Stenhousemuir Information

Tuesday night (1st September) at 7.45pm sees the rearranged fixture with Stenhousemuir at Somerset Park due to the Scottish Airshow on Saturday.

Admission prices are £15 for adults and £8 for concessions. Stenhousemuir supporters can receive £2 off the admission charge if they produce their 2015/16 season ticket. (Adults only)

Unfortunately the Ally Macleod hospitality suite will be closed for supporters both before and after the match and we apologise to supporters club members for the inconvenience. This is due to a wedding that was booked several months ago prior to the fixture change.

Match programmes will be available.

The club shop will be open from 4pm.

Ayr Utd 2 Forfar 2

Ayr United 2 v 2 Forfar Athletic

On Saturday, Ayr a United welcomed league one table toppers Forfar Athletic to Somerset Park – hoping to be the first team to take points off the Angus team this season.

Manager Ian McCall opted to rest Gerry McLauchlan as new signing Andy Graham partnered Peter Murphy at the heart of the United defence. Ayr were missing midfield duo Alan Trouten and Ross Docherty due to injury and suspension. Forfar had a number of injury worries for the trip but they would be confident of collecting the points after a fantastic start to the season, winning all three games.

The first chance of the match fell to Ayr as Paddy Boyle stormed forward before laying off to Brian Gilmour. Gilmour’s cross was met by the head of Jordan Preston but he watched his effort loop over the bar.
Despite the game being fairly even in terms of possession, Ayr were creating the better chances early on as Nicky Devlin burst into the penalty area before cutting back for Craig Moore. The on loan striker fired his shot just wide of the post as he looked to add to his tally after opening his account for the club last weekend.

On 26mins Forfar took the lead with their first real chance of the game. Robbie Crawford’s misplaced pass was intercepted in the final third by Kevin Allan. Just as everyone thought he had controlled the ball with his hand, the Forfar number 10 remained composed and stroked the ball home into the corner to give his side the all-important advantage.

Forfar then looked to add a second as good inter-play down the left between Chris Templeman and Danny Denholm allowed Campbell the chance to cross. His ball in landed at the feet of Hay whose shot was well saved from a tight angle.

Right on the stroke of half time Ayr levelled the game. Alan Forrest chipped the ball to his right hand side where Moore was waiting to beautifully volley home from 20 yards, sending a curling effort past the helpless Rab Douglas.

Half time and Ayr were deservedly back in the game but Forfar were moving the ball well and looking very composed in possession.

United started the second half brighter and following a short corner the ball was floated in towards Jamie Adams. The dominant midfielder knocked the ball down to the on rushing Forrest who slammed his effort into the side netting. Forrest wasn’t to be denied for long as he gave United the lead after 57 minutes. Moore lofted the ball forward towards strike partner Preston who set up Forrest. His first time effort squirmed under Douglas and into the net – the game had been turned on its head and The Honest Men were now a goal to the good.

Preston then had four chances to kill the game as he sought his first goal since returning the club. The young striker was unlucky on all occasions as he just couldn’t find the back of the net with Douglas equal to two of his efforts with the other two landing over the bar.
Then, just as Ayr did in the first, Forfar equalised in last minute of the half. The ball was delivered into the centre of the box and as the initial header was going wide of the post, Michael Donald was just in the wrong place at the wrong time as the ball hit off his face and into the back of the net. Disappointment for Ayr who should have had the game won by then but Forfar showed excellent spirit to keep going until the end.

Full time and the game finished 2-2. Forfar looked good on the ball but created very little on a day where Ayr should have had the game wrapped up before the last minute equaliser.

Next up, Ayr United welcome Stenhousemuir on Tuesday night as they look to get back to winning ways.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Adams, Graham, Murphy, Gilmour, Crawford, Preston, Moore, Forrest Substitutes McLauchlan, Caldwell, Muir, Donald, Nisbet, McCracken, Newman (GK)

Forfar Athletic
Douglas, Black, Campbell, Dunlop, Travis, Young, Hay, Hodge, Templeman, Allan, Denholm Substitutes Malin, Smith, Fotheringham, Yates, Clark, Neave, King (GK)

Referee: Euan Anderson
Attendance: 1,243

Report: AUmedia

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Forfar Match Preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 29th August 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United return to League 1 action following their midweek Highland adventure when table-toppers Forfar Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to make it three league wins in-a-row after picking up all three points on the road at Stranraer.

