Five Star Winners Week 15,16 & 17

Here are the winners for the half time draw for last Saturday against Brechin City

1st Prize £200 Ticket no 0303 Irene McLennan from Maybole
2nd Prize £ 50 Ticket no 1338 B Morrison from Ayr
3rd Prize £ 25 Ticket no 0728 Michael Noth from Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 15

£1000 A1134 S Parkin Sheffield

MONDAY
£50 A0314 H McCutheon Ayr
£10 F0234 D McCormack Ayr
£10 A0922 J Wilson Ayr
£10 A4834 J McManus Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 C4341 L Cuthbert Mauchline
£10 E1142 M Mccreadie Colmonell
£10 E1043 C Carswell Ayr
£10 D0723 T Finlay Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 K0114 D Whiteside Dalmillington
£10 B4212 S Dunlop Ayr
£10 H3242 Mr Coulter Ayr
£10 H0135 J Ferguston Logan

THURSDAY
£50 E0741 R Pettigrew Mauchline
£10 B4444 W Caldwell Ayr
£10 A1033 D Watson Alloway
£10 C4124 R Geddes Doonfoot

FRIDAY
£10 F3245 M Halliday Coylton
£10 A1234 D Parkin Sheffield
£10 F0344 R Imrine Mauchline

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 16

£1000 R4332 A Green Ayr

MONDAY
£50 B2335 G Morton Ayr
£10 F2444 G Steel Ayr
£10 B4344 A Hutton Crosshill
£10 N2435 L Kermack Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 B3012 D Drain Dailly
£10 R2211 D Brackenridge Ayr
£10 E1235 B Ward Muirkirk
£10 C4131 E Sturgeon Drongan

WEDNESDAY
£50 B4424 J McNamee Ayr
£10 A0444 M Irvine Girvan
£10 N0641 C Smith Glasgow
£10 A1911 G Marshall Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 B4211 H Crossan Troon
£10 D0114 J Harrison Ayr
£10 C2615 F Haggo Prestwick
£10 A0734 D Chapman Dunure

FRIDAY
£10 C0331 A Kirk Ayr
£10 A4621 R Izzaard Ayr
£10 J3741 J McConnell Ayr

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 17

£1000 K4045 S Blake Doonfoot

MONDAY
£50 E3435 A Fyfe Ayr
£10 J0945 A White Doncaster
£10 J4741 A White Mossblown
£10 V1523 C Cambers Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 B0824 J Olsen Renfrew
£10 G3344 R Provan Ayr
£10 H0915 H Pester Ayr
£10 H3832 C Sanderson Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 G3414 L Greer Ayr
£10 D3012 A Taylor Maybole
£10 F2544 J Dodds Ayr
£10 A4221 G Cochrane Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 K0125 K Sturgeon Dalmellington
£10 B3412 A McLeod Ayr
£10 G1333 J McCreath Catrine
£10 A0815 Mr Saxton Troon

FRIDAY
£10 C2021 J Black Sanquhar
£10 F1811 Mrs McCall Dunure
£10 G4933 G Spence Irvine

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Scottish FA Youth Cup

Ayr have been drawn at home to Cowdenbeath in round 3 of the Scottish FA Youth Cup. The game will be played at Somerset Park on Sunday 2nd November, kick-off 1.00pm.

Entry is free however there will be a bucket for donations at the main door.

Match Preview v Alloa

On Saturday, the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup kicks off with Alloa Athletic the visitors to Somerset Park. United will be looking to bounce back from four consecutive home defeats by booking their place in the next round.

Standing in their way are Alloa, who climbed off the foot of the Championship table last weekend with a 1-1 draw at Raith Rovers. The point ended a run of four consecutive league defeats for Barry Smith’s side. The Wasps have already tasted success against League 1 opposition this season, knocking Stirling Albion and Morton out of the Challenge Cup on their way to the semi-finals.
Read on for our match preview:

Marko says: “Last Saturdays performance was unacceptable. Too many players had an off day. Against Morton we were excellent and we need to get back to that level of performance. I always loved playing in the Scottish Cup, its a great competition and with some decent draws you are only a few games away from a major semi final. Alloa are playing at a level above us and are facing quality sides every week in the Championship so we know how difficult its going to be. Our job will be to make it as uncomfortable for them as possible and create a real Scottish Cup tie. Form goes out the window in these games and we will put in a much improved performance from last week.”

Team news: Mikey Donald is out with shoulder damage however the rest of the squad are available.

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 33
Draws – 8
Alloa Athletic wins – 12

The Honest Men and the Wasps have met three times in the Scottish Cup, with all three games at Recreation Park. Alloa were 2-1 winners in 1939 and again 1982 but United recorded a 3-0 win in 1998 thanks to an Ian Ferguson hat-trick.
Last Meeting: The sides last met in April 2013 at Somerset Park where Alloa recorded a 2-0 win.
Stats:
– United are on their longest losing streak at home since 2010 when they suffered six consecutive defeats at Somerset Park (five at the end of season 2009/10 and one at the start of season 2010/11);
– 1st November is the earliest date at which Ayr United have entered the Scottish Cup since 1954/55. That season United faced Cowdenbeath in the fourth round of the competition on 23rd October 1954, eventually winning through after two replays;
– In the last 17 seasons, Ayr have negotiated past their first Scottish Cup tie on 15 occasions.
On this day: Ayr United have played 13 times on 1st November, winning seven times most recently versus Arbroath in 2008. Goals from Martyn Campbell, Willie Easton and Bryan Prunty in the first 22 minutes earned the Honest Men a 3-0 win at Gayfield.

Match Officials:
Referee: Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2: Colin McDonald

Match Info:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate 13
Season tickets are not valid for this game.

Viewing Box Tickets

For Saturdays match against Alloa and for any further matches this season where availability allows we will be giving an option to watch the match from one of our hospitality boxes in the Ally MacLeod suite.

With season tickets not being valid for Saturdays match all tickets will cost £20 and they must be bought and picked up from the club shop prior to the match. The club shop is open from 12-4 during the week and from 10am on the day of a home game.

Buying a ticket for a viewing box will give you full access to the hospitality suite from 12-6pm where a wide range of meals are available and you will also have access to the bar. A perfect way to watch the game as the days get colder!

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

Five star winners Week 14

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 14

£1000 F1211 G Dunlop Fort William

MONDAY
£50 Q0815 G Linden Ayr
£10 O4225 I Young Prestwick
£10 A2012 Mrs Seaton Girvan
£10 C2812 E Wilson Girvan

TUESDAY
£50 K4722 F Fitzsimmons Ayr
£10 A2933 H Ireland Kirkoswald
£10 B2225 A Hall Girvan
£10 E1332 L Scotland Muirkirk

WEDNESDAY
£50 G4933 G Spence Irvine
£10 B5015 P Gibson Ayr
£10 F2712 J Gracie Ayr
£10 G2041 R McCrorie Dalrymple

THURSDAY
£50 C3923 Mrs Davies Ayr
£10 E3611 A Kirkland Ayr
£10 B2641 L Topley Ayr
£10 A2133 J Davis Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 J3844 D Hendry Ayr
£10 F1645 M Cambell Ayr
£10 F2932 P Torbet Barr

Don’t miss any more chances to win,

To join the Lottery please call the office on 01292 263435 (option 1) or go online at www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk