Airdrie Match Preview

Match Preview
Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 23rd December 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men close out 2017 with a trip to Lanarkshire to face Airdrieonians. United will be looking for a tenth straight victory and to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games, maintaining their position as Christmas number 1 in League 1.

Seventh place Airdrie took the lead at Hampden Park last weekend but were eventually held to a draw by Queen’s Park. The result gave the Diamonds a three match unbeaten run for the first time this season, having also held Raith Rovers to a draw and defeated Forfar Athletic, with both matches at home.

Stevie Findlay’s side have not tasted defeat in their last five league matches at the Excelsior Stadium but were knocked out the Scottish Cup by Highland League side Cove Rangers.

Team News: Robbie Crawford and Ross Docherty are out with injuries. Jamie Adams wont feature.

Ian says: “We know we are on a brilliant run at the moment but as ever our focus is only on one game at a time, not the fact we have a certain amount of wins in a row. Airdrie showed on TV a couple of weeks ago that they are a good side and there always seem to be something happening when we play each other. Again we have key players out however it gives other chances, Alan Forrest had done really well coming off the bench and got back into the starting line up last week and Brian Gilmour was excellent off the bench last week. Despite it being two days before Christmas I know we will have a good noisy support and we want to make sure every one of them enjoys their Christmas dinner!”

Head to head (at Airdrie):

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 4

Airdrieonians wins – 4


Last Meeting: The Diamonds are the last side to take points off Ayr when they held the Honest Men to a 2-2 draw at Somerset Park in October. Jordan McGregor put the visitors ahead in the first-half. A quick-fire Andy Geggan double saw Ayr take the lead but Willis Furtado made it 2-2 in the 65th minute and neither side was able to find a winner.


Ayr have won the last two fixtures at the Excelsior Stadium. Craig Moore scored on the stroke of half-time in both games, which were during season 2015/16.


On this day: in history Ayr have a 64% win rate. In 2008, goals from Neil McGowan, David Gormley and Bryan Prunty saw the Honest Men defeat Lochee United in a Scottish Cup replay at Somerset Park to set up a meeting with Kilmarnock in the next round.


Match Officials:

Referee – Scott Millar

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Euan Birch



Adult – £16
Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10
Under 16s – £7

Parent & Child – £20

Message to Fans

The Club would, once again like to praise the terrific backing of our fans at both home and away fixtures. It really helps carry the team over the line.  However, we witnessed first-hand, one supporter enter pitch side at East Fife on Saturday, resulting in him being ejected from the Stadium.  This also happened in our previous away game at Alloa. To  reiterate, this behaviour is unacceptable and contravenes the Ground Regulations and could result in a club ban for the persons responsible from either or both Clubs.

Please keep up the fantastic support whilst adhering to the Clubs Unacceptable Conduct Policy and The Ground Regulations.

 Many thanks

Roy Provan, Safety & Stadium Manager.

East Fife 1 Ayr Utd 4

East Fife 1 V 4 Ayr United

by AUmedia

United stretched their unbeaten run to 9 Leagues games in what could honestly be described as the proverbial game of two halves with East Fife dominating the first half and in the lead through a Duggan goal on 35 minutes. Not many neutrals wold have given Ayr a chance, but United fans know better, this is a team that just never gives up and they stormed their way to victory with an outstanding second half performance.

Manager Ian McCall felt that the balance of his team during the first half was not right, but two half time substitutions and a tactical change in mid-field gave United the impetus and possession that turned subservience into their own dominance. The gaffer also savoured the second half partnership of Shankland and Moore, describing it as ‘mouth-watering’.

Apart from an early couple of attacks, United struggled against a very direct and hard-working East Fife team, with Mark Lamont, for the home side, impressive in mid-field. Time after time Lamont, Smith and Wilkie cut through Ayr’s defence with intricate pin-point passes, creating opportunities for Duggan, Page and Piggot. To a great extend United were lucky, struggling to clear from their own box and profiting from some poor finishing by East Fife, missed chances the Fifers would come to rue not converting.

On 35 minutes, the home side finally got the goal their play deserved. Dunsmore slid a beautiful ball through the Ayr defence into the path of Duggan in the penalty area. Duggan then stroked the ball past the despairing Hart and into the back of the net. 1-0 for the Fifers.

Try as they might, United just couldn’t do anything to get themselves in to this game, and as the half time whistle blew, United needed to find inspiration and something different to rescue the game.

Ayr rang the changes at half time, with Adams and McDaid being replaced by Moore and Gilmour. Moore slotted in up-front to partner Shankland, with Gilmour sitting in a deep mid-field role, while Forrest moved in behind the strikers. Suddenly the Honest Men were transformed into an attacking machine, with Gilmour, in one of his best performances of the season, providing the missing link between defence and the forward line, collecting, passing, probing and providing a creative platform for the United attack.

Ayr pressed forward with wave after wave of attacks, finally getting the breakthrough they were looking for in the 56th minute. Forrest lifted a high, curling corner into the centre of the box where Rose leapt above his marker to head the ball powerfully in to the back of the net. 1-1, and there was something in the air that indicated this was not going to be the last from United.

East Fife were now causing few problems for the Ayrshire men being limited to set-pieces and long-range shots. Hart, however, had to come to the rescue on 67 minutes when Docherty tried his luck with a 25-yard attempt.

On 72 minutes Ayr took the lead and it was that man Rose again. Forrest took a corner on the left towards the back post, and with the defenders content to watch it curl out for a goal kick, Rose darted in to slam the ball high in to the back of the net. 1-2 United.

Two minutes later and it was 3. Shankland controlled a pass from Geggan at the edge of the box before turning and slipping the ball through to Moore who stroked home. The vociferous Ayr support could not believe their team’s transformation since half time never mind the three goals.

East Fife had a brief rally which ended in a magnificent save from Hart. Lamont worked the ball to the edge of the box and found Linton on the left. Linton lifted the ball to the back post where Wilkie nodded on to the penalty spot and Duggan overhead kicked goalward. Gilmour tried to block but the ball spun towards the line where Hart instinctively reacted, diving and clawing the ball away with one hand.

There was to be no consolation for the Fifers and it was the visitors who grabbed another. In the 87th minute, Shankland received the ball some 30 yards out, looked up, saw the keeper coming off his line, and sent a pile-driver of a shot in to the back of the net. 1-4 and the icing on the cake for United.

With Raith not playing, Ayr have taken an 8-point lead at the top of the league, although Raith do still have two games in hand.

Next up for Ayr is a trip to Airdrieonians.


Hurst, Dunsmore, Docherty, Page, Lamont, Duggan, Smith, Wilkie, Millar, Piggot, Linton SUBS: Goodfellow, Kane, Willis, Wilson, Reilly, Hurst, Mutch



Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McDaid, Ferguson, J Adams, Shankland SUBS: Lyle Avci (GK), Gilmour, Moore, McGuffie, Faulds, Murphy, Reid


Referee: John McKendrick

Attendance: 637

Fergie signs new deal

Full back David Ferguson today penned a new deal and extended his contract until the end of this season.

Manager Ian McCall said “Fergie has done really really well since coming into the team and he made a starting slot his own with continued top performances. He is exactly the right type of boy we want in the squad and I am delighted to ensure he will be here for the rest of the season at the very least.”

David said “I have really enjoyed my time here and of course it helps when the team has been doing as well as we have in the league. It’s still early days in the season though and we all know what we want to achieve and that will take a lot of hard work. The fans have been great with me and hopefully we can keep this run of form going to repay them for the support they give us, especially away from home.”

East Fife match preview

Match Preview
East Fife vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 16th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we travel to Methil to face East Fife in the first of two consecutive away games before Christmas. Ian McCall’s side go into the match looking for a ninth consecutive victory and having not tasted defeat since their last trip to Fife at the start of September.  The Honest Men hold a five point advantage at the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table.


Opponents East Fife here held to a 1-1 draw at home by Stranraer last Saturday and lost to bottom side Queen’s Park at Hampden the previous weekend but Darren Young’s side are unbeaten at New Bayview in their last five matches – including a 6-1 victory over Airdrieonians. The Fife sit in fifth place in the table, two points behind third place Alloa Athletic.


Team News: Ross Docherty and Robbie Crawford are ruled out through injury.


Ian says: “In terms of performance we know we have to improve on last week, we didn’t have the right shape to the team and in the end we had to work extremely hard to get the victory. East Fife have an excellent home record so this will be another very tough game. Alan Forrest and Declan McDaid both made a good impact off the bench last week so we have plenty to think about in terms of team selection, especially with another couple of players back from injury.”


Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 20

East Fife wins – 18


The last 12 games between the sides have seen 50 goals scored, an average of over 4.1 per game.


Last Meeting: United were 3-0 winners when the sides met at Somerset Park at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 7th minute and goals in second-half from Andy Geggan and Chris Higgins either side of Jonathan Page’s red card.


The Honest Men’s won 5-0 on their last trip to New Bayview in March 2014 with Michael Moffat (twice), Kevin Kyle, Michael Donald and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet.


On this day:


Match Officials:

Referee – John McKendrick

Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic

Assistant Referee 2 – Ryan Lee



Adult – £15
Senior Citizens (60 and over) – £12
Child – £5
Parent and child – £18
Parent and 2 children – £21

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Half Price Season tickets

Saturday’s 3-2 win over Queens Park was our 9th home league match of the season which marked the half way point of our home league season.

This means that from today we are selling Half Price season tickets for the remaining 9 home games.

So far this season entertainment has been the name of the game. We have scored 73 goals in just 24 games which means we are averaging over 3 goals a game!

As of today we sit 5 points clear in the league table and we need as many supporters as possible backing this team. We have won our last 4 matches at Somerset Park, scoring 11 goals in the process. We have also just completed 8 successive victories for the first time in 30 years.


Adult £110 ( From £220)

Concession £60 (From £120). This covers over 65s, Students and 18-21 year olds.

Child £25 (From £50). Child covers under 18s.

Panda Pals – Under 12s – Remains £15.

Queens Park match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Queen’s Park
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 9th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ian McCall’s side will look to make it seven consecutive league wins when Queen’s Park are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men are unbeaten since the start of September and top League 1 by three points.

Opponents Queen’s Park ended a run of five straight defeats last weekend with a 2-1 home win over East Fife. Striker Luke Donnelly netted both goals for Gus MacPherson’s side, who fell behind in the 16th minute. The result, however, was not enough to lift the Spiders off the foot of the table, with Forfar Athletic one point ahead.

Elsewhere in League 1, Raith Rovers travel to face Airdrieonians on Sunday.


Team News: Andy Geggan and Robbie Crawford are ruled out with injury.

Ian says: “We are really looking forward to the game as with Raith playing on Sunday we want to make sure we put the pressure on and do our job by getting the 3 points. There is no doubt it will be a difficult game as Queens Park are better than their league position suggests and they have a top manager. The boys have forged a winning mentality even when they aren’t at their best and that is a great trait to have. We need to be better defensively tomorrow and we have had a really good week training. Defensively we have been really good over this run we have been on however we shouldn’t be conceding two goals at Somerset. The atmosphere was completely different last week compared to the games against Stranraer and Raith so hopefully we can get that great atmosphere back tomorrow.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 43

Draws – 23

Queen’s Park wins – 31


The Spiders have won just once in their last 14 visits to Somerset Park.


Last Meeting: Goals from Jamie Adams and Lawrence Shankland earned United all three points when the sides met at Hampden Park at the end of September.


On this day: in 2006, United made the long trip north to face Peterhead in second round of the Scottish Cup. Goals from David Dunn and Jerome Vareille put the Honest Men into the next round a win that punctuated a run of six straight league defeats.


Match Officials:

Referee – Gavin Ross

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Andy Taylor



Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5






Burns Supper 2018

The Honest Men and Bonie Lasses Burns Supper will take place on Friday 2nd February 2018 in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

Singing will be Tayler Logan which is a real coup as she reached the latter stages of televisions ‘The Voice’ earlier this year. Tayler is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire and a really talented Burns speaker and we’re delighted she is also delivering the Reply on behalf of the Lasses.

Also a National Primary Schools Burns champion is Zoe Craig who is also performing on the evening. She is sensational!

The Immortal Memory will be given by Ian MacPherson MBE who is one of the finest Burns speakers in the country.

Comedian and acclaimed speaker Iain Gordon who performs throughout the UK will be doing Toast to the Lasses and to top it all off, seasoned Burns speaker and Ayr supporter Graham Hill will be the MC and reciting Tam O’Shanter.

Tickets are priced £35 and includes a fantastic 3 course meal and special gift for everyone attending. Tickets can be purchased in the club shop or by phone 01292 263435 ext 5.