Tonights game with Inverness has been called off due to the Weather. The referee felt the game was unplayable due to the wind.
Dundee United vs. Ayr United
Friday 30th November 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tomorrow night (Friday), Ayr United travel north to the City of Discovery to take on Dundee United in a top-of-the-table clash at Tannadice. It is the first of a Friday night TV double-header for the Honest Men, with next week’s fixture at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle also being broadcast live.
Only a win at Tannadice will guarantee Ian McCall’s men hold on to top spot in the Championship this weekend, with Ross County and Dundee United having closed the gap to two points and three points respectively; the Staggies travel to Recreation Park on Saturday to face Alloa Athletic.
United kept a 14th clean sheet of the season in overcoming a spirited Beith Juniors side in the Scottish Cup last weekend and have conceded just once in the last five Championship fixtures on the way to 11 points from a possible 15. Ian McCall will be hoping for another resolute defensive display against his former club on Friday night.
The Opposition: Dundee United come into the match on the back of a 10 day break from competitive action, with their last match versus Alloa Athletic on Tuesday 20th November. A 4-2 against the Wasps made it four wins in-a-row for Robbie Neilson’s side and the former Hearts and MK Dons manager has yet to taste defeat in his new role, only dropping points in a 1- 1 draw against Inverness.
Neilson boasts a host of attacking options, with Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko in particularly fine form with four goals in his last six games, and could be boosted by the return of skipper Fraser Fyvie from injury.
Ayr United – WWDDW
Dundee United – DWWWW
Team News: Mark Kerr looks set to miss out on a return to face his former club due to a calf strain. Alan Forrest and Jamie Adams remain sidelined while Craig Moore is suspended.
Ian says:”There has been plenty of talk about the form Dundee United are in however we are in good form ourselves and we head there with plenty of confidence. Everyone knows they are a big club in Scotland but we have shown this season that we can match these teams. We have a few injuries to deal with but again we know that we have players more than capable to step into the squad. Its a Friday night game, live on TV with a big crowd, and we are hugely looking forward to it.”
Head to Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 28
The Honest Men have just one victory at Tannadice since 1959, a 1-0 win in the Premier Division in April 1977.
Last Match: Ayr United ended up comfortable 2-0 victors when the sides met earlier in the season at Somerset Park, a match that saw Laurie Ellis takes temporary charge of the Tangerines following the departure of Csaba László. Goals in either half from Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid gave The Honest Men the win.
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine
Fourth Official – Graham Beaton
Adults – £20
Concessions – £10 (65+, under-18s and FTS with valid matric)
Messages from Dundee United –
Ayr United fans are allocated the West Stand (‘Shed’). Lower tier prices of £20 Adults / £10 Concessions apply and access is through turnstiles 19 and 20. The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the ground, those travelling by car will have to park out with the no waiting coned areas around Tannadice as there are no parking facilities for supporters.
Random searching will also take place involving both sets of fans. Surfing flags are not permitted and all other flags will be checked by CCTV to ensure they are neither offensive or derogatory, drums are not permitted in the ground and finally the stadium is a no smoking stadium and includes E cigarettes.
Ayr United 1 v 1 Queen of the South
On Saturday, Somerset Park saw the eagerly awaited encounter between the Honest Men and Queen of the South, United desperate to regain some pride after their 5 – 0 loss at Palmerston earlier this season, and the Doonhamers desperate to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the trot.
After the Falkirk match last week, manager Ian McCall had said that he didn’t expect Queen of the South to do try to be defensive against Ayr, but, even though the Doonhamers gaffer Gary Naysmith was to claim that his change from 4-1-4-1 in the previous two matches to 4-3-1-2 showed his attacking intent, manager McCall was proved wrong.
Queen of the South set out to frustrate United and to try and catch the home team on the break, while United dominated all areas of the game with a display of determined attacking football. At the final whistle, statistics showed that Ayr had 60% of possession, 16 shots (8 on target) compared with 5 (3 on target) for QoS, and 11 corners to the Doonhamer’s 3. Yet at 90mins the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
After a perfectly observed one-minute silence marking Remembrance and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, whilst also paying respect to former Ayr captain Johnny Graham and fan Craig Bryson who both passed away recently, the game got underway.
Ayr opened brightly and, before 60 seconds were on the clock, had their first chance. Defenders Fordyce and Semple both hesitated as Jacobs nodded the ball back to them some 25 yards out allowing Craig Moore to nip in and steal the ball, but his shot went wide.
On 7 mins QoS showed their ability to break at speed and cause United problems. QoS switched the ball from left to right near the halfway line, Doyle knocked forward to Jacobs who played the ball outside Daniel Harvey to Dobbie who had crossed behind him and into space. Dobby then curled a low ball into the 6-yard box towards Dykes, but he was thwarted by sliding tackle from Steven Bell that put the ball out for a corner.
