Hospitality offer Alloa game

Our next match at Somerset is on Tuesday 30th October vs Alloa with a 7.45pm kick off.

We have a special offer for this game only in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

A ticket costs £30 and that includes the following

Drink of choice on arrival

Choice of bar meal

Watch the match from indoor viewing box

Half time pie and Bovril.

If you would like to book please contact Graeme on commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or 01292 263435 ext3 alternatively you can book in the club shop

Ross County 2 Ayr Utd 1

Ross County 2 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

Ross County leapfrogged United to the top of the Championship after this exciting and hard-fought encounter in Dingwall. A lacklustre first half performance had seen United struggle to compete with County and fall two behind to counters from McKay and Mullin. The second half saw a complete turnaround, and after an early goal from Shankland, United dominated, pummelling the County backline but somehow failing to grab the equaliser.

 

Ross County dominated the early stages of play, their determined approach, pace, and crisp incisive passing cutting through United’s midfield and piling on pressure in the final third.  Cowie, Keillor-Dunn, Mullin, Lindsay, and McKay all created chances in the opening 15 mins before Ayr started to show signs of coming to terms with County’s approach.

 

Ayr’s first chance of the game fell to Shankland on 21 mins.  A Crawford shot was blocked but fell to Moffat who lifted the ball towards Shankland in the centre of the box. The ball hung in the air and just wouldn’t drop far enough for Shankland who, under pressure from Keillor-Dunn, could only hit the ball high over the Jail End Stand’s roof.

 

Ayr were made to rue their missed chance when the hosts took the lead through McKay only a minute later.  After a series of attacks by County had been repulsed, Mullin stroked the ball wide to the over-lapping Kelly on the left and his cross was flicked to the rear of the box by Keillor-Dunn where McKay slashed home from 12 yards. 1-0 to the hosts after 22 mins.

 

Ayr failed to conjure up any real response to this setback and the next chance came for County on 31 mins when Mullin hit a freekick inches past the post.  United were struggling to contain the hosts who were in a clinical mood.

 

On 32 mins County went close again. A delicious backheel from McKay found Keillor-Dunn some 25 yards out, and the midfielder first beat Kerr to make space for himself before smashing a drive off the base of Doohan’s right-hand post.

 

Just 1 min later and County were two up, thanks to a superb solo effort from Josh Mullin.  Picking the ball up some 25 yards out on the touchline on the right, Mullin first shimmied past Crawford, cut into the box between Geggan and Harvie before unleashing a powerful, curling drive into the back of the net.

 

The final chance of the half fell to County’s McKay who blazed his shot well wide from a tight angle as the home side headed into halftime with a comfortable two-goal lead.

 

Whatever Manager Ian McCall said at halftime it must have been powerful. United came out for the second half a completely different entity bursting with passion, intent, and belief. The match was turned on its head with County reduced to bit players in terms of possession and attempts. McCall had restructured his United team, McDaid replacing Harvie and Moore for Moffat, although the manager had toyed with keeping Moffat up front as well, such was his attacking frame of mind.

 

It didn’t take United long to drag themselves back into the game. With 47 mins on the clock Adams played a long ball forward and Shankland, apparently being held back by Watson, used his strength to pull away and into the box before firing a low shot beyond Fox to make it 2-1.

 

From the re-start, Ayr broke forward again McDaid crossing low to the front post where defender Morris seemed to poke the ball wide as Shankland prepared to strike. Surprisingly referee McLean pointed for a goal kick.

 

United began to turn the screw with McDaid’s pace and creativity torturing the County defence, and Moore and Shankland more than just a handful for the ‘Staggies’ to cope with.

 

Ayr’s next attempt, though, came from defender Liam Smith with a thumping drive on 51 mins which went over the bar.  Moments later Kerr took a shot from 20 yards, but it was blocked by Watson.

 

On 56 mins, Kerr slipped Crawford into the box and, under pressure from Demetriou, attempted to curl the ball around keeper Fox but his effort drifted wide.

 

Ayr went close again on 64 mins. With players jockeying for position inside the box, McDaid saw an opportunity and aimed the ball directly at goal but, with keeper Fox totally beaten, his drive scraped the righthand post and went wide.

 

Next, a Shankland strike from the edge of the box was blocked as County players threw themselves at the ball in their determination to prevent an equaliser.

