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Ayr United vs. Brechin City
League Cup – 1st Round, Saturday 1st August 2015

After easing into the second round of the Petrofac Cup versus Albion Rovers last weekend, Ayr United again face League 1 opposition at Somerset Park on Saturday when Brechin City are the opponents in the first round of the League Cup.

It has been a summer of upheaval at Glebe Park, following the departure of manager Ray McKinnon to Raith Rovers and key players Alan Trouten and Gerry McLauchlan who were, of course, snapped up by Ian McCall. Amongst new Brechin player-manager Darren Dods signings are former United full-back Jonathan Tiffoney, centre-back Ross Perry and veteran striker Dene Shields, who has returned to Scottish football after a spell in Malta.

Dod’s managerial début ended in defeat last weekend, with Peterhead running out 3-0 winners at Glebe Park.

Team News: Peter Murphy and Jamie Adams both have slight knocks and wont be risked. Craig Moore is suspended.

Ian says: “Some might have looked at our cup tie with Albion Rovers and thought it looked like a fairly unglamorous tie however the cup draw proved why we look at every game as important and Saturday is no different.

There were positives and negatives in the Albion game as you would expect from our first competitive run out however I do want us to move the ball quicker and that’s something we will be working on.

We now have two of Brechins standout players over the last 3 or 4 seasons so it will add a wee edge to the game and we are all looking forward to it. I keep saying it however this is our home and we look to win all our games here.

On Thursday night we had the best training session here since I have been involved. The players were all so sharp. Alan Forrest trained really well so will be on the bench on Saturday and we were delighted to get Craig Moore involved.”

Head-to-Head (cup competitions):
Ayr United wins – 6
Draws – 1
Brechin City wins – 2

Saturday will be the first League Cup meeting between the sides for exactly 50 years. United won the last tie at Glebe Park in August 1965 1-0.

City are unbeaten on their last five visits to Somerset Park.

Last Meeting: Ayr came back from a goal down to lead City 2-1 when the sides last met, in March this year at Somerset Park. Brian Gilmour and a Jon-Paul McGovern penalty countered Andy Jackson’s opener but the game ended all-square after Paul McLean’s 75th minute equaliser for the Hedgemen.

On this day: The Honest Men are unbeaten on this day in history, winning two and drawing two of their four fixtures on August 1st. Most recently, Ayr travelled to Forthbank in the League Cup in 2009, needing extra-time to defeat Stirling Albion who finished the game with 9 men. Willie Easton and Andy Aitken were the United scorers on the day.

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee – Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee – Chris McTiernan

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £10
Concessions – £5

Season tickets are not valid for this game.

Craig Moore signs on loan

Ian McCall has swooped to add another striker to his squad for the 2015/16 season.

Craig Moore, 20, has signed on loan from Motherwell until the 4th of January. Ian said :”Craig is a hard working, aggressive striker who has good pace and can get in behind. He has a great eye for goal as he proved when he was on loan in the Championship with Cowdenbeath. There was plenty of interest in Craig from Championship clubs and we are delighted to have been able to secure him. Ian Baraclough has spoken very highly of him and he is still very much part of his plans.”

Below is some information on Craig from the Motherwell website.

Fighting hard to make the breakthrough into the Motherwell first team is striker Craig Moore.

A product of the Motherwell youth set-up, Craig was a regular in Jonathan Johansson’s Under 20 side during 12’13 before really coming to prominence in a loan spell with Cowdenbeath.

Joining the Blue Brazil in January 2013, on an initial one month deal, he made his senior debut coming off the bench in the Fife derby as Cowdenbeath drew 1-1 with Raith Rovers on 23 February.

Scoring in each of his first four starts, Moore performed to such a level that Colin Cameron was desperate to keep the striker until the end of the season.

By the close of the campaign, Craig had found the net 7 times in 11 starts and one substitute appearance.

Indeed that record would have been even more prolific but for the abandonment of a game where Craig had netted twice against eventual League winners Partick Thistle.

That form was recognised when he was named the SFL’s Young Player of the Month for March.

Shortly after, Craig signed an extended contract with Motherwell seeing him tied to the club until the summer of 2015.

Moore made his debut for the Steelmen in August 2013 as a second half substitute for in the Europa League 2nd leg clash with Russian cracks FC Kuban Krasnodar.

Finding the net consistently in the U20′s Moore’s strike-rate was too good for Stuart McCall for ignore and he played an increasingly prominent role in the first team, not least when he netted a sensational strike against Hearts, seconds after coming off the bench, and when gaining his first top flight start in Motherwell’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock in November 2013.

A solid debut season in the ‘Well first team ended in disappointment for Moore however when he ruptured his cruciate knee ligament at with just seconds remaining of the penultimate match of the season against Inverness. An injury that will see the striker on the sidelines until late 2014 at least.

It was an injury that would keep Craig on the sidelines for eight months although his immediate future was secured when the club extended his contract by a further season until the summer of 2016.

Returning as a substitute against Celtic in January ’15, by which time Ian Baraclough had succeeded Stuart McCall as manager, Moore played a further 9 times for the ‘Well first team.

Ayr United Open Day

The annual Ayr United Open Day will take place on Sunday 9th August at Somerset Park. This years event is being sponsored by The Stage Door restaurant and The Hollybush Inn and we are hugely grateful for their support. They will also be running a BBQ on the day.

The star attraction this year is the massively popular Bubble Football which will be free of charge on the Somerset Park pitch where you can try and play football wearing a huge bubble!

The event will run from 12 noon to 3.30pm and will kick off on the pitch with Ian McCall and the management team holding a first team training session between 12 and 12.45 and supporters can watch from the terracing.

From 1pm to 3pm the Ayr United Football Academy will run coaching sessions for the kids attending.

Ayr United media will host the event with music throughout and will conduct player interviews pitchside.

Club Historian Duncan Carmichael will once again be hosting his hugely popular stadium tours and club mascot PANDAMONIUM will be available throughout the afternoon for pictures. Mancini’s will be bringing their award winning ice cream to cool you down.

There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting and a fire appliance. The 52nd Lowland Battalion (6Scots) are also going to be in attendance and bringing along some night vision equipment, radios and much more.

The club shop will be open from 12-3.30 selling a huge array of Ayr United merchandise.

Player sponsors update

We have had a fantastic response to our player sponsors so far with very few shirts remaining. Sponsoring a player for the 2015/16 season will ensure your name being in every match programme throughout the season, the players squad page on the website, receiving your players strip from the season personally autographed and an invite to the end of season event.

The cost of sponsoring one of our players shirts is £170 for the season or you can choose to sponsor the home and away shirt or two home or two away for £300.

If you are interested or want to know more please contact the commercial department on 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

AVAILABLE PLAYERS
Shaun Newman – Home and Away
Paddy Boyle – Home and Away
Craig McCracken – Home and Away
Andrew Muir – Away only
Robbie Crawford – Away only
Ross Docherty – Away only
Michael Wardrope – Away only
Jamie Adams – Home and Away
Alan Trouten – Away only
Sean McKenzie – Home and Away

Ayr v Rangers date

The second round draw of the Petrofac Training Cup has paired Ayr at home to Rangers.

We can confirm that the game will be played on Wednesday 19th August at 7.45pm.

Ticket information and pricing will be confirmed shortly.

Petrofac 2nd rd draw live

After Saturdays 3-1 over Albion Rovers we have moved into the second round draw for the Petrofac Training Cup. The draw takes place at Hampden today (Monday 27th July) at 2.30pm and is live on the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxaWt6BDTCc

We are based in the South Section of the draw and can play any of the following teams.

Annan
Dumbarton
Livingston
Queen of the South
Queens Park
Rangers
St Mirren

Ayr 3 Albion Rovers 1

Petrofac Training Cup
Ayr United 3 v 1 Albion Rovers

Ayr United kicked off the competitive season with a Petrofac Training Cup first round fixture as they welcomed Albion Rovers to Somerset Park. It was the first chance for many to see the new look United side in action as all of Ian McCall’s summer recruits took the field. Albion Rovers had also added fresh faces to their squad to complement last season’s League Two title winning side with experience striker Andrew Barrowman and attacking midfielders Paul Willis and Mark Ferry all featuring. This had the potential to be an intriguing tie.

The opening period of the game was fairly scrappy as both teams felt their way back in to the new season. Ayr were looking to play a controlled passing game while Albion Rovers sat back and looked to hit on the break. They almost did just that in 4mins as striker Barrowman got on the end of a Scott McBride knock down to fire a well struck volley towards the Ayr goal. The ball skipped off the turf just in front of United stopper Greg Fleming but he reacted swiftly to turn the ball past the post.

The home side were looking good playing patient possession football but their opponents were very well organised preventing Ayr space and time on the ball. It took Ayr 19mins to breakthrough and create there first real chance. Gerry McLauchlan played the ball through to Alan Trouten whose drive went narrowly wide. Only 2mins later Trouten again provided the threat as Brian Gilmour lofted a ball towards the striker who allowed his first touch to take him into the box, only to be crowded out by the Albion defence who were on hand the clear the danger.

On 39mins Ayr did eventually break the away side’s resistance with a penalty which was won after some neat build up play. Ross Caldwell got on the end of Peter Murphy’s long ball and held the ball up well in the corner. He then picked out Gilmour who had supported the striker well and then it was all about skipper, Nicky Devlin’s bursting run into the Rovers penalty area in which Gilmour served an inch perfect pass to the onrushing full back. Just as he received the ball, Devlin was clipped by opposition defender Kyle Turnbull. As Albion Rovers protested the award of the penalty Trouten remained composed and slotted the ball to the trialist goal keeper’s left hand side, sending him the wrong way and giving his side a one goal advantage going into the break.

The Honest Men re-emerged for the second half looking much more positive and again Trouten was involved. He outmuscled his opponent on the left hand side before curling an effort towards the back post which was deflected for a corner. Ayr were causing problems from set pieces, especially from Brian Gilmour’s quality corners and this time Jamie Adams header was cleared from the line by full back Turnbull for a second corner in a row. Gilmour this time placed to ball onto head of United skipper Devlin who had invisibly drifted to the centre of the box and dispatched his header past the keeper from 8 yards. At 2 – 0 up, and with only 4mins of the second half on the clock Ayr, were now firmly in control of the tie.
Rovers should have pulled one back following the introduction of veteran striker John Gemmell and Alistair Love. The former flicked the ball on for Albion’s pacey winger Scott McBride and he delivered a sublime cross to Love who, with the goal at his mercy, fired straight at Fleming.

United were searching for the killer third goal and it almost came as Michael Donald pounced on a loose ball on the left wing before driving a cross into the box. Luckily for Rovers, captain Michael Dunlop managed to knock the ball past just as Ross Caldwell prepared to pounce. Much like the second goal the initial corner was knocked behind again, this time by Alan Reid but Ayr took full advantage of the resulting set piece. Again, Gilmour floated a perfect ball to the back post where Trouten had peeled away. The number 10 shifted the ball onto his right foot before floating a cross to the penalty spot where Caldwell rose to head into the far corner for his first goal for Ayr United. After 70mins and at 3-0 Ayr were looking very comfortable and playing some nice football.

On 92mins and with the last kick of the ball Albion Rovers pulled one back and they too got their goal from a set piece after some good football down the left. The ball was flicked on at the near post and Gemmell managed to keep the ball alive. Love, who was standing right in front of Fleming, tried to flick ball in from 5 yards but Fleming got a hand to it only for Love to finish at the second time of asking as he scuffed the ball into the corner.

Full time and it finished a comfortable 3-1 victory for Ayr United. A good, solid performance from the home side which provides a good foundation to build on for the forthcoming season and for the visit of Brechin City next weekend in the League Cup.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLaughan, Murphy, Gilmour, Crawford, Caldwell, Trouten, Adams
Subs Donald, Nisbet, Muir, McCracken, McKenzie, Wardrope, Newman (GK)

Albion Rovers
Trialist, Reid, Turnbull, Young, R. Dunlop, M. Dunlop, Willis, Fisher, Barrowman, Mullen, McBride
Subs Gemmell, Ferry, Davidson, Murray (GK), Love

Referee: Gavin Ross
Crowd: 1003
Report: AUmedia

5 star winners wk 3

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 3

£1000 B3312 C Davidson Girvan

MONDAY
£50 A1133 L Scotland Muirkirk
£10 A3825 R Morrison Ayr
£10 B0511 E Kennedy Mossblown
£10 B0144 S McKay Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 B1731 T Baird Ayr
£10 A2125 E Murphy Ayr
£10 B0443 A Murphy Ayr
£10 B4225 J McGuire Girvan

WEDNESDAY
£50 C3833 G Perrie Prestwick
£10 A4741 D Allan Prestwick
£10 A1814 B Sloan Ayr
£10 B2234 M Hutchison Girvan

THURSDAY
£50 A0432 D Hart Ayr
£10 P0421 M Johnstone Ayr
£10 G1614 R McDonald Ayr
£10 F1815 R McLean Prestwick

FRIDAY
£10 D0941 J Durie Drongan
£10 G4312 A Peterkin Ayr
£10 A2135 M Whyte Ayr

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Kieran Woods signs

Kieran was part of the Under 20s squad last season and helped them reach the 20s Scottish FA Youth Cup Semi Final, he doubled this up alongside playing for Cumnock Juniors FC for the season. kieran woods

Manager Ian McCall and Head of Youth Davie White were both delighted to sign Kieran for the forthcoming season after assessing him during last season and over pre season.

Davie said :”We are grateful to Cumnock Juniors for their co-operation in helping us sign Kieran and their support in allowing Kieran to come to Ayr United.”

Kieran will play for the under 20s squad this season with a target of pushing for the first team along with all our other 20s squad.

Kieran is a natural defender and can play Centre Half or Full back and all at Ayr United are looking forward to working with him this season and beyond.

Albion Match Preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers
Petrofac Training Cup – 1st Round, Saturday 25th July 2015

Season 2015/16 kicks-off in earnest on Saturday with the visit of Albion Rovers to Somerset Park in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup. Manager Ian McCall has overhauled the Honest Men during a busy summer, bringing in seven new faces, and will be looking for the team to start in style.

Albion Rovers player-manager Darren Young led the Coatbridge side to the League 2 title in his first season in charge at Cliftonhill and, despite losing a number of first team players, has seen his squad go unbeaten in four pre-season matches.

Among Young’s summer signings are striker Andrew Barrowman, Paul Willis, who spent a brief spell on loan with Ayr from Dunfermline in 2011, and pacy teenage forward Yamikani Misanjo from Rossvale Juniors. Former United defender Mick Dunlop and his brother Ross were mainstays in Albion’s defence last season.

Team News: Martyn Campbell is suspended and Alan Forrest will not be ready until next weeks game.

Ian says:”We are absolutely delighted to get around to the competitive games. Pre season is great to get the boys together and working hard however this is the real McCoy now and when the attitudes and work rates really step up. Ive heard people talk this cup down however I believe its a winnable trophy and we will be taking it very seriously. I am really looking forward to seeing our new signings play and most will be in the team. We want to set our stall out from the start, this is our home and we will no longer be easy to beat here. We want to win all our home games. I would ask the fans to take advantage of the reduction in entry fee and come and see the new players and give them your support.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 30
Draws – 7
Albion Rovers win – 9

Only one of the last 29 meetings between the sides has ended in a draw.

Last Meeting: Brothers David and Robbie Winters were on opposite sides when the Wee Rovers last visited Somerset Park in February 2013. 38-year-old Robbie netted twice for the visitors but it was younger brother who held the bragging rights after the Honest Men eased to a 5-2 win courtesy of a Michael Moffat hat-trick and double from Michael Donald. Two months later Ayr were 3-1 winners at Cliftonhill with Moffat again, Buchanan and McLaughlin on the scoresheet.

On this day: Six years ago to the day, the sides met at the same stage of the Challenge Cup, also at Somerset Park. Second half goals from Bobby Barr and David McFarlane saw Third Division Rovers defeat First Division United.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee – Garry Doherty

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £10
Concessions – £5

Season tickets are not valid for this game.