Ayr responded immediately, Mark Kerr playing a delicious pinpoint left foot pass between central defenders Fordyce and Semple to Craig Moore who made his way into the box, but his shot was blocked by Semple who had recovered well.
Ayr were on top and constantly attacking with QoS defending the resolutely. On 20 mins, United were awarded a freekick 30 yards out. Lawrence Shankland attempted to curl the ball around the wall but the deftest of flicks took his shot wide.
1 min later, as he skipped and twisted towards the box, Robbie Crawford was upended by Doyle. Up stepped Shankland again, this time to hammer his freekick through the QoS wall. Keeper Martin managed to get down to block but the ball squirmed out of his hands and he only just managed to tap wide as Daniel Harvey raced in.
A 27th min corner from the right by Alan Forrest created a bizarre moment and a great lesson for footballers in general. The ball floated into the 6-yard box where United’s Michael Rose challenged with QoS’ Semple and the ball seemed to have been headed wide. With players on both sides turning their backs on the ball and raising their hands to claim either corner or goal kick, Forrest sprinted towards the line, kept the ball in play and smashed a powerful left-footed shot towards the front post where only an acrobatic dive from Martin prevented United from going one up.
Chance after chance fell to Ayr, going close 6 times in a 6 min spell from the 30th min onwards. Forrest and Shankland twice, Moore and Bell all denied by some frantic defending allied to some excellent goalkeeping from former Ayr stopper, Alan Martin.
Then, out of the blue, on 49 mins QoS almost snatched the lead. From a long Liam Smith throw-in, deep in his own half, Shankland was out jumped and the ball was further nodded on by Dykes and into the path of Dobbie. Dobbie sprinted into the box and fired a looping and curling left-footed shot across the face of the goal where it slammed off the post allowing Harvey to clear. If Ayr needed a reminder that the Doonhamers were dangerous on the break this was certainly it.
At halftime, it was hard to believe that United hadn’t hit the back of the net and the score remained 0 – 0. It was also hard to believe that the rain could get even heavier, but it did. Dark skies, heavy, incessant rain; winter football had truly arrived.
Again, it was Ayr who went for it early on. Just 2 mins in and Rose floated a free kick towards the edge of the penalty area where Bell nodded on to Shankland. Under pressure, Shankland controlled, flipped the ball into the air and then nodded to Moore whose shot hit off Doyle’s back and went wide.
It took QoS just one minute to respond. Ayr were hesitant and failed to clear a high ball into the box from the right allowing Dobbie to create space from himself on the left-hand side of the box and bring out a good near post save from Doohan.
The normal pattern of play resumed with Ayr pressing for a goal. In 55 mins good interplay between Shankland and Moore allowed Moore send in a low swerving drive towards goal which Martin got down to save but could not hold, sending the ball out for a corner.
Ayr continued to carve out chance after chance, and in a matter of seven minutes, Moore sent a shot just over the bar, Shankland’s pass just evaded Moore in front of goal, a Smith drive flew just wide of the post, Martin again saved well from Moore, and Rose headed inches wide.
Ayr finally got the goal their play deserved in the 74th minute when Forrest’s corner from the left was deftly headed in by Rose. This prompted a much-needed change in approach from QoS with their defensive stance altered to an attacking one and the game opened up.
5 mins later and it was all square. Ayr’s defence momentarily switched off allowing a long Harkins freekick to be headed back across goal to substitute Connor Murray who slammed home from 8 yards. Murray had been on the pitch for no more than 20 seconds, after replacing Norman, and his shot on goal was his first touch.
Both sides now pushed for a winner in an exciting final 10 mins but with no way through from either side. It finished 1 -1, a frustrating result for United but one which extends their lead at the top of the Championship to 4 points following second-place Ross County’s defeat to Dundee United.
Next up, Morton visit Ayr on Saturday.
Doohan, Smith, Bell, Rose, Harvie, Forrest, Murdoch, Kerr, Crawford, Moore, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Ferguson, Higgins, Docherty, McGuffie, McDaid, Moffat.
Queen of the South
Martin, Marshal, Fordyce, Doyle, Jacobs, Todd, Dobbie, Semple, Harkins, Norman, Dykes Substitutes: Leighfield (GK), Mercer, Stirling, Murray, Bell, Frizzell, Irving
Referee: John Beaton
Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Saturday 10th November 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United host Queen of the South in the first of two consecutive matches at Somerset Park, with the Championship’s last remaining 100% home record on the line. Ian McCall’s side have won all five home games in the league so far this season and boast a +11 goal difference after wins over Partick Thistle, Dunfermline, Dundee United, Falkirk and Alloa.
Last weekend saw the side consolidate our position at the top of the league table with a third win-to-nil in a week, overcoming bottom side Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium. That result coupled with Ross County’s draw in the Highland Derby means the Honest Men hold a 3 point advantage over the second-placed Staggies, with Dundee United a further four points adrift.
The Opposition: Queen of the South travel to Ayrshire on the back of two straight defeats, at home to Greenock Morton and away to Dundee United. Indeed, since defeating United at Palmerston Park at the start of September, Gary Naysmith’s side have picked up just two wins from eight Championship fixtures. That run of form means they occupy sixth place in the league table, 12 points behind the Honest Men.
Stephen Dobbie, as always, is the Doonhamers’ main threat. The veteran striker has 25 goals in 20 games in all competitions this season but is amidst a relative barren spell for him of late, with just one goal in his last five matches since hitting his fourth hat-trick of the season against Alloa a month ago.
Team News: Jamie Adams is out with an injury picked up in training. Andy Geggan misses out with illness. Everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “Of course a lot of people have been mentioning the word revenge however that’s certainly not how we are looking at it. We have been magnificent since that result and this is just another game that we want to go out and win, especially with it being at Somerset. There will also be plenty of people talking about Dobbie and Shankland however we have plenty of other threats. We are a third of the way through the season and three points clear and if we do as well in the middle third of the season then of course we will look at our aims.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 26
Draws – 13
Queen of the South wins – 33
The Honest Men need three more goals for 100 league goals against Queen of the South.
Last Meeting: United fans will need no reminder of the last meeting between the sides, which saw Stephen Dobie complete a hat-trick within 22 minutes of the kick-off and go on to a grab a fourth goal in a 5-0 victory. Gary Harkins was the other goalscorer on a day that went from bad to worse for the Honest Men when Daniel Harvie was sent off in second-half.
Queen of the South’s last visit to Somerset Park was in April 2017 and saw Dobbie again on the scoresheet, netting twice in the Doonhamers’ 2-0 victory.
On this date: in 1928, the Honest Men were involved in a TWELVE goal thriller at Firhill, defeating Partick Thistle 8-4. The match is unsurprisingly the highest scoring league game the club have been involved in.
Referee – John Beaton
Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond
Adults – £17
Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11
Under 18s – £6
Our William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd round tie vs Beith will be played on Saturday 24th November at Bellsdale Park. Kick off is 1.30pm.
Entry for our supporters is by ticket only. The tickets cost £12 for adults (16 & over) and £6 for concessions which cover over 65s and under 16s.
There is no seating at Bellsdale Park, it is terracing only.
Tickets go on sale at our club shop on Thursday 8th November. Tickets will be available ONLY to season ticket holders and shareholders until Monday 12th November at which point they will be available to all supporters. Season ticket holders and shareholders will be entitled to purchase 2 per person and must provide voucher 2 from the season ticket.
Club Shop Opening Hours
Monday 1pm to 5pm
Wednesday 2pm to 5pm
Thursday 2pm to 7pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday Matchday – Open from 11am to 3pm and after the match until 5.30pm. Please be aware that the shop can be very busy from 2-3 on a Saturday so if you are looking for tickets please do so prior to 2pm or after the match.
Falkirk vs. Ayr United
Saturday 3rd November 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, it’s top versus bottom as Ayr United travel to take on Championship strugglers Falkirk. After defeating Partick Thistle at Firhill last weekend and maintaining our 100% record at home with a 3-0 win over Alloa Athletic on Tuesday night, Ian McCall’s side will be looking for a third consecutive win to hold off the challenge of Ross County, who face Inverness in the Highland derby.
The Opposition: New manager Ray McKinnon has picked up 4 points from his 7 Championship matches in charge as the Bairns’ struggle to keep in touch at the foot of the table. One of those points did come in a battling performance at home to previous league leaders Ross County on Tuesday night. Deimantas Petravicius’ 26th-minute cross was headed into his own net by Don Cowie as the midfielder attempted to clear to give the Bairns the lead – their first league goal at home this season – but Iain Vigurs cancelled out that advantage late in the second-half.
While the result assisted in Ayr’s return to the summit of the table, The Bairns remain at the foot of the Championship, four points adrift of Alloa Athletic. Captain Aaron Muirhead broke his ankle in the match against County and will be out for the foreseeable future while Ray McKinnon has already allowed a number of players depart the club in anticipation of a busy January transfer window.
Team News: Everyone is fit and available
Ian says: “Tuesday night was always going to be tricky so we were delighted to get a relatively comfortable victory. We had some really good performances and again could probably have scored more. Tomorrows game will be extremely difficult, Falkirk will have taken confidence from Tuesday night and the conditions are going to make it tough for both teams. We showed at Partick last week however that there are different ways to win a game of football so we are hugely looking forward to it. We are back at the top of the league and we want to still be there at 4.45pm.
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 44
Draws – 28
Falkirk wins – 52
United have yet to win at the Falkirk Stadium with two draws and two defeats to date. Our last away win against the Bairns came at Ochilview, Andy Ferguson scoring the only goal of the game at Falkirk’s temporary home.
Last Meeting: Second-half goals from Lawrence Shankland, Andy Geggan and a Leo Fasan own goal gave United all three points at Somerset Park in September in a match that saw the Bairns go into the break with a two-goal advantage; Zak Rudden and Deimantas Petravicius on the scoresheet.
Ayr’s last trip to the Falkirk Stadium ended all square, Peter Grant cancelling out Gary Harkins’s strike.
On this date: The Honest Men have won just twice on November 3rd in 13 previous matches, stretching back to a 0-0 draw away to Rangers in 1917. Our most recent fixture on this date was a win, 2-1 at home to Clachnacuddin in the Scottish Cup in 2012. Two second-half goals from Michael Moffat saw United edge into the fourth round after the Highlanders had taken the lead.
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2 – George King
Adults – £20
Concessions – £13
Under 18s – £7
Under 12s – Free
Before the match a wreath laying ceremony will take place involving veterans, cadets, military band and a bugler as well as representatives from both Falkirk FC & Ayr United FC as part of Remembrance Day commemorations and fans will be invited to take part and pay their respects to all those who have fallen.
Ayr fans are housed in the North stand with cash entry, turnstiles 11 and 12. The Ayr support are welcome in the South stand bar before and after the game.
Supporters buses should park behind the North stand, parking is free, this area will be stewarded with Police in the area.
Car parking is available nearby.
Fans are asked to arrive as early as possible as there will be searching at turnstiles.
On Saturday the staff and directors of the Ayr United Development Society (the Ayr United Five Star Lottery) made a presentation to our Managing Director Lewis Grant to officially hand over the new PA system.
The five star lottery made the donation after the old PA system stopped working. The new system has been working during the home games this season and now also works on the North Terracing and inside the hospitality boxes.
For only £1 per week you could be part of the Ayr United Five Star Lottery with the chance to win the £1000 guaranteed weekly jackpot. Every penny of profit is given to the club. Being a member also gives you access to the discount list where you receive offers from a wide range of local businesses.
We have been given an allocation of 916 tickets for the Betfred Cup Quarter Final against Rangers at Ibrox.
When we were given the allocation we immediately went back to Rangers and explained that we would require a much bigger allocation however they gave us a detailed explanation as to why they were unable to do so, and that we have been given the same number of tickets as all clubs visiting Ibrox this season. We contacted the SPFL following this to check if they were able to help with the situation however there is nothing in the rules of the competition regarding away ticket allocations.
This is the first time in many many years that we will not be able to satisfy the demand for tickets from our supporters and we fully understand how frustrating and disappointing it will be to those who wish to be at the game and don’t get a ticket.
Tickets will be available only to Season Ticket Holders and Shareholders to a maximum of two per person on a first come first served basis.
This will include Panda Pals season tickets however if buying one ticket for the match with the season ticket voucher it must be a junior ticket and if buying two tickets one of the two must be a junior.
The club shop will be open from on Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th September from 2pm – 8pm both days for ticket sales and Voucher 1 from your season ticket must be produced.
Ticket prices and brackets are as follows.
ADULT – £20 (18 & over)
CONCESSION – £15 (Over65s & 16/17 year olds)
JUNIOR – £10 (under 16s)
There will be no phone or online sales.
Ayr United vs Dunfermline Athletic
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.”
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.
Liam Smith is the latest player to join Ian McCall’s title winning squad. Liam, who was previously with Hearts, has signed a one year deal.
Manager Ian McCall said “We have been working on this with Hearts for the last few weeks. He comes very highly rated and he fits exactly the profile of our player we want at this club. He is young and hungry to improve. I have spoken to several very well known managers and they speak very highly about his attitude so we are very much looking forward to working with him and giving him the platform to improve.
There are a lot of factors to thank in getting this deal done. Of course Lachlan and the board of directors for the backing but also the attendance for the game against Partick, the increase in season tickets and also the AU500fund. Hopefully the supporters will keep turning up in their numbers and you just never know where that could take us.”
Liam, predominantly a right back, has been at Hearts since the age of 14 and made his first team debut at the age of 18. Since then he has made over 30 first team appearances for Hearts and been on loan at East Fife, Raith Rovers and St Mirren.
Last season he spent on loan with St Mirren where he played 34 times and was an integral part in their Ladbrokes Championship winning first team.
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