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Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Tuesday 20th March 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
Ayr United have the opportunity to open up a six point gap at the top of League 1 tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to Cliftonhill to face Albion Rovers. Ayr’s win at Forfar on Saturday, coupled with the postponement of Raith Rovers’ match on Sunday, has put the Honest Men in the box seat with seven games to go.
After a promising start to the season, Albion Rovers have found the going tougher in recent weeks, dropping down ninth place. Rovers sit just one point ahead of bottom side Queen’s Park, albeit with a couple of games in hand on both the Spiders and eighth-placed Forfar Athletic.
Brian Kerr’s side have won just one of their last 13 games – away to Stranraer – and have only one win to their name at home since the end of September. With 27 goals in 33 games, former United forward Alan Trouten remains a key threat and he opened the scoring on Saturday at home to Arbroath, but the Red Lichties hit back to inflict defeat on the Coatbridge side.
Team News: Jamie Adams comes back into the squad giving a full team other than Chris Higgins.
Ian says: “There are 7 games to go and of course we have got ourselves in a nice position 3 points clear however this season has had many twists and turns so we are keeping fully focused on one match at a time. Forfar was always going to be a difficult game on Saturday with the conditions and them being in good form but we put in a professional display and we were delighted with the win. We won’t have to contend with the wind tonight like we have in our last two matches, the pitch will be heavy but we know what to expect and we are hugely looking forward to it.”
Head to head (at Coatbridge):
Ayr United wins – 18
Draws – 5
Albion Rovers wins – 20
None of the last 17 meetings between Ayr and Albion Rovers have ended in a draw (10 Ayr wins, 7 Albion).
Last Meeting: Ayr opened the season with a convincing 5-1 win at a sunny Cliftonhill in August. Declan McDade opened the scoring in just the 2nd minute, with Michael Moffat and Craig Moore both adding goals before half-time. Moore would go on to complete his hat-trick before Connor Shields netted a late consolation for Brian Kerr’s side.
December’s clash at Somerset Park was a more tightly contested affair; Craig Moore gave Ayr the lead in the 16th minute but Sean Higgins equalised for the visitors nine minutes later. Three goals in five crazy second-half minutes saw Ayr go 2-1 up through Lawrence Shankland, Alan Trouten counter only for Chris Higgins to score what prove to be the winner.
The final fixture between the two sides is at Somerset Park on the final weekend of the season.
On this day: in 2010, Ayr defeated Queen of the South 3-0 at Somerset Park with goals from Tam McManus, Danny McKay and Mark Roberts. Current United players Craig Reid and Jamie Adams featured for the Doonhamers, while assistant manager Neil Scally was among the substitutes.
Referee – Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – David Dunne
Adult – £14
Concession – £7
Children under 12 – £2
Concession entry covers Senior Citizens (65+), Unemployed (on production of the appropriate benefit card), students with student ID and Disabled (Carer Free).
Forfar Athletic 0 v 2 Ayr United
United went three points clear at the top of League One as they eased to a 2-0 victory at Station Park against Forfar. Moffat opened the scoring early on before Moore wrapped things up with a penalty late in the second half.
Almost from the kick-off United caused panic in the Forfar defence when keeper McCallum rushed out of his box to shepherd a log Ruddy kick-out out of play. He hadn’t reckoned on the determination of Lawrence Shankland who sneaked in behind him, stole the ball and was only prevented from causing further damage by fullback Whyte slamming the ball out for a corner.
Forfar were showing nervousness and disquiet at the back with centre-back Munro and keeper McCallum resorting to yelling at and shoving each other over a failure to clear after McDaid went close just 2 mins later. Loons’ handbags discarded, United kept up the pressure.
On 10 mins Ayr went ahead following some dazzling skill by Moffat. Moffat received the ball from Boyle, wide on the left, then nutmegged Millar before surging into the box and curling a shot across the face of goal and in at the back post. In what was to be a tricky game, Ayr had made the perfect start.
Forfar’s first chance of the game came on 18 mins when Easton found space in the box but Geggan was quick to react and blocked his shot from close range. The home side were beginning to grow in confidence and almost found an opening on 28 mins. Again, it was Easton who was causing problems but when Dingwall passed the ball into his path he blazed well over from almost the same position as before.
The last chance of the half fell on 43 mins to the impressive Forrest. Forrest worked a quick one-two with McDaid some 25-yards out before darting to the edge of the box where his curling drive caught was caught by the wind to drag it wide of the post, much to the relief of the well beaten McCallum.
Forfar had the first chance of the second half when Ruddy fumbled a 30-yard wind-assisted driven freekick from Millar but the United grasped the ball back as it tried to squirm goalward.
Ayr’s first opportunity of the second half came to Shankland on 51 mins. Boyle’s cutback to Shankland in the box was slightly behind the striker who couldn’t get a proper connection but still forced the keeper McCallum into an acrobatic one-handed save at his near post.
McDaid was then put through into the box on the right by Forrest but under close attention from Whyte he could only drive his shot high.
Forrest had been causing the Forfar defence problems all game and he almost picked up a goal of his own on 62 mins. Receiving a pass from Shankland, Forrest side-stepped Whyte to create a space but the defender reacted well to get back and block the shot.
Ayr were on fire and moments later when the tireless Shankland burst down the left before sending a looping and curling cross to the back post where McDaid volleyed first-time but again saw his shot rise over the bar.
Ayr were to wrap up the three points when they were awarded a penalty on 80 mins. Shankland sprinted past Munro in the box who saw no other option than to drag the United man back. A penalty was awarded, and Munro was dismissed for his troubles. Substitute Moore stepped up and slammed the ball down the middle to give Ayr a two goal cushion.
On 85 mins it looked like Ayr had another penalty when defender Bain barged Moore in the back as he drove into the box going one-on-one with the keeper. Referee Kevin Graham saw nothing amiss and waved the claim away.
Forfar could have grabbed one back at the death, Miller doing well to get down to the line before finding fellow substitute Hurst just 7-yards out, but he fluffed his shot well wide when it looked easier to score.
It was a hard shift for United but a well-deserved three points. Ayr now travel to Albion Rovers in Coatbridge on Tuesday for their 3rd consecutive away game as they seek to maintain their lead at the top of the table.
McCallum, Whyte, Munro, Travis, Bain, Mackintosh, Dingwall, Millar, Easton, Aitken, Hilson. Subs Peters, MacIver, Hurst, Allan, McNaughton, Miller, Adam.
Ruddy, Boyle, Rose, Bell, Geggan, McDaid, Kerr, Crawford, Forrest, Moffat, Shankland. Subs Hart, Moore, McGuffie, Ferguson, Docherty, Reid.
Referee: Kevin Graham
Arbroath vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 14th March 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
On Saturday, league leaders Ayr United return to Angus to face Forfar Athletic at Station Park. Ian McCall’s side battled Arbroath – and the elements – to earn a point on Wednesday night at Gayfield which saw them overtake Raith Rovers on goal difference at the top of the table. With the Kirkcaldy side not playing until Sunday, United have the opportunity to open up a three point advantage with a win against the Loons.
The Honest Men were given a helping hand by Forfar during the week when Jim Weir’s side defeated Raith 2-1. That result saw Forfar climb out the bottom two as they attempt to stave of the threat of relegation. Their previous home game was their biggest of the season – a 5-1 demolition of Stranraer – while in between those two result they drew at Queen’s Park and lost at Arbroath.
Former United defender Eddie Malone will miss the game through suspension.
Team News: Jamie Adams will miss out and will be back for Tuesday at Albion Rovers. Paddy Boyle should be able to play after missing Wednesdays match at Arbroath.
Ian says: “Every single match at this stage of the season is very difficult. Wednesday night was crazy conditions with the wind as strong as it was so hopefully this match will be played in better conditions. Forfar are in much better form now and of course they had a good result during the week so they will be full of confidence. We will look to utilise the squad over the next few games so it is great to have a very strong looking bench.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 52
Draws – 16
Arbroath wins – 28
October’s 5-0 win over Forfar Athletic was our biggest win at Station Park since February 1985.
Last Meeting: The Loons shocked the Honest Men at Somerset Park when the sides last met, at the end of December. Michael Moffat’s goal on the stroke of half-time and Lawrence Shankland’s strike in the 67th minute put United into a seemingly comfortable lead only for goals by Jordan Hornby and a Matthew Aitken double gave the the visitors all three points.
Earlier in the season, United had netted eight goals with no reply over the two fixtures between the sides.
On this day: in 2002, United played Rangers in the League Cup final, eventually losing out 4-0 to the Ibrox side.
Referee – Kevin Graham
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Fillippo Mazzoni
Adult – £12
Concession (u17 and 65+) – £6
Additional £1 for stand
Arbroath 1 v 1 Ayr United
Ayr left it late to grab the point which took them back to the top of League 1 on a windswept night against a determined Arbroath side that United manager Ian McCall rates as one of the top teams in the division.
The first half saw both sides struggling to come to terms with the windy conditions but Arbroath, having the advantage of the wind at their backs, had much of the play. Despite this, United’s defence looked in control restricting Arbroath to shots from distance (Denholm 4mins, Whatley 27 mins, and Martin 35 mins) and working manfully to block any clear-cut chances.
Surprisingly it was Ayr who looked more likely to score, carving out some good chances. A delightful cross in by Geggan on 10 mins found Moffat unmarked but his header was superbly saved at full stretch by on-form keeper, Ricky Gomes. Gomes again came to Arbroath’s rescue with a fingertip save from Shankland on 21 mins turning the ball wide. 2 mins later Adams could only look on in disbelief as a curving ball into the box from Kerr smashed off his knee and went agonisingly wide. With 38 mins gone, Crawford jinked into the box from the left and curled a delicious shot just past the far post with the keeper beaten. Then it was again Shankland’s turn to see his shot saved by the keeper.
Just as it looked like Ayr would reach halftime without conceding, and with a warm dressing room beckoning as just rewards for their efforts, Arbroath took the lead. Rose’s attempted clearance was blocked by Swankie and he found Denholm free to his left. The wide-man then unleashed a swerving drive around the advancing Geggan and past Ruddy at his left-hand post.
As the second half got underway the wind strengthened to the stage that play, at times, became farcical and United found little advantage. Arbroath were reduced to a handful of breakaway chances with only 2 shots on target in the second 45 mins while Ayr became more and more frustrated.
Enter Craig McGuffie as a substitute on 77mins. The youngster’s introduction changed the game for Ayr as he kept the ball close, dribbling through the ranks of Arbroath players who seemed unable to counter his skills. United became much more of a threat and with Moore, McDaid and Shankland all being denied by the impressive Gomes. Ayr were turning up the heat.
It was no surprise when it was McGuffie who found the way to goal. With 86 mins on the clock McGuffie played a one-two with Bell before surging behind the Arbroath backline and slamming the ball into the net from a narrow angle.
It could have been 2 only 2 mins later when a McGuffie cross found Shankland but, with Gomes reduced to an on-looker, the ball crashed against the post before being cleared.
United, back on top of the league on goal difference from Raith, now find themselves with another journey to Angus on Saturday where the face Forfar Athletic.
Gomes, Little, Hamilton, O’Brien, Yule, Whatley, Linn, Martin, Wallace, Swankie, Denholm Substitutes: Hutton (GK), Kader, Gold, McCord, McIntosh, Skelly.
Ruddy, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, McDaid, Adams, Shankland, Reid, Kerr, Bell Substitutes: Hart (GK), Moore, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Docherty
Referee: Colin Steven
Arbroath vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 14th March 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight, Ayr United travel to Gayfield to face Arbroath – with the huge incentive of needing just a point to return to the top of the league table. Three consecutive 3-0 wins at home, including over title rivals Raith Rovers on Saturday, coupled with the Kirkcaldy side’s loss at Forfar last night mean Ian McCall’s side are just a point behind Rovers going into tonight’s game.
The match will see Dick Campbell return to the dug-out following his ban for storming on to the Somerset Park pitch when the sides last met, in the Scottish Cup in December. His temporary absence from the touchline hasn’t upset the Red Lichties too much, with Campbell even picking up the Manager of the Month award for February.
Arbroath are undefeated at home since before Christmas (five matches), including a fine 2-0 win over Angus rivals Forfar at the weekend.
Team News: Paddy Boyle is out with the knock he picked up on Saturday however we are hopeful he will be ok for the weekend.
Ian says: “Of course it’s a help to us but last nights result won’t even come into our thinking. I’ve always said we only concern ourselves with what we are doing and tonight’s game will be extremely tough, we know that. In saying that we are in great form and just like every single game we have played this season we will be going there to try and score goals and win the game.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 51
Draws – 17
Arbroath wins – 27
United have won six of their last seven visits to Gayfield, scoring 22 goals.
