Ayr Utd 1 Kilmarnock 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Kilmarnock

Premiership Kilmarnock came to Somerset Park for the Betfred Cup Group E match on Friday night, high on hopes and backed by bookies’ confidence in their superiority over League 1 Ayr United. That, however, is not all it takes to win the Ayrshire Derby. United had passion, a desire to win, a non-stop work ethic, organisation, not a little skill and talent, and a roaring home support; that made all the difference.

In front of a live TV audience on BT Sport, the 2017-18 Scottish football season burst into being in the most magnificent of fashions: a local derby and a ‘giant’ being brought to its knees in humiliating fashion. It may have been good viewing for the armchair fans but, to actually be there feeling the testosterone fuelled moments, hearing communities of loyal fans singing their hearts out, savouring the sweet taste of victory against your greatest sporting rivals, and sharing it all with like-minded others, is more than special, it is incomparable.

And Somerset Park, this may be a relic to some in the modern football world, but relic or not, this old lady is perfect, creating a cauldron of passion and excitement that the new generation of anodyne, all seated, kit grounds cannot hold a candle, and of which they can only fruitlessly dream.

This was the time and the place. Weeks of chest puffing and bravado, weeks of online taunting and workplace badinage and banter, this was over. It was time to step up, a time of proof. Bragging rights were at stake.

When referee John Beaton blew his whistle to start the match it was a signal for Ayr United to take the game to their local rivals who seemed surprisingly subdued and lacking desire through-out the first 45 mins.

Ayr created three excellent chances early on. First, on 6 mins, good interplay down the right-hand side saw Andy Geggan just fail to control the ball well enough and his effort went wide. On 8 mins, more close link up play created space for Docherty but his drive from 25 yards took an unfortunate deflection and, instead of bulging the net, flipped into the arms of keeper Jamie MacDonald. Just 4 mins later, Declan McDaid showed off his skills on the right, leaving three defenders trailing in his wake, before crossing into the box. With players lining up to shoot, no one managed to get a clear sight of goal and the panicked Kilmarnock defence finally got the ball away.

Kilmarnock were creating few substantial chances but were at their most dangerous from set pieces.

On 20 mins it was yet again Ayr who came close. With a corner coming in from the left, Jamie Adams punched a hole in the defence and headered powerfully goalward only to see keeper MacDonald pull off one of his numerous first half saves that kept Kilmarnock in the game. From the rebound Craig Moore’s drive smacked into the side netting to audible gasps of relief from the Kilmarnock faithful thronging the Railway End.

Challenges were tough and regular but referee Beaton kept a lid on things, while keeping his hands away from his card, allowing the game to flow and did much to help create the spectacle that the match became.

With 29 mins gone, Kilmarnock created a solid chance from a corner with Power coming into the penalty untracked and unmarked but somehow managed to volley the ball high and out of the park.

Ayr again piled on the pressure and the crowd could sense an upset was on the cards. As Robbie Crawford tried to carve his way across the front edge of the box from the left, experienced defender Kirk Broadfoot appeared outpaced and out turned and chose to pull the midfielder back. Referee Beaton had a simple decision to award a foul.

McDaid decided to go for goal from the freekick just outside the box. His strike was delightful getting the ball over the wall and quickly down towards the front post but once again keeper MacDonald pulled off an excellent save turning the ball away for a corner.

McDaid swung in the corner and Andy Geggan made his run into acres of space in the box and powerfully headed home to put the Honest Men one up with 38 mins on the clock.

Kilmarnock tried to respond but and on 42 mins Kris Boyd should have done better, meeting a cross from the left but only sending it straight into the arms of keeper Jordan Hart.

Kilmarnock looked out of ideas and lacking punch up front and craved the halftime whistle. The break was good for the East Ayrshire outfit with Manager Lee McCulloch altering their formation, and instilling a more aggressive and positive attitude.

The second half saw Kilmarnock attempting to dominate with impressive winger Jordan Jones becoming the heart of the best that the Premiership side could offer.

On 53 mins, Harts came to the rescue of Ayr with a fine save after Kilmarnock broke at speed from defence. Only 2 mins later and it was Jones again who was causing Ayr problems, getting past 3 United defenders on the left before coming into the box before being stopped by Rose.

Although Ayr were being forced backwards due to Kilmarnock pressure they defended with resolute strength preventing any opportunities from being turned into goals.

Unfortunately for Ayr, central defender Michael Rose had to be replaced due to injury but the defence remained rock solid with Adams moving back from midfield into defence with Brian Gilmour stepping into his role.

Ayr then came close through defender Paddy Boyle on 59 mins when his drive from 20 yards out was saved by MacDonald at full stretch.

