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Ayr Utd 1 Rangers 6

Ayr United 1 v 6 Rangers

by AUmedia


After taking an early lead through Alan Forrest, Ayr United saw their Scottish Cup campaign end with a determined Rangers side netting six (five in the second half) at a snowy Somerset Park to march into the cup quarter finals.

Ayr were down to the bare bones of a squad with Steven Bell cup tied and Robbie Crawford, Ross Docherty, Mark Kerr and Chris Higgins all out injured. Added to this, Paddy Boyle and Andy Geggan only just made selection with both having only limited training after injury. The omens didn’t look good for the Honest Men but their performance, especially in the first half, matched their Premiership opponents and only dipped as the game entered the final 15 or so mins.

As the game got underway, Rangers slowly worked the ball around trying to impose themselves on the United team and maintain possession.   Ayr had other ideas, working hard to disrupt their opponent’s fluidity and causing some nervousness in Premierships clubs back line. This nervousness in turn played its part in the opening goal, and against all the odds it was Ayr who went in front.

With 10 mins on the clock, Rangers defender David Bates knocked the ball to Wes Foderingham and the keeper mis-controlled close to his own goal line. Alan Forrest, spotted his chance, slid in and turned the ball into the net as the keeper tried desperately to dive onto the ball.

Rangers were shocked, and their fans reduced to a low background noise as United worked hard to maintain their lead. Ayr allowed the Ibrox side much of the ball but created a strong wall in the final third making their visitors work hard for any chances.

On 22 mins, Ayr created another chance with Paddy Boyle crossing from the left and reaching Declan McDaid at the edge of the box, but the winger’s shot went over the bar.

Rangers started to increase the pressure and in the 25th min a cross into the box from James Tavernier was met by Josh Windass but his header smashed off the crossbar. The next chance followed swiftly with Alfredo Morelos inexplicably missing from less than a yard after the ball had been driven across the face of the goal.

However, 5 mins later, Morelos made amends for his miss and drew Rangers even. A cross from the impressive Tavernier found Sean Goss whose shot smashed off the bar and fell to Morelos who thundered the ball into the net

Rangers kept up the pressure on the Ayr defence with both Tavernier and Windass going close and Craig Reid having to clear off the line right on the halftime whistle.

From the start of the second half Rangers had the hammer down creating multiple chances but it was Ayr who almost stole the advantage as Declan McDaid found himself in the box with only keeper Foderingham to beat but the Rangers stopper pulled off a great save as the winger attempted to blast home.

Ayr held out until the 65th min when the Govan side’s efforts finally paid off. Jamie Murphy swung the ball into the box and Jason Cummings connected at close range, putting the ball in at the right-hand post.

Ayr lost their momentum and Rangers went on to score twice in the next five minutes. Josh Windass grabbed Rangers’ third in the 69th minute, collecting and controlling the rebound from a Declan John attempt then sending the ball in at the bottom right hand corner.

3 mins later and Morelos picked up his second and Rangers’ fourth following a cute one-two with Murphy in the box.

Ayr looked out on their feet and it was no surprise when Rangers struck again in the 81st min, Windass jumping high to head the ball into the bottom corner.

Ayr then conjured up one final attempt, with McDaid finding substitute Craig McGuffie with a Crossfield. The youngster did well to cut into the box, but his shot was blocked.

To add insult to injury, Murphy wrapped up the scoring in the 88th min with his side’s sixth. The winger cut through midfield into the box and his right-footed shot went past Ruddy to round up the 6-1 win for Rangers.

With the Honest Man out of the Scottish Cup, all focus is now back on the league and next Saturday’s game against East Fife at Somerset Park.

Ayr United

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


Foderingham, Tavernier, Martin, Bates, John, Murphy, Docherty, Goss, Windass, Cummings, Morelos Substitutes: Kelly (GK), Cardoso, Miller, Herrera, Halliday, Candeias, Holt

Referee: Nick Walsh

Attendance: 9,346

Manager misses out

Unfortunately manager Ian McCall will not be present at todays cup tie with Rangers. The manager had been having pain in his eye for some time and went to the doctor on Monday who referred him to the hospital and he received an emergency operation on a detached retina on Tuesday evening.

He went to training on Saturday morning and spoke to the players however was unable to take part in training and is in no fit state to be at the game today. The advice given from the doctors was to take two weeks off however the managers plan is to take some involvement in training on Tuesday and being able to be at Somerset Park for the visit of East Fife on Saturday.

Everyone at the club wishes Ian a speedy recovery.








