winter sun that by now was clear of the clouds that had obscured it for most of the first half.  Ayr came out with a more zip to their play as they upped the tempo and started to pull the Beith players out of position with fast, accurate, crisp play.

 

Moffat was first to try his luck on 53 mins, his right footed shot from the six-yard box again being saved by the on-form Grindlay. Geggan was next up.

 

A forward pass from the half-way line by Rose saw Shankland at the edge of the box surrounded by Beith players. Unable to turn or get a shot away, he neatly back-heeled the ball through a gap and into the path of the charging Geggan but, yet again, Grindlay denied Ayr the goal they desired, diverting the ball for a corner with his feet. From the corner, the ball fell again to Geggan shot blasted against the Beith crossbar. With the metalwork still thrumming from the impact, a left-footed strike on the rebound from Rose saw the ball skim millimetres over the top.

 

The deadlock was finally broken on 64 mins. Moffat crossed the ball into the box from the left side, but Bell was unable to gain full control under pressure from two Beith defenders.  The ball spun backwards and Shankland was first to the ball, his left-footed shot evading Grindlay for the first time and ending up in the back of the net. 0 – 1 United and the Ayr fans breathed a sigh of relief.

 

The Beith players were beginning to tire and United ratcheted up the pressure. Ayr then made two substitutions, Crawford being replaced by McGuffie and Docherty coming on for Geggan. It was Docherty who was next to make his mark on the game.

 

On 80 mins, a cross from one side of the box to the other saw Shankland unmarked and in acres of space. Selflessly turned the ball to Docherty close to the penalty spot, and the midfielder ‘passed’ into the net to double Ayr’s advantage and all but kill off the game.

 

The result was signed, sealed and delivered on 88 mins. Harvie charged forward and slid the ball wide to late substitute Luke McCowan who pushed towards the line and delivered into the box where Moffat dinked the ball into the net to make the score 0 – 3 to the Honest Men. Ayr were assured their progress to the next round of the cup.

 

Although the final score was a convincing win for Ayr, Beith can rightly hold their heads high having provided a tough, uncompromising test for the Championship side.

 

Next up it’s back to league action as United travel to Dundee United on Friday for Ayr’s first televised game of the season.

 

Beith Juniors

Grindlay, McGlinchey, Noble, Nicky, Sheridan, Wilson, Christie, Frize, Milliken, Collins, Bradley

Substitutes: Haggerty, Docherty, Middleton, McPherson, Green, MacDonald, Miller

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Higgins, Harvie, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, McDaid, Bell, Shankland, Smith

Substitutes: Hare-Reid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Murdoch, Ecrepont, Docherty, McCowan

Referee: Colin Steven

Attendance: 1780

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Beith Juniors vs. Ayr United

William Hill Scottish Cup third round

Saturday 24th November 2018. Kick-off 1.30pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United make the 25 mile journey to Bellsdale Park to take on Beith Juniors in the Scottish Cup tie of the round. The match pitches the League 1 champions and Championship leaders against the West Region Premier Division champions in the first meeting between an Ayrshire Junior and Senior club in the Scottish Cup.

 

It is over 20 years since The Honest Men were on the wrong end of a Scottish Cup upset and were knocked out by a club from a lower division and Ian McCall’s side overcame North Region Junior champions Banks O’Dee last season. On-form Beith, meanwhile, will be looking to make it third time lucky at this stage of the competition, having been knocked out by Airdrie and Greenock Morton in the third round in 2010 and 2016.

 

The Opposition: John Miller has overseen a successful period in Beith’s history since returning to the club as manager in April 2013. Under Miller, the Mighty won the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in 2016 and, having led them to promotion from the Super League 1st Division in 2014, Miller added the Premier Division title last season when Beith pipped Auchinleck Talbot by one point on the final day of the season.

 

That title success has given Beith a third crack at the senior Scottish Cup this season (they also entered in season 2010/11 after the club’s first Premier Division win, also under John Miller). They have already overcome Threave Rovers, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Nairn County and Linlithgow Rose to reach the third round once more.

 

That 4-0 win over Linlithgow started sequence of wins that now totals five after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Largs Thistle in the Super Premier Division.  ‘The Cabes’ occupy third place in the Super Premier Division, 13 points behind runaway leaders Hurlford United, albeit with two games in hand.

 

Connor McGlinchey has been the Bellsdale Park side’s top performer this season and is in line to make his 100th appearance for Beith on Saturday. The full-back – who won League 2 while at Peterhead in 2014 – has 10 goals in 20 appearances this term, six coming from the penalty spot.  At the other end of the park, former Ayr United stopper Stephen Grindlay is in his fifth season at Beith while another ex-Ayr player, Andy Reid, has been with Beith for over 10 years, scoring 195 times in 321 appearances.

 

Form Guide:

Ayr United – WWWDD

Beith Juniors – WWWWW

 

Team News:  Jamie Adams and Alan Forrest are out with injuries.

