Five Star Winners Week 18,19 & 20.

Here are the half time Draw winners from the last home game against peterhead

 

1st Prize Ticket no 926 S Clark from Ayr

2nd Prize Ticket no 601 W Mellhan from Glasgow

3rd Prize Ticket no 647 D McAnespie from Ayr

 

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 18 

 

£1000 J4212 A Murdoch Girvan
MONDAY    
£50 C0911 F Green Troon
£10 B1535 T Mitchell Ayr
£10 J1741 A Dolan Coylton
£10 D3523 R Boyle Ayr
TUESDAY    
£50 C3723 M Aitken Ayr
£10 K1513 A Dunn Ayr
£10 G0241 G Bell Ayr
£10 F1134 J Anderson Ayr
WEDNESDAY    
£50 H1441 N McLean Ayr
£10 F2135 I McBride Troon
£10 L0641 K Noble Maidens
£10 A5045 I Jamieson Prestwick
THURSDAY    
£50 G0934 C Campbell Ayr
£10 G3014 D Blyth Mauchline
£10 A1134 S Parkin Sheffield
£10 C0831 G Borland Ayr
FRIDAY    
£10 F3345 C Rodger Ayr
£10 B3032 H Blane Ayr
£10 A0111 J Dunlop Ayr

 

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 19 

 

£1000 C3123 J Thomson Ayr
MONDAY    
£50 B0944 A Coughtrie Ayr
£10 A0634 J Campbell Auchinleck
£10 G4014 M Bryan Paisley
£10 B1525 R Boyd Irvine
TUESDAY    
£50 F0435 D Jess Ayr
£10 H0841 T Bruce Ayr
£10 F0135 T Sloan Annbank
£10 D3042 Mrs Bye Girvan
WEDNESDAY    
£50 C4212 G Sturgeon Drongan
£10 K2044 I Duff Annbank
£10 B4023 W Davidson Coylton
£10 D2941 D Roddie Maybole
THURSDAY    
£50 B1113 P McDowall Ayr
£10 A1641 G Thomson Ayr
£10 F3821 N Boyle Glasgow
£10 A1541 J Grant Ayr
FRIDAY    
£10 F2335 S Girvan Ayr
£10 D1542 L Thomson Ayr
£10 C4533 M McGinn Dailly

 

 

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

WEEK NUMBER 20

 

£1000 C2843 S Manson Prestwick
MONDAY    
£50 D0532 G Park Muirkirk
£10 D3315 D Kirkland Ayr
£10 B0912 A McColm Dunure
£10 A3224 R Kidd Ayr
TUESDAY    
£50 F2311 J Lauder Ayr
£10 A1445 A Baird Drongan
£10 A4225 J Stewart Ayr
£10 G3114 D Ford Prestwick
WEDNESDAY    
£50 B0744 S McCreadie Ayr
£10 D4732 J Murphy Ayr
£10 B4445 J Sloan Dailly
£10 I2724 J McCrorie Girvan
THURSDAY    
£50 B4332 J Harkness Crosshill
£10 E3331 E Cattell Troon
£10 S1422 M Crum Patna
£10 J0115 A Gibson Maidens
FRIDAY    
£10 B3323 E Stevenson Craigens
£10 H1043 F Mchugh Dalmellington
£10 A4741 D Allan Prestwick

 

 

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SPFL Press Release

News release

Monday, November 24 2014

 Peterhead charged by SPFL at disciplinary hearing

 At a disciplinary hearing today (Monday, 24 November) the SPFL Board charged Peterhead Football Club for playing Reece Donaldson in a league match whilst he was serving a Scottish FA suspension.

The defender, who was also charged at the hearing, played the full 90 minutes in Peterhead’s 3-2 win against Ayr United on November 14 this year in SPFL League One.

Peterhead and the player pled guilty to breach of SPFL Regulation 21 in the SPFL’s Player Registration, Transfer and Contract Regulations.

As a result, the club were censured, ordered to replay the game against Ayr United Football Club and fined £10,000 (part suspended). Reece Donaldson is suspended from playing in the replayed fixture.

The date of the replay is still to be arranged.

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “In the interests of sporting integrity and fairness to both sides, the game will be replayed.”

Forfar 2 Ayr United 0

Forfar Athletic 2 v 0 Ayr United

Forfar ended a run of five matches without a win thanks to goals from Stephen Smith and Omar Kader to leave Ayr without a win in their last six outings and edging closer to the foot of the table.