Forfar boast League 1’s only 100% record having started the campaign with three straight wins. The Loons’ eased to a 4-1 victory at home to Stenhousemuir last weekend before taking on Hearts in the League Cup on Wednesday night. Some heroic goalkeeping from veteran stopper Rab Douglas and a Michael Dunlop equaliser meant the Premiership pacesetters were taken to extra-time but Danny Denholm’s 90th minute red card left Dick Campbell’s side short handed and the Jambo’s won out in the end.

Team News: Alan Trouten is struggling for Saturdays match however should be ok for Tuesday night. Ross Docherty is suspended. New signing Andy Graham goes straight into the squad.

Ian says:”This is a big game for us on Saturday. Tuesdays team was picked with Saturday in mind and we should be fresh for the game. Tiredness will be no issue. Forfar are top on merit so far and they showed against Hearts how good a side they are however we are currently on a good run at home against sides from our own league and we will always be looking for 3 points at Somerset Park. If we can get the three points it sets up Tuesday night for us to win and go top of the league. We are delighted Andy Graham agreed to sign for us and he goes straight into the squad.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 33
Draws – 8
Forfar Athletic wins – 7

Only one of the previous 21 games between the sides has ended in a
draw.

Last Meeting: United fans can look back fondly on the last meeting of the two sides, which came on the final day of last season at Station Park. With Ayr needing a win to have any chance of avoiding the relegation play-offs and Forfar in with an outside chance of the title, the Loons took the lead from the penalty spot after just seven minutes when David Hutton felled Dale Hilson. But the Honest Men roared back for a famous victory with goals from Jon-Paul McGovern, Jordan Preston and Alan Forrest.

The other three games between the sides last season saw the home side win without conceding.

On this day: in 1987 the Honest Men were 5-1 winners over Stranraer at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee – Dougie Potter
Assistant Referee – Jim Burns

Match Details:
Adults: £15
OAP’s/Under 16’s and students: £8
Parent & Child Gate: £18

Andy Graham signs.

Tonight we can announce the signing of central defender Andy Graham on a one year contract.

Manager Ian McCall said :”I have known Andy as a player for a long time, from back when he started at Stirling where he was the mainstay of their team. I have seen him play several times over the last few years for Dumbarton. He is a dominant centre back, a leader and a winner. We needed someone in his position and we are delighted to get him. 7 or 8 clubs at our level and above had made contact with him and he chose to come here. You can never get enough experience in defence and he adds to what we have their already. I was very impressed when I met him, he is extremely fit and is exactly the type of player I want here.”

Andy signed for Dumbarton in June 2012 and became team captain. In the Championship 2013-14 season he made 42 appearances, scoring two goals. Last season Andy had his best season to date. He was voted the fans player of the year as well as winning the players player of the year award. In all he played over 100 times for them in 3 seasons.

31 year old Andy has made over 250 senior appearances for Stirling Albion, Hamilton, Morton and most recently Dumbarton.

Ross County 2 Ayr United 0

Ross County 2 v 0 Ayr United

On Tuesday night, Ayr United made the long trip north to Dingwall to face premiership outfit, Ross County. Both sides went into the game on the back of good results, United defeating Stranraer whilst Ross County had thumped Kilmarnock 4-0 on their recent travels. However, Ian McCall and Jim McIntyre decided to freshen things up for the League Cup tie – opting to make five change to their winning sides from the weekend. County were heavy favourites ahead of the game but McIntyre was under no illusions as to how tough this game would be for his side but he couldn’t have asked for a better start as his side raced into the lead after only two minutes.

Left back Jamie Reckford chipped the ball forward to Jackson Irvine who had space on the edge of the United penalty area. The midfielder cushioned the ball with his chest before paying the ball into the path of striker Liam Boyce and his shot deflected off of Paddy Boyle into the net.
It would have been easy for Ayr to lie down after that early blow but they responded well and looked lively as they tried to unlock the home sides defence. Alan Trouten delightfully played Devlin in behind full back Reckford, with only a lunging challenge preventing Michael Donald from poking home Devlin’s cross. Devlin was proving a threat for Ayr and yet again he was released down the right hand side this time after excellent play from Ross Caldwell but his cross was cleared by the solid Staggies’ defence.

