Queens Park match preview

Match Preview

Queen’s Park vs. Ayr United

Irn-Bru Cup 1st Round

Tuesday 14th August 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm

 

After a battling performance in the Highlands on Saturday, where United’s 10-men could well have taken all three points south from the Caledonian Stadium, we return to action tonight (Tuesday) in the Irn-Bru Cup against Queen’s Park at the National Stadium.

 

While last season was remarkable for the team’s goalscoring exploits, it is defensively where Ian McCall’s men are impressing this term, with the clean sheet at Inverness United’s fifth in-a-row. It is now 526 minutes of play since Ross Doohan’s goal was breached, for the only time this season, by Michael Tidser’s free-kick.

 

The Opposition: A 16th minute Jamie McKernon penalty gave the Spiders their first three points of the season on Saturday as they defeated Berwick Rangers 1-0 at Hampden Park. That followed a creditable draw against title-favourites Peterhead at Balmoor on the opening day of the league campaign, Queen’s again getting an early goal through Scott Gibson in the seventh minute before Rory McAllister equalised 18 minutes later.

 

Gus McPherson’s side escaped automatic relegation from League 1 on the final day of last season thanks to our title winning result against Albion Rovers plus three points against Arbroath, however that only delayed their demotion by a week as they fell to Stenhousemuir in the play-off semi-finals. Our title winning goalkeeper Jordan Hart switched Somerset Park for the Spiders in the summer, while Gerry McLauchlan is also part of the Queen’s Park defence that will be looking to shut out United this evening.

 

Team News:  Chris Higgins is out. Michael Moffat, Mark Kerr, Jamie Adams and Andy Geggan are being rested from the squad. New signing Liam Smith goes straight into the squad.

 

Ian says: “We always look forward to going and playing at Hampden and tonight is a great opportunity to get some game time to those who haven’t had quite as much recently. That’s not to say we will be taking it lightly, as you will see later we will have an extremely strong team out. One thing I will never do is underestimate Queens Park. The next round is on September 8th and I want to make sure we have a competitive game on that date so we will be going all out to win the tie and keep up the momentum.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 71

Draws – 26

Queen’s Park wins – 39

 

The Honest Men have won both previous encounters in the Challenge Cup under its various guises.  In 1997, a Stevie Kerrigan double and Dean Wordsworth goal gave United a 3-0 victory while more recently Alan Forrest became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he came off the bench to score a late winner in a 2-1 win at Hampden. Michael Moffat had earlier cancelled out a Tony Quinn penalty.

 

Last Meeting: Lawrence Shankland bagged a hat-trick against his old side in the last meeting between the sides, in March at Somerset Park. A Craig Moore penalty rounded off the scoring in a 4-0 win. Earlier in the year, in January, Ayr also scored four in their last visit to Hampden, Craig McGuffie’s popping up with two late stunners before an Adam Cummins consolation after Craig Moore and Alan Forrest put us two-up at the break.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford

Assistant Referee 2 – Iain Snedden

 

Admission:

Adults – £10

Concessions (65+/Student/Unemployed/U16) – £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.

Fundraising Race Night

After doing a sterling job of organising a World Cup predictor which saw 152 players mostly enthralled during Russia 2018 and raised over £300 for the AU500 fund, our supporters’ football team KaisAyr are again on the fundraising trail.

They are hosting a race night on Saturday 25th August – after the Dunfermline game – in the Ally MacLeod 

Hospitality Suite. Every single penny raised on the night will go straight to the AU500 FUND to help the manager strengthen the squad. 

Tickets cost £5 and the price includes enough pies and filled rolls to satisfy even Pandemonium’s appetite.

KaisAyr are also looking for raffle prizes, race sponsors and to sell race cards before the night itself,  and if you can assist in any way, even if you can’t make it along later this month, please get in touch with Graeme Morton at kaisayr6@gmail.com. 

You can buy tickets from the club shop, any AU500 FUND committee member or by contacting Graeme. 

10 thousand reasons to smile

Ten Thousand Reasons to Smile

 At the recent first home league game of the season against Partick Thistle, in addition to the unfurling of the League One champions flag, members of the AU500 Fund Committee presented a cheque to the club for the fantastic amount of £10,000. 

 Pictured are committee members Willie McCulloch, Robert Ritchie and Jamie Garrett presenting the cheque to Ayr United managing director Lewis Grant accompanied by Ayr United Director and AU500 Fund Committee member Mark Pettigrew.

 The fund has now donated £31,000 to the Ayr United playing budget since its launch in August 2016. It’s also grown to 135 members making monthly contributions ranging from £5 to £50. 

 Lewis Grant said ” the donations made to the AU500 Fund really do make a difference to our playing budget and we are incredibly grateful to the members. On behalf of the club, I’d really like to thank them for their generosity.

 If you’d like to find out more please visit www.au500fund.com. You can also help by supporting the Kaisayr race night on Saturday 25th August or by downloading the Seaside Sons track “United with pride” here 

Inverness CT 0 Ayr Utd 0

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0 v 0 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

On Saturday Ayr travelled north to Inverness to face much fancied Inverness Caley Thistle at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and returned clutching a well-earned point in dramatic circumstances. United played the final 60mins with only ten men after Daniel Harvie received a second yellow for tugging back striker George Oakley, resulting in a penalty for the Inverness side. The resultant penalty was missed, and it was United who almost snatched victory with a superb second-half performance where the Honest Men ignored conventional wisdom and took the game to Caley Thistle.

 

Before the match commenced there was a minute’s silence in memory of Caley Thistle’s former player, 52-year-old Alan Hercher, who passed away on the previous day. The tribute was immaculately observed by the players and both sets of fans in a fitting and moving tribute to the Inverness side’s first ever club captain.

 

The first half was an exciting affair with ICT trying hard to dominate, stroking the ball around and regularly pushing towards United’s goal. Ayr took their time, doing well to frustrate Caley Thistle while countering at pace on the break. In general, the home side had the majority of the play but lacked the guile or patience in the final third to take advantage of this possession when coming up against the strong and resolute United defence with captain Jamie Adams, and Michael Rose dominant in the centre.

 

Thistle held possession for most of the opening minutes of the match, with a Tom Walsh drive on 2 mins signalling their intent but Ayr stood solid and slowly edged into the game, soon giving as good as they got with some delightful passing football working the ball from back to front.

 

With 11 mins Murdoch played a ball through behind the Caley Thistle defence and Daniel Harvie charged forward from the halfway line and raced shoulder to shoulder with Shaun Rooney to try and get in front and win the ball. The United defender slid in to try and whip the ball away from Rooney, just as he flicked the ball back to his keeper and clipped the Caley Thistle man’s legs.  Referee Andrew Dallas blew for a foul and flashed a yellow card at Harvie, one that would come back to haunt the United defender.

 

On 18 mins United came close to opening the scoring. A long ball from the back was cushioned off the chest by Shankland, some 30 yards out, to Moffat who immediately flicked the ball back to Shankland who drove left and slid the ball to Crawford. Crawford moved into the penalty area and, with quick sleight of foot, created the space that allowed him to curl a delicious effort just wide of the far post assisted by the finest of touches by Ridgers. From the corner, Michael Rose powerfully headed downwards but Ridgers did well to smother the ball on the line.

 

With 19 mins gone it was one booking each as Caley Thistle captain Carl Tremarco lunged into United’s Alan Forrest shins in a manner that made Harvie’s tackle seem mild, but this only received a similar booking.

 

Ayr started to become more and more adventurous going forward and on 24 mins Harvie darted down the left and slid the ball to Moffat whose cross into the box was taken by keeper Ridgers just as Shankland looked ready to pounce.

 

On 28 mins, Charlie Trafford delivered a long sweeping ball into the Ayr penalty area with Oakley looking odds on to reach the ball first as he darted behind the United defensive line. The forward tangled with Ayr’s Harvie before going down and referee Dallas pointed to the spot indicating that the United defender has pulled the Caley Thistle’s striker’s shirt. A second yellow and Harvie made the lonely walk off the field of play and United faced the last 60 mins with 10 men.

 

Liam Polworth stepped up to take the penalty but, to howls of derision, he smashed the ball wide of Doohan’s left hand post. It stayed 0 – 0 and Caley Thistle had missed a guild edged chance.

 

Manager Ian McCall re organised Ayr’s structure to cope with the diminished manpower, Forrest making way for Ferguson who slotted in at left back, with Moffat dropping into midfield leaving Shankland upfront.

 

Rather than being downhearted, the sending off seemed to energise the Ayrshire men, and on 36 mins they had a penalty shout of their own. Shankland fought and won the ball on the edge of the area only for defender Donaldson to tackle from behind trapping Shankland’s legs and bringing him to the ground, but referee Dallas waved away the striker’s furious claims.

 

3 mins later Caley, yet again, refused a great opportunity to go in front. Austin moved onto a ball behind the United defence and, with no defenders to beat, sprinted goalwards.  Twelve yards out the big striker took aim before placing the ball to the left of the advancing Doohan but well wide of the post. Yet again the vociferous Ayr support breathed a sigh of relief.

 

With 45 mins gone, and United forcing Caley Thistle to rely on shots from outside the box, Austin struck a hopeful drive which went through Adams’ legs but Doohan, unsighted to the initial shot, comfortably got down to clutch the ball.

 

The first half had been an energetic and fast paced one, with 10-man Ayr raising their game, attacking with energy, and also and nullifying the attacking efforts of Caley Thistle.

Received knowledge was that Caley Thistle, with a man advantage, would have a comfortable 2nd half and take the three points with Ayr unable to sustain their efforts: but this was not to be.

 

United came out all guns blazing and on 47 mins should have taken the lead. Shankland outmuscled Donaldson on the right and swiftly made for goal, before smashing a drive across the face of the goal and inches wide. No one could deny the striker taking his chance but a pass inside to Robbie Crawford, who had run into space in the box, would have resulted in a simple tap in for the attacking midfielder.

 

Just 1 min later centre half Coll Donaldson received a yellow card after taking out Robbie Crawford who was running in on goal after breaking from the half way line.

 

Then, with 50 mins on the clock, it was Moffat’s turn to set his sights on goal. Shankland held up the ball on the halfway line before releasing Moffat through the middle. Reaching the penalty area, Moffat skilfully mis-footed and turned Brad McKay, before sending his shot inches wide.

 

Robbie Crawford’s close control and footwork had been a highlight of the game and, on 54 mins, he deliciously cut a weaving swathe through 5 defenders, and left one other going the other way, before unfortunately slicing the ball high and wide from 25 yards.

 

In that 10 min spell, Caley Thistle were looking fragile, struggling to contend with the pace and skill of Shankland, Moffat, and Crawford as they carved pathways goalward, but they slowly started to come into the match.  Caley Thistle turned up the heat, with headers from Austin, and Oakley going close, and a 30-yard drive by Joe Chalmers plucked out of the air by the strong and confident Doohan. United were being put under siege with a series of 5 corners in quick succession testing their resolve.

 

With Caley Thistle failing to make an impact on United’s rear-guard, it was time for them to make a change with stuttering striker Austin off for Jordan White. It was, however, Ayr who went closest next, Moffat finding Crawford who again used quick footwork to bypass defenders before releasing a left-footed shot which Ridgers saved at his near post.

 

The hard-working United defence ensured that most of Caley Thistle’s attacks broke down at the edge of the box and were being restricted to set piece moves to threaten. It was time for the home side to fully refresh their attack, with Trafford being replaced by McKay and Walsh by Doran.

 

With Caley Thistle now having 4 men playing upfront and 4 midfielders supplying ammunition, Ayr countered, removing the hard working Moffat and replacing him with Steven Bell to play a deeper roll and adding extra defensive capacity.

United were still up to the task and little change from the Inverness side with their closest attempt coming from a corner on the right with a flashing header by substitute McKay that rose over the bar and out.

 

It would be wrong to think that Ayr were now only defending, as they countered at speed, often causing deep concern to the Caley Thistle fans as they poured forwards. On 81 mins Shankland found Crawford with an inch-perfect cross-field pass. Crawford controlled then raced to the line before trying to lift the ball to the back post where Shankland had sprinted to in expectation. Just as the perfect moment seemed to have been created, Ridgers stretched and intercepted the ball mid-flightpath and it was the turn of the Caley Thistle support to breath a deep sigh of relief.

 

The final Ayr substitution was made on 82 mins with Docherty replacing Kerr in midfield.

Caley were now determined to throw everything at Ayr, but their attacks seemed rushed and at times seemed nervous and frustrated but on 84 mins they came close, a Jordan White header from inside the 6-yard box just going over the bar.