Before the game both teams reported a number of players missing through injury but it seemed both managers were involved in psychological mind games as four of the players ruled out started the game.

Ayr were boosted by the return of the experienced trio of Nicky Devlin, Mikey Donald and Peter Murphy to the starting line-up which gave the team and supporters the hope of a return to winning ways.

However that hope was found to be misplaced when after just 4 mins Stephen Smith picked up a pass inside the Ayr half in acres of space. As no one confronted him or attempted to engage with the midfielder he confidently strode towards the Ayr goal before unleashing an unstoppable drive from fully 25 yards, to leave David Hutton with no chance, as the ball ended up in the back of the Ayr net to give Forfar an early lead.

Ayr appeared rattled after losing the early goal and Forfar took advantage of this by taking control of the game in the early stages. In fact it looked as though Forfar should have been awarded a penalty after just 10 mins. Nicky Devlin appeared to push Stephen Smith in the back as he was setting himself for a simple tap in and his second goal of the game but referee Andrew Dallas ignored the Forfar claims and waved play on to the howls of disgust from the home fans.

Forfar controlled the game for long spells in the first half as Ayr struggled to mount any sustained pressure and any attacks worthy of note were few and far between. Craig Beattie cut a lonely figure up front as Ayr opted to play with a single striker and he was left to feed of scraps. Although he regularly got in to some good positions he was usually left isolated and outnumbered as the Ayr midfield struggled to link up with the striker or assist him with runs from deep.

Although Forfar dominated the bulk of the first half possession they found the Ayr defence more resilient than the opening stages had suggested. The experience of Murphy coupled with an impressive first half debut performance from loan signing Adam Cummins prevented Forfar from adding to their early goal and they went in at half time leading 1-0.

There were no changes by either side at half time and as the second half kicked off Ayr appeared to have a bit more of an appetite for the game as they upped the tempo and attempted to take the game to Forfar.

As in the first half hopes of an improved performance were found to be misplaced early in the second half. In the 56th minute a Gavin Swankie cross from the left was headed towards the Ayr goal by Templeman. His powerful header beat Hutton but crashed off the crossbar down on to the artificial surface and in to the path of Forfar’s Omar Kader, who had the simplest of tasks of heading the ball in to the unguarded goal and making it 2-0 to Forfar.

After this second set back Ayr still attempted to take the game to Forfar but their patient build up play invariably ended with at best a half chance, a shot from distance or a Forfar counter attack. The closest Ayr went in this period was when Mikey Donald found space down the left and sent in a terrific cross that found Craig Beattie in the penalty box. He out jumped the Forfar defence but his flashing header went just wide of Rab Douglas’ left hand post.

Mark Roberts replaced the tiring Beattie with Ryan Donnelly in 75 mins in an attempt to get something from this game as Forfar replaced goal scorer Kader with Denholm.

Ayr pushed captain Scott McLaughlin forward to link up with Donnelly. The extra presence seemed to help as Donnelly found himself in space a few minutes later but his first time angled volley was well saved by Douglas.

In the closing stages Ayr almost snatched a consolation goal but Dale Keenan’s header came back of the upright allowing Forfar to claim all 3 points in what was a relatively comfortable win for the Station Park outfit.

Attendance – 562

Ayr United:

Hutton; Devlin; Kennan; Cummins; Murphy; Gilmour; Forrest; McLaughlin; Beattie; McGovern; Donald

 

Subs:

Donnelly; Shirkie; McKenzie; Muir; Crawford; GK Newman

Match Preview v Forfar

On Saturday, League 1’s best home record is pitched against its best away record when Ayr United travel to Station Park to face Forfar Athletic. The Honest Men are one of just two teams to defeat Dick Campbell’s second placed side in the league this season.

Like Ayr, Forfar are without a win in their last five matches. Last weekend they came back from a two goal deficit to lead Angus rivals Brechin City 3-2 before Alan Trouten levelled the scores with eight minutes remaining at Glebe Park.

Read on for our match preview:

Marko says: “Saturday will be a very difficult game, after the first third of the season Forfar have established themselves as one of the favourites for the title so we know how difficult it will be however we need to get some wins and the board and we will take confidence from the fact we have already beaten Forfar this season. We know we have quality going forward and we have worked on eliminating the mistakes at the back.”

