Morton match preview

Match Preview

Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 16th February 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United have the opportunity to return to the top of the Championship when they travel to take on Greenock Morton at Cappielow. Both sides sat out last weekend as the Scottish Cup took centre stage and return to action looking to boost their promotion hopes. United were 3-1 winners last time out at Alloa and travel to Inverclyde boosted by the return of Jamie Adams from injury. 

Elsewhere in the Championship on Saturday, Dundee United travel to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South, Inverness are at Dunfermline but Ross County are not in action; they take on East Fife in the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Cup tonight (Friday) at the Global Energy Stadium.

The Opposition: Greenock Morton still have aspirations of making the promotion play-offs and currently sit four points adrift of fourth placed Inverness. Recent results, however, have not helped their cause with Jonatan Johansson’s side taking just one point from their last three league matches.


An improved second-half performance and Tannadice and a Bob McHugh goal was not enough to overcome Dundee United a fortnight ago, while their last home game was a goalless draw with Dunfermline Athletic. Defeat at Alloa Athletic preceded a shock Scottish Cup exit at the hands of East Fife.

Goalkeeper Robby McCrorie and striker Andrew Dallas have joined the Ton on loan from Johansson’s former side Rangers, along with midfielders Greg Kiltie from Kilmarnock and Dylan Dykes of Ross County, with all four new recruits featuring against Dundee United.

League Form:

Ayr United – LLWLW

Greenock Morton – WWLDL

Team News:Alan Forrest, Mark Kerr and Andy Geggan miss out with injuries.

Ian says: “After a Saturday with no game we are really looking forward to getting back out there. The boys have been

working really hard and coming off the back of a good win at Alloa we want to keep up the momentum. Every game in this league is tough and Morton have their own reasons for needing the 3 points. Injuries are starting to clear up and with the new additions we are now looking very strong on the bench again. Hopefully our supporters get right behind us the way they did the last time at Cappielow.”

Head to Head (league):

Ayr United wins – 61

Draws – 33

Morton wins – 49

United have scored 99 league goals at Cappielow.

Last Match: Morton held Ayr to a goalless draw at Somerset Park in the last meeting between the sides, back in November in a match that saw striker Craig Moore sent-off. Earlier in the season, Moore netted two of four unanswered second-half goals for the Honest Men in a thumping 5-1 win at Cappielow. 

On this day: in 2013, United defeated Albion Rovers 5-2 at Somerset Park with Michael Moffat helping himself to a hat-trick. Michael Donald scored the Honest Men’s first and third goals with Robbie Winters notching twice for the Wee Rovers.

Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Macleod

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions (Over 65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15

Child (12-17) – £5

Child (u12) – £1

Advice for travelling support

For Ayr United fans travelling to Cappielow

  • There are no planned rail engineering works or road closures scheduled between Ayr and Greenock. Check www.scotrail.co.uk and www.trafficscotland.org for details.
  • The entry point for all away fans except wheelchair users are as follows: Enter via turnstiles at west side of the stadium (Wee Dublin End). Supporters buses can drop off on East Hamilton Street facing west just past the Arnold Clark showroom. The buses can uplift fans from there 15 minutes prior to end of game and continue to next roundabout (McDonalds) to return east.
  • Supporters will be accommodated in the covered west section of the terracing (standing only). There is also limited seating available in section G of the main stand. Both areas are accessed from west turnstiles.       
  • Prices for entry are Adult £20, Concession £15 (Over 65, student and 17 -20yrs. PROOF MUST BE SHOWN), Age 12-16yrs £5, Child under 12yrs £1 (must be accompanied by adult). Cash only at turnstile. No tickets available for away fans.
  • Wheelchair users pay but carer is free. 1 carer per wheelchair user unless there are special requirements for another carer. This is due to limited space.

Alloa match preview

Match Preview

Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 2nd February 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Clackmannanshire to take on Alloa Athletic. After a strong performance against Dundee United last Friday, Ian McCall’s side missed the opportunity to go back to the top of the table on Tuesday night. Three goals in nine minutes for visitors Inverness scuppered the Honest Men’s chances of taking all three points, despite a second-half comeback.  The result leaves United three points behind Ross County with 14 games remaining, while Dundee United are three points further back.

Elsewhere in the Championship on Saturday, County travel to take on Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United host Greenock Morton.

The Opposition: Alloa continue to confound the pundits who expected the part-timers to be propping up the Championship table and are currently four points ahead of ninth-placed Partick Thistle. A six-game unbeaten run in the league ended in Dingwall on Saturday in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ross County but Alloa have won their last three matches at home; against Morton, Dundee United and Queen of the South.


The January transfer window has seen a return to Recreation Park for midfielder Jordan Kirkpatrick while Jim Goodwin has also added highly rated Celtic striker Jack Aitchison on loan. Grieg Spence, meanwhile, has made the switch to League 1 leaders Arbroath.

League Form:

Ayr United – DLLWL

Dundee United – WWDWL

Team News:  Andy Geggan, Jamie Adams, Alan Forrest and Mark Kerr are out with injuries.

Ian says: “We know from last year and already this season how difficult a game we will get from Alloa. Jim Goodwin continues to do a brilliant job and I am sure they will fancy their chances. We were disappointed to lose the goals we did the other night but other than those specific mistakes the performance was pretty good and we should have got something out the game.”

Head to Head:

Ayr United wins – 60

Draws – 26

Alloa Athletic wins – 31

Last Match: The Honest Men have gained the upper hand – and all three points – in both fixtures between the sides this season. A Lawrence Shankland double gave United the win at the Indodrill Stadium in September and the following month he again notched a double in a 3-0 win at Somerset Park; Alan Forrest netting the third.

On this day: Ayr have drawn their last three fixtures on this date 1-1: at St. Johnstone in 1974, versus Meadowbank in 1985 and away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2002, when Scott Crabbe scored United’s goal, a second-half equaliser.

Match Officials:

Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Birrell

Admission:

Adults – £17

Senior Citizens – £9

Under 16s – £4 000000

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Rose signs pre contract deal

It has been confirmed today that Michael Rose has concluded his medical and entered into a pre contract agreement with Coventry City football club. He will join Coventry for the start of season 2019/20.

Manager Ian McCall said “Like everyone connected to our club, I am extremely sad to see Michael go but given his level of performance in the last 18 months it was perhaps inevitable. I have absolutely no doubt that he will continue to give his all to Ayr United for the second half of the season.

On a positive note, it does show to any young, talented player that our club is a fantastic place to develop as a footballer and as a person. Coventry City and in particular their head of recruitment, Chris Badlan have been respectful and professional throughout this process.”

Michael said “I am pleased to get my future sorted out early as it allows me to concentrate fully on some very important games ahead, and to finish our season really strongly.”

Everyone at Ayr United would like to congratulate Michael on his new deal. He has been a fantastic professional and was instrumental during our title winning campaign last season.

Somerset Sleepout

We have teamed up with the charity SeAscape to offer everyone a unique chance to spend a night at Somerset Park.

SeAscape focus on helping people in housing need. Those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

On Saturday, April 6, we are hosting a fundraiser to highlight problems encountered by rough sleepers.

Commercial manager Graeme Miller said “We had a meeting with SeAscape and it was eye opening to say the least hearing about the extent of homelessness we have here locally. As soon as the idea was spoken about I knew that our fans would absolutely jump at the idea of sleeping on our hallowed turf, and at the same time raising money for a great cause.

In fact I actually think it is something that will appeal to a lot more than just our supporters. It will be a great night and atmosphere with everyone there for the one cause.”

SeAscape assistant CEO, Kelsey Kane, said “We’re hugely excited about this as we think it’s a first for Ayrshire. Sleepouts are growing in popularity, but they tend to be big city events.

As an Ayr fan myself I was keen to approach the club with the idea and they were more than keen to come on board.

For fans of the club, sleeping under the stars at their stadium should be a real thrill however it is not just restricted to Ayr fans. We’d love to see as many people as possible attend and make a night of it.”

Participants will be asked to pay a £5 registration fee before fundraising and for more information and a welcome pack text SLEEP to 07418 314 300.

Club Statement

To all our supporters.

Having recently received yet another offer for one of our players, which at best can be described as derisory, I wish to let you all know the following facts.

There has been a number of bids for our players however NO player will be leaving Somerset Park during this window. The only type of deal acceptable to our club would involve an immediate loan back to Ayr United.

There may be a number of our players being offered pre-contracts by other clubs. I have absolutely no issue with this and I am 100% certain that any player who takes this option will continue to give everything to Ayr United. They will also be informed that pre contracts in Scotland are not recognised by the SFA and are therefore worthless.

Though I will never give up hope of keeping our squad together at the end of the season I recognise that there will be departures. Any player who leaves will go with the very best wishes of everyone connected to Ayr United.

Wherever we finish in the Championship our supporters deserve to watch this special group of boys till the end of the season. Hopefully this will put an end to any speculation through various media outlets and allow us to concentrate on football matches.

Ian McCall

Manager

QotS match preview

Match Preview
Queen of the South vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 29th December 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United close out 2018 with a trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South. Ian McCall’s side are unbeaten in nine games – conceding just four goals – but four draws out-of-five in the league, including the goalless draw at Dunfermline last weekend – have allowed Ross County to regain top spot in the Championship table. 

Opponents:Fifth-placed Queen of the South followed up draws at Ross County and at home to Dunfermline with a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to to Alloa Athletic last weekend. 

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith is hopeful top goalscorer Stephen Dobbie will be fit to play some part on Saturday following his hamstring injury. Dobbie, who has 29 goals in 24 appearances this season, hasn’t featured since scoring the winner against Partick Thistle on 1st December. Former United midfielder Gary Harkins departed the Doonhamers earlier this week and will join Thistle when the transfer window opens. 

Form:

Ayr United – DDWDD

Queen of the South – DWDDL


Team News: Jamie Adams, Mark Kerr, Andy Geggan and Alan Forrest are out.

Ian says: “There are no thoughts of revenge or anything like that, for us its a game of football that we really want to go and win. We didn’t play well last week and still probably should have came away with the win. We will have a big noisy support and we want to finish the year off on a high.”

Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 26
Draws – 14
Queen of the South wins – 33

The Honest Men are without a win in their last 12 league visits to Palmerston Park, stretching back to August 2002. Mark Campbell and James Grady put United ahead before Steve Bowey made it 2-1 with six minutes to go.


Last Meeting:
The sides played out a draw in their last meeting, at Somerset Park in November. Michael Rose headed the Honest Men into the lead in the 75th minute but Queen’s substitute Connor Murray equalised with his first touch six minutes later.

The first match-up of the season saw the Doonhamers trounce the Honest Men 5-0, with Stephen Dobbie helping himself to four goals.        


Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Jordan Curran

Turnstile numbers for visiting fans, section of the ground

BDS Digital (East) Stand sections 6 – 9 have been set aside for Ayr Utd FC supporters. Turnstiles 3 and 4 will be in use. Separate catering outlet and toilets in the BDS stand will be available for use. Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off. The bar under the Gates Stand will also be open for refreshments.

Tickets, location of sales & entry cost

Entry is by ticket only. The Arena ticket office will be open for away supporters from around 11:30 a.m. with the BDS Stand ticket offices opening about 1:00 p.m.

Please note that the BDS Stand 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.

There is a slightly higher away crowd anticipated for this fixture that may cause some additional queuing. 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.

Ticket prices:

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. Car parking is available in the Arena car park, alternatively there is plenty of other on & off street parking available around the stadium.

Any local roadworks etc. that may cause delays

There are 2 sets of contraflow traffic works on the A76 that may affect traffic progress. No known roadworks around Dumfries that would affect travel times to Palmerston Park however fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at http://trafficscotland.org/index.aspx for confirmation and of any other 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 and thorough 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. All bags will be searched and spectators presenting themselves for entry may also be subject to search. Spectators who refuse to be searched by stewards will be denied entry to the ground.

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. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

All spectators are required to abide by our acceptable behavior policy. 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 www.qosfc.com and social media. ity47 \lsdl

Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview

Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 22nd December 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to face Dunfermline Athletic looking to hold on to the Christmas No. 1 spot in the Ladbrokes Championship.  

It was ‘as you were’ last weekend when all five Championship ended with the points shared; our 3-3 draw at home to Ross County meant we passed up on the opportunity to open up a four point advantage over the Staggies with a game in hand but did extended our unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.

County are at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday, while third placed Dundee United host Falkirk.

The Opposition: The Pars find themselves in seventh place in the league table, four points adrift of Queen of the South in the final promotion play-off spot and six points clear of bottom side Falkirk.

Last Saturday saw Dunfermline and Queen of the South play out a goalless draw in difficult conditions at Palmerston Park. Alan Johnston’s side have just one victory from their last five league games, a 3-0 home win over Greenock Morton which ended a run of three consecutive defeats at East End Park.


Dunfermline’s top goalscorer in the Championship this season is Jackson Longridge with four goals while the ex-Ayr full back’s brother Louis and striker Andy Ryan both have five in all competitions.

Form Guide (League):

Ayr United – WDDWD

Dunfermline – LLWLD

Team News:  Mark Kerr, Alan Forrest and Jamie Adams are still out. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “East End Park is a great place to go and play so we are all looking forward to it. Last week was extremely tough with the conditions being so poor in the second half and in the end we were happy enough with a point. Hopefully the conditions are better tomorrow and as always we will look to go there and attack and try get the three points. We know how difficult it will be though and hopefully we have a good support there getting right behind us.”

