William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Rd Draw

William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Round Draw

Ayr United v Fraserburgh or Rangers

Ties will be played on the weekend of 10th February. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Arbroath
William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 20th January 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the oldest association football trophy in the world takes centre stage when Arbroath are the visitors to Somerset Park in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Both clubs will see the tie as a good opportunity to progress in the competition, with Arbroath hoping they can leave Ayrshire with a victory for the third time this season.

Having lost to Arbroath in their last match at Somerset Park, United put in a professional performance at Raith Rovers seven days ago and were perhaps unlucky to leave Starks Park without taking all three points in a hard fought and entertaining top-of-the-table clash.

The Honest Men reached the fourth round with an, ultimately, comprehensive 6-2 away win over Aberdeen-based Juniors Banks O’Dee in December. Ayr reached the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup last season, eventually succumbing to Hibernian at Easter Road, despite Craig McGuffie’s ‘Goal of the Tournament’ strike.

Dick Campbell’s side followed up their victory at Somerset Park a fortnight ago with a 2-1 home win over Queen’s Park last weekend. The Spiders opened the scoring but goals either side of half-time from Gavin Swankie and David Gold gave the Red Lichties a third win in three matches and lifted them into third place in the League 1 table.

Arbroath reached this stage of the competition with a 3-0 win over Berwick Rangers after two consecutive seasons of falling at the third round.  Their last fourth round appearance saw them defeat Junior side Bo’ness 5-0 in November 2014, with Simon Murray netting a hat-trick. They would eventually go out to Hibernian in the next round.

Team News: Andy Geggan, Ross Docherty, Robbie Crawford, Chris Higgins and Brian Gilmour are out with injuries. Steven Bell is cup tied.

Ian says: “It is always good to get a break from the league and the Scottish Cup is a great competition that can give all kinds of opportunities the further you go. Once again we have key players out with injuries however we showed last week that we can still perform to a very high level despite the injuries. Arbroath have won twice at Somerset this season and we will be doing everything to make sure that doesn’t happen again. The supporters were incredible at Kirkcaldy last week and it would make a huge difference to the players to have that kind of support at home.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 34

Draws – 4

Arbroath wins – 13

 

On this day: in 1968, United defeated Albion Rovers 5-2 at Somerset Park in Division 2. Seven days later, however, the Honest Men were knocked out the Scottish Cup at home to today’s opponents Arbroath – the only meeting between the sides in the competition.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe

Assistant Referee 2 – Derek Crothers

 

Admission:

Adult – £14
Concessions – £7

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WEEK NUMBER 29    16/01/18

 

 

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MONDAY      
£50 M3424 S McTaggart Troon  
£10 C2121 Mrs Dante Ayr  
£10 B1222 Mrs McKnight Girvan  
£10 J0211 J Runciman Ayr  
         
TUESDAY      
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£10 A1015 C Martin Prestwick  
£10 C0231 J McPhail Glenpark Hotel  
£10 B0242 A Kerr Ayr  
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£10 A1745 B Baillie Ayr  
£10 X3912 B Morrison Ayr  
£10 E1045 K Walker Muirkirk  
         
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Ayr United 5 Star Lottery Update

The Management and Staff at the 5 Star Lottery would like to wish all our Agents, Half Time Draw Sellers and Members a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018.

2017 has been another successful year for the Lottery and we have recently funded the replacement framework and glazing for the west end of the main stand.

We have also assisted the Club to replace the Emergency Exits stairs at both ends of the stand as well as other improvements around the ground.

In total we have provided the Club with over £42,000 during the last 18 months and we are working with the Directors to support other improvements in 2018.

To be able to continue to provide funding we are always trying to attract new members and desperately require additional Agents. If you would like to become an Agent or wish to join the Lottery, please contact Dougie, Jeanne or Janine on 01292 263435 – option 1. They will be pleased to help and provide additional information

Raith Rovers 1 Ayr Utd 1

Raith Rovers 1 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

A thrilling top of the table clash ended in a share of the spoils as Ayr United and Raith Rovers served up an enthralling 1-1 draw at Starks Park with Greg Spences’ goal just after halftime cancelling out a sublime opening goal from United’s Lawrence Shankland.