Team news: Mark Roberts has added centre-back Adam Cummins on loan from Motherwell. The 21-year old goes straight into the squad for the trip to Forfar. Nicky Devlin, Mikey Donald, Peter Murphy, Kevin McKinlay, Martyn Campbell, Kevin Rutkiewic and Paul Slane are all out.

Head-to-Head (at Station Park):
Ayr United wins – 20
Draws – 8
Forfar Athletic wins – 22

Last Meeting: United last visited Station Park in April but went down to a 4-2 defeat, with consolation goals from Michael Moffat and Brian Gilmour. Earlier in the season, a Kevin Kyle goal earned the Honest Men a 1-0 win.

On this day: United have a 62.50% win rate and have lost just one of their last 11 games on this date stretching back to 1952. Our biggest win was on 22nd November 1997 Ayr beat Airdrieonians 6-0 with goals from Laurent D’Jaffo (2), Ian Ferguson, Jim Dick, John Traynor, Tom Smith. Team: Castilla D Castilla; Bowman, Traynor, Robertson, Sonor (Smith); Ciardi (Henderson), Millen, Dick, Watson; D’Jaffo (Graham), Ferguson.

Match Officials:
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee 1: Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel McFarlane

Match Info:
Admission
Adults: Stand £13 / Ground £12
Over 65’s and Under 17’s: Stand £7 / Ground £6

Travel
The River Cottage bus for Forfar leaves at 10.30am with seats priced at £15. Contact Tam on 07585 328685 for more information and to book.

 

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SHOP SALE CONTINUES!

After the success of the recent 25% sale in the club shop we have decided to continue the sale all this week!

Up until the shop closes on Saturday 22nd November at 1pm everything will have 25% off. This includes all of the official adidas training gear, the 2014/15 replica kit and all the new stock that has arrived in recent weeks including the new panda!

new pandaThis week the shop will be open from 12-4 Monday to Friday and then on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

*While stocks last

**No further discounts apply

Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5 (during opening hours)

Email: shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Ayr Utd 2 Peterhead 3

Ayr United 2 v 3 Peterhead

 

This was an important league game for both sides but for different reasons.  Ayr were desperate to end a run of poor home form while Peterhead were keen on continuing their gradual climb up the league. Mark Roberts and his coaching staff were also attempting to cope with an injury crisis that has drastically reduced his selection options and has contributed to recent poor results.

 

Ayr welcomed defenders Kevin Rutkiewicz, who was ineligible for the cup tie at Alloa, and newcomer Dale Keenan signed on a month loan deal from Partick Thistle into the starting line-up and an unfamiliar looking back four it was that started the game.

 

Peterhead seemed to sense this unfamiliarity in the Ayr rear-guard and within 7 minutes they found themselves ahead after Peterhead’s Rory McAllister picked up a loose ball and forced his way in to the penalty box before shooting low to Hutton’s right. The Ayr keeper seemed to have the shot covered but inexplicably appeared to misjudge the strike and let it squirm from his grasp and watch it crawl agonisingly across the line to make it 1-0 to Peterhead.

 

Things could have gotten much worse for Ayr in 15 mins when David Cox broke through the heart of the Ayr defence to be presented with a great chance but with only David Hutton to beat he managed to drill his shot well wide of the Ayr goal from just 15 yards out.

 

United mounted their first serious attack in 20 mins when Allan Forrest picked up a loose pass and slipped the ball to Paul Slane who then played in Ryan Donnelly. He cut inside and clipped a curling shot just over the bar.

 

By this stage Ayr were gradually gaining in confidence but struggled to make any clear cut chances and were always suspect to the counter attack from Peterhead but went in at half-time 1-0 down.

 

The second half started with Peterhead happy to sit on their 1-0 lead and let Ayr come to them and attempt to pick them off on the break.

 

Mark Roberts made an early change in the second half replacing youngster Peter McGill with the experienced Craig Beattie in 49 mins. This change seemed to galvanise Ayr into action as they now had more options going forward and within a minute of coming on Beattie had set up Forrest who forced Peterhead’s Smith into a tremendous save with a shot from the edge of the box.

 

However Smith could do nothing to stop Craig Beattie’s 53rd minute shot from inside the box after he was well set up from a Paul Slane pass as Ayr drew level at 1-1.

 

Peterhead decided to change tactics and Jim McInally swapped defender Bryan Gilfillan with former Ayr forward Andy Rodgers and appeared to go with a front three.

