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

Forfar match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Forfar

Ladbrokes League 1

Saturday 12th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United return to league duty and to Somerset Park with Forfar Athletic the visitors to Ayrshire. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to put defeat at Easter Road on Tuesday night behind them and build on the 5-1 win at Albion Rovers that puts them top of the early League 1 table.

Forfar opened up their league campaign with a 2-1 home win against Airdrieonians last weekend. Former Falkirk and Queen of the South midfielder Marc Miller netted the decisive goal midway through the second-half. The result was Gary Bollan sides’ first victory of the season after taking just one point from their Betfred Cup fixtures.  

Team News: Jamie Adams is out with the head knock he received last week, everyone else is available.

Ian says: “The first home league game of any season is always a good occasion and with the way we have started this season we are really looking forward to a Saturday home game. We are all hoping for a good home crowd that really gets behind the boys from the start. Tuesday night was a tough game however we have trained well since, training today was exceptional, and everyone is raring to go.”

 

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 34

Draws – 9

Forfar Athletic wins – 7

The Loons have just one win in their last seven trips to Somerset Park.

Last Meeting:

Forfar were the victors in the previous encounter betweeen the sides in March last year. Ryan Stevenson cancelled out Andy Ryan’s early strike at Station Park but Ryan and Steven Craig scored in the second-half to make it 3-1 in a match that saw Paddy Boyle and Ross McCrorie hospitalised after a nasty clash of heads in the first-half.

The Loon’s last trip to Somerset Park was in February 2016. Stevenson and Ryan were again on the scoresheet but it was Stevo’s double which gave the Honest Men all three points, the winner coming in the 75th minute, seven minutes after Ryan’s equalizer.

The earlier two fixtures between the sides during the 2015/16 season both ended in 2-2 draws.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Dougie Potter

Assistant Referee 2 – Graham Grainger

Admission:

Adults – £16

OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10

U16s – £5

 

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Albion Rovers 1 Ayr Utd 5

ALBION ROVERS 1 v 5 AYR UNITED
Report by AUmedia

Backed by 465 Honest Men, Ayr picked up in the league where they left off in the Betfred Cup with an emphatic 5 -1 win over Albion Rovers. Craig Moore bagged a hattrick and with goals from Moffat and McDaid it proved to be yet another ruthless display from the Honest Men. Shields, however, bagged a late consolation for Rovers.

It was yet another early goal for Ayr, scoring after only 2 mins. Moffat received a long ball on the right and drove forward into the box before passing to McDaid. The winger then took a touch before firing low past Bowman and give Ayr a dream start.

Moore then saw a header at the back post go wide on 10 mins before Albion had their first chance of the game when Victoria beat Reid before seeing his shot blocked.

Ayr were then dealt a blow when Adams was forced off, suffering from a fractured cheekbone in four places, a broken nose and fractured eye socket when Rover centre half, Perry, came in late and headered the United man in the face. To add insult to injury, referee Graham Beaton, did not deem this challenge as dangerous and the Rovers’ man can think himself lucky not to have been issued with at least a yellow card.

On 21 mins Ayr fans were baying for blood after a horrendous tackle by Rover’s right back Reid on Robbie Crawford only merited a yellow card in the referees’ opinion. With Crawford wide on the left near the halfway line, Reid launched himself forward and over the ball, his leading leg straight and his studs making hard contact with the United midfielder’s lower shin.

Ayr’s next real chance of the game fell to Moffat on 27 mins when the striker was set through one-on-one with keeper Bowman who did well to get down and block the shot.

Moffat wouldn’t be denied for long and pencilled himself onto the scoresheet on 34 mins after neat link up play with Moore. Moore received the ball and flicked it beyond the defence and into the path of Moffat who side-stepped the defender and slotted into the bottom left hand corner to give Ayr breathing space at 0-2.

The Honest Men have shown no signs of mercy this season and this game was no different as they made it 0-3 after only 39 mins. Moffat pounced upon a mistake in the Rovers defence and latched onto a loose ball before rounding Bowman and cutting the ball across to Moore who had the simplest of tasks to tap in at the back post.

Albion were determined to make more of a game of it in the second half and had a chance to pull a goal back on 55 mins when Victoria managed to dribble his way inside the area but saw his shot blocked. Defender Reid for Albion then had a header at the back post on 67 mins that went well over the bar from a promising position.

Former Ayr skipper Scotty McLaughlin appeared to have won a penalty for the Coatbridge side as he forced his way into the penalty spot and looked to have been clipped but yet again the referee saw nothing.

Ayr continued to be an attacking threat and earned themselves a penalty on 70 mins when Moffat pounced upon a slack back pass before keeper Bowman was adjudged to have brought him down. Craig Moore stepped up and slammed the ball down the middle to increase Ayr’s lead in front of the healthy band of Ayr supporters.

On 74 mins, Albion substitute Shields had a glorious chance for a consolation counter when he broke away, out-paced Boyle and unleashed a drive which flashed across the face of goal.

United showed no signs of letting up and they bagged their fifth goal of the game with Moore earning his hat-trick on 79 mins. Substitute Forrest dribbled the ball down to the byline and cut it back to Moore who again slammed the ball into the middle of the net. It was another five-star performance for Ayr in front of goal.

The home side were eventually to get their consolation when Shields fired high into the net from inside the area as Ayr switched off momentarily in defence. With the final whistle blown, it finished Albion Rovers 1 v 5 Ayr United. Another five-star performance for Ayr in front of goal.
ALBION ROVERS – Bowman, Reid, McLaughlin, Marr, Perry, Holmes, Fisher, Davidson, Victoria, Higgins, Trouten. Substitutes Lightbody, Hopkins, Sheilds, Gallagher, McMillan, McManus, O’Kane.

AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Adams, Docherty, Reid. Substitutes Avci (GK), Gilmour, Rose, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Murphy.
Referee: Graham Beaton
Attendance: 830 (465 Ayr fans)

Albion match preview

Match Preview Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 5th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick-off their league campaign when they travel to Coatbridge to face Albion Rovers. Buoyed by a four wins out of four in the Betfred Cup, the Honest Men will be looking to take their scintillating cup form into League 1 – but will have memories of a false start two season’s ago at Cliftonhill which saw them defeated 3-0 by the Wee Rovers on the opening day.

Free-scoring United ended the group stages of the Betfred Cup as the country’s top goalscorers with 15 goals but in former Ayr midfielder Alan Trouten, Rovers have the competition’s joint top scorer. Trouten netted seven goals – including a hat-trick against Hamilton in a 4-4 draw a Cliftonhill a fortnight ago. Like the Honest Men, Albion were unbeaten in their four games but three draws with only one bonus point penalty shoot out success meant that their seven point haul wasn’t enough to progress to next week’s second round.

It was all change at Cliftonhill over the summer with manager Darren Young heading the list of departures along with Dunlop brothers Michael and Ross, keeper Ross Stewart and strikers Ross Stewart, who joined his namesake in moving to St. Mirren, and Ryan Wallace. New boss Brian Kerr has added two familiar names to Ayr supporters in Alan Trouten and Scott McLaughlin plus former Clyde striker Sean Higgins.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available

Ian says: “It’s going to be extremely tough, the previous four games mean nothing now going into this game and you never get an easy game there. What this start has given us is momentum and we want to keep that going, keep scoring goals. It is great to have a full squad available though it may have came just too early for a couple of them. Our support will be crucial this season, I reckon we will take big numbers tomorrow and hopefully they get right behind the boys.”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 49

Draws – 12

Albion Rovers wins – 31

 

Rovers have had the upper hand in league fixtures between the sides at Cliftonhill, winning 19 of the 40 fixtures in Coatbridge with just 5 draws.

 

Last Meeting:

Rovers defeated the Honest Men last time out with a second-half Mick Dunlop header at Somerset Park in April 2016. That result meant it was honours even over the four league matches between the sides in the 2015/16 season with a home and away win a piece. United won the last encounter at Cliftonhill 3-1 with goals courtesy of Jordan Preston (2) and Ryan Stevenson.

 

On this day:

United have a 100% record in matches played on 5th August with wins in 2000 at home to Ross County, away to Stranraer in 2002 and at Stirling Albion in 2006.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Graham Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

 

Admission:

Adults – £14

Concessions – £7

U12s – £2

Hibs ticket information

Betfred Cup second round Hibernian v Ayr United, Tuesday 8th August 7.45pm

Tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for concessions

Ayr supporters will have two ways of getting tickets for the match and we would encourage our supporters, if at all possible, to buy your tickets from ourselves to avoid queues on the night.

Tickets will be available from 3pm today (Thursday 3rd August) in the club shop and will be on sale in the club shop until 5pm on Monday.

Tickets will also be available at Easter Road on the night from the ticket pod at the away end (South Stand) which will open at 6.30pm

A reminder of the club shop opening hours

Thursday 3rd August – 3pm to 8pm
Friday 4th August – 1pm to 5pm
Saturday 5th August – CLOSED
Sunday 6th August – 12 noon to 3pm
Monday 7th August – 1pm to 5pm (Ticket sales for Hibernian match end)

Tuesday 8th August – CLOSED
Wednesday 9th August – 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 10th August – 3pm to 8pm
Friday 11th August – 1pm to 5pm
Saturday 12th August – 10am to kickoff

Betfred Cup 2nd rd draw

Betfred Cup second round draw

Hibernian v Ayr United

Ties are due to be played on the midweek of 8/9 August.

We will update the time and date of the match and the pricing as soon as we have it

Ayr Utd 5 Clyde 1

Ayr United 5 v 1 Clyde

The Honest Men returned to the top of the Betfred League Cup Group E after a fine performance against League 2 opponents Clyde.  Despite going behind early to a Goodwillie strike, United roared back with goals from Crawford and Moore before further goals were added in the second half from Moffat, McDaid and Moore once more to give Ayr a convincing 5-1 victory.

The first chance of the evening fell to the home side after 8 mins with good link up between Moore and Moffat – a familiar sight for Ayr fans as their partnership continues to get stronger.  A high ball into the box was flicked on by Moffat into the path of Moore however he fired the ball over the bar.

On 11 mins, Moffat was again causing problems for “The Bully Wee” and got on the end of a McDaid cross with his effort requiring a smart save from Currie.  Despite the early pressure from Ayr, it was Clyde who were to open the scoring and set up a potential cup shock when a clinical counter attack caught United on their heels on 12 mins.  Osadolor picked up the ball on the left and blistered forward before sending in a low cross to the back post for Goodwillie to pounce and fire high into the net for 0-1.

Ayr had a game on their hands.  Ayr continued where they left off, however, and a quick corner almost caught out the away side with Currie on hand to stop a Moffat header on 16 mins.  Moments later Adams performed an acrobatic overhead kick from inside the box which proved easy to save.  Ayr were to make the pressure pay off and deservedly got the equaliser through Crawford.  Ferguson collected the ball on the right and sent in a high hanging cross to the back post for the on-rushing Crawford to control and superbly finish into the bottom right hand corner.  Fantastic composure and Ayr were on level terms after 20 mins.

1 goal quickly became 2 for The Honest Men when Moore made it 2-1 on 29 mins.  Another high ball into the box was met by McDaid who cushioned the ball to Moore and his low effort left Currie flat-footed and nestled into the bottom left corner as Somerset Park breathed a sigh of relief with Ayr now ahead.

Ayr were proving quite the threat from set pieces and Adams almost increased the lead on 39 mins when his shot from a corner had to be parried away by Currie before a Ferguson effort was blocked..  McDaid’s deliveries are proving to be a big hit this season and a freekick on 46 mins gave Adams the chance to power a header goal wards but it just scraped past the right hand post.

Clyde were not out of the game by any means and almost punished Ayr with another counter attack on 49 mins, this time Goodwillie turned provider for Osadolor who blasted high and wide with the goal beckoning.  Ayr were in a clinical mood going forward and made it 3-1 through Moffat on 52 mins. A loose ball from a corner fell to Moffat and the United icon made no mistake and blasted the ball home for his first goal in a  competitive match since his return to Somerset.

Ayr were turning the screw on Clyde. As Clyde forayed into the United half it was United’s turn for a blistering counter attack of their own. On 62 mins, McDaid broke at speed before squaring the ball to Moore who sent the ball high into the net to increase Ayr’s lead and kill the tie at 4-1.

United were keen to impress the strong home backing and made it a 5 star performance on 73 mins when McDaid got himself on the scoresheet.  Substitute McGuffie passed the ball to Moffat on the left and his cross was met by McDaid in the box who coolly finished off the move for 5-1. Ayr were full of ideas in this contest and almost caught out Clyde with a quick freekick on 86 mins when Crawford was set through on goal but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper.

The final effort of the evening fell to young substitute Murphy who received the ball from McCowan on the left, made room for himself in the box but fired his shot high over the bar.  Ayr have one game remaining in the group stages as they travel to ex-Ayr player Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic on Saturday knowing that at least a draw will secure top spot in the group.

Ayr United Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Ferguson, Adams, Docherty.  Substitutes: Avci (GK), McGuffie, Faulds, Waite, Murphy, McCowan, Reid. Clyde Currie, Home, Wilson, McNiff, Bradley, Cuddihy, Miller, Flynn, Osadolor, Goodwillie, Wright.  Substitutes: Belkacem, Burbidge, Harrison, Gormley, Dachnowicz, Millar. Referee:  Colin Steven  Attendance:  1501 Match Report:  Ayr United

Clyde match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Clyde Betfred Cup Group E Tuesday 25th July 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United can cement a top two finish in Betfred Cup Group E – and take one step closer to topping the table – with a win over League 2 side Clyde. However, Jim Chapman’s side will offer a stiff test as demonstrated by their come-from-behind win  at Dumbarton at the weekend. Second-half goals from Darren Miller and Max Wright earned Clyde a well deserved victory against the struggling Sons.

Like Ayr, Clyde have six points but have played an additional group stage match. Prior to defeating Dumbarton they edged out Peter Murphy’s Annan 2-1 at Broadwood on the opening weekend before losing out 4-2 at the hands of KIlmarnock, although they gave Lee McCulloch’s side a shock, coming back from a goal down to take the lead in the first-half.

Former Scotland international David Goodwillie missed Saturday’s game through injury, as did captain Kevin Nicoll who was suspended after seeing red at Rugby Park – both could return at Somerset Park. Striker David Gormley is no stranger to finding the back of the net and will be one to watch. Jim Chapman swapped the managerial hotseat at Annan Athletic for Clyde in the summer and has signed no fewer than seven of his former charges from the Galabankies.

Elsewhere in Group E on Tuesday, Dumbarton host Annan Athletic with both sides looking for their first point in the competition.

Ian says:”Alan Forrest won’t make tonight’s match however he will train on Thursday and hopefully be in contention for Saturday. Michael Rose is making good progress and will start light training on Thursday. Craig Reid is fit and back in the squad.

It’s a really important game so early in the season. A win may well be enough to see us qualify and we really want to keep the momentum going. This game brings a different kind of pressure and we want to ensure this ground becomes feared again so its hugely important to maintain a good home record.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 35 Draws – 16 Clyde wins – 18

The Honest Men and the Bully Wee have met five times previously in the League Cup. There had been two wins apiece in four group stage double-headers in 1963 and 1968 but United were 6-1 winners when the sides met in August 2012. Ayr were four goals to the good through David Winters, Michael Moffat, Jonathan Tiffoney and David Sinclair before John Neill netted a late consolation only for Moffat and Sinclair to net their second goals to make it 6-1 in the 90th minute.

Last Meeting: Ayr United progressed to the sixth round of the Scottish Cup when the sides met just last season – but required a replay and extra-time. After a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park which saw Paul Cairney equalise David Gormley’s opener, it was Gormley’s turn to grab an equaliser in the replay at Broadwood, cancelling out Declan McDaid’s 11th minute strike with just two minutes left on the clock. Ian McCall’s men eventually took the win through Mick Wardrope’s injury time winner.

Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny

Assistant Referee 2 – Finlay Currie

 

Admission:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £6
Latest Odds

Ayr – 4/11, Draw 19/5, Clyde – 13/2

Shop opening hours

The club shop will be open this week

Monday 24th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 25th July – 4pm to 7.45pm

Thursday 27th July – 3pm to 8pm