Scottish Cup 5th rd details

We can now confirm that Sky have chosen our 5th round William Hill Scottish Cup tie to be shown live on television.

Regardless of whether Fraserburgh or Rangers win their 4th round match the 5th round tie will be shown live at Somerset Park on Sunday 11th February at 2.30pm.

Ticket information for the tie will be available immediately following the result of Fraserburgh v Rangers.

Queens Park match preview

Match Preview
Queen’s Park vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 27th January 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Glasgow to face Queen’s Park at the National Stadium. After success in the Scottish Cup last weekend, attention turns back to the league and keeping pressure on leaders Raith Rovers, who dropped three points last time out at Stranraer. United lie a point behind Rovers, who have a game in hand, and face a trip to Alloa Athletic.

Queen’s Park were not in action last weekend, having exited the Scottish Cup at the hands of Dunfermline Athletic in November. Their last competitive fixture ended in defeat away to Arbroath. That match following three consecutive 2-2 draws, at home to Albion Rovers and Stranraer and away at Alloa. The Spiders have won just once at Hampden Park in the league this season, versus East FIfe at the start of December.

Team News: Ross Docherty is out, he is still awaiting the result of a scan. Robbie Crawford is out however he has had the results of his scan and an operation is not required so he will return to training in a couple of weeks. Brian Gilmour is out with bruising on a bone in his foot. Chris Higgins is out for the season and Steven Bell is suspended. Mark Kerr is added to the squad.

Ian says: “It is never easy playing Queens Park, we were extremely fortunate to beat them at Hampden earlier in the season and they gave us a good game at Somerset in December. We played well at Kirkcaldy and followed that up with a good win in the Cup so we go there with confidence. There will be twists and turns in the run in, we have shown we can go on a long winning run and that’s exactly what we are looking to do again. Hopefully our away support give us the same backing they did at Raith and help us try and get the 3 points.”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 59

Draws – 26

Queen’s Park wins – 34

 

Saturday will be the 50th league meeting between the sides at Hampden Park.

 

Last Meeting: The Honest Men eventually overcame the Spiders when the sides last met at the start of December. A Craig Moore penalty opened the scoring at Somerset Park in the 24th minute after Lawrence Shankland was felled. Connor McVey headed home a Queen’s Park corner to level the scores before half-time and a Craig Reid own goal put the visitors into the lead.

Declan McDaid and Alan Forrest came to United’s rescue, scoring in in the 79th and 88th minute respectively to ensure all three points remained in Ayrshire.

United were 2-0 winners at Hampden Park in September with goals from Jamie Adams and Lawrence Shankland against his old club.

 

On this day: in 1923, United defeated Rangers 2-0 at Somerset Park in the second round of the Scottish Cup in-front of a crowd of 15,853. The result ended the Ibrox club’s hopes of a league-and-cup double in their Golden Jubilee year.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie

Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean

 

Admission:

Adult – £14
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £5

Student/Unemployed – £3

Children (Under 16) – £3

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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.

McCall adds auld acquaintance

United add midfielder Kerr

 Ian McCall has this afternoon made his third signing of the January transfer window, adding experienced midfielder Mark Kerr to the squad. The 35-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season following his departure from Falkirk on Wednesday. The move reunites player and manager for a third time, with the pair previously working together at Falkirk and Dundee United.

 Ian said: “Mark is a boy I know really well having had him as a player at Falkirk and then signing him for Dundee United. The injuries that we have had have been no secret and we needed a holding midfield player. Mark might be 35 but he has always kept himself extremely fit so there is no problems there. He is exactly the type of player you want for the run in and he will be a big part of our squad.

Mark began his career with Falkirk, making his first team debut aged 17 in May 1999 and became a regular for the Bairns under Alex Totten and then Ian McCall, playing a key role in the club’s 2002/03 First Division title win. He followed Ian McCall to Dundee United, going on to finish fifth in the SPL in his first season at Tannadice Park. Kerr made over 160 Premier League appearances for the Tangerines and reached the final of both the League and Scottish Cup during his time on Tayside.

 He moved to Aberdeen in July 2008 and was made club captain for the 2009/10 season. A spell in Greece with Asteras Tripolis followed before a return to the Premier League with Dunfermline and then Dundee. He re-signed for Falkirk in 2015 and was named club captain at the start of this season before reaching an agreement with manager Paul Hartley to leave the Falkirk Stadium.

Ayr United Media did a full interview with Mark this afternoon so keep an eye on all of the clubs social media channels for this later today.

Ayr Utd 4 Arbroath 1

Ayr United 4 v 1 Arbroath

by AUmedia

Somerset Park served up an enthralling Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie between the Honest Men and the Red Lichties. This match had everything, non-stop, end to end football played at pace, skills and goals aplenty, controversy, passion, then a manager storming onto the pitch and shortly after watching the rest of the match from the stand. This is what cup football is all about.

Fuelled on with the desire to make up for two home defeats against Arbroath in the league, the most recent only two weeks ago, United charged forward from the off with Alan Forrest chipping the ball into the box and finding Lawrence Shankland but his header was saved by former Ayr keeper David Hutton in the Arbroath goals.

Arbroath had arrived with the same philosophy, fast attacking football, and were soon to have their first attempt. With 4 mins on the clock United defender, Michael Rose failed to clear and allowed Arbroath striker Leighton McIntosh to smash a right-footed drive from the centre of the box which brought out a miraculous one-handed acrobatic save from keeper Jack Ruddy.

On 8 mins United took the lead. Craig Moore laid the ball off to Shankland who then turned and sprayed the ball left to the left where he found Declan McDaid at the edge of the penalty area. McDaid stepped inside, created some space for himself and curled a delicious ball into the net giving keeper Hutton no chance.

Arbroath pushed forward attempting to get back on level terms with keeper Ruddy showing his mettle with saves from McIntosh, Swankie, and Denholm in the 11th, 15th, and 24th mins respectively. United then took the upper hand with attempts from Shankland (twice), Craig Moore and David Ferguson bringing out saves from keeper Hutton.

Halftime saw Ayr maintaining their 1 goal advantage but with Arbroath snapping on their coat-tails no one would have dared predict the outcome, never mind the excitement and controversy of the second half.

The second half started off at the same frenetic pace as the first with Arbroath charging down the wings and attempting to get behind the Ayr defence sending in 4 crosses in a row and on 49 mins Swankie saw his shot smash of the base of the post and go clear.

The early onslaught faded and on 56 mins Forrest first had a shot blocked in the box and then, from a Ruddy kick out, Craig Moore was sent through on goal but his attempt from the edge of the box was also stopped.

One minute later, and United took a 2-goal lead. A Forrest corner from the left wasn’t fully cleared and fell at the feet of McDaid who, from the edge of the box, slipped the ball to Shankland on his right. The striker took one touch to settle and then lifted and curled a left footed shot from the right side of the box that settled itself in the top left-hand corner of the net. This was a strike of pure quality.

On 65 mins Arbroath went for broke with a triple substitution and a formation change that left four players in attacking positions and, by the end of the match, six up front. The Gayfield men had clearly stated their intent to adopt an all-out attack policy with the belief they could still get back into the game.

Next up came a moment of great controversy. A long ball from the Arbroath half found Lichties’ winger Danny Denholm free in the box and clear on goal.  As he controlled the ball United defender, David Ferguson appeared to body hug him from behind and both players crashed to the ground but referee Mike Roncone inexplicably waved play on. Touch paper lit, Arbroath gaffer stormed onto the pitch to confront the whistler and was eventually sent to the stand after numerous requests.

Ayr almost took a 3-goal advantage when on 77 mins a poor clearance from Hutton landed with Shankland who cutely chipped the keeper, but the ball went just over.

Only one minute later, Arbroath struck and brought themselves right back into the game. Another long ball from the halfway line reached Gavin Swankie who couldn’t get the ball fully under control and Rose, Moffat, and Boyle failed to take their chances to clear allowing substitute Ryan McCord to charge in and poke the ball past Ruddy and into the net.

2 – 1 with 12 mins to go. Ayr fans held their breath remembering that only two weeks before Arbroath had come from behind to win at Somerset Park, but this was a completely a different day.

On 83 mins United restored their 2-goal lead. Moore set off down the right before finding McDaid just outside the penalty area. The winger made his way into the box, cut left, and then found Shankland who blasted the ball goalwards. Hutton saved well but couldn’t hold onto the ball letting McDaid pick up the scraps, go around the keeper and find the net.

Arbroath poured forward creating some good chances, but United weren’t going to let this one slip out of their hands. With 5 mins to go McDaid this time came to Ayr’s rescue, clearing the ball off the line as an Arbroath shot looked likely to go in at the back post. Then keeper Ruddy was called into action twice in the final minutes of normal time first denying McCord on 86 mins, blocking his close-in shot on and on 89 mins saving Swankie’s 20-yard drive at his top right-hand corner.

With 2 mins of added time on the clock, Ayr wrapped up the contest with a fourth counter. Shankland, looking suspiciously offside, found himself clear on the right then drew the ball across to strike partner Moore in the centre who blasted the ball home.

On Saturday it’s back to league duties for the Honest Men with a journey to the national stadium where the opponents will be Queens Park.

Ayr United

Ruddy, Boyle, Rose, Moffat, Moore, Forrest, McDaid, Ferguson, Adams, Shankland, Reid. Substitutes: Hart (GK), McGuffie, Faulds, Murphy, McCowan

 

Arbroath

Hutton, Little, Hamilton, O’Brien, Yule, Whatley, Linn, Martin, McIntosh, Swankie, Denholm. Substitutes: Gomes (GK), Hester, Gold, Kader, McCord, Skelly

 

Referee: Mike Roncone

Attendance: 1151

William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Rd Draw

William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Round Draw

Ayr United v Fraserburgh or Rangers

Ties will be played on the weekend of 10th February. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Arbroath
William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 20th January 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the oldest association football trophy in the world takes centre stage when Arbroath are the visitors to Somerset Park in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Both clubs will see the tie as a good opportunity to progress in the competition, with Arbroath hoping they can leave Ayrshire with a victory for the third time this season.

Having lost to Arbroath in their last match at Somerset Park, United put in a professional performance at Raith Rovers seven days ago and were perhaps unlucky to leave Starks Park without taking all three points in a hard fought and entertaining top-of-the-table clash.

The Honest Men reached the fourth round with an, ultimately, comprehensive 6-2 away win over Aberdeen-based Juniors Banks O’Dee in December. Ayr reached the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup last season, eventually succumbing to Hibernian at Easter Road, despite Craig McGuffie’s ‘Goal of the Tournament’ strike.

Dick Campbell’s side followed up their victory at Somerset Park a fortnight ago with a 2-1 home win over Queen’s Park last weekend. The Spiders opened the scoring but goals either side of half-time from Gavin Swankie and David Gold gave the Red Lichties a third win in three matches and lifted them into third place in the League 1 table.

Arbroath reached this stage of the competition with a 3-0 win over Berwick Rangers after two consecutive seasons of falling at the third round.  Their last fourth round appearance saw them defeat Junior side Bo’ness 5-0 in November 2014, with Simon Murray netting a hat-trick. They would eventually go out to Hibernian in the next round.

Team News: Andy Geggan, Ross Docherty, Robbie Crawford, Chris Higgins and Brian Gilmour are out with injuries. Steven Bell is cup tied.

Ian says: “It is always good to get a break from the league and the Scottish Cup is a great competition that can give all kinds of opportunities the further you go. Once again we have key players out with injuries however we showed last week that we can still perform to a very high level despite the injuries. Arbroath have won twice at Somerset this season and we will be doing everything to make sure that doesn’t happen again. The supporters were incredible at Kirkcaldy last week and it would make a huge difference to the players to have that kind of support at home.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 34

Draws – 4

Arbroath wins – 13

 

On this day: in 1968, United defeated Albion Rovers 5-2 at Somerset Park in Division 2. Seven days later, however, the Honest Men were knocked out the Scottish Cup at home to today’s opponents Arbroath – the only meeting between the sides in the competition.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe

Assistant Referee 2 – Derek Crothers

 

Admission:

Adult – £14
Concessions – £7

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Ayr United 5 Star Lottery Update

The Management and Staff at the 5 Star Lottery would like to wish all our Agents, Half Time Draw Sellers and Members a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018.

2017 has been another successful year for the Lottery and we have recently funded the replacement framework and glazing for the west end of the main stand.

We have also assisted the Club to replace the Emergency Exits stairs at both ends of the stand as well as other improvements around the ground.

In total we have provided the Club with over £42,000 during the last 18 months and we are working with the Directors to support other improvements in 2018.

To be able to continue to provide funding we are always trying to attract new members and desperately require additional Agents. If you would like to become an Agent or wish to join the Lottery, please contact Dougie, Jeanne or Janine on 01292 263435 – option 1. They will be pleased to help and provide additional information

Raith Rovers 1 Ayr Utd 1

Raith Rovers 1 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

A thrilling top of the table clash ended in a share of the spoils as Ayr United and Raith Rovers served up an enthralling 1-1 draw at Starks Park with Greg Spences’ goal just after halftime cancelling out a sublime opening goal from United’s Lawrence Shankland.

With a bumper crowd inside Starks Park, this game was set up to be a captivating affair and it proved to be just that. With both teams going for it early doors, there was a frantic start to a game which through-out resembled a cup tie.

Although early chances weren’t clear-cut, Michael Rose did well to show his pace to get back and clear after former Ayr striker Liam Buchanan had run behind the United defence.  Shortly after, Lawrence Shankland pounced on a loose header from Raith’s Iain Davidson and went close.

On 18 mins Ayr could, and should, have taken the lead after a wonderfully constructed forward move. 18 yards inside his own half, Alan Forrest controlled the ball on his chest before turning and slipping the ball to captain Paddy Boyle who, with a ground pass, again found Forrest who had moved into the Raith half. Forrest this time picked out Michael Moffat who played the ball to Shankland whose deft header from the edge of the box found Jamie Adams 8 yards out. Inconceivably, the big midfielder appeared to mistime his header and put the ball over the bar.

As both teams pressed forward, the next 15 mins saw chances for both sides. Rover’s Lewis Vaughan went agonisingly close to giving his side the lead when his shot from 18 yards curled just wide of debutant keeper Jack Ruddy’s goal. Right back, Iain Davidson’s cross come shot flashed inches over the bar, while Buchanan only just failed to make contact with Vaughan’s driven cross along the 6-yard line. Ayr also saw efforts from Moffat, Steven Bell, and Forrest block and slammed away as the Raith defence threw bodies at the ball in their own box.

On 34 minutes, Ayr took the lead. Adams flicked the ball to Shankland at the halfway line and the striker nodded it to Moffat on the right before sprinting forward. Moffat played an exquisite pass over the Raith defence and back to Shankland who moved into the box. With the ball at an awkward height and keeper Graeme Smith almost on top of him, the United hitman stretched to lift the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net.

Just 4 mins later and Ayr were denied a stonewall penalty. Moffat turned the ball over his shoulder to Shankland at the edge of the box who controlled on his chest, turned and went past central defender Iain Davidson who stretched and caught the striker’s leg bringing him down. To the amazement of the Ayr players and fans, referee Barry Cook pointed for a goal kick.

United went into the break a goal to the good, but this only lasted for two second-half minutes as Rovers found a way back into the game.

The home side was awarded a dubious free kick on the right-hand side of the box which allowed Vaughan the opportunity to deliver a dangerous set piece. He played the ball low across the face of goal, which was met by a deft flick from Spence and the ball nestled in the back of the net via the back post.

Ayr tried to hit back straight from the re-start with a Moffat overhead flick finding Shankland at the edge of the box. With Shankland being dragged back by defender David McKay, the United man still managed to get to the ball and strike it hard but just over the bar.

With the game locked at 1-1 tensions started to build and Ayr were awarded an indirect free kick, six yards from goal after Raith defender Davidson held the ball between his legs to stop Ayr from tapping in at the back post.  Tempers started to flare at this point with defender Thomson starting the fracas by shoving a startled Craig Reid. Reid was moved away by his own players but was then approached at pace by centre-back Euan Murray. Reid and Murray were booked while Thomson took himself away from the conflict and avoided action.

Just as referee Cook contented himself that he had dealt with the situation, Jamie Adams crashed to the ground on the goal line surrounded by Raith players and handbags were again appearing from kit bags all over the 6-yard box.

When the freekick was eventually able to be taken, with the whole Rovers team on the line, it was no real surprise that Shankland’s fierce Drive was blocked and cleared.

The game continued to be played at frightening pace and with both defences having to throw everything at the ball to stop chances being turned into counters.  The introduction of Bobby Barr on the wing at halftime for Raith had given them a more direct attitude but the Ayr rear-guard stuck to their task manfully.

Raith were having their best period and Ruddy did well to save at the near post from Buchanan, Spence almost connected to a flashing cross from Barr, and Buchanan turned the ball over the bar with a drive. Vaughan watched his free-kick flash just over the bar as Raith searched for a winner and Barr was blocked by a mass of United players as he sought to find space to shoot after a darting run.

Ayr weathered this Raith dominated period and came back with a rousing final 15 mins that saw Moffat and Shankland strikes going close as this time Raith called on hands on deck. On 80 mins Steven Bell, at full stretch, directed Forrest’s corner from the left, wide of the right-hand post.

Shortly afterward Ayr had another shout for a penalty as the ball hit midfielder Ross Matthews on the arm and gave him control as he cleared in the 6-yard box.

It was to be United who had the last chance as McDaid danced past the defence but his shot from close range grazed the bar and that was just about that.

A captivating and enthralling affair at Starks Park, contested by two well-matched teams. Rovers remain a point clear at the top with two games in hand, but if this game is anything to go by, we’re in for a rollercoaster end to the season.

Next game for the Honest Men is the Scottish Cup Fourth Round home match against Arbroath on Saturday.

Raith Rovers

Smith, Thomson, McKay, Davidson, Murray, Matthews, Robertson, Vaughan, Herron, Buchanan Spence Subs: Watson, Berry, Barr, Osei, Court, Lennox, Hendry

Ayr United

Ruddy, Ferguson, Reid, Rose, Boyle, McDaid, Adams, Bell, Forrest, Shankland, Moffat Subs: Hart (GK), Moore, McGuffie, Hilton, Faulds, Murphy, McCowan

Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 3,064

United net keeper Ruddy

Ayr United have signed 20-year old goalkeeper Jack Ruddy on loan from English Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season.  The highly-rated stopper is available for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash at Raith Rovers after international clearance was received this afternoon.

Jack Ruddy of Wolverhampton Wanderers during training

Manager Ian McCall said: “Jack is a boy I have known for a long time.  I have spoken to 6 or 7 people in the game I trust including a former international keeper and he is extremely highly regarded. He is young however he is a Scotland under 21 internationalist and well over 6ft. He will get the opportunity on Saturday at Starks Park and after that we are hoping that him and Jordan work off each other and provide top competition for the rest of the season.”

Glasgow-born Ruddy was with Rangers as a youngster before his family relocated to southern Spain in 2010. Impressive performances for his local side led to Ruddy joining the youth ranks of second-tier side Real Murcia and secure a trial with Villareal, however, regulations preventing Spanish clubs signing foreign players under the age of 21 saw Ruddy return to the United Kingdom, signing for Bury in 2014, aged 16.

Standing at 6ft 5in, Jack made his professional debut in November 2015 in what proved to be his only appearance for the Shakers before making the switch to Molineaux for an undisclosed fee in August 2016.

Jack spent the first half of this season on loan to League 1 side Oldham Athletic where he made 5 appearances and last month Wolves handed him a contract extension until 2020 with the option of a further year. A Scotland youth internationalist, Jack made his debut for Scotland U21s in March 2017.