 

Ian says: “We must ensure that we are not this seasons Scottish Cup story. We will ensure Beith are given every respect as they are a good side. The pitch should be in good condition and although there is plenty of chat about the slope we aren’t bothered about that. We are going with a strong team and the only thing that matters is getting into the next round. It will be a great atmosphere and we are really looking forward to something different.”

 

History vs. Beith:

Beith Juniors were formed in 1938 as a successor to the disbanded senior side Beith who had previously competed in the Scottish Football League between 1923 and 1926. The newly formed Ayr United and Beith met five times in 2011, with Ayr United recording wins in the Scottish Consolation Cup and Ayrshire Cup after two replays in February and the Scottish Qualifying the following season in October. Beith’s only win over the Honest Men in 11 meetings came in the Ayrshire Cup in 1926, while the last match between the sides in August 1938 saw Ayr record a 7-1 victory.

 

On this date: in 2007, United were knocked out the Scottish Cup at the third round stage by Partick Thistle at Firhill. Alex Williams gave United an early lead in Glasgow but Mark Roberts struck on the stroke of half-time and Liam Buchanan scored the winner in the second-half.  Eight of the Thistle starting XI that day also played for Ayr United during their career.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

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.

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Ayr Utd 0 Morton 0

Ayr United 0 v 0 Greenock Morton

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Saturday saw the second visit of Greenock Morton to Somerset Park for this season, but the first in the SPFL Championship. After their 5-1 defeat at Cappielow in September, the ‘Ton were out to make amends.

After a respectfully observed one minutes silence in memory of former Ayr United keeper, Davie Stewart, the game kicked off at a fast pace, both teams probing and harrying, but neither making much impact in the box.

On 12 minutes, the first corner of the game went the way of the home side, an attempted cross by Andy Geggan spinning off the Morton defender Tumilty and behind the goal line.

A delightful head flick by Craig Moore saw the ball land at Lawrence Shankland’s feet but the striker was only able to direct the ball harmlessly into the arms of the Morton keeper. Two minutes later, a second corner saw Shankland with another opportunity to open the scoring, but his right footed shot was saved comfortably in the top centre of the goal.

On the half hour, Morton started to press, and after a smooth as silk pass to Gary Oliver, the striker managed to evade the onrushing Bell, but his shot at goal from 10 yards out was easily saved by Doohan.

A few minutes later, the United keeper would repeat the process when a long throw-in from Morton allowed them to get to the goal-line, but the cross was millimetres too high for that man Oliver again and it nestled harmlessly in Doohan’s gloves. Oliver continued to make a nuisance of himself though, and on 36 minutes his right footed shot from a tight angle was once again saved by Doohan as it travelled goalwards.

The first real controversy of the match came close to the 40min mark when Declan McDaid won the Honest Men a free kick midway in to the defensive half. The sole Morton defender seemed to be standing closer than 10 yards away when the free-kick was taken and the match official blew to reset the kick. Ayr fans were rightly aggrieved however when the retaken free kick cannoned of the advancing defenders’ arm and landed at the feet of a Morton player who kicked the ball harmlessly away from the danger area.

A moment of madness though nearly cost Ayr a goal. A free kick on the far side was taken by Mark Kerr, but inexplicably he passed the ball straight to a Morton defender. With all the Ayr players with the exception of Liam Smith upfield for the kick, the Morton player chipped over the Ayr players, finding yet again that man Oliver making a break down the wing. Getting past the despairing Smith, Oliver was faced with only the Ayr keeper to beat, but his low drive towards the corner of the net was stopped by Doohan’s feet as he came out to meet the attack. Unable to capitalize from the loose ball, Morton could only look on as the returning United defenders were able to clear their lines.

Both sides had one more good attempt at goal, with Bob McHugh seeing his right footed shot from the centre of the box sliding inches wide of the goal post and Lawrence Shankland being denied by the fingertips of the Morton keeper Gaston to push the net-bound ball around his far post and out for a corner.

And so the first half drew to a close with the scores standing at 0-0. There was no doubt that the first half had been an evenly matched contest, but the Ayr players knew they were going to have to play much better if they were to break down the resolute Morton defence.

Ayr started the second half with more grit and determination than they had shown in the first. The first opportunity came Ayr’s way on 48 mins. Declan McDaid, receiving the ball from a throw-in managed to evade Jack Iredale and his looping cross was met by the head of Craig Moore, but the striker was unable to make a strong enough contact and the ball slipped wide of the post.

Ayr continued to keep up the pressure however and within a minute had a free kick just inside their own half. Taken by Michael Rose and lofted in to the penalty box, Shankland was only able to head the ball down to Moore’s feet. Back to the goal, he slid the ball back to Shankland who by now was in a good position. Shankland’s shot ricocheted off a Morton player to be pounced on by Robbie Crawford. Unfortunately, the ball came at him too high to make good contact and he fired straight at the Morton keeper.

McDaid had another shot on 51 mins blocked and Mark Kerr tried his luck a few seconds later from distance, but again the Morton keeper was up to the task and prevented the ball from going in to the net.