 

With 1 min to go and nothing much working for the frustrated Caley Thistle, Donaldson decided to take a shot from 25 yards but sent the ball flashing over the top.

 

On the final whistle, the United team and management went to their raucous travelling support and acknowledged the part they played in urging their team on.

 

A hard-working performance from this United side saw them stand up to a strong Caley Thistle team and come close to stealing all three points. With only 10 men on the park, Ayr showed determination, grit, and flair to bring a point back to Ayrshire, a point they justly deserved.

Next up Queens Park in the Irn Bru cup at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening.

 

Inverness Caley Thistle

Ridgers, Rooney, Tremarco (C), Chalmers, Donaldson, Polworth, Austin, Walsh, Oakley, McKay, Trafford Substitutes: Hoban (GK), McCart, Doran, Welsh, Calder, White, McKay

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Geggan, Adams, Rose, Harvie, Forrest, Murdoch, Kerr, Crawford, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Bell, Docherty

 

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Attendance: 2,376

Inverness match preview

Match Preview

Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 11th August 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United make the long trip north to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their first away game of the new Championship season. After four wins from four in the Betfred Cup, United got off to the perfect start in the league last week, celebrating unfurling the League 1 winner’s flag with a second 2-0 win over Partick Thistle in just eight days.

 

United’s travelling support will be looking forward to a first trip to Inverness since 2010 and while the goalscoring exploits of Lawrence Shankland have been capturing attentions, Saturday saw Ian McCall’s side keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet. Michael Tidser’s 14th minute free kick for Morton in our opening game is the only time Ross Doohan has been beaten this season. Caley Thistle, however, look set to prove a stern test to the buoyant Honest Men.

 

The Opposition: Inverness finished last season strongly under John Robertson, taking 26 from a possible 30 league points in addition to lifting the Irn-Bru Cup in March. Their late push, however, was not quite enough to make the promotion play-offs, ending the season fifth, two points behind Dunfermline Athletic. Having spent just one previous season outside Scottish football’s top tier since 2004, it meant a second successive season the Championship for the Highlanders.

 

George Oakley – who top scored for the Caley Jags last season with eight goals – got them off to a winning start in the league on Saturday with the only goal of the game at Falkirk. That saw them bounce back from a promising League Cup campaign that was abruptly ended by a 5-0 defeat versus Heart of Midlothian, which halted their progression in the competition.

 

Former AFC Wimbledon striker Oakley looks to have formed a useful partnership upfront with ex- Nathan Austin, who joined Inverness in January having been released by Falkirk. Former Rangers midfielder Tom Walsh will look to create from midfield where 6ft 3½in Canadian international Charlie Trafford is a big presence while Brad McKay and Coll Donaldson form part of a back-line that kept 11 consecutive clean sheets last season.

 

Team News:  Chris Higgins is still on his way back from injury, everyone else is fit and available.

 

Ian says: “Last week was fantastic, for everyone involved at the club. The pre match celebrations, a good crowd and then of course the performance. We deserved at least a 2-0 win but being honest it could have been more. We have worked just as hard this week as every other week as last week means nothing now. Our focus has completely been on tomorrows game. It will be a completely different test and one we are really looking forward to. They are in excellent form and have been for some time so it will be extremely tough for us. We are looking to keep this momentum going and hopefully give our supporters something to celebrate on the long journey home.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins –7

Draws – 10

Inverness wins – 20

 

The Honest Men have won just once in 14 matches at the Caledonian Stadium but we are unbeaten in our last three trips to the Highland capital. That one away victory was in January 2003 and came courtesy of a 3rd minute Stewart Kean strike.

 

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the sides came during United’s run to the League Cup semi-final during season 2011/12. Eddie Malone’s strike on the hour mark proved to be the only goal of the game at Somerset Park in this second round tie as Inverness became the first of three SPL scalps that year.

 

Inverness hit 10 goals in just two matches at Somerset Park during season 2009/10, including a 7-0 win in April 2010 as they celebrated promotion to the Scottish Premier League in style. However, they were unable to overcome the Honest Men in the two matches at home; there was a goalless draw at the start of the season while later in the year a controversial last minute Adam Rooney penalty made it 3-3. Andy Aitken and Mark Roberts had put United ahead in the first-half before goals either side of half-time from Richie Foran and Jonny Hayes level it for Terry Butcher’s side. Tam McManus gave the Honest Men the lead once more before Martyn Campbell was harshly adjudged to have pushed Grant Munro in the box by referee Scott Macdonald.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Andrew Dallas

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Stewart

Assistant Referee 2 – David Burns

 

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions (16-25, Senior Citizens) – £15

U16s – £6

 

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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Shankland bid rejected

To pre-empt any speculation in the media we can confirm that we have today received a bid of £150k from a club south of the border. Our board of directors rejected the bid.

Manager Ian McCall said :”Lawrence remains fully committed to this club as his performance on Saturday showed. He is contracted to Ayr United football club.”

Disabled Access

In common with the majority of Scottish senior football clubs we will this season be introducing a charge for the use of the wheelchair and disability access area.

The charge for the disabled person will be the concession charge for the game and one carer will be admitted free.

Wheelchairs can access and pay through the normal gate and any other requests for specific needs can be made to the office at least 24 hours prior to the match.

Partick match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Partick Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 4th August 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United will raise the League 1 winner’s flag at Somerset Park before taking on Partick Thistle in the first fixture of a highly anticipated Championship season. Ian McCall’s side go into the match buoyed not only by last season’s title win but also a perfect Betfred Cup group stage campaign, taking maximum points from their four games – including the win over Thistle at Firhill last Saturday.

 

After defeat at the hand of the Honest Men, Partick had to wait until Sunday to have their progression to the next round of the cup confirmed. Inverness’ heavy defeat at the hands of Hearts meant they finished as one of the four best runners up, setting up a tie against Celtic. Alan Archibald will be looking for his team to get off to a good start following Thistle’s relegation from the Premiership last season.

 

Ceremonies get underway at 2.45pm, with home fans asked to make their way into the ground in plenty of time to see the league flag unfurled.

 

Team News:  Mark Kerr serves a one-match suspension carried over from last season. Chris Higgins is out and Craig Moore will begin training again on Monday.

 

Ian says:”We are hugely looking forward to tomorrow. It will be a special occasion before the match and I hope everyone enjoys it however for us our only thoughts are on getting the three points. Last weeks game means absolutely nothing in terms of tomorrow. Of course we have a confidence just now but the training all week has been intense and focused on our league campaign starting. Season ticket sales have been going well and of course we are hoping for a bumper crowd with an amazing atmosphere.”

 

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins –28

Draws – 16

Partick Thistle wins – 20

 

Last Saturday’s win over Thistle was United’s first since a 1-0 victory at Somerset Park in 2010, ending a six-game run without a win.

 

On this day: in 2001, United opened up their Division One campaign away at Brockville. Former Ayr assistant manager John Henry scored the first goal of the game for Falkirk but second-half penalties for James Grady and Eddie Annand gave the Honest Men all three points. Overall, our opening day record reads: P103, W39, D26, L38.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Thomson

Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence

Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel Groves

 

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concessions (U21s, Over 65s and Students) – £11

U18s – £6

 

 

GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS

 

 

  • Away fans

o   West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10

o   Railway End (Terracing) – Turnstiles 2-6

o   Parent and child can go through turnstile 5 together.

  • Home fans

o   Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile.  In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate.  They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.

o   Turnstiles 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand.  Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.

o   For Somerset Road Terracing enter through turnstiles 17-21

o   For North Terrace enter through turnstiles 25 and 26

 

All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.

 

 

Notice from Police Scotland:

Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable.  One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches.  These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated.  Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby.  Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches –  and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction. 

Club Statement

Message from manager Ian McCall :” I wanted to respond to the media speculation over the last 24 hours surrounding Lawrence Shankland.

There have been enquiries, over the last few weeks, about a number of our players including Lawrence Shankland. All of these players are under contract to Ayr United Football Club.

It would be wrong of me to mention clubs names however we have had a number of enquiries about Lawrence from North and South of the border. All of these clubs have been informed that we would be extremely reluctant sellers and that it would take a significant transfer fee with a number of add ons for us even to consider it.

As everyone can see by his form Lawrence is fully committed to Ayr United and thoroughly enjoying his football. Personally I am sure that he will go on to play at the top level but at this minute he is very much an Ayr United player.”