With a bumper crowd inside Starks Park, this game was set up to be a captivating affair and it proved to be just that. With both teams going for it early doors, there was a frantic start to a game which through-out resembled a cup tie.

Although early chances weren’t clear-cut, Michael Rose did well to show his pace to get back and clear after former Ayr striker Liam Buchanan had run behind the United defence.  Shortly after, Lawrence Shankland pounced on a loose header from Raith’s Iain Davidson and went close.

On 18 mins Ayr could, and should, have taken the lead after a wonderfully constructed forward move. 18 yards inside his own half, Alan Forrest controlled the ball on his chest before turning and slipping the ball to captain Paddy Boyle who, with a ground pass, again found Forrest who had moved into the Raith half. Forrest this time picked out Michael Moffat who played the ball to Shankland whose deft header from the edge of the box found Jamie Adams 8 yards out. Inconceivably, the big midfielder appeared to mistime his header and put the ball over the bar.

As both teams pressed forward, the next 15 mins saw chances for both sides. Rover’s Lewis Vaughan went agonisingly close to giving his side the lead when his shot from 18 yards curled just wide of debutant keeper Jack Ruddy’s goal. Right back, Iain Davidson’s cross come shot flashed inches over the bar, while Buchanan only just failed to make contact with Vaughan’s driven cross along the 6-yard line. Ayr also saw efforts from Moffat, Steven Bell, and Forrest block and slammed away as the Raith defence threw bodies at the ball in their own box.

On 34 minutes, Ayr took the lead. Adams flicked the ball to Shankland at the halfway line and the striker nodded it to Moffat on the right before sprinting forward. Moffat played an exquisite pass over the Raith defence and back to Shankland who moved into the box. With the ball at an awkward height and keeper Graeme Smith almost on top of him, the United hitman stretched to lift the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net.

Just 4 mins later and Ayr were denied a stonewall penalty. Moffat turned the ball over his shoulder to Shankland at the edge of the box who controlled on his chest, turned and went past central defender Iain Davidson who stretched and caught the striker’s leg bringing him down. To the amazement of the Ayr players and fans, referee Barry Cook pointed for a goal kick.

United went into the break a goal to the good, but this only lasted for two second-half minutes as Rovers found a way back into the game.

The home side was awarded a dubious free kick on the right-hand side of the box which allowed Vaughan the opportunity to deliver a dangerous set piece. He played the ball low across the face of goal, which was met by a deft flick from Spence and the ball nestled in the back of the net via the back post.

Ayr tried to hit back straight from the re-start with a Moffat overhead flick finding Shankland at the edge of the box. With Shankland being dragged back by defender David McKay, the United man still managed to get to the ball and strike it hard but just over the bar.

With the game locked at 1-1 tensions started to build and Ayr were awarded an indirect free kick, six yards from goal after Raith defender Davidson held the ball between his legs to stop Ayr from tapping in at the back post.  Tempers started to flare at this point with defender Thomson starting the fracas by shoving a startled Craig Reid. Reid was moved away by his own players but was then approached at pace by centre-back Euan Murray. Reid and Murray were booked while Thomson took himself away from the conflict and avoided action.

Just as referee Cook contented himself that he had dealt with the situation, Jamie Adams crashed to the ground on the goal line surrounded by Raith players and handbags were again appearing from kit bags all over the 6-yard box.

When the freekick was eventually able to be taken, with the whole Rovers team on the line, it was no real surprise that Shankland’s fierce Drive was blocked and cleared.

The game continued to be played at frightening pace and with both defences having to throw everything at the ball to stop chances being turned into counters.  The introduction of Bobby Barr on the wing at halftime for Raith had given them a more direct attitude but the Ayr rear-guard stuck to their task manfully.

Raith were having their best period and Ruddy did well to save at the near post from Buchanan, Spence almost connected to a flashing cross from Barr, and Buchanan turned the ball over the bar with a drive. Vaughan watched his free-kick flash just over the bar as Raith searched for a winner and Barr was blocked by a mass of United players as he sought to find space to shoot after a darting run.

Ayr weathered this Raith dominated period and came back with a rousing final 15 mins that saw Moffat and Shankland strikes going close as this time Raith called on hands on deck. On 80 mins Steven Bell, at full stretch, directed Forrest’s corner from the left, wide of the right-hand post.

Shortly afterward Ayr had another shout for a penalty as the ball hit midfielder Ross Matthews on the arm and gave him control as he cleared in the 6-yard box.

It was to be United who had the last chance as McDaid danced past the defence but his shot from close range grazed the bar and that was just about that.

A captivating and enthralling affair at Starks Park, contested by two well-matched teams. Rovers remain a point clear at the top with two games in hand, but if this game is anything to go by, we’re in for a rollercoaster end to the season.

Next game for the Honest Men is the Scottish Cup Fourth Round home match against Arbroath on Saturday.

Raith Rovers

Smith, Thomson, McKay, Davidson, Murray, Matthews, Robertson, Vaughan, Herron, Buchanan Spence Subs: Watson, Berry, Barr, Osei, Court, Lennox, Hendry

Ayr United

Ruddy, Ferguson, Reid, Rose, Boyle, McDaid, Adams, Bell, Forrest, Shankland, Moffat Subs: Hart (GK), Moore, McGuffie, Hilton, Faulds, Murphy, McCowan

Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 3,064

United net keeper Ruddy

Ayr United have signed 20-year old goalkeeper Jack Ruddy on loan from English Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season.  The highly-rated stopper is available for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash at Raith Rovers after international clearance was received this afternoon.

Jack Ruddy of Wolverhampton Wanderers during training

Manager Ian McCall said: “Jack is a boy I have known for a long time.  I have spoken to 6 or 7 people in the game I trust including a former international keeper and he is extremely highly regarded. He is young however he is a Scotland under 21 internationalist and well over 6ft. He will get the opportunity on Saturday at Starks Park and after that we are hoping that him and Jordan work off each other and provide top competition for the rest of the season.”

Glasgow-born Ruddy was with Rangers as a youngster before his family relocated to southern Spain in 2010. Impressive performances for his local side led to Ruddy joining the youth ranks of second-tier side Real Murcia and secure a trial with Villareal, however, regulations preventing Spanish clubs signing foreign players under the age of 21 saw Ruddy return to the United Kingdom, signing for Bury in 2014, aged 16.

Standing at 6ft 5in, Jack made his professional debut in November 2015 in what proved to be his only appearance for the Shakers before making the switch to Molineaux for an undisclosed fee in August 2016.

Jack spent the first half of this season on loan to League 1 side Oldham Athletic where he made 5 appearances and last month Wolves handed him a contract extension until 2020 with the option of a further year. A Scotland youth internationalist, Jack made his debut for Scotland U21s in March 2017.

Raith match preview

Match Preview
Raith Rovers vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 13th February 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Kirkcaldy looking to regain top spot in League 1 from title rivals Raith Rovers. Three defeats in four games have seen Ian McCall’s side usurped by the Fife side, who now lead United by one point with two games in hand.

Rovers pose a formidable challenge at Starks Park where they have won 10 out of 10 leagues games this season, conceding just four goals in the process. Following a blip in November which saw them lose consecutive games at Dumbarton, Ayr and Peterhead in the Challenge Cup, league and Scottish Cup respectively – without scoring – Barry Smith’s men are unbeaten in their last seven games, dropping points only in a 2-2 draw at Airdrie.

Team News: Chris Higgins, Andy Geggan, Ross Docherty, Robbie Crawford and Brian Gilmour are definitely out. Michael Rose and Craig McGuffie are 50/50 chances to make it. Jack Ruddy joins the squad.

Ian says: “We certainly didn’t expect to come into this game on a run of 3 defeats in our last 4 however we are one point behind and this is very much a top of the table clash so I hope we have a good support there that get right behind us. Raith are expecting a big boost in numbers however our away support are second to none in the way they can get behind the team. We still have key players out injured however we have every confidence in the boys that will be starting. They are a good side, well organised and have a good manager so it will be very tough. Raith have won all 10 home games however we beat them comfortably at Somerset and we should have won the last match at Starks so we will be going there knowing we can get something if we are at our best.

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 50

Draws – 44

Raith Rovers wins – 50

 

United have just one win in their last seven trips to Starks Park, with four of the games ending all square.

 

Last Meeting: United beat Rovers in November after a dominant performance at Somerset Park earned the Honest Men a 3-0 victory.  Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Ayr’s advantage was doubled six minute later with a fine strike from Robbie Crawford. A late Craig Moore goal rounded off the scoring, with the result giving United a three point advantage at the top of the table.

Earlier in the season, Rovers were 2-1 winners when the sides met at Starks Park in September; Lewis Vaughan and Jason Thomson

On this day: in 1940, the Honest Men defeated Celtic 3-1 at Celtic Park. The result was made all the more remarkable because outside left Fally Rodger was required to deputise in goal due to the illness of regular ‘keeper Hall. Rodger put in an inspired performance in his unfamiliarl role, even saving a Celtic penalty.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Douglas Ross

Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Grainger

 

Admission:

Adult – £15

Junior (unaccompanied) – £8
Junior (Under 16, accompanied by a full paying adult) – £5
Junior (Under 12, accompanied by a full paying adult) – Free
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £8
Concession (Student/Jobseeker) – £10
Disabled supporter & carer – £8

Concession and free tickets for U12s must be purchased from the Main Office ticket window. Proof of status required.

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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FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

 

WEEK NUMBER 28    09/01/18

 

 

£1000 B4225 JOHN MCGUIRE AYR  
         
MONDAY      
£50 B3032 H Blane Kincaidston  
£10 A2825 W Bowman Drouthy Neebors  
£10 A1415 J Groves Glenpark Hotel  
£10 K0331 D Low Ayr  
         
TUESDAY      
£50 A3545 A Dunlop Ayr  
£10 F2441 E Gallacher Ayr  
£10 J0145 J Runciman Ayr  
£10 G1545 R McDonald Wallace Bar  
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WEDNESDAY      
£50 G3641 S McCormick Pollock Williamson
£10 D0741 S Poole Prestwick  
£10 B2343 E Carmichael Kilwinning  
£10 D2311 G Spencer Girvan  
         
THURSDAY      
£50 B4311 P Gibson Ayr  
£10 C0214 R Smith St Cuthberts Golf Club  
£10 B4312 M Mcgowan Ayr  
£10 D4035 J Muller Patna  
         
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Club shop 2018

The new club shop has been up and running since the 1st of July and now that Christmas has passed we would like to thank all of our supporters who have bought something in store or online. We are delighted with how the first six months have gone and of course we couldn’t have done it without you.

As we move through  2018 we will continue to provide new ranges of clothing, gifts and accessories.

Our new opening hours are as follows

MONDAY – 1pm to 5pm

TUESDAY – Closed

WEDNESDAY – 2pm to 5pm

THURSDAY – 2pm to 7pm

FRIDAY – 10am to 4pm

On matchday’s we will open at 11am and also open for a short time after the match.

If there is anything that you would like to see in the shop or anything you would like to ask us please pop in or email on shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Ayr Utd 1 Arbroath 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Arbroath

by AUmedia

Ayr slipped to second in the league after another ‘head-shakingly’ stunning result at Somerset Park. Only seven days after bottom club Forfar had come from behind to take all three points, Arbroath did the same.

Yet again it had been going so well for United, taking the lead after only 3 mins, creating chance after chance, and dealing comfortably with the Arbroath attack who took 52 mins to register their first shot on target. To make frustrations worse, with only 3 mins remaining, 10-man Arbroath were handed their winner on a plate in totally unnecessary circumstances.

With Michael Rose, Brian Gilmour and Craig McGuffie ruled out, joining Andy Geggan, Robbie Crawford and captain Ross Docherty on the side-lines, the wisdom of signing experienced midfielder Steven Bell from Stranraer was immediately highlighted as manager McCall’s resources looked stretched.

Ayr started the match at pace and carved out the opening goal on 3 mins. From an Arbroath throw, Jamie Adams headed to Lawrence Shankland who nodded into the path of Michael Moffat. Moffat who took a touch and slipped the ball to Alan Forrest who passed it beyond keeper Hutton and into the net. 1 – 0 United.

Arbroath reacted well to going behind and play was very even but with no clear-cut chances. Then on 21 mins Ayr went close when debutant Bell headed a Forrest cross inches wide.

On 31mins, after a beautifully flowing move from United, started by Michael Moffat at the halfway line, inside to Adams then wide to Ferguson on the right, lifted forward to Shankland and cheekily flicked inside to where Adams re-connected at the edge of the box but leant back and fired over.

In the next few minutes, Forrest intercepted the ball and danced through the Arbroath defence before misconnecting with his left foot some 20 yards out, sending the ball high and wide. Next, Forrest raced onto a Moffat pass down the left and played in a delightful curving cross with which Declan McDaid failed to connect by millimetres near the back post.

In the 37th min came a moment of great controversy. After another sweeping move from Ayr, McDaid fired the ball across the face of goal and it appeared to be flicked off the line by Arbroath defender Ricky Little’s arm, but despite protestations referee Kirkland waved play on.

Ayr seemed to be gaining control of the match and went close again on 41 mins with Shankland finding Moffat with a cross from the right to the back post, but the striker fired over.

Half time and Ayr appeared comfortable with a one goal cushion but, for the second Saturday in a row, the Honest Men would come to rue their missed chances in the second 45.

The opening minutes of the 2nd half were very quiet, notable only for Arbroath’s first shot on target.  On 52 mins, Blair Yule released a drive from 20 yards, but it was easily dealt with by keeper Jordan Hart.

1 min later and there came an injury that seemed to disturb United’s rhythm and stimulate Arbroath in midfield as Ayr were forced to re-adjusted. Chris Higgins appeared to be struggling and, as the bench prepared to replace him, he went to the deck having injured himself even more. With the big defender stretchered off, Steven Bell moved into his defensive position and young Stuart Faulds come on in midfield.

Arbroath began to dominate midfield and United became slower to support its forward line. On 58 mins, Ayr were flashed a warning sign when Yule snuck in at the back post to reach a cross from the right but managed to scuff the ball past from 3 yards.  A real let off for United who were beginning to look jittery.

Ayr tried to add spice to their attack by replacing Declan McDaid with Craig Moore, and although a Shankland strike was ruled out for offside, it was Arbroath who were carrying the threat now. On 67 mins that threat was turned into a goal when Ayr failed to clear from the box and Ryan Wallace turned and smashed the ball home from close range. 1 – 1 but the action was not over.

On 77 mins the ‘Lichties’’ O’Brien was booked for hacking down Moffat as he broke free at the halfway line then 4 mins later he received a second booking when he brought down Shankland who had got past the Arbroath defence and was going through on goal at the edge of the box. Arbroath were down to 10 men and United pushed forward to try and find a winner.

Then came a moment of self-destruction from Ayr. With United pressing Arbroath hit the ball long and wide out to the left and striker Leighton McIntosh chased with defender Bell towards the side-line. Keeper Hart charged from his box to intercept but with McIntosh coming free with the ball and Hart kicking through clear air and left in no man’s land the striker played the ball into the gapingly open net.

1 – 2 to Arbroath and no way back for Ayr. As the final whistle blew, Raith had jumped into pole position in the league, and United fans were left squirming after another defeat from a winning position.

Next up a challenging away fixture against league leaders Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy next Saturday.

Ayr United

Hart, Ferguson, Reid, Higgins, Boyle, Bell, Adams, Forrest, Moffat, Shankland, McDaid Substitutes: Avci (GK), Moore, Hilton, Faulds, Balfour, Murphy, McCowan

 

Arbroath

Hutton, Little, Hamilton, O’Brien, Yule, Whatley, Linn, Martin, McIntosh, Wallace, Denholm Substitutes: Gomes (GK), Hester, Prunty, Kader, McCord, Gold, Henry

 

Referee: Steven Kirkland

Attendance: 1436