Last Meeting: Arbroath are the only side to record two league wins at Somerset Park this season, beating the Honest Men 2-1 in August and January, coming from behind on both occasions. United reaped a measure of revenge when they knocked the Red Lichties out the Scottish Cup with a 4-1 win also thanks to goals from Declan McDaid (2), Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore.
Ayr also recorded a 4-1 victory over Dick Campbell’s side when they travelled to Gayfield in November. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring the the first half before a devastating spell of 3 goals in 5 minutes – from Shankland again, Moore and a David Gold own goal – put United four goals to the good before the hour mark. Gavin Swankie got a late consolation.
On this day: in 1959, Ayr beat Arbroath 3-1 at Gayfield to open up an eight point advantage over the Red Lichties at the top of the old Division 2. The goals took United’s tally to 96 in just 27 league matches.
Referee – Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe
Adult – £14
Concession – £8
Adult & Child – £17
Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 10th March 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United host league leaders Raith Rovers in what could prove to be a massive game in the League 1 title race. The Kirkcaldy side currently hold a four point advantage over the Honest Men but have played a game more as we enter the final quarter of the season.
Postponements at Arbroath and Coatbridge in the last seven days mean its Ayr’s fifth consecutive home fixture and Ian McCall’s side thankfully appear to have returned to form, recording 3-0 wins over East Fife and Airdrieonians most recently at Somerset Park, chalking up 100 goals in all competitions in the process.
Rovers have lost just once in the league since their last visit to Somerset Park in November but have dropped four points in their last two games, conceding in the 90th minute at Albion Rovers and at home to Arbroath to draw both games 2-2.
Barry Smith is without captain Iain Davidson and midfielder John Herron through suspension. French midfielder Willis Furtado picked up League 1’s Player of the Month Award for February and already has a goal to his name at Somerset Park this season, for previous club Airdrieonians in October.
Team News: Chris Higgins is out and everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “After not having a game for two weeks we are absolutely desperate to get back out there and what a game to come back to. Thankfully we haven’t had too much disruption due to the weather, we trained indoors at Toryglen on Monday and Tuesday to ensure our preparations weren’t affected. Training has been excellent and there is a great mood in the squad just now. We are still of the back of two 3-0 wins and with a fully fit squad other than Higgy there is no doubt that there is plenty of confidence. The previous 3 games with Raith have all been eventful and with one win a piece and a draw between the teams there is everything to play for. This match will decide nothing yet in terms of the title however it goes without saying it is a game we want to win. There should be a good crowd, a fantastic atmosphere and this is the kind of game you are involved in football for.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 50
Draws – 45
Raith Rovers wins – 50
Rovers have won two of their last 10 trips to Somerset Park, both games finishing 2-0.
Last Meeting: United have scored first in the three previous meetings between the sides this season. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring at Starks Park in September – his first of 23 goals so far this season – but second-half goals from Lewis Vaughan and Jason Thomson saw all three points remain Fife.
January’s fixture at Starks Park finished all-square, with Shankland and Greig Spence on the scoresheet but November’s game at Somerset Park was a more one-sided affair, Lawrence Shankland again scoring the first goal of the game, with Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore rounding off a dominant 3-0 victory.
On this day: in 2000, United won a rescheduled Division 1 fixture at home to Partick Thistle. Veteran midfielder Steve Bowey scored the only goal of the game with a shot off the crossbar.
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff
There will be a presentation at half time from the AU500 fund which brings the total raised to £20’000 since August 2016. A fantastic achievement and thank you to all involved.
Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5
Every year there is the CFK Easter Egg Appeal to bring a little bit of chocolate cheer to children around Ayrshire.
Once again our catering manager Lynne Watson is leading the Ayr United appeal.
Last year we delivered well over 200 easter eggs to West FM.
This year we want to set another record and get close to 300 eggs.
If you would like to help then we can take easter eggs anytime from now until the Queens Park match on the 24th of March.
If you would like to donate an easter egg(s) then please bring it to the front door of the main stand, the club shop or the main office.
After the postponement of tomorrows match at Albion Rovers we can now confirm the dates of our two outstanding matches.
Wednesday 14th March 7.45pm – Arbroath v Ayr United
Tuesday 20th March 7.45pm – Albion Rovers v Ayr United
Tel: +44 (0) 1292 263435
Fax:+44 (0) 1292 281314
Ayr United Football Club, Somerset Park Tryfield Place, Ayr, KA8 9NB