Ayr United 0 Brechin City 2

Ayr United 0 v 2 Brechin City

Ayr looked to build on their confidence boosting away win over Morton last week in Saturday’s league fixture at home to Brechin City, who were attempting to halt a run of poor form that has seen them drop to seventh in the league. As Ayr strode on to the Somerset turf this feeling was further enhanced by the availability of their regular defensive line up.

However this confidence was shattered after only 8mins when a neat turn in the penalty box saw Brechin’s Robert Thomson elude the Ayr defence to find himself clean through on goal. As Ayr keeper David Hutton attempted to narrow the angle Thomson showed great composure to coolly lob an angled shot past the stranded keeper to put Brechin one up.

Ayr attempted to recompose themselves after the shock of losing an early goal but the blustery conditions and slick playing surface seemed to hinder their attempts as they found it difficult to gain a foothold in the game.

Ayr continued to press but for all their possession they struggled to create any clear cut chances as Brechin appeared happy to hold on to the single goal lead and counter attack when the opportunity arose, mainly due at this stage to some slack Ayr play, and committing bodies forward when these opportunities presented themselves.

In the 26th minute one such opportunity was quickly seized upon by Brechin’s Andy Jackson. He picked up a loose pass just inside the Ayr half and drove towards the heart of the Ayr defence. The Ayr rearguard backed off allowing Jackson to gain ground and as he bore down on the Ayr penalty box he waited until the overstretched United defence attempted to engage him before slipping a neat pass to his left into the path of Kyle McAusland. The former Ayr player settled himself before sending a curling right foot shot high towards the Ayr goal from about 15 yards. Ayr keeper Hutton flung himself to his left and although he managed to get a hand to the ball it wasn’t enough to prevent McAusland’s delightfully executed shot from nestling in the back of the Ayr net to make it 2-0 to Brechin.

A couple of minutes later Brechin’s Thomson, who was a constant thorn in Ayr’s side, was booked for throwing the ball away as Brechin continued to frustrate Ayr.

By the half hour mark Brechin had grown in confidence and were a constant threat to Ayr on the break. In 33mins Kyle McAusland should have done better after a great run from him ended with a cut back that was stopped by Ayr keeper Hutton with Andy Jackson unmarked at the back post and waiting to receive a pass from McAusland which would have left him with an easy tap in.

As Ayr’s frustration continued referee Stephen Finnie decided that challenges from Martin Campbell in 35 min and then Peter Murphy in 37mins were both worthy of yellow cards and booked the Ayr central defensive partners in quick succession.

At the start of the second half in the 49th minute Mark Roberts decided to withdraw Ryan Donnelly and replace him with Dale Shirkie in an attempt to get back in to the game.

A minute later a mistake by Kevin McKinlay almost allowed Brechin in to score their third goal but fortunately, after some last gasp defending, Ayr managed to scramble the ball away to safety.

In the 53rd minute there were concerns for Ayr’s Mikey Donald who had to be stretchered off after landing awkwardly with an apparent injury to his arm, and was replaced by Brian Gilmour, who almost made an immediate impact shooting just wide after a goal mouth scramble.

Ayr again went close in the 65th min when Allan Forrest got free in the box but his header was straight at Brechin keeper Smith who easily saved but it wouldn’t have counted as the stand side assistant referee had already flagged for offside.

Brian Gilmour was booked for a foul on Brechin’s Bobby Barr in 71mins as City continued to threaten on the counter attack.

Ayr then had to adjust the defence with Nicky Devlin moving to left back, as Kevin McKinlay was replaced through injury by youngster Andrew Muir, who slotted in to the right back position vacated by Devlin with a quarter of an hour left to play.

Ayr almost got themselves back in the game after good build up play involving McGovern and Shirkie ended with a Scott McLaughlin volley superbly saved by Brechin keeper Graeme Smith as he dived to his right to stop the goal bound effort.

Brechin should have put the game beyond doubt a few minutes later as Jamie Masson contrived to miss an open goal from just 6 yards out after good work by Barr but he somehow managed to crash his shot off the bar when it looked easier to score.

In the end it didn’t matter as Brechin City ended their recent poor run of form with a 2-0 victory and left United without a home win in their last 4 league games at Somerset.

Attendance – 1,060

Ayr United
Hutton; Devlin; McKinlay; Murphy; Campbell; Beattie; Forrest; McLaughlin; Donnelly; McGovern; Donald
Subs
Newman; Crawford: Shirkie; Muir; McKenzie; Gilmour; McGill

Brechin City
Smith; McNeil; Hamilton; McCormack; McLauchlan; Fusco; Barr; McAusland; Jackson; Masson; Thomson
Subs
Tough; Ferguson; Trialist; McCormack; Cameron; O’Neil

Report: AUmedia

Club Shop Super Saturday!

The club shop have six sensational deals in place for this Saturday`s crunch match against Brechin City.

For the ladies we have a FREE Ayr United FC charm bracelet worth £49.99 with every Bengal parka jacket (£59.99) purchased also get a FREE ladies retro bag with every bespoke pink sweatshirt (£39.99) purchased.SHOP31

To balance things up we have a FREE pair of slippers when you purchase an official Ayr United club tie and cufflink set (£21.99) or buy any hoody from our essentials range and we will throw in a FREE essentials sweatshirt worth £19.99.

Ayr United garden gnomes are reduced to 2 for £20 a saving £12 on regular prices.
Finally, for the younger supporters you can save £10 on youth tracksuits reduced for 1 day only to £24.99.

All offers are for 1 day only – Saturday 25th October 2014 – and are while stocks last. No further discount can be applied to offers or sale stock.

The club shop here at Somerset Park is open 12-4 Monday to Friday and from 10am on Saturday 25th October (closed during the match)

Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5
email: shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Match Preview v Brechin

Ayr United welcome Brechin City to Somerset Park on Saturday looking to build on a fine win against Morton last weekend – and turn around a run of three consecutive defeats at home.

Ray McKinnon’s side dropped to seventh in the table last weekend after falling to a 1-2 defeat at home to Stranraer. The loss was their fourth in five games, a run which has seen them concede 14 goals.

Read on for our match preview:

Marko says: “Winning at Cappielow last week has given the boys a lot of confidence and we are all looking forward to Saturday and turning round our recent poor home results. Brechin will provide a tough test but we know if the attitude and tempo are right we can win the match. We know if we are going to challenge at the top of the league we need to start winning our home games and everyone is focused on doing that starting on Saturday.”

Team news: Everyone in the squad is fit and available.

Head-to-Head :
Ayr United wins – 47
Draws – 15
Brechin City wins – 31

United have won just one of the last eight meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: Ayr and Brechin last met just 35 days ago. The Honest Men won 4-2 at Glebe Park with all six goals coming in the second-half. The Hedgemen’s last trip to Somerset Park was in January when they recorded a 3-1 win. A Kyle McAusland own goal put City 2-0 up after 33 minutes, McAusland is now on loan with the Angus club.

Stats:
– Brechin City defender Gerry McLauchlan has five career goals to his name – four of them against Ayr United.
– City have lost all six league games this season in which they haven’t been leading at half-time.
– United’s away form is the best in the division – but six teams have picked up more points at home than the Honest Men.

On this day: It is three years to the day that a Chris Smith header earned the Honest Men a 1-0 win at Premier League St. Mirren and a place in the League Cup semi-final. Overall, United have a 50% win ratio on 25th October.

Match Officials:
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee 1: John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ainslie

Match Info:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate 13

South Ayrshire Foodbank

Ayr United FC are delighted to support South Ayrshire Foodbank. South Ayrshire Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network providing emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

We are asking our loyal fans, Directors, staff and players to help us in our campaign to support this worthwhile organisation.

This Saturday at the Brechin game there will be crates provided at all of the turnstiles to give supporters the chance to donate non-perishable food as per the list below:
MILK (UHT)
SUGAR
FRUIT JUICE (long-life cartons)
Tins of: SOUP, PASTA SAUCES,TOMATOES, SPONGE PUDDING, RICE PUDDING,MEAT, FISH, FRUIT, STEWS
CEREALS
TEA BAGS
INSTANT COFFEE
RICE
PASTA
JAM
BISCUITS or SNACK BARS.

Please donate whatever you can, so we can show South Ayrshire Foodbank and the people it helps our tremendous ‘Super Ayr’ support.

If you wish to donate in other ways to the Foodbank, donation forms will be available from the Club Shop and inside this week’s Match Programme and also at the Turnstiles.

Morton 0 Ayr United 1

Morton 0 Ayr United 1

Ayr fans heading to Cappielow for Saturday’s league fixture against Morton did so with a sense of trepidation given United’s recent poor run of form. However the Ayr faithful were hopeful of a return to winning ways with experienced defender Martyn Campbell returning from injury and his central defensive partner Peter Murphy, also passing a late fitness test.

It was evident from the start that United were a more confident and assured side with their regular back four reinstated to the starting line up. However the opening quarter of this match didn’t create any significant opportunities but Ayr made most of the running by attempting to contain Morton in their own half by playing a higher defensive line.

In 17mins though a good early ball from Morton’s left back Mark Russell caught Ayr napping and he found Declan McManus in space down the left hand channel. Peter Murphy looked favourite to clear the danger but McManus made a last gasp lunge which resulted in the ball breaking kindly to Andrew Barrowman in acres of space just inside the Ayr penalty box. Fortunately for Ayr, goalkeeper David Hutton had read the situation and sprinted out to narrow the angle forcing Barrowman into rushing his shot which the keeper saved well.

Ayr shrugged off this scare and came back at Morton. On 22mins, good link up play by McLaughlin set up Beattie for a low shot from 15 yards that forced Morton keeper Gaston in action. With defenders blocking his line of sight the keeper reacted superbly, diving low to his left and turning the ball away.

Scott McLaughlin followed this up a minute later but his weak shot was easily saved by Gaston.

At this stage the game had opened up and again and it was United who looked the more threatening. A terrific Mikey Donald run saw him take on and beat two defenders. As he homed in on goal he was halted by a crunching challenge by Morton’s number 7 Joe McKee. The Ayr support, team and coaching staff all looked for and expected a penalty to be awarded but referee Calum Murray, who was right up with play, saw nothing untoward in the challenge and immediately pointed for a corner. The Ayr support raged at referee Murray, as did some of the Ayr players but he wasn’t having any of it and dismissed Ayr’s claims for a penalty.

Morton did threaten briefly in 30 mins when Connor Pepper released Crawford into the box but he lacked composure and his angled shot was high and wide.

Finally the breakthrough Ayr’s play deserved came. In 35mins Captain Scott McLaughlin celebrated his return to his favoured midfield role by finishing off a fine move. John Paul McGovern picked up a lay off from Craig Beattie in midfield and showed great awareness and vision by switching the play. His cross-field pass found Mikey Donald motoring in behind the Morton defence. He never broke stride and his volleyed cut back wasn’t gathered by keeper Gaston who, under pressure from Ryan Donnelly, only succeeded in parrying the ball to Scott McLaughlin. Scott couldn’t believe his luck and coolly side footed the ball into the back of the Morton net to put Ayr one up.

In the second half Morton started with more purpose and attempted to take the game to Ayr. In the 53rd minute Ayr’s McKinlay was booked for throwing the ball away after he was pressurised into fouling Morton’s McKee. Then in 54 mins Paul Slane almost followed McKinlay into Referee Murray’s book after a reckless challenge on Morton’s Crawford. Slane, whose excellent overall performance hid the fact that he had played although being ill, was replaced by manager Mark Roberts a few minutes later.

This change appeared to have an immediate effect as Ryan Donnelly headed home from 6 yards out in the 60th minute but the stand side linesman’s flag was already raised to deny Ayr a second goal.

Morton made a substitution of their own in the 62nd minute replacing Reece Hands with Jon Scullion and as both teams adjusted to the changes the game opened up.

