AU500FUND Race Night

Kaisayr IFC are proud to announce the 8 race sponsors for the AU500 FUND RACE NIGHT.

They are. The Ayr United FC Travel Club, George Robertson, Colin Inglis, Johnston and Graham ltd, Ayr United Media, Ayrshire Taxis, Vinyl Nightclub and the board of directors at Ayr United.

We wish to thank them all for their support of this event and the AU500 FUND.

In what is shaping up to be a great night we have some very special raffle prizes donated by the club that are only available to those in attendance.

There are some tickets left. They are priced at £5 which includes pies and rolls. Tickets are available at the club shop  from tomorrow 10-4 and Saturday 11-3. Alternatively email kaisayr6@gmail.com to buy your tickets.

All profit goes straight to the AU500 FUND to help the managers playing budget and any support would be greatly appreciated. 

Graeme Morton (Kaisayr)

Betfred Cup 1/4 final

The draw for the Betfred  Cup Quarter Final was made yesterday afternoon and we have been drawn to play Rangers at Ibrox.

The game will be played on Wednesday 26th September with a 7.45pm kick off.

We have opened discussions with Rangers regarding pricing and ticket allocation and we will publish on all our channels as soon as we have an information.

Dundee 0 Ayr Utd 3

Dundee 0 v 3 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

The opening 45 mins saw United create numerous chances and easily match Dee who struggled to create much in the final third where United were strong, with Rose and Adams in the centre of defence bolting the back door with determination and skill.  Only Ralph’s overlapping surges on the left seemed to be posing any questions but all the answers were in the hands of the United rear-guard.

 

United were fast and furious moving forward with neat interplay, and probings from the dynamic midfield creating openings with Forrest, Geggan, Crawford, Moffat, and Shankland all going close early on against a shaky Dundee defence.

 

On 16 mins, Shankland went within inches of putting United ahead when his first-time volley from the edge of the box was deflected past the post by the outstretched knee of Josh Meekings.

 

It took Dundee 22 mins to have a shot on goal. After slight hesitation in the United defence, Mendy twisted and turned in the penalty area before slipping the ball to Wighton just 12 yards out. The striker’s shot was low and hard but keeper Doohan got down to smother with ease. Ayr immediately responded with a Shankland shot from the edge of the box going over.

 

Next came Dundee’s best effort in the game. Ralph played the ball to Nabi at the edge of the box on the left and the midfielder made space for himself before hitting a glorious right footed curling drive which bent just past the far post with Doohan at full stretch.

 

On 38 mins, United almost took the lead. After working the ball from the back and switching play from right to left, Moffat chased a Harvie pass down the wing. Centre half Kusunga got in in front but slipped, leaving Moffat with a free run to the edge of the 6-yard line. He turned the ball back to the edge of the penalty box where Murdoch was racing in, but the midfielder’s shot went over with the help of a slight touch from keeper Hamilton.

 

From the resultant corner, Nabi collected the ball and played an inch perfect pass forward to Mendy who tried to break clear but Harvie had seen the danger and raced across to hold him up at the edge of the box. Mendy took a step inside before hitting a sizzling drive goalward, but keeper Doohan matched this effort with an excellent save, tipping the ball round the post at full stretch.

 

There was still time for another United chance before the break. On 45 mins, Crawford flicked the ball between Curran and Kusunga, followed it into the box, and selected his right foot and shot for goal, only to see Meekings somehow deflecting wide.

 

The only surprise at halftime was that Ayr had failed to score and Dundee were still in the game. Dundee were struggling, and manager McCann replaced striker Wighton with recently signed Benjamin Kallman in the hope of a sharpened edge up front, but he was also to remain mostly anonymous.

 

In the opening moments there was sign of a more direct approach from Dundee, with wing-back Jesse Curran pushing further forward and providing impetus which, unfortunately for him, the rest of his team mates seemed to resist.

 

On 47 min, Curran overlapped at pace and raced onto a Madianga pass, chesting it over and behind Harvie and into the box before releasing a flashing first time drive which Doohan did well to get down to and save at his front post.

 

4 mins later and United were in the lead, with Doohan claiming the assist. United’s keeper blasted a long goal kick forward, it flew over the heads of the jumping Moffat and Curran, bounced some 35 yards out and into the penalty area, where Shankland had sneaked behind Kusunga and Meekings. Within seconds the ball was in the back of the net, courtesy of a powerful Shankland shot, and the striker posed imperiously in front of the United fans and awaiting his team mates’ congratulations.

