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Match Preview
Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 22nd April 2018. Kick-off 4.10pm

On Sunday, Clackmannanshire braces itself for a black and white invasion as a huge travelling support is set to back Ayr United against Alloa Athletic as the title race comes down to the final two matches. The Honest Men will be looking to bounce back after suffering a set-back last weekend, losing top-scorer Lawrence Shankland and all three points at home to Stranraer – a first defeat in ten games for Ian McCall’s men.    

Raith Rovers won at Stranraer today so they are at the top of the table by one point.

Alloa will prove stern opponents and last weekend all but guaranteed a place in the promotion play-offs with an away win over Forfar Athletic. Jim Goodwin’s side have lost just one of their last six games but were defeated in their last home game, versus Stranraer.

Team News: Ross Docherty, Chris Higgins, Paddy Boyle and Craig Reid are out with injuries. Lawrence Shankland is suspended. 

Ian says: “Alloa are a good side and it took a last kick of the ball winner from Craig Moore the last time we played there. We will need to make a couple of changes but our away form has been good all season so we know we can get a result. It sounds like we are taking a huge support and if they could get right behind us, which I am sure they will, it could make a big difference.”

Head to head (at Recreation Park):

Ayr United wins – 25

Draws – 16

Alloa Athletic wins – 17

United have won just one of the last 8 meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: Jim Goodwin’s side have taken four points back to Clackmannanshire from their two trips to Somerset Park this season. In February, all the scoring was done in the first 17 minutes of the game; Lawrence Shankland netting the first goal in the 10th minute but the Wasps countered through Jamie McCart and Ross Stewart.

A thrilling encounter in September ended 3-3, with Shankland again opening the scoring. A Craig Reid own goal levelled the game and the Wasps went ahead in the second-half through Kevin Cawley. Jamie Adams equalised but was then controversially adjudged to have handled in the box by referee Euan Anderson. Scott Taggart made no mistake from the spot but Alloa were unable to hold on to all three points, with Shankland getting a last gasp equaliser.  

There was another late show in this season’s first encounter at the Indodrill Stadium. Michael Moffat’s header gave Ayr the early lead with Scott Taggart equalising in the 76th minute only for Craig Moore to had the Honest Men the win with a goal in stoppage time at the end of the game.  

On this day: in 1976, Ayr defeated Celtic 2-1 at Celtic Park in the Premier Division.

Match Officials:

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Liam Butler

Admission:

Adults – £16
Senior Citizens (over 65) – £8
Juvenile (under 16) – £4

The Ayr buses and cars can park in Morrisons carpark(the one on the left).
There is plenty of on street parking available in the town for no charge.
Alloa request the Ayr supporters arrive early and enter via turnstiles 9,10,11,12 and 13. These gates include juvenile and concessions. 9 and 10 will close at kick off but the remaining three will remain open until 4-30pm

Wheelchair users in communal area below main stand

Flags should not be draped over trackside advertising but may be put over areas with no advertising and on back fence at Railway end.
Both clubs request that all supporters adhere to the ground regulations.

Ayr Utd 1 Stranraer 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Stranraer

by AUmedia

 

Home fans arrived in large numbers at Somerset with hope and not a little bit of expectation but were left disappointed as 10-man United were downed 2-1 by Stranraer thanks to a late Scott Agnew penalty.  An early Anderson opener for Stranraer shocked the home side before an Adams equaliser seemed to put Ayr on the front foot but the sending off of Lawrence Shankland for an alleged elbow made it an uphill struggle for United. Despite the one-man disadvantage, Ayr dominated the second half but a penalty in the closing stages was enough to earn Stranraer all 3 points.

The first chance of the game resulted in the opening goal for Stranraer.  A cross from the left was met by Anderson at the back post and the towering forward looped a high header across goal leaving keeper Hart stranded as the ball nestled into the far corner.  0-1 after only 2 mins.

Ayr looked to respond to this early setback and it was only 6 mins later when Adams met a Forrest corner but could only direct his header just past the right-hand post.

Shankland was next to try his luck to pull Ayr level as he was set through one-on-one but his volley was superbly saved by Currie.  From the resultant corner on 15 mins Adams’ header (almost identical to his one previously) fired into the right-hand corner and sent the railway end into raptures.  1-1 and Ayr were back in the game.

Ayr’s tails were really up now and on 20 mins Shankland saw a shot in a packed Stranraer box blocked before the dominant figure of Adams then had yet another header but this one smacked off the bar with the slightest of touches from Currie.

Stranraer’s next chance fell on 25 mins when Ayr failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Turner, but the Stranraer midfielder failed to make the most of it and hit a tame shot straight at Hart.

The real turning point in the game came on 32 mins when Shankland was sent off for an apparent elbow on Neill.  The referee was quick to issue a red to Ayr’s top goal scorer as both he and the defender went in to challenge for the ball.

Stranraer failed to break down Ayr in the second half or create any real openings until 73 mins when Hamill took a strike from distance that was easily held by Hart in goal.  The game was still in the balance despite the numbers advantage to the away side.

Just as Ayr thought they were going to battle for a valuable point Stranraer were awarded a penalty on 84 mins.  Turner raced into the box and was tripped by Adams, resulting in the referee pointing straight to the spot.  Agnew stepped up and fired low into the bottom right corner and despite Hart getting a hand to it, the ball nestled in the back of the net for 1-2.

The result now leaves Ayr only 2 points ahead at the top going into the final two games of the season.   The Honest Men travel to Alloa next Sunday for another monumental game in the hunt for the League One title.

Ayr United

Hart, Rose, Crawford, Moore, Forrest, Ferguson, Adams, Shankland, Reid, Kerr, Bell.  Substitutes Hare-Reid, Moffat, McGuffie, Faulds, McDaid, Murphy, McCowan.

 

Stranraer

Currie, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Hamill, MacPherson, Agnew, Turner, Lyon, Anderson, Okoh.  Barron, Hawkshaw, Scott, Elliot, Gray, Dykes.

 

Attendance:  2323

Referee:  Euan Anderson

Match Report:  AUmedia

Stranraer match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Stranraer
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 14th April 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men can take a huge step towards the League 1 title when they take on Stranraer to Somerset Park. A win over the battling Blues would leave United needing just two more points from their remaining two games to guarantee top spot – and could even be enough to clinch the trophy this weekend if Raith Rovers fail to take maximum points at home to Queen’s Park.

Ayr’s never-say-die attitude has been clear for all to see in recent weeks, coming from behind to defeat East Fife and Airdrieonians on the road, while at home Ian McCall’s men have won their last four games, scoring 13 goals without conceding.

Visitors Stranraer require a win to keep their faint promotion hopes alive with the Blues currently lying six points adrift of third and fourth placed Arbroath and Alloa Athletic and an inferior goal difference. Stephen Farrell’s side have, however, put themselves back in contention in recent weeks, winning three games on the bounce including last time out at Alloa where Morgyn Neill scored the only goal of the game.

Arguably the Blue’s best result of the season came three weeks ago at Gayfield when despite being two goals down after 13 minutes, three goals in the last 20 minutes from Stephen Okoh, Grant Anderson and Scott Agnew gave them a vital three points and go to prove the team from Wigtonshire are not to be taken lightly.

Team News: Ross Docherty, Chris Higgins, Paddy Boyle and Andy Geggan miss out through injury.

Ian says: “I have read quite a few things over the last week and sensed an attitude from a lot of supporters that the league is over. This is far from over, football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth when you least expect it. We have approached this game exactly the way we have the last ten games. Our focus is on this match and absolutely nothing else as we know that if we win then nobody can do anything about it.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 42

Draws – 9

Stranraer wins – 22

 

After losing all four matches against Stranraer during season 2014/15, the Honest Men are unbeaten in eight of the last nine games between the sides, losing only once.

 

Last Meeting: United were 5-1 winners when the sides last met, at Stair Park at the start of January. Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat put United two-up at half-time with an Alan Forrest double and Shankland again giving Ayr a five-goal lead before Kyle Turner’s late consolation.  The match was Steven Bell’s last for Stranraer before he joined the Honest Men.