Ticket Sales

This is an all-ticket game.   Season tickets are not valid.  Ticket Sales and the uplift of pre-paid tickets will close at 1pm on Sunday in the Club Shop.  Shop opening hours are as follows

Saturday 10th – 10am to 4pm

Sunday 11th – 10am to 2.30pm (Ticket sales and pickups stop at 1pm)


Car Park/Traffic Management

The Stadium Car Park will be closed on Match Day due to the housing of Sky broadcasting trucks. We will therefore only be able to accommodate Blue Badge Holders, Officials and Staff.  Alternative parking will be available at Ayr College, Dam Park for supporters’ cars.  Away Supporters’ Buses will be parked at Craigie Park and along Whitletts Road.  There will be a full Traffic Management Plan in place for the immediate and surrounding areas, these will be signposted accordingly.  Somerset Road will be closed from 1pm. Please allow added time for your journey.



Turnstiles will open at 1pm.  Please arrive early as we will have a full capacity on the day.  Bag searches will be in place and this will also add time.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience whilst our stewards carry out this essential task.

Please ensure you have your ticket ready for inspection and know the turnstile your ticket is for.

  • Away tickets:

o   Railway End – Turnstiles 1-7

o   West Enclosure – Turnstile 8

o   West Stand – Turnstile 9

o   North Terrace – Turnstile 25-28


  • Home tickets:

o   East Stand – Turnstile 10

o   Centre Stand – Turnstile 11

o   East Enclosure – Turnstile 12

o   Family Stand – Turnstile 13

o   Somerset Road – Turnstiles 17-22


Security and Safety

We would remind you that this is a live televised game.  All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring either Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations, (posted outside turnstiles). Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on our Unacceptable Conduct Policy, copies are also posted around the ground.

Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence. Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, possible arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted.

Supporters are advised to remain within the terraces and stands and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play.

For safety reasons there may be a requirement to stagger the exiting of fans from the stadium.

Ayr United would like to thank both sets of supporters for their co-operation and backing of the teams.

Scottish Cup match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Rangers

William Hill Scottish Cup – Fifth Round

Saturday 11th February 2018. Kick-off 2.30pm

On Sunday, Ayr United will look to put recent travails at Somerset Park to one side when Rangers visit in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Ian McCall’s free-scoring side have lost their last three league matches at home but will be hoping to cause a cup upset in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

United have reached this stage of the competition scoring 10 goals in two games, beating Aberdeen-based Juniors Banks O’Dee 6-2 away from home in round three before a 4-1 win over Arbroath at Somerset Park last month.

Rangers were in action on Tuesday night when they made the short trip to Firhill to face Partick Thistle. Goals either side of half-time from Josh Windass, his tenth goal of the season, and James Tavernier saw Graeme Murty’s side move within three points of second placed Aberdeen in the Premiership table and stretch ahead of Hibernian, who defeated the Gers at Ibrox last Saturday.

Bellslea Park in Fraserburgh was the starting point for Rangers’ Scottish Cup campaign this season, where they comfortably saw off Highland League opponents in their delayed fourth round tie courtesy of a Josh Windass hat-trick. The Ibrox side have won the Scottish Cup on 33 occasions but haven’t lifted the famous trophy since 2009.


Team News: Steven Bell is cup tied. Mark Kerr, Chris Higgins, Robbie Crawford and Ross Docherty miss out with injuries. Paddy Boyle and Andy Geggan are very doubtful.

Ian says: ” Its a great occasion at Somerset Park and the second time we have been live on television this season so the game is absolutely there to be enjoyed. I would have loved to go into the game with a full squad however we will still have plenty of threats out there and all the boys will be giving their all. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone at the club on a big stage. Our home form has been way short of what we would expect so this gives us a chance to put in a big performance and get back on track. We are under no illusions about how difficult it will be, Graeme Murty has made big improvements to Rangers and they are in good form.”


Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins –11

Draws – 10

Rangers wins – 30


There have been five meetings between the sides in the Scottish Cup, including two semi-finals played at Hampden Park, but United’s only Scottish Cup win over Rangers came back in 1923, 2-0 at Somerset Park.  The Honest Men have never faced Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox, but did play two replays against Airdrieonians there in 1924.


Last Meeting:

Nicky Clark and Barrie McKay scored in a 2-0 victory for the Gers at Somerset Park on their last visit to Ayr and the last time the sides faced each other. The Ibrox side went on to win the League Challenge Cup, beating Peterhead 4-0 in the final.

The last Scottish Cup tie between Ayr and Rangers was in February 2003 saw United holding out until Ronald De Boer scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 79th minute.


Match Officials:

Referee – Nick Walsh

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers

Assistant Referee 2 – Ralph Gordon

Fourth Official – David Munro


ADMISSION – Adults £20, Concessions £12. 200 tickets remaining.

Ticket update (Tuesday)

We have now sold over 2500 tickets for the William Hill Scottish Cup 5th round tie with Rangers on Sunday, kick off 2.30pm.

There are a small number of tickets left for the family stand, a small number for the East Enclosure and around 750 left for the Somerset Road End.

Tickets are available from the Club Shop and the opening hours are below :-

Today – 4pm to 7pm

Wednesday – 10am to 5pm

Thursday – 2pm to 7pm

Friday – 10am to 5pm

Saturday – 10am to 4pm

Sunday from 10am

We are also offering a hospitality package for the match in association with the fantastic new venue in our town centre, Arthur Street Kitchens. Hospitality will begin at 11.30am and includes the following :-
Welcome drink on arrival at Arthur Street Kitchens
Complimentary match programme
3 course meal with wine
Picked up by Dodds of Troon coach and taken to Somerset Park
Centre stand tickets for the match
Prices are £65 per person (+VAT)
If you would like to take advantage of this offer or have any questions please contact Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email on commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Ayr Utd 1 Alloa 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Alloa Athletic

by AUmedia


Ayr dropped back to second place in League One as they suffered a crushing 2-1 defeat at home to Alloa Athletic as goals from Jamie McCart and Ross Stewart claimed all three points for The Wasps after Lawrence Shankland had opened the scoring for the hosts.

Ayr started the game well and Michael Moffat almost fired the Honest Men in front early on. After some measured build up, a poor clearance from Mark Kerr’s cross-field pass fell at the feet of Moffat but his strike from 20 yards flashed just over the bar.

However, with nine minutes on the clock, the home side got their noses in front. Again, good play brought a poor clearance from the Alloa rear-guard and the ball fell kindly to Lawrence Shankland on the edge of the box. The in-form striker took one touch to control before curling a beautiful volley over the head of Neil Parry and into the net.

The lead only lasted three minutes with Alloa drawing level when McCart found acres of space in the Ayr box and rose to powerfully header home after a corner from the left.

Then came a sucker punch for Ayr, and a moment that keeper Jack Ruddy will have nightmares about. The ball bounced back to the young keeper and as he attempted to clear, he miss-kicked the ball allowing Alloa striker Ross Stewart to turn the ball goalwards. The shot lacked pace and appeared to be an easy save for Ruddy, but he slipped, and the ball trundled over the line.

With just 16 minutes on the clock, the game was 2-1 in favour of the away side.

As Ayr desperately searched for an equaliser, Shankland came close. On 29 minutes the striker twisted and turned in the box before firing an effort just wide of Parry’s left-hand post.

McCall introduced Craig Moore at halftime as he tried to drag his side back into the game. Lawrence Shankland again came close but this time he sent his shot off the post from 6 yards out.

Ayr then had an effort cleared off the line as Moffat tried his luck from 12 yards out, but it was becoming an increasingly frustrating afternoon for The Honest Men.

With seven minutes remaining, Jamie Adams headed McGuffie’s cross goalwards, but Parry was equal to the effort.

To make matters worse for Ayr, with 4 mins remaining they finally got the ball into the net. Relief turned to disbelief as referee Craig Napier chalked the goal off with few able to see any infringement. And that just about summed up a very frustrating afternoon for the home side.

A well organised, determined and perfectly executed performance from a strong Alloa side, saw them take all three points from Somerset and strengthen their position in the fight for a place-off place. For Ayr, they drop back down to second place behind Raith ahead of next weekend’s Scottish Cup showdown against Rangers.

Ayr United

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

Alloa Athletic

Parry, Taggart, Graham, McCart, Crane, Cawley, Fleming, Hetherington, Flannigan, Kirkpatrick, Stewart Substitutes: Wilson (GK), Renton, Robertson, Crossan, Smith, McKeown, Monaghan

Referee: Craig Napier

Attendance: 1,139

Alloa match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Alloa Athletic

Ladbrokes League 1

Saturday 3rd February 2018. Kick-off 3pm


On Saturday, Ayr United will look to hold on to top spot in League 1 when Alloa Athletic are the callers to Somerset Park.  The Honest Men have won their last two matches 4-1 as they chase down 100 goals for the season but have lost their last two league matches at Somerset Park and will need prevent a repeat if they are to retain their narrow one point advantage over Raith Rovers, in the meantime at least.  Rovers travel to Hampden Park to face Queen’s Park and play their game in hand on Tuesday night at home to Albion Rovers.

Alloa Athletic held Raith to a goalless draw last weekend, a result that assisted United’s return to the top of the table. It increasingly looks like the Wasps are involved in a three-way battle with Arbroath and Stranraer for the final two promotion play-off spots. It is Alloa who currently sit the wrong side of the line in fifth place, two points behind Arbroath and a further point adrift of Stranraer, albeit with two fewer matches played than the Blues.

Jim Goodwin has been able to strengthen his squad over January, with loan deals for young Celtic defender Jamie McCart, Jordan Kirkpatrick from St. Mirren and Dunfermline striker Callum Smith. Outgoing is former United striker Craig Malcolm, who has signed for hometown club East Kilbride.


Team News: Ross Docherty, Andy Geggan, Robbie Crawford and Chris Higgins miss out through injury. Steven Bell is back in the squad after suspension.

Ian says: “There is plenty of talk about the Rangers game but there is only one focus for us and that is winning tomorrow. Last week wasn’t good enough in terms of the performance so we will certainly be looking to improve. Steven Bell comes back in to the squad and we definitely missed him over the last two games. Alloa are a good side and have made good signings so it will be a really tough game.”


Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 33

Draws – 10

Alloa Athletic wins – 12


Last Meeting: United were 2-1 winners at the Indodrill Stadium in the last match between the sides, played on a freezing cold day in Clackmannanshire at the end of November. Michael Moffat put the Honest Men ahead in just the fourth minute of the match with a rare header but the Wasps equalised in the second-half though Scott Taggart. Ayr weren’t to be denied, however, and Craig Moore scored in the 90th minute to ensure all three points headed back to Ayrshire.

There was also a 4th and a 90th minute goal for Ayr in the first encounter of the season back in September, however, Lawrence Shankland’s last minute intervention was only good enough to salvage a point at Somerset Park. A Craig Reid own goal and Kevin Cawley header put Alloa ahead. Jamie Adams then levelled the scores in the 80th minute before wrongly being adjudged to have handled in the box by referee Euan Anderson. Scott Taggart made no mistake from the spot but Jim Goodwin’s side were unable to hold on for the win.


Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Napier

Assistant Referee 1 – Brian Templeton

Assistant Referee 2 – Robert Thomson



Adults – £16

OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10

Under 18s – £5

Player update

Brian Gilmour left the club last night by mutual consent after spending the last 5 years at Somerset Park.

Manager Ian McCall said “This wasn’t a footballing decision as such. Gilly has a job at Murray Park which naturally takes up the majority of his time and he couldn’t get in to train as much as I would have liked. He did a great job for this club playing around 150 games and he moves on with all of our best wishes.”


Grant Thorburn and Lyle Avci have moved on loan to Troon to the end of the season.

David Waite has moved on loan to Darvel to the end of the season

Kieran Balfour has moved on loan to Girvan to the end of the season

James Hilton and Jamie Ballantyne have moved on loan to Cumnock to the end of the season


Andy Geggan had a slight reaction to his calf problem so he will miss Saturday and hopefully be back in full training on Tuesday.

Robbie Crawford is still feeling some pain in his foot however he should be back in full training within a fortnight.

Ross Docherty has had the all clear from his scan and does not require an operation. He still has a tight groin but we are hopeful he will be in full training within two weeks.

Scottish Cup ticket info

We are now able to confirm that our 5th round William Hill Scottish Cup opponents will be Rangers. The tie will be played at Somerset Park on Sunday 11th February and kick off at 2.30pm

Ayr United supporters will occupy the Somerset Road End, Family Stand, East Enclosure, Centre Stand and East Stand.

Tickets will go on sale from tomorrow (Thursday 1st February at 3pm) in our club shop and we are selling tickets for the AYR UNITED sections only. Tickets are priced £20 for adults and £12 for concessions (OAPs, Students & under 21s)

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February will be for Season ticket holders and Shareholders who can buy up to 4 tickets each by bringing Voucher number one from the season ticket. Tickets will then go on general sale from Saturday 3rd February.

We will take ticket requests over the phone (01292 263435 ext5) however please be patient as we expect to be extremely busy. We will post tickets out for anyone unable to make it into the shop before Sunday 11th however we will only accept post orders until close of play Tuesday 6th.

All tickets must be picked up from the club shop by 1pm on the day of the match.

We are also offering a hospitality package for the match in association with the fantastic new venue in our town centre, Arthur Street Kitchens. Hospitality will begin at 11.30am and includes the following :-
Welcome drink on arrival at Arthur Street Kitchens
Complimentary match programme
3 course meal with wine
Picked up by Dodds of Troon coach and taken to Somerset Park
Centre stand tickets for the match
Prices are £65 per person (+VAT)
If you would like to take advantage of this offer or have any questions please contact Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email on commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk


Thurdsay 1st February – 2pm to 7pm

Friday 2nd February – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 3rd February – 11am to 3pm & 4.45pm to 5.30pm

Sunday 4th February – 1pm to 4pm

Monday 5th February – 9am to 5pm

Tuesday 6th February – 4pm to 7pm

Wednesday 7th February – 10am to 5pm

Thursday 8th February – 2pm to 7pm

Friday 9th February – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 10th February – 10am to 4pm

Sunday 11th February – 10am to 2.30pm