 

Then in 70 mins it looked as if McInally’s tactics had paid off when Jamie Stevenson was hauled down in the Ayr box and referee Craig Charleston pointed to the spot and awarded Peterhead a penalty. Rory McAllister stepped up to coolly convert the spot kick and notch his and Peterhead’s second goal of the game and make it 2-1.

 

United were having none of it though and within 3 mins were level again after some great work by Ryan Donnelly. He chased after his own knock down from a high ball in the box and managed to get to it just before Peterhead goalie Smith. His deft touch took the ball beyond Smith and the keeper could do nothing to prevent himself colliding with Donnelly and giving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Scott McLaughlin composed himself before making it 2-2 from the resultant penalty.

 

Unfortunately for Ayr this game was far from finished and with 10 mins to go Rory McAllister latched on to a long ball that eluded the Ayr defence to find himself in the clear. As Hutton came out to narrow the angle McAllister settled on the ball before round the keeper and slotting into an empty net for his hat-trick and what proved to be Peterhead’s winner.

 

In the closing stages Ayr did almost grab an equaliser with a couple of late chances. Brian Gilmour forced a point blank save from Smith with a thunderous volley then Craig Beattie’s low cross zipped across the 6 yard box looking for a touch but unfortunately for Ayr there were no takers.

 

In the end a spirited second half performance from Ayr couldn’t end their unwanted run of home defeats and they were left to contemplate what might have been had their first half performance been as good as their second.

 

Attendance – 792

 

Ayr United:

Hutton; Muir; Keeenan; Rutkiewicz; McGill; Gilmour; Forrest; McLaughlin; Donnelly; McGovern; Slane

Subs:

Newman; Beattie; Wardrope; McArthur; Mckenzie; Nisbet; Shirkie

 

Peterhead:

Smith; Kerr; Noble; Gilfillan; Donaldson; Strachan; Millar; Redman; McAllister; Stevenson; Cox

Subs:

Jarvie; Rodgers; Brown; Richardson; McLaren

 

Report: AUmedia

Match Preview v Peterhead

On Saturday, Ayr United look to end a run of four straight league defeats at home when Peterhead are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men dropped to sixth in the table on Tuesday night following Brechin City’s 2-1 win over Stirling Albion and are level on points with seventh placed Peterhead.

 

A late Jamie Stevenson goal at Balmoor earned Jim McInally’s side a point against Dunfermline last weekend, helping the Blue Toon bounce back from consecutive defeats to Stranraer, including a 5-0 reverse at Stair Park in their last away game.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Marko says: “After the result and performance on Tuesday night we left the players under no illusions about our feelings. Yes we had a weakened team however the performance level was way below what it should have been. The injury situation has worsened from last week however we aren’t going to use that as an excuse, its an opportunity for boys to come in and take the chance and make the jersey their own. Looking at the other fixtures this weekend if we win on Saturday we will be right in amongst things again and that’s a huge motivation for everyone.”

 

Team news: Nicky Devlin, Martyn Campbell, Peter Murphy, Kevin McKinlay, Mikey Donald and Robbie Crawford are all out. Scott McLaughlin is doubtful. Dale Keenan has joined from Partick Thistle on a 28 day loan.

 

Head-to-Head: Ayr United wins – 8 Draws – 7 Peterhead wins – 9

 

United have won just one of the 10 league meetings between the sides at Somerset Park. The last three games have ended in a draw.

 

Last Meeting:  Peterhead’s last trip to Ayrshire was in March 2009. The Blue Toon ended the game with 9 men but the game ended goalless.

 

Stats:

–          Peterhead have the worst disciplinary record in the division, having picked up 5 red cards and 38 yellows in 12 games. United are the only League 1 side not to have a man sent-off this season.

–          Rory McAllister is the Blue Toon’s top goalscorer this season with five goals. The former Brechin City striker has scored 85 goals in 132 appearances for the Aberdeenshire side.

 

On this day: Ayr’s last fixture played on 15th November was in 2008, a 3-0 victory versus Queen’s Park at Hampden. Bryan Prunty scored all three for the Honest Men. United’s last home game on this date was a 1-0 win over Clydebank in 1980.

 

Match Officials: Referee: Craig Charleston

Assistant Referee 1: Gary Hilland Assistant Referee 2: Kevin McElhinney

 

Match Info:

Adults – £15

Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8

Parent & Child – £18 via Gate

Alloa 4 Ayr United 0

Alloa Athletic 4 v 0 Ayr United

Scottish Cup 3rd Round Replay

 

It was a depleted Ayr side that turned up at the newly renamed Indodrill Stadium, formerly known as Recreation Park, missing a number of key players through injury for this midweek Scottish Cup replay.

 

Kevin Rutkiewicz was also missing from the starting line up as he was ineligible to play in Tuesday’s cup tie as Mark Roberts was forced in to fielding an unfamiliar and relatively inexperienced back four.

 

However United started brightly and played some neat passing football in the opening stages with Alloa restricted to a single effort on goal from former Ayr player Jonathan Tiffoney who crashed a speculative drive off David Hutton’s crossbar.

 

Apart from this brief scare everything was looking positive in the early stages. Ayr even managed to create a couple of decent opportunities with Scott McLaughlin forcing Alloa keeper McDowall in to a full length save from a 22 yard free kick  and then Paul Slane shooting wide from the edge of the box when he should have at least hit the target.

 

Then in 23 minutes a defensive error cost Ayr dearly.  Alloa’s Liam Buchanan latched on to a high ball in the left hand channel before turning the inexperienced McArthur. Buchanan then homed in on goal and from a tight angle slipped the ball past the static Hutton to put Alloa in the lead.

 

Ayr tried to respond but before they could get back in to this game Alloa grabbed a second goal. Mark Docherty’s deep hanging free kick from the left was headed back across goal before Darrell Meggatt got his head on the end of it to score Alloa’s second in 28 minutes.

 

If things weren’t bad enough for Ayr at this stage worse was to come in 33 mins as Mark Docherty found acres of space and time to shoot home from the edge of the Ayr box with a sweetly struck low right foot volley that gave David Hutton no chance.

 

So 3-0 at half-time and the manager made some drastic changes at the start of the second half replacing McArthur, Forrest and Donnelly with Beattie, McCracken and McGill as Ayr searched desperately for something to salvage from this cup tie.

The second half started much the same way as the first half had finished with Alloa looking comfortable and a yard sharper than a tired looking United side.

 

The game drifted for long spells in the second half as Ayr made little impression on the home sides defence while Alloa were happy to play keep ball and let Ayr do all the running. But when your luck’s out its out and a short corner on the right highlighted this.

 

The quickly taken set piece found its way to Mark Docherty. The left back playing on the right side delivered a low in-swinging left footed cross to the penalty area. The shallow trajectory of the ball appeared to elude everyone before skipping of the slick artificial surface and nestling in the back of the Ayr net making it 4-0 to Alloa with still 30 mins left to play.

 

Both teams knew the game was all but over at this stage and from then on it was a more subdued cup tie as a crestfallen United struggled to make any headway against a buoyant Alloa side who were quite happy to run down the clock.

 

So in the end a comfortable win for Alloa who go through to face Hibs at home in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

 

Alloa Athletic

21 McDowall 17 Doyle 04 Gordon 15 Marr 2 Tiffoney 6 Simmons 5 Meggatt 3 Docherty 7 Cawley

19 Buchanan 12 Weatherston

Substitutes

8 McCord 11 Ferns 14 Benedictus 18 Hetherington 20 Asghar 22 Hynd 31 Couser

Ayr United

1 Hutton 2 Devlin 3 Muir 4 McArthur 5 Shirkie 6 Gilmour 7 Forrest 8 McLaughlin 9 Donnelly

10 McGovern 11 Slane

Substitutes

12 McKenzie 14 McCracken 15 Wardrope 16 Beattie 17 McGill 18 Roberts 19 Newman

 

Ref: Don Robertson

Attendance – 420

Report AUmedia

CLUB SHOP SALE!!

Club Shop 25% OFF All Merchandise Sale

 

The club shop have a pre Xmas 25% OFF all stock 3 day sale beginning at 12pm on Thursday 13th November. This offer applies to all our huge range of official Ayr United FC merchandise including 2014/15 Adidas replica kit and leisurewear. adidas2

 

25% discount days are:

Thursday 13th November 12pm – 4pm

Friday 14th November 12pm – 4pm

Saturday 15th November – Ayr United v Peterhead 10am – 5.15pm (closed during the match)

 

*While stocks last

**No further discounts apply

 

Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5 (during opening hours)

Email: shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk