Ayr Utd 1 Arbroath 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Arbroath

by AUmedia

The Honest Men’s 100% start to the league campaign came to an end as Arbroath left Somerset Park with all 3 points thanks to goals from Kadar and Whatley after Higgins had opened the scoring for United.   The first chance of the match came for the away side after only 4 mins when striker Swankie met a free kick at the front post and his header fell just beyond the back post.  Ayr then had a chance 2 mins later when Forrest had a pop at goal however the shot was tame and easily saved by ex-Honest Man Hutton in goal.

Arbroath were causing Ayr problems early on and almost went ahead on 10 mins when O’Brien’s header was superbly saved by Hart at the bottom right corner and cleared off the line to safety by Docherty.  It was then Ayr’s turn to have a header cleared off the line when Geggan met a McDaid in swinger and saw his header cleared away by a defender on 21 mins.

The Red Lichties were playing a very effective counter attacking game and it almost earned them the lead on 37 mins.  Arbroath won the ball and broke quickly before setting Swankie through on goal however his shot was well saved by Hart from a one-on-one position.

Ayr were to take the lead on 41 mins through defined Higgins.  A corner from McDaid fell kindly to Moore at the back post whose shot was palmed away by Hutton but Higgins was there to sweep home the rebound to give Ayr the lead, 1-0.   Ayr upped the tempo in search for a second before halftime and almost doubled their lead on 43 mins.  Moore met the ball at the back post and his ambitious bicycle kick was well saved by Hutton from close range.

Ayr were preparing to go into halftime with a slender lead however the visitors got themselves on level terms right before the break.  Ayr failed to clear the ball in the box and Kader was lurking at the back post to fire home the equaliser, 1-1 on 45 mins.   Kadar almost netted his second of the match on 46 mins when his in-swinging corner almost crossed the line if it weren’t for Hart who did well to claw the ball away to prevent a potential freak goal for the away side.

Ayr were struggling to break down the well organised Arbroath who were creating more chances and this time Swankie had another glorious chance to score.  The Arbroath striker found himself with time and space in the box and his half volley had to be palmed away by Hart on 50 mins to ensure that the score line remained level.

Moffat then had a shot on the edge of the area on 53 mins that was tame and caused Hutton no problems at all as it rolled wide of the post.

Arbroath were to take a deserved lead on 59 mins through Whatley.  Doris the collected the ball on the edge of the area and lay the ball off for Whatley who sent in a high curling shot from 20 yards that Hart couldn’t keep out, 1-2.

Ayr struggled to apply any real pressure to the away side and Geggan had the only shot of note in the remaining half hour, one which went straight down the throat of Hutton on 69 mins.   Ayr slip down to 2nd place after this defeat and now take a break from league action as they welcome Montrose to Somerset on Tuesday evening in the second round of the Irn Bru Cup.

Ayr United  Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, Forrest, McDaid, Docherty.  Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, McGuffie, Ferguson, Murphy, McGowan, Reid.   Arbroath  Hutton, Gold, Hamilton, Little, O’Brien, Whatley, Kader, Yule, Doris, Swankie, Denholm.  Substitutes Prunty, Linn, Henry, McCord, Skelly, Gomes.   Referee:  Mike Roncome Attendance:  1569

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Arbroath Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 26th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United face Arbroath looking to make it four wins out of four in League 1 and to consolidate their position at the top of the table. The Honest Men continued their goalscoring form last weekend, netting four times against Stranraer to take the season’s tally to 32 in 9 games but three goals conceded made for a less straightforward victory than Ian McCall would have hoped for.

League 2 Champions Arbroath have started life in League 1 with four points from their three games. Dick Campbell’s men opened their account with a 2-0 win over fellow promoted side Queen’s Park at Gayfield and then picked up a point away to Airdrieonians. Last weekend they were on the reverse of a 3-2 defeat at home to East Fife.

Familiar faces in the Arbroath squad include striker Bryan Prunty and goalkeeper David Hutton, who joined the club from Dunfermline Athletic. Dick Campbell raided former club Forfar Athletic over the summer, adding Thomas O’Brien, Danny Denholm and Gavin Swankie. Forward Swankie joins his hometown club for a fourth spell after the Red Lichties reportedly paid a fee of £8000 for the 33-year-old.

Team News: Jamie Adams is out, everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “Its a very important game for us, we want to have an outstanding home record and make teams hate coming here. We will look to attack from the off as we have in every game however we need our fans to be patient and get behind us. Having that support from the terraces at home this season could be absolutely crucial. Away from home we have the best backing in the league by a long way, no question about that.

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 53

Draws – 19

Arbroath wins – 26

 

Ayr have outscored Arbroath 202 goals to 131 in the 98 meetings between the sides, the first a 5-0 victory in August 1925.

 

Last Meeting: United completed the clean sweep over the the Red Lichties in Season 2013/14 with 12 points out of 12. The last meeting between the sides was at Somerset Park in March 2014. Craig Malcolm opened the scoring in the 4th minute but the home side saw Michael Donald sent off before half-an-hour on the clock. Kenny Deuchar levelled things for Arbroath in the 38th minute but Michael Moffat scored what proved to be the winner for 10-men Ayr just two minutes later.

 

On this day: Ayr have a poor record in recent years on August 26th, losing seven of the last eight matches played on this date to nil, a run stretching back to 1989. The Honest Men’s only win during that period was a 5-2 victory over Falkirk in 2000; Glynn Hurst netting a hat-trick at Somerset Park.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Mike Roncome

Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome

Assistant Referee 2 – Chris McTiernan

 

Admission:

Adults – £16 Concessions (18-21, 65+, Students) – £10 U18s – £5

Stranraer 3 Ayr Utd 4

Stranraer 3 v 4 Ayr United

by AUmedia

Ayr were on the front foot from the start and had early control. On 10 mins, after showing good skill in the box, McDaid came close to giving Ayr yet another early lead with a strike that smacked off the post.   Ayr’s large travelling support (567 out of the 1070 present) were left shell-shocked when Stranraer took the lead against the run of play on 15 mins.  A long ball wasn’t dealt with properly by Reid allowing Wallace to take possession and fire home to make it 1-0 Stranraer.

United got themselves on level terms on 41 mins when McDaid made amends for his miss earlier in the half with a superb strike.  Moffat laid ball off to the winger who dribbled his way into the box before unleashing a powerful left-footed drive in off the crossbar.

Ayr have become famous this season for their quick starts and had yet another one in the second half when they got their noses in front through Moore.  On 48 mins captain Docherty won the ball in midfield and slipped it through to Moore on the right who fired underneath Belford into the bottom left corner to give Ayr a 2-1 lead.   Ayr increased their lead on 58 mins. Reid lifted the ball to Moore who neatly chested it to Moffat. Moffat returned the favour with a header into the bath of Moore who drove into the box and to the right before cutting it back to the on-rushing Moffat who slammed the ball home.

Stranraer continued to plug away and almost reduced the deficit with a Wallace free kick that flashed just over on 62 mins.  Ayr almost punished this missed chance too as Moffat raced through one on one on 71 mins but blasted the ball wide of the post when it seemed easier to score.   Just as Ayr looked to be easing to another win, a horror 4 mins saw the home side haul themselves back on level terms.

On 79 mins striker Thomson met a ball from a corner and his header was too powerful for Hart and it hit the back of the net for 2-3.

4 mins later and Thomson was there again getting beyond the Ayr defence to chip the ball over Hart for 3-3.  The Ayr defence felt hard done by as Thomson appeared to have come back from an offside position then push Higgins before scoring but referee Charleston was not having any of it and the goal stood.

3 mins later, Higgins played the ball forward from his own half to Moore who tapped the ball back to Crawford. Crawford moved forward purposefully before threading the ball between defenders Robinson and Lang into the box where Boyle ended a lung-bursting 50 yard overlapping run by collecting then slamming the ball home. Cue delirium and spark wild celebrations from the United team and support, 3-4 on 84 mins.

Moore had the last chance of the game but saw his one-on-one effort saved by Belford as Ayr claimed all three points. Ayr now welcome Arbroath to Somerset Park on Saturday as they look to continue their impressive start.

STRANRAER – Belford, Robertson, Dick, Lang, Bell, Hamill, Thomson, Agnew, Anderson, Wallace, Okoh.  Substitutes Currie (GK), Neill, Woods, Turner, McKinlay, McLaughlin, Stoney.

AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Docherty, Reid.  Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson.

 

Referee: Craig Charleston

Attendance: 1070

Stranraer match preview

Match Preview Stranraer vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 19th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel down the A77 to take on Stranraer at Stair Park. Ian McCall’s men will be looking to continue the form which has seen them score 28 goals in eight games in all competitions this season and retain the only 100% record in League 1.

Stranraer defeated Clyde in their Irn-Bru Cup tie on Tuesday night at Broadwood but needed extra-time to edge past the Bully Wee. The Blues came back from two-goals down thanks to a Scott Agnew penalty and an own goal during 90 minutes before Ryan Wallace’s extra-time winner.  The Blues started their league campaign with a 1-0 home victory over East Fife – their first win of the season after losing all four games in a tough Betfred Cup group – but were vanquished 3-0 by Raith Rovers at Starks Park last weekend.

Boss Stephen Farrell, who took over from Brian Reid in January with the Blues struggling at the foot of League 1, has added former Kilmarnock and Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill to squad this summer along with winger Grant Anderson and striker Stephen Okoh, who scored 14 goals in 23 appearances for English Isthmian League side Lewes last season. Departures from Stair Park in the summer included Willie Gibson and ex-Ayr men Craig Malcolm and Craig Pettigrew.

Team News: Jamie Adams is out and everyone else is available.

Ian says: “Every game provides a different test and going to Stranraer is never easy. It is an extremely tough place to go and it will be a battle from start to finish. We have confidence just now however the players keep working even harder week on week and training is top class every day. We want to keep this run going and stay at the top of the league. This is one of these games where I am sure we will take a huge away support and when they get right behind us it makes a huge difference.”

Head to head (at Stair Park):

Ayr United wins – 22

Draws – 5

Stranraer wins – 17

 

Last Meeting:

Few Ayr United fans will forget the last meeting between the sides, although in truth it was not a classic. With the sides level after the first leg of the Championship play-off in May 2016, courtesy of Ross Docherty’s last minute equaliser at Stair Park, a nervy and goalless 120 minutes at Somerset Park meant the tie went to extra-time. Three Greg Fleming saves and an Andy Graham penalty later and United had clinched promotion on a scorching afternoon at Somerset Park.

 

On this day:

Seventeen years ago, United defeated Airdrieonians 3-1 at Somerset Park in the First Division. Glynn Hurst equalised after Argentinian striker Martin Prest opened the scoring for the Diamonds; a second-half Pat McGinlay double secured all three points for the Honest Men.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Charleston

Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie McMullan

Assistant Referee 2 – Tony Fullerton

 

Admission:

Adults – £15 Concession (65+) – £10 Secondary School – £5 Primary School – FREE

East Stirling 1 Ayr Utd 5

East Stirlingshire 1 v 5 Ayr United
by AUmedia

It was yet another free flowing, ruthless five-star performance this time from an experimental Ayr side as they progressed safely to round two of the Irn Bru Cup.

Debut goals from highly rated prospects Murphy and McGowan and strikes from Moore, Forrest and Gilmour ensured that United again impressed on the attacking front. Derek Ure netted East Stirlingshire’s counter.

The game started with East Stirlingshire trying hard to make a point with strikes from Derek Ure and former Ayr man Andy Rodgers in the opening 4 minutes giving United a warning that nothing could be taken for granted against the Lowland League club.

As Ayr started to take control it looked like they would have a great chance for an early opener when Alan Forrest made his way into the box, appeared to be clipped and then toppled to the ground. Referee Munro, however, decided that the forward had dived and booked him for simulation which appeared hard on the United man.

Leon Murphy had been handed his first competitive start for Ayr and finally got United up and running with a low driven shot on 25 mins to give Ayr a 1-0 lead. Brian Gilmour doubled the advantage on 36 mins when he received the ball in the penalty area and poked it into the bottom corner.

Just as Ayr looked to be going into half-time with a comfortable two goal lead Ayr, the home side pulled a goal back through Derek Ure. Ayr failed to clear and Ure smashed the ball goalward through a ruck of players from around 25 yards out. Keeper Jordan Hart was unsighted and could only react to the ball late and by that time it had passed him and was nestling in the back of the net. 39 mins and it was East Stirlingshire 1 v 2 Ayr United 1-2.

‘The Shire’ may have hoped that their goal would lead to a fightback but Ayr turned the screw in the second half and regained their two-goal advantage on 54 mins when Forrest cleverly found McGuffie on the right. McGuffie cut the ball back for Moore who controlled then slammed the ball into the top left-hand corner from the edge of the box; 1-3.

The ruthless mood Ayr have been in this season was evident again when they added a fourth 4 mins later. Moore chested the ball off to Forrest on the edge of the area and he drove the ball over Barclay and into the net. This was quite a delicious strike.

Young substitute McCowan rounded off the scoring when he added a fifth on 87 mins. A clever Moffat back heel was met by McGowan who quickly got his shot away and directed it accurately into the bottom corner for 1-5.

Ayr progress to round two and McCall will be pleased that the youngsters, who were handed the opportunity to impress tonight, didn’t let him, or the 190 travelling supporters, down.

EAST STIRLINGSHIRE – Barclay, McCormack, Allison, Greene, Grant, McGregor, Rodgers, D. Ure, Faulds, Sludden, Ramsay. Substitutes Kelbie, Brisbane, White, Peddie, I. Ure (GK)

AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Gilmour, Moore, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Faulds, Waite, Murphy, Reid. Substitutes Avci (GK), Rose, Moffat, Hilton, Balfour, McGowan

Referee: David Munro
Attendance: 274

Irn Bru Cup 2nd rd draw

Ayr United have been drawn to home to Montrose in the second round of the Irn Bru Cup.

The tie will be played at Somerset Park on the weekend of the 2nd September.

We are aware the Scottish airshow takes place in Ayr that weekend and will update the time and date of the match as soon as possible.

Commemorative Tiles

We are delighted to announce a new venture to Tile the Tunnel at Somerset Park. We are looking to tile the entire tunnel area around the dressing rooms with our new commemorative tiles.

The tiles cost £55 each and you can choose the message that goes on them. There are 4 lines with 16 characters on each line. So whether it might be your own name, a birthday message, a family tile, a good luck message to the team or remembering a loved one, there are many options.

When an order is placed you will need to give all your details and the message you would like to go on the tile. You will then be sent a certificate with the message on it, signed by the manager.

The tiles will take around 6 weeks to be produced and we will let you know as soon as they are on the wall.

To order a tile you can do so through the club shop or by contacting commercial manager Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 (ext 3) or by email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

 

 

 

East Stirling match preview

Match Preview East Stirlingshire vs. Ayr United Irn-Bru Cup Wednesday 16th August 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Wednesday), Ayr United travel to face Lowland League side East Stirlingshire in the first round of the Irn-Bru Cup. The Shire have been a bogey side for the Honest Men in this competition, twice upsetting the odds in first round ties at Ochilview and Ian McCall will be hoping to avoid another upset and continue United’s good run of form.

Last season was East Stirlingshire’s first in the Lowland League after defeat to Edinburgh City in the play-offs ended 61-years in the Scottish Football League. The Shire finished second, seven points behind winners East Kilbride but were comfortably the division’s top scorers with 107 goals in 30 games. This term, The Shire have again been no strangers to the back of the net but seven goals in four games have earned just four points. On Saturday, they were held to a goalless draw at home to Gala Fairydean Rovers.

The Shire’s manager John Sludden will be well known to United supporters, having scored 78 goals in 140 appearances for the club between 1985 and 1990. In October 1990, Sludden scored the first ever hat-trick in the Challenge Cup for Kilmarnock in a 4-1 win over Stirling Albion at Rugby Park. Striker Andy Rodgers, in his second spell at the Stirlingshire club, is another with connections to the Honest Men and an eye for a spectacular goal.

Team News: Jamie Adams is out, everyone else is available.

Ian says: “We will make changes tonight however that doesn’t mean we are not wanting to progress, we have a squad of players and training right from the start of pre season has been excellent so we need to utilise the squad and give some of the players that have been knocking on the door an opportunity. We have momentum and we want to keep that and continue improving every match.”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 32

Draws – 10

East Stirlingshire wins – 16

 

Ayr have faced the Shire on three previous occasions in the League Challenge Cup – with very limited success. United needed extra-times and penalties to progress in 1994 after a 1-1 draw at Firs Park.

The sides met again in 2008, East Stirlingshire’s first competitive fixture at Ochilview following the switch from Firs Park. Alex Williams put the Honest Men ahead in the 15th minute but The Shire shock United with late goals from David Richardson and Andy Rodgers. The Shire were more comfortable in 2012, beating an Ayr side featuring Michael Moffat and Robbie Crawford 3-1. Mark Shankland pulled a goal back midway through the second-half to make it 2-1 after a Mickey Herd double put the home side ahead and Scott Maxwell scored late on.

Last Meeting:

The last meeting between the sides was in the League Cup in 2014, also at Ochilview. After a goalless first-half, United netted four times during the second period, three of the goals coming after David McKenna was sent-off for the home side. Ryan Donnelly (2), Scott McLaughlin and Brian Gilmour were the Honest Men on the scoresheet.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Munro

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

Admission:

Adults – £10

Concessions – £5

Five Grand Fans

Saturday’s match against Forfar Athletic brought three welcome goals and three welcome points as Ayr United strives to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

There was even more great news as the committee of the AU500 Fund presented a cheque to the club for £5,00,0 a remarkable figure which took the total amount that AU500 Fund has raised to an amazing £12,400 since the fund raising initiative was launched one year ago this month.

Chairman of the fund Ron Withers said “the AU500 Fund was launched last August to give fans of Ayr United the opportunity to support the club even more by making monthly donations to the fund. The committee and the members of the fund are incredibly proud of how much we’ve been able to help the club over the past year and we’d love even more people to join if they can.”

Manger Ian McCall said “the efforts of the AU500 Fund over the past year have been a great help in supporting the playing budget and with our full-time status this season their support is even more significant. I can’t thank the members of AU500 Fund enough for their contributions.”

The committee members are pictured presenting the cheque to Ayr United Director Mark Pettigrew. If you’re interested in joining the AU500 Fund or finding out more, please visit www.au500fund.com.

Ayr Utd 3 Forfar Athletic 0

The Honest Men made it two wins from two in the league as they ran out comfortable winners at Somerset Park with a 3-0 victory over Forfar Athletic. First half goals from Moore and McDaid got Ayr up and running with Crawford killing the game late on in the second half.

The first chance of the game was to fall to the visitors on 16 mins. Scott broke with the ball and passed to Lister whose powerful drive was well tipped over by Hart who had to be on his toes. 2 mins later and it was the experienced defender Mensing who met a corner with a header however that was blocked inside the box by Ayr.

Ayr began to show more of the attacking prowess that had caused teams so many problems this season and carved open Forfar with their first real chance of the game on 22 mins. A long ball into the box met Moffat at the back post, he had his shot blocked by McCallum and the keeper was there again to deny Boyle the rebound to keep Ayr at bay.

Forfar were proving to be a threat at set pieces and Rose lost Travis at the back post from a corner however the defender could only direct his header well over the bar on 26 mins.

Ayr were then awarded a penalty on 32 mins after Geggan was fouled inside the box, Rose had powered a header into the net during this passage of play however the referee had already blew the whistle for the penalty to be taken. Moore stepped up and although his initial strike was well saved by McCallum the United striker was there to fire the rebound high into the net for 1-0.

Ayr had built a reputation of killing teams off in the first half and handed Forfar another blow as they doubled their lead only 4 mins later. Geggan collected the ball on the right and fired an accurate ball into the path of McDaid who blasted the ball beyond McCallum to give Ayr a quick fire double. 2-0 after 37 mins.

Forfar were desperate to find a route back into the game and created their first chance of the second half on 50 mins. A delivery into the box from Cox was met by ex-Ayr player Malone who’s low header was well saved down at the bottom right corner by Hart.

McGuffie almost increased Ayr’s advantage after neat play on the edge of the box with a driven shot that was tipped over the bar by McCallum on 58 mins.

3 mins later and Forfar almost landed themselves a vital goal when Lister met a ball at the front post however his flicked shot was met by Higgins on the line who kept his cool to clear the ball to safety.

Ayr killed the game off on 80 mins when Crawford got himself on the scoresheet – rounding off an impressive performance from the midfielder. A neat one two on the left with Forrest allowed the midfielder space to run into with the ball and drove forward into the box and poked the ball under McCallum for 3-0.

The final chance of the game fell to Crawford on 85 mins when Forrest collected the ball on the right and looped a ball to the back post for Crawford whose header from point blank range flashed just wide.

Ayr sit top of the league after two games and now travel to Ochilview to play East Stirlingshire in The Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening.

Ayr United
Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Docherty. Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, Forrest, Ferguson, Faulds, Murphy, Reid.

Forfar Athletic
McCallum, Bain, Quigley, Malone, Travis, Mensing, Cox, Millar, Lister, Easton, Scott. Substitutes King (GK), See, McBride, Munro, Aitken, Warwick, Kennedy.

Referee: David Lowe
Attendance: 1399
Match Report: AUmedia