 

Moffat and Shankland were also on the scoresheet during the first Somerset Park match-up between the sides this season, with both goals coming in the second-half. The Blues finished the game with nine men after Scott Robertson and Steven Bell were sent-off.

 

The first meeting between the sides this season was at Stair Park in August and required a late Paddy Boyle to give Ayr all three points.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Jim Burns

 

Admission:

Adult – £16

Concession (OAPs, Students, 18-21) – £10
Child (Under 18) – £5

New sponsor announced

Our seven year shirt sponsorship deal with Bodog has come to an end however our new deal is a global first.

Calvin Ayre, the man behind long time sponsors Bodog, has founded a news site on the cash craze following his own successful investment.

His CoinGeek.com will step in as our official new backers, with shirts to carry the logo “Bitcoin BCH”.

United commercial manager, Graeme Miller, said: “We were initially approached to see whether we could accept sponsorship payment in BCH.

“It was a big learning curve for us but we are very happy to be the first club to accept not just payment by BCH but also to promote the cryptocurrency to a wider audience.”

BCH is considered to be the one true form of Bitcoin, as intended by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2008. With very low transaction fees BCH is better for both the merchant and the customer.

Ayre added: “I think it’s great for BCH that such boundaries and promotional ideas are being used to show merchants and consumers that BCH really is the only true bitcoin.”

  • The new kits will be unveiled at this Saturday’s Player of the Year awards.

Airdrie match preview

Match Preview
Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 7th April 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men travel to the Excelsior Stadium to face Airdireonians in what could be a pivotal afternoon in the League 1 title race. With just four games remaining, United hold a three point advantage over challengers Raith Rovers and boast a superior goal difference. Ayr look set to be roared on by a huge travelling support in Lanarkshire, while Raith journey to face Arbroath at Gayfield.

 

Old foes Airdrie are sure to provide tough opponents for Ian McCall’s men; the Diamonds have lost only twice in the league at home, conceding just 15 goals, and are the only League 1 side to have kept a clean sheet against United this season.

 

Stevie Findlay’s side sit in seventh place in the table, 11 points clear of relegation threatened Albion Roves and Queen’s Park. They are without a win in their last four games, following back-to-back 2-2 draws versus Alloa, a 2-1 defeat at home to Raith and a goalless draw at Hampden Park last Saturday.

 

Team News: Michael Moffat is suspended. Chris Higgins and Ross Docherty are out with injuries.

Ian says: “We have worked extremely hard to get into this position and we don’t need to be told how important every game is at this stage. We had a very difficult game here last time however our team was not as strong that day so I expect a much better performance. There is no question we will have a big support and they will get right behind us so it is a game we are really looking forward to.”

Head to head (at Airdrie):

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 4

Airdrieonians wins – 5

 

Last Meeting: United ended up 3-0 winners in the last meeting between the sides at Somerset Park in February. Andy Geggan opened the scoring in the 50th minute with United’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions; Lawrence Shankland then added a late double, the first of which coming from the penalty spot.

 

Ayr’s last trip to the Excelsior Stadium was in December – and was a particularly disappointing afternoon. Goals from Cameron Russell and David Brownlie put the home side two ahead in 26 minutes and try as they might United could not find a way back into the game. The loss ended a run of nine consecutive wins for Ayr and a 13 match unbeaten stretch.

 

Earlier in the season the Diamonds held the Honest Men to a 2-2 draw at Somerset Park in October. Jordan McGregor put the visitors ahead in the first-half. A quick-fire Andy Geggan double saw Ayr take the lead but Willis Furtado made it 2-2 in the 65th minute and neither side was able to find a winner.

 

On this day: in history Ayr have a 50% win rate, including an 8-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic in 1951.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – David Doig

Assistant Referee 2 – Tony Fullerton

 

Admission:

Adult – £16
Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10
Under 16s – £7

Parent & Child – £20

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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Fans message

As we commence the run in to the end of the season, the Club would once again like to praise the terrific backing of our fans at both home and away fixtures.

However, once again, on Saturday at East Fife we witnessed nine of our supporters enter the field of play, resulting in five people being ejected from the stadium.  We also had a pitch incursion at our recent game against Forfar, and a further four this season.

We have a wide variety of footage from each game and to reiterate, this behaviour is unacceptable and contravenes the Ground Regulations and could result in a Club ban for the persons responsible.

In addition to the this we have been made aware of a female member of staff at East Fife had allegedly been assaulted by an Ayr United supporter. The Club condemns this behaviour in the strongest possible terms and we ask if anyone has any information on this incident or the pitch incursions to get in contact with the Club

Please keep up the fantastic support whilst adhering to the Club’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy and the Ground Regulations.

 

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Fill the away end

With two away games left the Ayr United Travel Club are doing their bit in ensuring as many fans as possible being able to travel to support the team.

These buses will all be leaving from the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite at Somerset Park and will be stopping at Charing Cross Glasgow for pick ups. The hospitality suite will open at 10am.

Please spread the word and get your seats booked as soon as possible to help in the organisation of each bus

🏁 Airdrie V Ayr 🏁

Saturday 7th April

Buses leaving 1pm

⚽️⚽️⚽️ £6 ⚽️⚽️⚽️

🏁 Alloa V Ayr 🏁

Sunday 22nd April

Buses leaving 1pm

⚽️⚽️⚽️ £6 ⚽️⚽️⚽️

Everyone must go into the Hospitality Suite to pay so the Travel Club know that everyone has shown up and will be given a bus number they are travelling on

To book please contact any of the following numbers.

Jamie 07792747354
Jeanne 07599289517
Lisa 07599289514

Just a reminder alcohol is prohibited on the buses

 

 

Ayr Utd 4 Queens Park 0

Ayr United 4 – 0 Queens Park

by AUmedia

 

United maintained their 6-point lead at the top of League 1 with an emphatic 4 goal victory over bottom club Queens Park. A 34 min hattrick by Lawrence Shankland had put the Honest Men on easy street by halftime and a Craig Moore second half penalty wrapped up proceedings at a sun washed Somerset Park.

 

Ayr were forced into some reorganisation without a ball being kicked when Andy Geggan felt a reaction to a calf injury during the warm-up and he was replaced by Craig Reid.

 

Fighting for their league survival, Queens Park adopted a positive attitude with an attacking 4-3-3 formation, but Ayr carefully managed the early stages of the match and were content to deal with The Spiders opening forays forward. In truth, Queens rarely caused any real concern in the opening 45 mins and the only attempts of note were; a Brady shot straight at Ruddy on 12 mins, a curling Brady freekick which was missed at the back post by Magee on 16 mins, and, 10 mins later, a Keena shot which was well saved by Ruddy.

 

With only 8 mins on the clock United Ayr gave a hint of what was to come when a glorious 30-yard pass from Rose picked out McDaid in the box, but his shot on the turn went just wide of the far post.

 

On their next move forward, Ayr took the lead. From a Reid throw-in on the right United worked the ball forward, McDaid then flicking the ball over the head of three defenders and into the path of Shankland in the box, where the striker slotted home past keeper White.

 

On 29 mins 1 became 2 for United. Ayr broke at speed down the right from the edge of their own penalty area and McDaid again found Shankland in the box, with a looping 35-yard pass. The striker controlled the ball on his chest and despite an attempt to pull him back by Fortheringham, he turned the ball home as he fell.

 

The best was still to come from Shankland with a stunning strike just 4 mins later. A McDaid freekick into the box bounced just before reaching Shankland who readjusted at speed before launching himself into a perfect side volley, smashing the ball into the net. A sublime 34-min hattrick for the on-form Honest Man.

 

The 2nd half was a much less exciting affair with United comfortable and confident as Queens huffed and puffed but only managed one attempt on a target, a header by Keena from a Brady corner which was easily held by Ruddy.

 

Twice, Ayr were frustrated as referee Cook waved away claims as Ayr players appeared to be deliberately blocked in the box and on 66 mins, substitute McGuffie’s shot after a turn inside from the right appeared to be stopped by defender Summers’ arm but again the official saw nothing amiss.