Head to Head:

Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 29

Dunfermline wins – 55

Saturday is the 99th league meeting between the sides; United have won just 11 of the previous 48 to be played at East End Park.

Last Match: The Honest Men comfortably saw off Dunfermline 4-1 in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset Park in August. An Alan Forrest double and Lawrence Shankland strike put United three ahead at the break; Jackson Longridge pulled one back for the Pars but Michael Moffat completed the scoring late on to seal a convincing win for Ian McCall’s side.

United’s last trip to Dunfermline ended in a rare win at East End Park; Ross Docherty credited with the only goal of the game.

On this day: Our last fixture played on December 22nd was in 1990 and saw United record a 2-0 win over Clydebank at Kilbowie

Match Officials:

Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome

Assistant Referee 2 – Steven Traynor

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 60s, Under 18s, Full Time Students, Disabled and Unemployed)

Under 12s – £5

The Ayr fans will be housed in the East stand, entry is by ticket, which can be purchased at ticket pods behind the East stand or club shop. The front section of the stand is a sterile area and Ayr fans will occupy the middle two sections.
Prices are Adult – £18
Concession – £12
U12s – £5
Disabled – £12, with carers free
Parking for buses and cars will be available in the area behind the North stand.
Charge – Buses £7
Cars £2 access to the car park is via Leys Park Road.

Tickets for Queen of the South

Queen of the South have asked us to sell tickets for the game in Dumfries on Saturday 29th December. Tickets will be available on the day however with our expected travelling support they want to ensure everyone is in the ground in time. 

Tickets go on sale in the club shop from tomorrow (Friday 21st December) and are priced

£18 Adults, £10 concessions and £5 under 16s. 

Concessions are over 65s, 16-21 year olds and full time students)

Shop opening hours prior to the match

Friday 21st   10am-4pm

Sunday 23rd   12-4pm

Monday 24th   9am-3pm

Friday 28th   10am-4pm

Ross County match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Ross County

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 15th December 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Somerset Park plays host to a huge top-of-the-table clash in the Championship as second place Ross County make the long journey south to face leaders Ayr United.

The Honest Men were left kicking their heels last weekend when our Friday night fixture at home to Inverness became a late casualty of strong winds in Ayrshire. That denied Ian McCall’s men an opportunity to build on a sensational 5-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice the previous week.

United go into Saturday’s match on a seven match unbeaten run since defeat in Dingwall two months ago and have conceded just one goal in that period. A win for the Honest Men will open up a four point advantage over Ross County and guarantee Ian McCall’s men hold on to top spot in the Championship at Christmas.

The Opposition: Ross County have been in action twice since Ayr won at Tannadice, defeating Alloa Athletic 1-0 at Recreation Park with a last minute Keith Watson goal before being held at home by Queen of the South last weekend. Andy Stirling’s 71st minute equaliser denied the Staggies top spot in the Championship after Josh Mullin had put them ahead.

The Staggies followed up October’s win over the Honest Men with a thumping 5-0 demolition of Morton but have subsequently dropped points in draws at Falkirk and Inverness and a defeat at home to Dundee United.  

Co-managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell have been boosted by the return of Michael Gardyne from injury; the winger played quarter-of-an-hour against Queen of the South after a two month lay-off. Experienced midfielder Iain Vigurs is also available.

Form Guide (League):

Ayr United – WWDDW

Ross County – DLWWD

Team News:  

Ian says:

Head to Head (League):

Ayr United wins – 5
Draws – 8

Ross County wins – 16

United are without a win in the last 11 meetings between the sides, stretching back to March 2008. You have to go back even further for The Honest Men’s last win over Ross County at Somerset Park – a 2-1 victory in August 2002. A Mark Perry own goal and James Grady strike put us ahead in the first 20 minutes of the game and Ayr held out despite a late Connor Gethins goal.

Last Match: Ross County edged out 2-1 winners at the Globlal Energy Stadium in October. Strikes from Billy McKay and Josh Mullins put County ahead at the break but United came roaring back in the second-half. Lawrence Shankland pulled a goal back on the hour mark but the Honest Men were unable to find an equaliser that would have earned a deserved point.

Match Officials:

Referee – Bobby Madden

Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concessions – £11 (65+, 18-21, Student)

Under 18s -£6

Due to damage to the Somerset Road end turnstiles, home fans will enter through turnstiles 2, 3 and 5 at the Railway End.  From here you will be able to transfer from one end to the other for the match.  Entry to the North Terrace and Main Stand remain unchanged.  Please arrive in plenty of time as this area may become congested.

All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. 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 (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.

Notice from Police Scotland:

Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable.  One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches.  These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated.  Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation, and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby.  Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches – and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction.