Queen of the South match information

Match preview

Queen of the South vs Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 1st September 2018. Kick off 3pm

Team News – Every player is fit and available.

Ian says :”We are in the good position of having everyone available for selection however it also means that we have decisions to make. We have had a good start but there are only 3 league games gone and Queens had a great result last week so both teams will head into the game with confidence. No doubt we will have a really good support backing us and as always we will look to give them something to celebrate.”

The following is information provided from Queen of the South.

Turnstile numbers for visiting fans, section of the ground

BDS Digital (East) Stand sections 6 to 9 have been set aside for Ayr Utd supporters. Turnstiles 3 and 4 will be in use. The away stand catering outlet will be available for use of Ayr Utd supporters. Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off.


Tickets, location of sales & entry cost

Entry is by ticket only. The away ticket office will be open for away supporters from around 12 noon and is situated adjacent to the BDS Digital Stand turnstile numbers 3 and 4. In addition, supporters who choose to park in the Arena car park have access to a ticket office at that location.


Please note that the away ticket office is a CASH ONLY office. Should spectators wish to pay by card then they should purchase their tickets at the Arena ticket office.


A sizeable away support is expected. Spectators should arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they purchase their ticket and gain entry to the stadium for the kick off. Turnstiles open for admission at 2.00 p.m. Ayr Utd supporters may wish to purchase tickets when dropped off at ground and before travelling across town for refreshments. This would save unnecessary queueing on return to the ground.


Ticket prices are:


Adults £18
Concessions £10
Under 16 £5
Adult Accessible £8
Conc. Accessible £5
U16 Accessible £3


Car Parking/Bus Parking and any on-street restrictions

It is suggested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location.



Any local roadworks etc. that may cause delays

There are no known roadworks in the area that will cause any delays.

Disabled access

Wheelchair access for away supporters is on the south side of BDS Digital stand. There is a layby on King Street for vehicles to drop their passengers for flat access to the ground. Disabled parking is available on the north side of the BDS Digital Stand or at the Arena car park. The cost of entry of 1 personal assistant is included in the price of the accessible ticket.


Specific advice for away fans in respect of condition of entry e.g. searching policy, unacceptable behaviour?

QOS have adopted a robust search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. Palmerston Park is a non-smoking venue, this includes e cigarettes and other such devices. Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. All spectators are requested to abide by our unacceptable behavior policy. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.


Queen of the South FC look forward to hosting you at Palmerston and wish you a safe and enjoyable journey to and from our stadium. Further information can be accessed via our website qosfc.com and social media.

Club Statement

With an extremely important game on Saturday we felt it necessary to respond to media speculation.

Falkirk Football Club acted impeccably in the conversations we had regarding our manager, Ian McCall.

Ian said :”I had a very brief meeting with Falkirk and made the decision to stay at Ayr United.

I believe we have a young and exciting team. The club is moving in the right direction, though there is still a lot of hard work to do and I have a very personal debt to our Chairman, Lachlan Cameron.

Having played and managed at Falkirk before I am very aware they are a very special football club and I wish them all the best.”

Match day safety stewards required

Ayr United are currently looking to recruit more safety stewards to work at Somerset Park during the forthcoming season in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Level 2 stewarding qualification would be advantageous but not essential at this stage.

If interested please email our Safety and Stadium Manager Roy Provan with contact details and a brief resume of any experience you may have at royprovan@yahoo.co.uk

Ayr Utd 4 Dunfermline 1

Ayr United 4 v 1 Dunfermline Athletic

by AUmedia

United continued their excellent early season form with a comprehensive 4 – 1 victory against a Dunfermline side fancied by many to be in contention for promotion come the end of the season. Matches between the Honest Men and the Pars are always to be relished, but not in many years have United dominated to such an extent or found themselves three goals to the good.


Ayr got off to a flier and the Dunfermline backline looked unsure of themselves from the off. With 1 min on the clock, Smith, Kerr, and Forrest worked the ball from left to right, giving Geggan the chance to lift the ball into the box where Crawford ducked in, his header going narrowly wide due to a fortunate deflection off Craigen.


3 mins later, United took the lead. Andy Murdoch nipped in and stole the ball from Vincent in the centre circle then charged into the Pars’ half before lifting the ball over Ashcroft’s head to Moffat on the left. Moffat did well, turning back in the box, taking Ashcroft out of the play, and with his right foot lofted the ball across the area to Forrest who jumped in front of the flat-footed Devine and J. Longridge before powerfully heading into the net from 16 yards.


Dunfermline were struggling to get into the game and seemed uncomfortable with their 3-5-2 system and lacked the cohesion that that comfort would have given them. United, on the other hand, were well routined, with the midfield dominating and the speedy movement forward adding to the Pars’ nervousness at the back.


10 mins had passed before Dunfermline had their first attempt, Craigen clipping the ball high to the edge of the penalty box on the left where Jackson Longridge arrived but his header seemed uncontrolled and looped high and well wide of Doohan’s goal.


Ayr continued their dominance and Dunfermline gaffer, Alan Johnstone, felt it was becoming time to shuffle things about, and on 29 mins he replaced defender Daniel Devine with tricky forward Miles Hippolyte and altered his team’s formation to 4-4-2. Devine reacted badly to his substitution, kicking water bottles in anger and having heated words with assistant manager Sandy Clark.

Although Hippolyte added a more direct and physical approach to Dunfermline’s forward play, the balance of play stayed much the same as the Pars continued to struggle to get a foothold into the game.


On 36 mins Ayr doubled their lead. Andy Geggan intercepted a woefully casual out-ball from Durnan and slipped the ball forward to Moffat who twisted and turned some 30 yards out before he was assisted in laying the ball to his right and into the path of Forrest by the outstretched foot of Craigen. Forrest played a first-time pass to Shankland then continued his run. Shankland drew two defenders aside before back-heeling the ball into the space he had created at the edge of the box, and into the path of Forrest. Keeper Robinson dived at the flying winger’s feet attempting to block but Forrest had the strength to keep the ball and stay upright, before slotting the ball home. 2 – 0 United, but they hadn’t finished yet.


Just 2 mins later and it was 3 – 0 Ayr. Twice, under pressure, Dunfermline tried to work the ball clear from the edge of their penalty area but struggled to clear. As defender Durnan tried to get to a soft back pass from Craigen, the marauding Crawford raced and blocked, the ball spinning wide to Moffat on the right.  Moffat raced into the box taking on Ashcroft who slipped and left the ball to the Ayr man who guided the ball across to Shankland who hit the back of the net from 7-yards.

Dunfermline looked shell-shocked and the halftime whistle, when it came, couldn’t have come quickly enough for them. In truth, the break suited the men from Fife who came out with much more intent in the second half, with their play showing much more fluency, but United still held the upper hand and seemed capable of scoring more.


On 50 mins, Hippolyte showed the Pars’ intent with a rasping drive just over from 30 yards, and 5 mins later they found the net.


This time it was Dunfermline who harried Ayr in midfield and United struggled to clear. Hippolyte found space and chipped into the box, Ryan rose to head to the back of the area where Jackson Longridge found himself in acres of space, and with time to turn the ball home.  3 – 1.

If this was a sign of a Dunfermline comeback, their team missed it, as United stepped up the pace and in a matter of 8 mins had accumulated 4 more chances with Forrest, Shankland (twice), and Moffat all going close.


Dunfermline struggled with the chances they created, Louis Longridge, the biggest culprit, darting into the box on the left before somehow mis-hitting his shot well wide from 5 yards. The Fifers found it difficult against a solid back four of Geggan, Adams, Rose, and Smith, with Doohan in impressive form, as Andy Ryan was to find out on 67 mins. Ryan did well to jink past Adams and into the area but Doohan came off his line and dived at striker’s feet clutching the ball to his chest with two hands.


United’s dominance was finally stamped on the game with 10 mins to go. Substitute Declan McDaid stole the ball from defender Durnan and turn inside only to be brought down truculently by the Dunfermline man, but referee Euan Anderson did well to wave play-on as the ball rolled to Shankland. The United frontman poked the ball past Ashcroft, ran around him and into the penalty area where he drew keeper Robinson to the right before passing to Moffat who tapped in. 4-1 United, game over, and delirium for the United support.


United now face a journey to Dumfries on Saturday to face Queen of the South.


Ayr United

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


Dunfermline Athletic

Robinson, Craigen, J. Longridge, Devine, Durnan, Ashcroft, Williamson, Vincent, El Bakhtaoui, L. Longridge, Ryan Substitutes: Gill (GK), Todd, Higginbothan, Connolly, Thomson, Hippolyte, McCann


Referee: Euan Anderson

Attendance: 2597

Dunfermline match information

Match preview

Ayr United vs Dunfermline Athletic

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 25th August 2018. Kick off 3pm


TEAM NEWS – Chris Higgins is still out however he will be playing in the reserves match at Somerset Park on Monday night. Daniel Harvie misses out due to suspension after his red card in the game at Inverness.

Ian Says – :”It feels like quite some time since we played at Somerset in our first league match. Since then we had the draw at Inverness, a defeat on penalties in the Irn Bru Cup and last weekends Betfred Cup victory at Dundee. I have said it hundreds of time since I came here but we are still working very hard to make Somerset a place teams fear to come. We have a good rivalry with Dunfermline from a few years ago and with both teams in good form it should be a really good game with a great atmosphere.”

Match Officials 

Referee : Euan Anderson

Assistant Referees – David Roome & Steven Traynor


Adults – £17

Concessions – (OAPs, Students, 18-21)  £11

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.

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.



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



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.

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