 

McGuffie had been introduced by Ayr as a 61st min substitute for Forrest and Queens Park were now being tortured on both sides by McGuffie and McDaid.

 

On 75 mins McGuffie picked up the ball some 25 yards out on the left, darted inside the box, turned inside one defender before being agriculturally upended by defender Fortheringham: penalty Ayr.  Fellow substitute Moore then stepped up to smash truly unstoppable spot kick into the back of the net. 4 – 0 and it was all over.

 

Next up a visit to Methil to face East Fife on Saturday.

 

Ayr United

Ruddy, Reid, Bell, Rose, Boyle, Forrest, Crawford, Kerr, McDaid, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hart (GK), Moore, McGuffie, Ferguson, Faulds, Murphy

 

Queens Park

White, Millen, Gibson, Fortheringham, Cummings, Magee, Leitch, Docherty, Keena, Brady, Burns Substitutes:       Orr, Donnelly, Summers, Green, Foy, Mortimer, Millar

 

Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 1,600

Queens Park match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Queen’s Park

Ladbrokes League 1

Saturday 24th March 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United will look to maintain their six point advantage at the top of League 1 when bottom side Queen’s Park are the visitors to Somerset Park. After a busy spell of three away games in seven days, United return home in a good run of form; 16 points from a possible 18 since the start of February have put Ian McCall’s side in a strong position with just six games of the league campaign to go.

 

Opponents Queen’s Park are battling for their League 1 survival and currently sit two points from the safety of eighth place. The Spiders have fared better away from Hampden Park this season, with 17 of their 26 points coming on the road, three of those points came last Saturday with a 3-2 win at Stranraer.  On loan Hearts striker Aidan Keena netted twice in the first half for the Spiders – the Irishman’s sixth and seventh goals in just 8 appearances for Gus MacPherson’s side – with Sean Burns’s second-half strike proving decisive after Scott Robertson pulled one back for the Blues and Scott Agnew scored a penalty in the final minute.

 

Former United defender Gerry McLauchlan has been added to the Queen’s Park squad.

 

Team News: Jamie Adams is suspended for one match.

 

Ian says: “After 3 away games on the trot it is good to be back at Somerset as we had really started to pick up our form here with three 3 nil wins in a row. We had a very tough fixture during the week and at this stage of the season it is all about getting wins any way possible. We should have won more comfortably however again the players showed great character to win after being pegged back. Queens PArk are a good side and they always give us a tough match so today will be no different. We need the fans behind us from the start, 6 huge games left and this is the first of them.”

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 45

Draws – 23

Queen’s Park wins – 31

 

Saturday’s match will be the 100th league meeting between Ayr United and Queen’s Park.

 

The Spiders have just one win in the last 26 meetings between the clubs in all competitions, that victory coming in Division 2 at Somerset Park in August 2007.

 

Last Meeting: United have won all three meetings between the sides this season, most recently recording a 4-1 win at Hampden Park towards the end of December. Craig Moore opened the scoring for the Honest Men in the fifth minute before Lawrence Shankland capitalised on some slack defending to set up Alan Forrest to double the advantage just before half-time. Two stunning strikes from substitute Craig McGuffie put Ayr four goals ahead before a late Adam Cummins consolation.

 

United were required to stage a comeback when the sides met at Somerset Park earlier in the month of December. A Craig Moore penalty put Ayr ahead but Gus MacPherson’s side battled back to take the lead in the 48th minute after Connor McVey and a Craig Reid own goal found the back of the net. Goals from Declan McDaid and Alan Forrest two minutes from time eventually secured all three points for the Honest Men

 

On this day: in 1934, United recorded their biggest ever victory away to Celtic, defeating the Parkhead side 3-0. The result ensured that we took full points off Celtic in season 1933/34 having already beat them 3-1 at Somerset Park in November 1933. Johnny Holland opened the scoring in the 17th minute, with goals either side of half-time from Terry McGibbons completing the scoring in-front of a crowd of 6,000. The result saw United occupy fifth position in the First Division table behind Rangers, Motherwell, Aberdeen and Queen of the South.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Birrell

 

Admission:

Adults – £16

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

Under 18s – £5