Kilmarnock were, by now, huffing and puffing and Ayr had chances to seal the game.  On 76 mins, a Gilmour freekick was met by Moore in the box but his powerful header went straight to the keeper. If that was close, an 81st min moment of genius by Robbie Crawford deserved to have ended in the back of the net. After picking up the ball in midfield, Crawford channelled his internal Leonel Messi, powered forward into the box, waltzed around four bemused Kilmarnock defenders before reaching the 6-yard line and poking the ball goalward. Somehow the excellent MacDonald in the Kilmarnock goals got his legs in the way to stop what should have been the goal of the tournament never mind the game.

These misses didn’t matter as Kilmarnock failed to summon up the energy or guile to break the United resistance. As referee Beaton’s whistle sounded signifying that the 90 + 2 mins were over, Somerset Park erupted into a sea of black and white and a hurricane of noise as the team and their vocal support celebrated victory over their Ayrshire rivals.

Bragging rights to Ayr.

Next time out, Ayr visit Dumbarton on Tuesday in the next match of the Betfred Group stage.

Ayr United

Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Adams, Docherty Substitutes: Avci (GK), Gilmour, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Faulds, McCowan



MacDonald, O’Donnell, Broadfoot, Power, McKenzie, K. Boyd, Jones, S. Boyd, Waters, Wilson, Frizzell

Substitutes: MacKay, Taylor, Higgins, Thomas, Samizadeh, Graham, Cameron


Match Officials

Referee:         John Beaton

Asst Referee: Andrew McWIlliam

Asst Referee: Brian Templeton

4th Official:     Alan Newlands


Attendance: 6,417

Match Report: AUmedia

Ayrshire derby match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Kilmarnock Betfred Cup Group E Friday 14th July 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

The 2017/18 Scottish football season kicks-off in style on Friday night with the return of the Ayrshire Derby to Somerset Park. It is eight-and-a-half years since Kilmarnock’s last trip down the A77 to face the Honest Men – and 24 years since their last win on Ayr soil.

Ian McCall’s side returned to full-time training on 19th June and the squad has been boosted by the return of Andy Geggan and fans favourite Michael Moffat. Both will make their second ‘debuts’ for the club. Former Queen of the South skipper Chris Higgins bolsters the defence while six Football Academy players have graduated to the first team squad and could feature.

Lee McCulloch led Kilmarnock to 8th in the Premiership last season after taking over from Lee Clark in mid-February on an interim basis when Clark departed the Rugby Park club to become manager of Bury. The former Motherwell, Wigan and Rangers forward oversaw 4 wins in 14 games before finally being appointed on a permanent basis last month.

Elsewhere in Group E, Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic travel to face Clyde on Saturday while Ayr’s opponents on Tuesday, Dumbarton, are not in action.

Ian says:”Ideally we would probably have liked this game a week or two later however what a start to the competitive season. There aren’t many places like Somerset when there is 6 or 7 thousand in and the atmosphere tonight will be something special. Training full time has been fantastic and everyone has worked extremely hard. Craig Reid misses the match with a ligament strain and we are targeting the Clyde match to get him back and Alan Forrest has taken a knock that forced him to miss training yesterday so he will be a game time decision.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 27 Draws – 22 Kilmarnock wins – 18

Five of the seven League Cup meetings between Ayr and Killie have been drawn.

Match Officials:

Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Brian Templeton

Fourth Official – Alan Newlands


Match Information:

This is an all-ticket game. Season tickets are not valid.  Ticket Sales will close at 5.45pm on Friday from the Club Shop. Tickets ordered by telephone can be picked up until 7pm.
Full information here: http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/match-information-ayr-v-kilmarnock/
Latest Odds

Ayr – 10/3, Draw 3/1, Killie – 7/10

Match information – Ayr v Kilmarnock






Ticket Sales

This is an all-ticket game.   Season tickets are not valid.  Ticket Sales will close at 5.45pm on Friday from the Club Shop.  Shop opening hours are as follows

Wednesday 12th July – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 13th July – 1pm to 8pm

Friday 14th July – 1pm to 7.45pm (ticket sales 5.45pm /pick-ups 7pm)


Car Parking

There will be restricted parking at the Stadium on Friday due to the BT Sport trucks taking up a third of the capacity. Therefore, there will only be space for Blue Badge Holders, Officials and Staff.  Alternative parking will be available at The Racecourse for supporters’ cars.  Car Park Passes will not be valid.  Supporters’ Buses will be parked at Craigie Park.  Traffic in the surrounding area is expected to busy, allow added time for your journey.



Turnstiles will open at 6:45pm.  Please arrive early as we anticipate large numbers.  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 1-6

o   West Enclosure – Turnstile 8

o   West Stand – Turnstile 9

  • Home tickets:

o   East Stand – Turnstile 10

o   Centre Stand – Turnstile 11

o   East Enclosure – Turnstile 12

o   Family Stand – Turnstile 13

o   North Terrace – Turnstile 25 & 26

o   Somerset Road – Turnstiles 17-22


Security and Safety

We work closely with the Police, Intelligence Officers and Kilmarnock Safety Officers.  Together we gather information from various sources.  With the information we have, we have increased our Security considerably to address the issues highlighted.  CCTV coverage will be also increased to help identify incidents and persons.

Anyone trying to gain access into the opposing support’s area will be refused entry and if found in the ground will be ejected.

All banners are not permitted entry into the ground for this game, due to the time it would take to check each one for its message and its fire retardancy. We would appreciate your understanding in this.

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.

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. 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 both sets of supporters for their co-operation and backing of the teams.

Auction prizes for Shirt/Shorts draw




 Friday 7th July 2017


Thank you to everyone that has donated a prize for this years auction. We are delighted with what we have and are really looking forward to the event tomorrow night. If you would like to come along on the night then you are more than welcome, please email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk to confirm a ticket.

If you would like to place a bid for any of these items please email Graeme on commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk.

We are still taking entries to the shirt and shorts draw – please call 01292 263435 ext 3 to enter.

LOT 1 – 4 BALL GOLF AT PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS – Kindly donated by Eddie Prentice, Club Secretary. A round of golf for 4 people at Prestwick St Nicholas golf club.


LOT 2 – AYR UNITED AWAY GAME PACKAGE – Be the guests of the directors at an away game during the 17/18 season which will include travel on the team bus. This is for 2 people.


LOT 3 – WINE TASTING FOR TEN – Kindly donated by Corney & Barrow, Academy St Ayr. This is a voucher for up to 10 guests and starts off with a glass of fizz on arrival, a full tour of their eighteenth century cellars followed by wine tasting of anything between 6 and 8 different wines. This will last between 90 mins and 2 hours.


LOT 4 – DINNER B&B AT FAIRFIELD HOUSE HOTEL –1 night stay for 2 people in the 4 star Fairfield House Hotel in Ayr and includes 2AA rosette dinner for 2 in Martins Bar-Grill and breakfast.


LOT 5 – PENALTY SHOOT OUT PACKAGE – You and five friends will have the opportunity to take part in your own half time penalty kick competition at Somerset Park. Package is for any league match during this season and includes a bar meal and a prize for the winner.


LOT 6 – A.D.RATTRAY’S WHISKY EXPERIENCE & SHOP – HOUSE MALT NO.8 –  Exclusive to A. D. Rattray’s Whisky Experience, this limited edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is from Macduff Distillery. It was matured for 7 years in a single bourbon cask before bottling at natural colour and 40% vol. 


LOT 7 – B & B IN AN EXECUTIVE ROOM AT ENTERKINE – Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in an executive room at the stunning Enterkine House Hotel. Valid for 6 months.


LOT 8 – BOARDROOM GUEST AT AYR UNITED – Matchday guest of the board of directors for two people. Includes boardroom hospitality and seats in the directors box. Available for any league game this season.


LOT 9 – STEAK NIGHT AT HOLLYBUSH – For 6 people. Enjoy a 10oz Scottish Ribeye or Sirloin along with tomatoes, onion rings, mushrooms, mash potatoes, chips and peppercorn sauce! Also includes 3 bottles of wine for the table.


LOT 10 – ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO NATIONAL TRUST – Voucher entitles you to one year of family membership to the National Trust for Scotland. The membership is for up to two adults and four children.


LOT 11 – HOSPITALITY FOR 10 AT AYR UNITED – Match day hospitality for 10 guests at any league game this season (subject to availability) and will include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, view the match from private box, half time fayre and £100 bar tab.


LOT 12 – 4 BALL GOLF AT KING ROBERT THE BRUCE. – A memorable golf experience at the iconic Trump Turnberry resort which opens on Tuesday 11th July. Also enjoy a complimentary basket of balls before your round.


LOT 13 – B & B at EISENHOWER SUITE AT CULZEAN CASTLE. Voucher entitles you to an overnight stay for two people to include bed and breakfast in the luxurious Eisenhower Castle Suite at Culzean Castle.

Club Shop Opening Hours

Firstly we would like to start by thanking a small army of volunteers who have spent an incredible amount of time helping out to ensure that we could have the club shop opening today. Without this help we would not have been opening until the weekend at the earliest.

The new shop opens today at 2pm and will be open until 8pm.

We are fully stocked with home and away kits for adults and for kids we have the away strip however due to a problem with the manufacturer we are still awaiting delivery for kids home tops.

We have a good range of the official Adidas training gear however we don’t have a large number in each size so get in early to ensure you get what you are after. If you come in and we don’t have your size let us know and we can order it for you immediately.

We have already made new orders for the official Adidas range which will arrive in two weeks and we have also ordered more of the unbranded leisurewear which will arrive next week. We are also waiting on new teddy bears to arrive which are also coming next week.

Season tickets and tickets for the Kilmarnock game will be on sale.

We hope to have our new online store open within the next two weeks.

Opening Hours up to the Ayrshire Derby are as follows

Thursday 6th July – 2pm to 8pm

Friday 7th July – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 8th July – 10.30am to 1.30pm

Sunday 9th July – 12 noon to 3pm

Monday 10th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 11th July – 3pm to 7pm

Wednesday 12th July – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 13th July – 1pm to 8pm

Friday 14th July – 1pm to 7.45pm


United meet council leader

This week, Ayr United directors Lewis Grant, Graham Peterkin and Mark Pettigrew met with the leader of the new administration at South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Douglas Campbell, to discuss how the club and the council could work together as partners in promoting South Ayrshire as a great place to live, work and enjoy leisure activities both as participants and as spectators.

Cllr Campbell shared some of the exciting visions that are being considered for the area, including the promotion of sports and leisure, which aligns with the football club’s desire to become an even bigger part of the South Ayrshire community and indeed the wider Ayrshire community.

 Lewis Grant said, “The club has a very good working relationship on a day to day basis with the council and its staff, but we’re really keen to improve the way we engage with the senior officers and elected members. Hopefully we can work together to raise the profile of South Ayrshire and Ayr United and to make the club more accessible to all members of the community.”

 Lewis and Graham are both also active on the board of the Ayr United Football Academy and used the opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic work the Academy does across all ages in the community, promoting healthy living and giving talented young players the opportunity to develop and potentially become professional footballers.  

 Cllr Campbell and the directors agreed to work together to develop the relationship further and to bring potential opportunities to the table for discussion. Cllr Campbell wished the club well for the coming season and the meeting ended with all agreeing that a successful Ayr United is good for Ayr and South Ayrshire

Old badge Final day sale


The final countdown is on!!

The famous shield logo which has adorned the Ayr United Football Club playing kit, Somerset Park surroundings and club merchandise for over 50 years becomes consigned to history at 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017.

Supporters have one final chance however to purchase their own piece of history.

The club shop is open 11am – 4pm on Friday 30th June and are offering a fantastic deal of any 10 items for only £20!  That`s right, choose ANY 10 items and pay only £20!!  Also on offer are Ayr United FC mugs at 5 for only £5!!

At 4pm tomorrow all stock must be taken of the shelves and will no longer be available to purchase.

Remember…this is your last chance to make sure you have your very own memorabilia of a badge that spanned six decades of football at Somerset Park!!!

Kilmarnock ticket & shop update

We can confirm that tickets for our upcoming Betfred Cup match with Kilmarnock are now on sale from the club shop.

Tickets are priced £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (OAPs, students and under 18s).

Tickets for Ayr supporters will be in three separate areas – The North Terracing, Somerset Road End and the stand.

The club shop is open today 11-4, Thursday 11-4 and Friday 11-4 and there is an incredible sale in store as well.

Following this the club shop will be changing back to be managed by the club. We had initially planned to be open at 4pm on Thursday 6th July however we will be doing everything we possibly can to be open on Wednesday and will update at the start of next week.

We can confirm opening hours from Friday 7th July and these will be as follows

Friday 7th July – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 8th July – 10.30am to 1.30pm

Sunday 9th July – 12 noon to 3pm

Monday 10th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 11th July – 3pm to 7pm

Wednesday 12th July – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 13th July – 1pm to 8pm

Friday 14th July – 1pm to kick off.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July closed.


Please note these are not the hours the shop will be open after the 16th of July.


Irn Bru Cup

The draw has been made for the Irn Bru Cup first round.

East Stirling v Ayr United

Ties will be played on Tuesday 15th of Wednesday 16th of August

Season tickets & Gate prices

Season tickets are now on sale from the club shop.


Gate prices for 2017/18 are as follows.

Adult – £16

Concessions  (OAP, student, 18-21) – £10

Under 18s – £5


This means the following savings for season tickets

Adult £220 – A saving of £68 if attending all 18 home league matches.

Concession £120 – A saving of £60 if attending all 18 home league matches

Junior 12-18s  £50 – A saving of £40 if attending all 18 home league matches

Panda Pals (under 12s) £15 – A saving of £75 if attending all 18 home league matches


We would like to apologise again for having our season tickets out later than we would have liked and also for conflicting information that had been given to Ayr United Media, this mistake was in no way down to them and we would like to thank them for the time and effort they continue to put in to offer a fantastic and unrivalled service.