Dumbarton 1 Ayr Utd 3

Dumbarton 1 v 3 Ayr United

On a gloriously balmy summers evening at the interestingly named ‘YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium’ in Dumbarton, the castle rock towering overhead, the sun performing magical tricks turning the sky through blue, pastels of different hues to dark burnished orange, whilst lighting up the glass-like River Leven as the waters passed through its final meander to the coast; could there be anything better? Well quite simply, yes.  Ayr United, bedecked in yellow, outshone the celestial body on a night when, once again: they humbled opposition from a higher league; and two moments of brilliance from Declan ‘Magic’ McDaid and Robbie ‘Messi’ Crawford will be forever etched on the minds of all fans lucky enough to be there.

Pre-match questions were being asked. Could Ayr keep up the form that had seen them defeat Premiership Kilmarnock? Would we see the exceptional skill level that had been shown in the opening game? Were United’s fitness levels going to hold up after only 4 days recovery time? The answer to all of these was a great big, emphatic, yes.

The opening minutes of the match saw both sides testing each other out with neither team gaining the upper hand but with Dumbarton showing enough to suggest that this would be a tougher test than the disappointing Kilmarnock side from Friday’s local derby. First, Ayr went on the attack, and on 2mins Michael Moffat shot was saved by keeper Scott Gallacher after a great run and flicked pass by McDaid on the right.

Dumbarton were looking dangerous, with two Ayrshire boys Tom Walsh and Chris Johnston, attempting to stretch United on the wings, and United central defenders Chris Higgins and Jamie Adams having to be at their best to contain the skilled and amorphous mobile mountain of a man, Christian Nade.

On 3 mins, Walsh controlled the ball on the wing before finding midfielder David Wilson who then laid the ball off to central defender Craig Barr. Barr created space, set himself up and released a powerful drive from 25-yards out that keeper Jordan Hart did well to get down to and parry away.

Shortly after, Dumbarton had three real opportunities to go ahead. Wilson dribbled into the box but couldn’t find the space to shoot.  Somehow the ball ended up with Walsh, in space, but he could only screw the ball across the face of goal when he should have done better. When the ball came back in, Mark Stewart dived at full stretch but could only see his header from close range go narrowly past the post. 5 mins gone and this was already looking an exciting encounter.

Dumbarton were delivered a blow when Dougie Hill stretched to intercept a delightful pass into the box from McDaid but in doing so injured himself and was replaced by Kyle Prior.

The match remained an entertaining and even contest with Ayr testing the Dumbarton backline with shots from Boyle, Moffat, McDaid and Moore all going close or bringing out saves from Gallacher. Dumbarton showed their teeth through efforts from Nade, Walsh and Wilson, with Walsh again guilty of failing to make capital out of the proverbial ‘sitter’.

On 35 mins, Ayr went ahead, as the result of an end to end move from the United side. Hart threw the ball out to Jamie Adams and he in turn touched the ball to Geggan, wide on the right in his own half.  Geggan played the ball inside to Crawford who flicked the ball towards the halfway line where McDaid, under pressure, nodded the ball to Moffat. Moffat, spotting Geggan’s continuing run down the right, turned and sprayed a pass wide before making his way towards the box. Geggan sprinted forward to the edge of the box before he hit the ball in at pace behind the inrushing defenders. As Moffat looked to strike, defender Andy Dowie made a last desperate effort to intercept and stretched out his leg but only managed to fire the ball into the net at the near post. Ayr were one up.

In an attempt to get back into the game, Dumbarton upped their efforts and put extra pressure on the United backline. On 39 mins, Nade found himself with a chance in the box but his shot was excellently saved by the acrobatic Hart at the top left-hand corner. Next, a goal-bound screamer of a drive from 25 yards out by Prior took a lucky fine deflection off Jamie Adams and scraped off the top of the bar. Then on 44 mins, danger man Nade found himself with space in the box but under no pressure, he put his header over the bar.

Ayr immediately went into attack, with a fine piece of interplay in the box, Moore, knocking the ball down to McDaid who, with his back to goal, slipped the ball to Crawford. Crawford made space before releasing a shot from 8 yards which was instinctively saved by Gallacher.

It looked like Ayr would reach half time with a goal’s advantage, but Dumbarton were determined not to let that happen. With nearly 3 mins of added time on the clock Dumbarton were awarded a free kick after an aerial tussle between Nade and Higgins.

The incoming ball was then met by Nade who turned the ball into the net for the equaliser.

Disappointment was etched large on the faces of the Ayr squad as they left the field at the break. More questions arose. How would they respond after such a sucker punch? Would they fade as in past years? Any worries were unfounded as United returned to the park with additional vigour and desire.

Dumbarton were beginning to struggle with Ayr’s continuing pace and control. This frustration was marked when the tiring Walsh needlessly hacked down Geggan after the United man had easily dispossessed the winger, skilfully turned him and cleared. 46 mins and a booking for Walsh.

On 51 mins, Ayr’s rising superiority should have been marked by a goal but somehow Moore’s header from inside the box went wide.

Dumbarton, though, still had some sting up front and just a minute later Walsh found space near the line but his shot went across the goalmouth and wide. Dumbarton, much against the run of play also thought they had gained the lead when, from a corner, Barr met the ball perfectly to header in at the back post, but referee Cook had seen an infringement. On the line, Dumbarton forward Stewart was blatantly holding Docherty who had been defending the back post.

Ayr were dominating, and when they took the lead on 70 mins, it was a mouth-watering peach of a goal. Adams headered away from the edge of the penalty area, Moffat challenged for the ball on the left, heading it to McDaid in the centre circle. McDaid let the ball bounce before nodding it down to Geggan, running close support in central mid-field. Geggan slipped the ball to Boyle who charged into the Dumbarton half before finding Crawford on the left. Crawford held the ball up before delicately passing to McDaid who was tightly marked and blocked some 20 yards out. This was time for some more McDaid magic, surely he had no chance. He feinted left, tapped the ball right, to make minimal space, before driving the ball, swerving and dipping, home.  It was as delicious a piece of skill as one could have hoped to see.

Ayr now poured forward, Crawford and substitute McGuffie twice, Docherty, Moffat and Geggan all going close. It was just a matter of when a third would come and when it came Robbie Crawford, tireless and creative through-out the game, again channelled his inner Lionel Messi. Twice in the final 10 mins he had turned the Dumbarton defence inside out but had gone narrowly wide, but these were only practice runs for something special.

With 2 mins of normal time remaining, Ayr intricately worked the ball from right to left Docherty’s pass finding Crawford wide. The midfielder first turned across the face of the defence, causing defender David Smith to go the wrong way. The defender gave chase and, along with Downie and Barr, blocked Crawford’s view of goal. No problem there for the Ayr midfielder, who first twisted left then right sending all three the wrong way before blasting the ball through the space he had created and into the net. Quality and Ayr had a two-goal advantage.

And so it finished: Dumbarton 1 v 3 Ayr United and another great advert for live football, and one that the 338 travelling fans (outnumbering those from Dumbarton in the 615 person crowd) will not forget. Next up , Clyde who come to Somerset Park in the next Betfred Cup, Group Stage match on Tuesday night (25th July, 7.45 pm kick-off).

Dumbarton

Gallacher, Barr, Dowie, Hill, Smith, Johnston, Wilson, Walsh, McLaughlin, Stewart, Nade

Substitutes: Ewings (GK), Gallagher, Roy, Prior

Ayr United

Hart, Geggan, Adams, Higgins, Boyle, McDaid, Crawford, Docherty, Gilmour, Moffat, Moore

Substitutes: Avci (GK), McGuffie, Ferguson, Faulds, Waite, Murphy, McCowan

 

 

Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 615

Report: AUmedia

Club looking for Hospitality Manager

  1. HOSPITALITY MANAGER                              Ayr United Hospitality Suite

Somerset Park, AYR KA8 9NB

Applications Close   20th July 2017

Please send all applications to info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Salary     Subject to experience

The Hospitality Manager reports directly to the Catering Manager

The Hospitality Manager works closely with the Commercial Manager

JOB PURPOSE    To pro-actively seek to maximise The Hospitality Suite’s food, beverage and catering sales by delivering a quality service through well trained and well led staff.   The hospitality manager is also required to constantly review catering procedures and activities in order to recommend and implement improvements within our service.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES    To ensure that at all times cleanliness, food safety and all other Health and Safety matters are adhered to so as not to breach any legislative points within the Food Safety Act 1990 or the Health and Safety at Work.

To ensure the consistent smooth running of our catering and events services at Somerset Park.

To undertake general food and beverage duties in addition to the delivery of event and function activities.

To control the Hospitality suite budgets relating to cost of sales and staffing costs, and be responsible for cash control, initial daily accounting, stock control and food safety aspects of the business.

To roster and support the administration of the Hospitality Team, deliver specific and on-going staff training programmes to the wider catering staff and ensure that all Hospitality staff comply with the working requirements and required standards, and be responsible for the day to day operational management at the Hospitality Suite

To maintain a high level of customer service with the aim of exceeding our guests’ expectations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE         Essential

Personal Licence Holder.

Experience at Management or Supervisory Level.

Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and Customer Care standards and procedures.

Knowledge of food hygiene and alcohol sales legislation.

Must be able to work out-with normal office hours, including evenings and week-ends on a regular basis.

Approachable, friendly disposition and able to lead and work with a team.

Old badge Final day sale

OLD BADGE – FINAL DAY SALE

The final countdown is on!!

The famous shield logo which has adorned the Ayr United Football Club playing kit, Somerset Park surroundings and club merchandise for over 50 years becomes consigned to history at 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017.

Supporters have one final chance however to purchase their own piece of history.

The club shop is open 11am – 4pm on Friday 30th June and are offering a fantastic deal of any 10 items for only £20!  That`s right, choose ANY 10 items and pay only £20!!  Also on offer are Ayr United FC mugs at 5 for only £5!!

At 4pm tomorrow all stock must be taken of the shelves and will no longer be available to purchase.

Remember…this is your last chance to make sure you have your very own memorabilia of a badge that spanned six decades of football at Somerset Park!!!

Kilmarnock ticket & shop update

We can confirm that tickets for our upcoming Betfred Cup match with Kilmarnock are now on sale from the club shop.

Tickets are priced £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (OAPs, students and under 18s).

Tickets for Ayr supporters will be in three separate areas – The North Terracing, Somerset Road End and the stand.

The club shop is open today 11-4, Thursday 11-4 and Friday 11-4 and there is an incredible sale in store as well.

Following this the club shop will be changing back to be managed by the club. We had initially planned to be open at 4pm on Thursday 6th July however we will be doing everything we possibly can to be open on Wednesday and will update at the start of next week.

We can confirm opening hours from Friday 7th July and these will be as follows

Friday 7th July – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 8th July – 10.30am to 1.30pm

Sunday 9th July – 12 noon to 3pm

Monday 10th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 11th July – 3pm to 7pm

Wednesday 12th July – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 13th July – 1pm to 8pm

Friday 14th July – 1pm to kick off.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July closed.

 

Please note these are not the hours the shop will be open after the 16th of July.

 

Season tickets & Gate prices

Season tickets are now on sale from the club shop.

 

Gate prices for 2017/18 are as follows.

Adult – £16

Concessions  (OAP, student, 18-21) – £10

Under 18s – £5

 

This means the following savings for season tickets

Adult £220 – A saving of £68 if attending all 18 home league matches.

Concession £120 – A saving of £60 if attending all 18 home league matches

Junior 12-18s  £50 – A saving of £40 if attending all 18 home league matches

Panda Pals (under 12s) £15 – A saving of £75 if attending all 18 home league matches

 

We would like to apologise again for having our season tickets out later than we would have liked and also for conflicting information that had been given to Ayr United Media, this mistake was in no way down to them and we would like to thank them for the time and effort they continue to put in to offer a fantastic and unrivalled service.

 

 

17/18 fixtures released

The fixtures have been released for the new season and we begin with an away match at Albion Rovers. Our first home game of the season is against Forfar on 12th August.

The full list of fixtures are below

Ladbrokes League 1 2017/2018
Ayr United
RD Date        Time     Opponent Home/Away
1 05/08/2017 15:00 Albion Rovers Away
2 12/08/2017 15:00 Forfar Athletic Home
3 19/08/2017 15:00 Stranraer Away
4 26/08/2017 15:00 Arbroath Home
5 09/09/2017 15:00 Raith Rovers Away
6 16/09/2017 15:00 Alloa Athletic Home
7 23/09/2017 15:00 Queen’s Park Away
8 30/09/2017 15:00 East Fife Home
9 14/10/2017 15:00 Airdrieonians Home
10 21/10/2017 15:00 Forfar Athletic Away
11 28/10/2017 15:00 Stranraer Home
12 04/11/2017 15:00 Arbroath Away
13 11/11/2017 15:00 Raith Rovers Home
14 25/11/2017 15:00 Alloa Athletic Away
15 02/12/2017 15:00 Albion Rovers Home
16 09/12/2017 15:00 Queen’s Park Home
17 16/12/2017 15:00 East Fife Away
18 23/12/2017 15:00 Airdrieonians Away
19 30/12/2017 15:00 Forfar Athletic Home
20 02/01/2018 15:00 Stranraer Away
21 06/01/2018 15:00 Arbroath Home
22 13/01/2018 15:00 Raith Rovers Away
23 27/01/2018 15:00 Queen’s Park Away
24 03/02/2018 15:00 Alloa Athletic Home
25 10/02/2018 15:00 Albion Rovers Away
26 17/02/2018 15:00 East Fife Home
27 24/02/2018 15:00 Airdrieonians Home
28 03/03/2018 15:00 Arbroath Away
29 10/03/2018 15:00 Raith Rovers Home
30 17/03/2018 15:00 Forfar Athletic Away
31 24/03/2018 15:00 Queen’s Park Home
32 31/03/2018 15:00 East Fife Away
33 07/04/2018 15:00 Airdrieonians Away
34 14/04/2018 15:00 Stranraer Home
35 21/04/2018 15:00 Alloa Athletic Away
36 28/04/2018 15:00 Albion Rovers Home
(All fixtures subject to change)

Digital team United again

Ayr United have once again teamed up with Digital Kitchens and Bedrooms Factory Outlet to ensure the insides of Somerset Park get a new look before the big kick off.

It’s only three weeks to the huge Ayrshire derby against Kilmarnock that will launch the season.

The home and away dressing rooms, manager’s office and referee’s room are being given an overhaul thanks to the Digital Team.

Somerset’s main stand snack bar had a makeover in 2014 and they are returning to carry out more work free of charge.

Commercial manager Graeme Miller said :”I met Daniel a few years ago in Stirling and he made it clear how important it is for Digital Kitchens and Bedrooms Factory Outlet to be involved with the local community so we have kept in touch since. 3 years ago they did an incredible job on our main stand snack bar which was falling to bits yet now looks fantastic.

Now we are going to have new dressing rooms which our players will be absolutely delighted with to kick off the new season.”

The company’s Daniel Bryson said: “After hearing Ayr are turning full time and using the facilities at Somerset a lot more in the process, we were keen to improve the environment at no cost to the club.

“We’re firm believers that a successful football team can have a great effect on the town as a whole, and we’re delighted to help out where we can.”

Photo – Ayrshire Post

Kilmarnock game info

Ticket Prices for Betfred Cup
Ayr United v Kilmarnock, Friday 14th July, 7.45 p.m. kick off

Prices for Admission
Adults: £12
Concessions £6 (over 65s, under 18s and students)
Students must show a valid matriculation card or proof of acceptance to a course.

Ticket Purchase
Due to a problem with ticket printing, for these tickets to Ayr fans, these tickets have been slightly delayed. They will be on sale during the week commencing June 26th and we will confirm immediately we know the exact date.

Due to the delay there will be no priority sale for season ticket holders as we expect season tickets and tickets for that match to be on sale at roughly the same time however we expect to be able to accomodate all our supporters who would like a ticket for this match

Season Tickets

Season tickets for 2017/18 season will go on sale from 12 noon on Monday 26th June from the club shop.

Season tickets come under four different price categories this season.

Adults which are £220.

Concession which are £120 and covers OAPs (over 65s), full time students and 18-21 year olds.

Junior which are £50 and covers 12-18 year olds.

Panda pals which are £15 and covers under 12s

We would ask that you bring ID when purchasing a season ticket.

Last season we reduced the prices for 2 home league matches and the season ticket still proved fantastic value. We will always ensure this is the case as we greatly value our season ticket holders. This season, for the first time, season ticket holders will receive £10 off when purchasing match day hospitality. We will also run a couple of prize draws at games during the season for our season ticket holders.

We are also continuing our discount for season ticket holders meaning that they will be able to purchase a season long access to AUmedia internet radio match commentary for only £20 ( a 50% reduction)

We apologise for the slight delay this season in having these on sale however your support as always will be hugely appreciated as we aim to bounce straight back to the Championship.

Due to the club shop changeover season tickets will not initially be available to purchase online however phone orders can be taken and the season ticket picked up in the shop with the relevant ID

Gate prices for next season will be confirmed prior to the tickets going on sale.

Season tickets cover league matches only.

Jamie signs new deal

Jamie Adams has penned a new deal for the 2017/18 season.

Manager Ian McCall said :” Jamie has been different class for me and you can always trust him when he plays. I hear people mention about his injuries and of course he has had some horrific luck with injuries in his career however he has played 50 games for us in the last two seasons.

There are certain types of games Jamie will be absolutely crucial for us. When you think back to the second leg of the play off final it was Jamie and Peter Murphy that carried us through that match with their mentality and strength of will.

Jamie is fantastic in the dressing room, respected by all his fellow team mates and is a hugely important member of the squad.”