The game seemed to be settling down in to a midfield battle when on 60 mins Ayr were reduced to 10 men. Craig Moore picked up the ball just inside his own half and was making his way forward when a push in the back from Morton’s Buchanan sent him sprawling. With the free kick won, for some reason the Morton player attempted to kick the ball away from under Moore’s body, catching the player on the thigh. Moore retaliated with a raised foot, catching Buchanan between his legs, leaving the referee no option but to present a straight red for violent conduct.

Sensing this might be the break they needed, Morton pushed further up the field putting more pressure on the United goal than we had seen all game. They were, however, unable to break down a resolute United defence, who by this time had re-organised, pulling McDaid back in to mid-field and leaving Shankland as the sole striker up front. With 4 shots on goal in as many minutes, Morton would rue their squandered chances.

The first substitution of the game, and Morton’s only one, came on 70 mins when Charlie Telfer left the field of play after receiving an uncomfortable knock, and was replaced by Ross MacLean.  A by now tired looking Andy Geggan was replaced by Daniel Harvie on 77 mins, with Lawrence Shankland having put in the work of two men being replaced by Michael Moffat two minutes later. Moffat did bring some zip to the United attack with fresh legs, but by now the game was starting to fizzle out in terms of a spectacle with play being increasingly confined to the mid-field again.

The last action of the game came on 93 mins when a Morton corner was met by the head of Gregor Buchanan at very close range, but substitute Moffat was on the line to head away.

Speaking after the match, United manager Ian McCall, was content with a point, given the way the second half panned out. Ayr United stay at the top of the league with a 5 point advantage, but the chasing teams do have a game in hand.

Attention now turns to the William Hill Scottish Cup and an away game at Beith Juniors on Saturday 24th, with a 1:30pm kick off.

Ayr United

Doohan, Kerr, Rose, Geggan, Crawford, McDaid, Bell, Shankland, Murdoch, Smith, Moore

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Harvie, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Moffat, Docherty

Greenock Morton

Gaston, Kilday, Iredale, Buchanan, Waddell, Telfer, McAlister, McHugh, Tidser, Tumilty, Oliver

Substitutes: Scully, Thomson, Tiffoney, MacLean, Bell, McKeown, McGrattan

Referee: Willie Collum

Attendance: 2346

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Morton match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 17th November 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

Ayr United manager Ian McCall has urged the Somerset Park faithful to turn up the noise on Saturday when Morton are the visitors for a match the gaffer says is as big as he can remember. McCall is hoping his side will be roared on to three points that would see the Honest Men open up a seven point advantage at the top of the table, with Ross County playing in the Irn-Bru Cup this weekend and Dundee United not in action until Tuesday night when they host Alloa Athletic.

 

United extended their lead at the top of the table last weekend but lost their 100% record at Somerset Park after being held to a draw by Queen of the South. The Honest Men, however, still boast the best home record in the division and will be looking to maintain an unbeaten run that stretches back to April.

 

The Opposition: Two second-half penalties handed Alloa Athletic all three points against Morton last weekend as Jonatan Johansson’s side fell to a disappointing home defeat; that result on the back of a thumping 5-1 win over Partick Thistle the previous week.  Morton find themselves in fifth position in the league table, three points behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle who occupy the final promotion play-off spot.

 

Form Guide:

Ayr United – LWWWD

Morton – WLWWL

 

Team News:  Jamie Adams is out with an injury picked up in training. Everyone else is fit and available.

 

Ian says: “For us to go seven points clear at the top of the league would be remarkable but it is certainly our aim to do just that, especially with the game being at Somerset. It certainly won’t be easy as Morton have just beaten Partick and Queen of the South. I was disappointed to only take a point on Saturday however that disappointment will disappear if we take 3 points on Saturday. We lost a poor goal on Saturday but after the three clean sheets prior to that I won’t be too hard on them.”

 

Head to head (League at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 38

Draws – 15

Greenock Morton wins – 18

 

Last Meeting: Ayr benefited from a Michael Tidser penalty miss to go on to demolish the Ton 5-1 at Cappielow when the sides met at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland put United ahead in the 19th minute but a lapse in concentration allowed Charlie Telfer to disposes Robbie Crawford and equalise before half-time. United went on to score four goals in 16 second-half minutes after Ross Doohan conceded then saved Tidser’s spot kick, with Shankland again, Craig Moore (x2) and Declan McDaid on the scoresheet.

 

Morton’s last trip to Somerset Park in the league also ended in a comprehensive away win. A Ross Forbes double plus a strike from Gary Oliver put the Ton three goals ahead after just half-an-hour on a rain-lashed evening in January 2017. Jamie Adams pulled one back before half-time but Oliver added a second to make it 4-1.

 

On this date: United have won their last two fixtures played on November 17th, beating Stranraer 2-1 in 2012 at Somerset Park and St. Mirren 1-0 in 2001 at Love Street. Both games saw late winners for the Honest Men; Michael Moffat adding his second of the game in the 90th minute against Stranraer after Michael Moore had given the Blues a first-half lead while it was Pat McGinlay with the only goal late on in Paisley.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Willie Collum

Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome

Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe

 

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11

Under 18s – £6