In the 68th minute Morton appeared to be getting the upper hand and went close to equalising as they pressed Ayr back into their own penalty area. Morton changed the focus of their attack and after a long clearance was flicked on to McManus he composed himself before setting up Conner Pepper 15 yards out from goal. Pepper’s first touch set himself up for a shot but a terrific blocking challenge from AUMedia’s Star Man Nicky Devlin, prevented him from scoring. The blocked shot was again picked up by Pepper and he returned the favour by setting up McManus. His first time effort appeared to be sailing towards the back of the Ayr net but up popped Kevin McKinlay who headed off the line to prevent what had seemed a certain goal.

As Mark Roberts made his second change replacing Ryan Donnelly with Robbie Crawford in the 74th minute, Morton also decided to make further changes as replacing their Robbie Crawford with Lamie.

For the final 10 minutes Ayr flung on youngster Dale Shirkie for the hard working Craig Beattie as Morton attempted to find that elusive equaliser. With all substitutes used Ayr looked to be in trouble as Mikey Donald went down on the far side of the park with what appeared to be a serious injury as Morton pushed for the equaliser. But showing the grit and determination that had been evident through-out the whole team, Mikey came back on and, although in obvious pain, continued to play his part. For all their pressure and possession Morton couldn’t breach the Ayr rearguard and United comfortably saw out the closing few minutes to take all three points and leapfrog Morton in to third place in the league.

Attendance – 1,744

Ayr United:
Hutton; Devlin; McKinlay; Murphy; Campbell; Beattie; Slane; McLaughlin; Donnelly; McGovern; Donald

Subs:
Newman; McKenzie; Muir; Shirkie; Forrest; Crawford

Greenock Morton:
Gaston; Kilday; Russell; O’Ware; Milojevic; Hands; McKee; Pepper; Barrowman; McManus; Crawford

Subs:
Caraux; Scullion; Lamie; McNeil; Allan; Knight

Report: AUmedia

Match Preview v Morton

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Cappielow to face Jim Duffy’s Greenock Morton. The Honest Men have seen their form slump in recent weeks with four defeats in their last five matches but can climb above their opponents into third position with a win.
Morton have been proven a formidable opponent at home this season, winning all four of the League 1 matches and conceding only two goals but a failure to pick up results away from home mean they have just a two point advantage over United. Last weekend they cruised to a 2-0 victory over bottom side Stirling Albion at Cappielow.
Read on for our match preview:

Team News: Brian Gilmour will have a fitness test and other than that everyone will be fit.

Marko says: “We are expecting a tight game as it was on the first game of the season however we are going with a fully fit squad which we have rarely had recently. We know when we get all these guys back we are going to win games and go on a run. I will be expecting the boys to play at the same tempo as the second half on Friday night when we caused Dunfermline problems.

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 58
Draws – 30
Greenock Morton wins – 46
United have lost in their last five matches away to Morton.
Last Meeting: Ayr were the victors when the two sides met on the opening day of the league campaign at the start of August. Ryan Donnelly netted with eleven minutes of the match remaining and Ton’s Jordan Allan was sent-off.
The Honest Men’s last visit to Cappielow was on the 2nd January 2012, where, despite an early Michael Moffat goal, the home side recorded a 3-1 win with goals from David O’Brien, Archie Campbell and Paul Di Giacomo.
Stats:
– Ayr United finished the first quarter of this season with the same points tally and in the same position as at the same point last season.
– Despite defeat to Dunfermline last Friday, Ayr have the best head-to-head record against teams in the top-half of the table, picking up 9 points from 12. Morton have managed just 1 win against League 1’s top five.
– Morton’s Thomas O’Ware is a former pupil of QueenMargaret Academy in Ayr. Nominally a defender, O’Ware has also played in midfield and up-front this season.

On this day: United have played 14 times on this date in history, most recently in 2008. Raith Rovers were the opponents at Starks Park where a last minute Graham Weir goal snatched a 3-2 win for the home team. David Gormley and Scott Walker were on the scoresheet for the Honest Men. Ayr’s last victory on 18th October was against Dumbarton in 1980.

Match Officials:
Referee – Calum Murray
Assistant Referee 1 – Steven Reid
Assistant Referee 2 – William Wilson

Match Info:
Adults – £15
Concessions – £10
Parent & Child – £15
Under 16’s – £3
Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Concession prices are available to supporters over 65 years old, students in full time education and those who are registered as unemployed. Proof of entitlement must be shown at the turnstile when requested otherwise the full adult price will be due.

Ayr United supporters will be accommodated within the Main Stand and should enter the ground at the turnstiles on East Hamilton Street.

Wheelchair spaces cost £10 which includes admission for a carer or assistant if required. Places are limited, however they can be booked in advance by contacting us on 01475 723571 or by email toadmin@gmfc.net.

Car parking is available adjacent to the ground at a cost of £3 per car. The nearest train station to Cappielow is Cartsdyke, which is 5 minutes walk from the ground.

We would once again remind all supporters that the James Watt Dock Marina, located on the opposite side of East Hamilton Street to the ground, is private property and parking in this area is strictly reserved for Marina patrons only.

GRAHAM LONGAIR TESTIMONIAL MATCH

Whitletts Victoria will play host to an Ayr United XI on Sunday 19th October at Dam Park in a testimonial match for long serving Whitletts skipper Graham Longair.

The match will be only the second official… meeting between the two Ayr clubs. The only previous meeting being 31 years ago when the sides shared six goals in pre-season match at Voluntary Park.

Announcing the testimonial match, Testimonial Committee Chairman Andrew Downie expressed his thanks to Ayr United manager Mark Roberts for agreeing to fulfil the fixture.

“Graham Longair has spent 10 years with Whitletts Victoria as a player and thoroughly deserves this occasion in recognition of his service to the Club. He is also a big Ayr United supporter and when he is not playing can be seen standing on the terraces in the North Enclosure so it is fantastic for him that the two clubs who mean so much to him are coming together for his big day.”

“Ayr boss Mark Roberts has bent over backwards to help in any way that he can, including playing in a celebrity match in the summer and I am indebted to him for all his co=operation to ensure this game goes ahead.”

The match will be sponsored by Restoraroof, who are also major supporters of both clubs. Managing Director Hugh Clarke, himself a former Whitletts player, said that he was delighted to sponsor the event.

“Its’ a pleasure to be match sponsor at Graham’s Testimonial Match and it also shows our ongoing commitment to Whitletts Victoria. ”

“Good luck to everyone involved and congratulations to Graham for his service and commitment at this great local football club”

The day will also be a Funday with plenty to do to keep the kids occupied with Arena Office Supplies sponsoring the event that will include a bouncy castle and face painting.

The match on Sunday 19th October is at Dam Park with a 3pm kick off. Entry is £5 adults and £2.50 for concessions.

Photograph courtesy of Black Ice Images is Ayr skipper Scott McLaughlin with Graeme Longair and flanked by Whitletts Victoria vice chairman Andy McKissock and chairman John Dalton

Ayr United 0 Dunfermline 1

Well the spectacular thunderstorm just before kick off was in complete contrast to the rather dreich first half performance by United, in this Friday night league fixture, as a 29th minute strike from Dunfermline forward Faissal El Bakhtaoui condemned Ayr to their third defeat in a row.

Dunfermline’s neat passing style soon helped them assume control and they dominated possession for large spells of the first half with good chances falling to El Bakhtaoui, Stirling and Falkingham during the opening 15mins. In fact Bakhtaoui looked to have opened the scoring in just 8 mins when Hutton appeared to let his initial shot squirm from his grasp on the slippy Somerset surface but the follow up shot from the Dunfermline striker came off the upright and behind for a goal kick to Ayr.

Dunfermline looked very comfortable in the first half and restricted Ayr to just a handful of chances, so it was no great surprise when in 29 mins a slip in the Ayr defence allowed El Bakhtaoui to find himself in acres of space on the edge of the Ayr penalty box as he wasted no time in lashing the ball past Hutton from 18 yards.

Ayr tried to respond immediately and in one of their few first half forays forward a Mikey Donald low drive forced Dunfermline’s keeper Scully into a fine reaction save diving low to his left to deny the Ayr winger.

Ayr’s frustration at the lack of attacking opportunities was evident for all to see and this resulted in bookings for Brian Gilmour and Paul Slane who both found themselves in the referee’s black book after a couple of rash challenges.

Ayr started the second half with a different attitude and took the game to Dunfermline with Kevin McKinley going close early on from around 20 yards with a drive that went just over Ryan Scully’s cross bar.

Soon afterwards Mark Roberts decided to freshen things up and replaced Ryan Donnelly with Craig Beattie after 52 mins. At the same time Jim Jefferies obviously felt Ayr were beginning to get the upper hand and replaced winger Andy Stirling with defender Alex Whittle. This seemed to give Ayr further impetus and they stormed forward heaping more pressure on to the Dunfermline rearguard. Dunfermline quickly decided to make another change and replaced Urquhart with Ugwu in 56 mins.

As the second half progressed the game opened up as Ayr pressed and Dunfermline attempted to catch United out on the counter attack as both teams made more use of the wide areas and played some good passing football despite the slippery conditions.

In the 64th min Craig Beattie found space on the left hand side of the box and cut inside, his low angled drive had the Ayr fans on their feet as it appeared to beat keeper Scully at his right hand post but unfortunately for the Somerset faithful it was only the side netting. A minute later it was the Dunfermline fans on their feet as a great turn and shot by El Bakhtaoui in the Ayr penalty box whizzed past David Hutton’s head but crashed back of his cross bar to the relief of the Ayr defence and the dismay of the Pars fans situated behind his goal at the Railway End.

The game continued to flow from end to end but further goals eluded both sides and more substitutions followed with Ayr replacing Forrest and Gilmour with Shirkie (70′) and Crawford (79′).

And in the 82nd minute two former Ayr players swapped roles as Andy Geggan replaced a rather subdued Michael Moffat who looked a bit sheepish, when being substituted, clapping the Dunfermline supporters as he left the field of play.

In the final 5 minutes Ayr again went close as two opportunities fell to the impressive Peter Murphy in the space of a minute but he was unable to convert and Dunfermline held on for a valuable 3 points.

Attendance: 1,457

Ayr United
Hutton; Devlin; McKinlay; Murphy; McLaughlin; Gilmour; Forrest; Slane;Donnelly; McGovern; Donald

Subs:
Newman; Beattie; Crawford; Muir; Shirkie; McGill; McArthur

Dunfermline
Scully; Williamson; Millen; Spence; Buchanan; Urquhart; El Bakhtaoui; Byrne; Moffat; Falkingham; Stirling

Subs:
Goodfellow; Ugwu; Forbes; Geggan; Whittle; Drummond; Chemin

Report by AUMedia

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Fantastic Friday Offers!

FIVE FANTASTIC FRIDAY OFFERS AT THE CLUB SHOP

The club shop have put together five fantastic match day deals for our vital League 1 match against Dunfermline Athletic on Friday evening. These offers are for Friday 10th October only and the shop is open from 4pm that day until kick off and then immediately after the match.

Deal 1. £10 OFF all bespoke jackets including gents, ladies and kids. (adidas stock not included) shop jackets
Deal 2. £10 OFF 2014/15 replica shirts
Deal 3. £10 OFF all onesies
Deal 3. Buy a large pennant get a small pennant FREE
Deal 5. Hi Definition scarfs reduced to £5.99
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We also have a limited number of Scotland wall clocks on sale for an incredible of only £2.99

A new range of embroidered holdalls, sports bags and backpacks have arrived in stock. These are priced at £24.99 and with Xmas creeping up on us we have taken delivery of official Ayr United FC tree decorations priced at £4.99 for a pack of 3.

Shop hours this week are:
Monday – Thursday 12pm- 4pm
Friday 4pm – 7.45pm and immediately after the match
Saturday – Closed