 

Ayr were deservedly in front and Dundee had lost it, in more ways than one. Cue the introduction of Sofian Moussa on 62 mins, and a surreal 15 mins of action for the hot-headed Tunisian striker. Within 60 seconds the substitute had pulled and hacked at Daniel Harvie and ended up in a face to face confrontation. Free kick and first warning. Without yet playing a ball that hadn’t resulted in a freekick the next 2 mins saw him dangerously challenge twice resulting in 2 more freekicks, the last of these an elbow to Geggan’s head. Referee Beaton had had enough, and out came the yellow card, when many felt his actions had deserved red.

 

The Tunisian wasn’t finished yet, with another lunging tackle, again on Harvie. With the referee preferring leniency, signalling his last chance, and his manager screaming at him to calm down, Moussa preferred to argue back with his boss and keep his own over-heated counsel.

 

A pass back to one of his defenders, minutes later, was his only legal contribution of the game and on 74 mins he was shown a red card.  A long kick forward by Hamilton was headed clear by Kerr, only for the striker to jump in late and batter the midfielder from behind.  A long diagonal walk to the dressing room followed for Moussa accompanied by the boos of the home support.

 

United turned up the heat, and on 82 mins almost doubled their tally. Shankland flicked a Geggan forward pass to substitute McDaid on the right. The winger did well to control the ball and dart into the box before rolling the ball inwards. Shankland appeared to be barged to the ground by Madianga, causing cries for a penalty, but still the ball reached Crawford, who hit his drive over the bar.

 

With 5 mins to go, Crawford laid the ball back to Harvie at the edge of the box and his pin-point cross found Shankland 6-yards out and he powerfully headered against the bar with Hamilton beaten. The striker would only have a minute to wait before he grabbed goal number 2.

 

Ayr were all over Dundee, with the home team being forced backwards and struggling to clear their lines. First, Ayr pressed down the right, Meekings failing to clear with a hacked ball going skywards. Murdoch won the aerial challenge, Geggan, Moffat, and then substitute Bell, worked the ball left for Crawford, who was surrounded instantly by four defenders. Crawford dropped the ball back to Moffat who found Harvie in space on the left, all the defenders having been sucked in to try and stop Crawford. Harvie’s low and powerful drive into the box was met by Shankland who stabbed the ball home.  0 – 2, 86 mins gone, United flying, and raptures for the black and white in the Bob Shankly Stand.

 

Surely this couldn’t get any better, but it did. As Dundee fans poured out of the stadium, Ayr poured on more pressure. Ayr worked the ball out from the back, a long ball into midfield was turned wide to the right by Shankland and McDaid sprinted into the box before firing it across to Moffat who tapped home from 2 feet out. Raptures turned to full on ecstatic delirium for the Ayr fans while Dundee blew their final self-destructive fuse.

 

With 3 mins of added time gone, Kusunga nastily and unnecessarily chopped through Moffat from behind and received a straight red card, adding to the woes of his manager, team mates, and fans.

 

A dominant and well-deserved win for the men in black and white. Victory now gives United a potential cash grabbing, and not unwinnable, tie against Rangers at Ibrox in the quarter finals. More important for Ayr at present is this Saturday’s home match in the Championship against a fancied Dunfermline Athletic side.

 

Dundee

Hamilton, Ralph, Kusunga, Ngwatala, Mendy, Nabi, Madianga, Meekings, Curran, Spence, Wighton Substitutes: Parish (GK), Kerr, Caulker, Kamara, Moussa, Kallman, Lambert

 

Ayr United

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

 

Referee: John Beaton

Attendance: 3,151

 

Dundee match preview

Match Preview

Dundee vs. Ayr United

Betfred Cup 2nd Round

Saturday 18th August 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United will look to make it into the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup when they take on Premiership side Dundee at Dens Park.  Having taken the opportunity to rotate his squad for Tuesday’s Irn-Bru Cup tie against Queen’s Park – which saw the Honest Men disappointingly defeated on penalties at Hampden Park – Ian McCall will be looking for his side to continue their impressive early season form which has seen them reach the second round of the competition as one of the seeded teams for the second season.

 

The Opposition: Dundee conceded just one goal in the group stages of the Betfred Cup but that wasn’t enough to top Group D ahead of Dunfermline Athletic after the Dees were defeated 1-0 at East End Park. Former United defender Jackson Longridge scored a second minute winner for the Pars, with both sides recording comfortable victories over Stirling Albion, Peterhead and Brechin City.

 

Neil McCann’s side have opened up their Premiership campaign with two defeats. A late Danny Mullen goal earned St. Mirren a 2-1 victory as they raised the Championship flag in Paisley a fortnight ago, while their first home game in the league was decided by a second-half Gary Mackay-Steven penalty for Aberdeen.

 

The Dundee squad has been strengthened over the summer with the signings of Senegalese striker Jean-Alassane Mendy from Belgian football; Frenchmen Elton Ngwatala, who spent three years at Kidderminster Harriers before arriving at Dens Park, and Karl Madianga – all three of whom have already found the net this season. Former Totttenham, QPR and Liverpool defender Steven Caulker – who was capped for England in 2012 – remains a Dundee player despite reported interest from a number of clubs at home and abroad while midfielder Glen Kamara, a Finnish international who started his career with Arsenal, is also highly rated.

 

Team News: Chris Higgins is out. Everyone else fit and available.

 

Ian says: “Its a game we are really looking forward to. We’ve had a good start to the season, have plenty of momentum and will look to continue that. Dundee are an established Premiership side with a lot of quality players so it will be extremely difficult for us but they will know that we can cause teams problems going forward. We took a great support to Inverness and I fully expect they will turn up in their numbers again and create a great atmosphere.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 27

Draws – 25

Dundee wins – 60

 

United have failed to win in their last 11 visits to Dens Park, stretching back to season 1991/92 when they recorded victories in both the Challenge and League Cup. A 4-2 win for the Honest Men after extra time at Dens Park in August 1991 is the most recent of 11 occasions the sides have met in the League Cup, with United’s only other win also coming away from home in 1975.

 

Last Meeting: The last meeting between Ayr and Dundee saw the Honest Men upset the odds at Somerset Park, thanks in no small part to a goal-of-the-season effort from striker Keigan Parker.  With United battling against relegation, injuries to John Robertson and Adam Dodd within the first 20 minutes of the game saw youngsters Steven Hutchinson and Jackson Longridge summoned from the bench for their debuts.

 

At that point Ryan Conroy had already fired Dundee – celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1962 title – ahead on 14 minutes. Keigan Parker equalised with a superb free-kick only for Dundee to quickly regain the lead when Steven Milne headed home with 20 minutes to go.

 

United were not to be deterred, however, and Parker’s second, an overhead kick, levelled the score again on 84 minutes before Ross Robertson pounced from close range to snatch the win a minute from the end.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Drew Kirkland

Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Fourth Official – Barry Cook

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Over 65s and Full Time Students – £12

Under 18s – £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.

5 star lottery winners wk 6

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

 

WEEK NUMBER 06 14/08/18

 

 

£1000 C1715 COLIN MCILVEEN PRESTWICK
       
MONDAY    
£50 G3141 D Drain Dailly
£10 D3223 Mrs Davidson Symington
£10 P0111 C Johnston Ayr
£10 D0121 Mrs Fulton Ayr
       
TUESDAY    
£50 G3635 J Anderson Ayr
£10 B1624 J Bell Coatbridge
£10 A1241 L Pettigrew Tarbolton
£10 F1911 T Frew Glasgow
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WEDNESDAY    
£50 F1735 D Stewart Barr
£10 K3814 T Grace Ayr
£10 D3425 J McFarlane Prestwick
£10 B3313 J McMaster Maybole
       
THURSDAY    
£50 C4341 L Cuthbert Mauchline
£10 D1612 W Kerr Ayr
£10 E2441 P Bryden Dailly
£10 D2633 A McKenzie Classic Touch, Ayr
       
FRIDAY    
£10 D3722 Mrs Ritchie Saquhar
£10 F1524 L Callaghan Troon
£10 B1531 H Cowan Ayr
       

 

 

Don’t miss any more chances to win,

 

To join the Lottery please call the office on 01292 263435 (option 1)

 

You can go online at www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk or follow us on Twitter or Facebook

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.