 

Ross County had an opportunity to make it three and kill off the contest on 73 mins when a ball across the area was missed by Geggan and was claimed by Keillor-Dunn. Keillor-Dunn turned in towards goal but Doohan got down well to palm away his drive from 8 yards.

 

Ayr turned it up again, with Martin again blocking, but this time from a McDaid drive after being put through by Shankland. Next, a cute backheel from Shankland allowed McDaid to drive into the penalty area, turn past Grivosti, only to see his shot blocked by a last-second slide in from Demetriou.

 

On 88 mins United came the closest in a half of close things. Substitute Alan Forrest made space in the box on the left, his blocked shot fell to Shankland who struck the ball well from 15 yards out only to see Fox pull off a great reaction save, tipping the ball over the top.

 

This was very much a game of two halves, Ayr can be proud of their efforts but ultimately drop to second in the league as the first quarter of the season ends.  Ayr now travel to Firhill to take on Partick Thistle as they aim to bounce back in another challenging away game.

 

Ross County

Fox, Kelly, Fontaine, Morris, Lindsay, McKay, Vigurs, Mullin, Watson, Keillor-Dunn, Cowie.  Subs McManus, Demetriou, Graham, Munro, Dingwall, Stewart, Grivosti.

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Smith, Adams, Rose, Kerr, Murdoch, Crawford, Geggan, Moffat, Shankland.  Subs Hare-Reid (GK), Moore, Bell, Forrest, McDaid, Ferguson, Docherty.

Referee:  Steven MacLean

Attendance:  3933

Match Report:  AUmedia

Ross County match preview

Match Preview

Ross County vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 20th October 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to Dingwall to take on Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium. Its first versus second in the Ladbrokes Championship, with the Honest Men looking to protect – and extent – their two point advantage at the top of the table as the first quarter of fixtures comes to an end.

 

Ian McCall’s side make the journey to the Highlands buoyed by four consecutive league wins, including a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Dundee United at Somerset Park last time out a fortnight ago.

 

The Opposition: Ross County are unbeaten in their three home matches in the league so far but goals have been scarce, with just three strikes enough to overcome Alloa Athletic (1-0), Falkirk (2-0) while the first Highland derby of the season finished goalless.

 

Last weekend they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup with a routine 3-1 victory at home to League 1 strugglers Montrose. The Gable Endies did become the first side to score at Victoria Park this season but it was to prove nothing more than a consolation as former Alloa and St. Mirren striker Ross Stewart plus a double from Davis Keillor-Dunn gave the joint management duo of Stuart Kettlewell and Stevie Ferguson, who played 16 games for United in an injury-hit spell between 2003 and 2005, the win.

 

Northern Irish striker Billy McKay didn’t feature against Montrose but has seven goals to his name this season, including a hat-trick at Tannadice. Josh Mullin has also impressed this season following his summer switch from Livingston. Behind these attacking options – which also include Declan McManus – County have a wealth of experience in the likes of defenders Liam Fontaine and Callum Morris plus midfielder Don Cowie. Ross Draper misses out through suspension while Michael Gardyne is out with a broken bone in his left foot.

 

Team News:  Everyone is fit and available.

 

Ian says: ” We are heading to Dingwall to play the way that we like to play and that is to go and try to score goals. We certainly won’t change that because of who we are playing. We are in a great position to have everyone fit and have so many players doing well however it does leave us with a few big decisions to make. The one thing we do know is that whoever we go with they won’t let us down. Despite it being so far away it sounds like we are taking another great away support and I am sure they will get right behind us.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 8

Ross County wins – 17

 

United have just one victory in nine against the Staggies, a remarkable midweek away victory in March 2008. Goals from Gareth Wardlaw, Alex Williams and Ryan Stevenson goals had the hardy travelling support in raptures at half-time and Stevo made it 4-0 before goals from Sean Higgins and Michael Gardyne for the home side.

 

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the sides was in the League Cup in 2015. An early strike from Liam Boyce followed by a second-half goal by Michael Gardyne saw the Staggies into the next round.

 

On this date: The Honest Men will be looking to make it third time lucky against Ross County on 20th October. In 2001, County were 3-2 winners at Victoria Park and six years later they hammered United 4-1 at Somerset Park, all four goals coming in the first 30 minutes.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

Admission:

Adults – £20

Over 65s and Students – £10

Under 18s – £5

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 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.