The Honest Men were forced into a change after only 22 minutes as Trouten was replaced by Alan Forrest – the former suffering from a groin injury. The change did not disrupt Ayr’s play and they almost drew level through an unlikely source in Craig McCracken. Brian Gilmour delivered an excellent free kick to the back post where Jamie Adams used all his strength to win the header. His knockdown landed at the feet of centre back, McCracken who volleyed his effort wide of the post.
County then came back into the game as Michael Gardyne’s cross evaded everyone in the box for but was caught by Reckford on the opposite flank. He then chipped the ball back into the middle but striker Brian Graham nodded his header over the bar when he should have done better.

As the half time whistle sounded, United would be encouraged by their response to going a goal down – they were shading it in parts and playing some good football. Meanwhile, Ross County were showing their premiership qualities as they were quick on the break and very rarely allowed Ayr to cut through their defensive back line. Ian McCall replaced Caldwell with Preston at half time to try to give the Ayr front line an extra cutting edge.

Ayr had a great chance to draw level just a minute into the second half as lovely link up play down the left freed Paddy Boyle. The full back swung a cross into the box which was controlled by Brian Gilmour but his shot flashed across the face of goal, evading everyone.
Ross County then delivered a killer blow and stretched their lead. Scorer turned provider as Boyce battled for the ball in the midfield area before giving the ball to Gardyne. He then cut in onto his left foot and, as the Ayr defence backed, curled the ball past Fleming and into the far corner of the net – a terrific finish from the County man.

After more great play from Gardyne the Staggies almost went three up. The winger laid the ball on a plate for Graham but the Ayr defence just did enough and the front man headed his effort wide of the target. Raffaele De Vita was next to try as luck as he found space on the left hand side of the penalty area but Greg Fleming denied him with an brilliant stop.
Graham was then presented with a golden chance to kill the game off as he intercepted a poor back pass from Ross Docherty. It looked as if he had the simplest of tasks just to slot the ball home but somehow sent his effort wide of the mark.

On the hour mark, United should have pulled one back. Devlin was in behind the county defence once more. Clean through on goal and with just the keeper to beat, he blazed his effort high over the bar.
Fleming then produced the save of the match as he was equal to a superb curling drive from the aptly named, Tony Dingwall after 73 minutes.
The final chance of the match fell to the home side and Boyle had to be on his toes to clear Brian Graham’s effort off the line following a corner.

Full time and it finished Ross County 2 – 0 Ayr United. The fantastic band of 136 traveling supporters left the stadium heartened by another battling performance from United. Ayr had started to tire towards the latter stages of the match following three games in a congested 6 day period but had shown a style and appetite which could only hearten fans for future league matches
The schedule doesn’t get any easier on United as they welcome league leaders, Forfar to Somerset Park on Saturday before Stenhousemuir visit next Tuesday night. Ayr will be motivated by the realisation that if they win these two encounters they will go top of League One ahead of a tie against league favourites Dunfermline

Ross County
Bachmann (GK), Boyd, Davies, Boyce, McShane, Gardyne, Reckford, De Vita, Irvine, Fraser, Graham Substitutes Fox (GK)), Dingwall, Holden, Robertson, Foster, Murdoch, Quinn

Ayr United
Fleming (GK), Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLauchlan, McCracken, Gilmour, Adams, Caldwell, Trouten, Donald Substitutes Newman (GK), Forrest, Crawford, Preston, Moore, Nisbet, Muir

Referee: Craig Charleston
Attendance: 1,743
Report: AUmedia

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Ross County Traffic info

Ross County and Police Scotland are making the public aware of a restriction on football traffic around the Victoria Park area in Dingwall.

In the interests of pedestrian safety all football coaches and football related motor car access to the football car parks will be prohibited within 30 minutes of the start of any match.

This restriction placed on Ferry Road will be managed by the police. The co-operation of all football supporters is required and they are encouraged to take this into account when making travel arrangements to The Global Energy Stadium, Victoria Park.

Ross County match preview

Match Preview
Ross County vs. Ayr United
League Cup, 2nd Round – Tuesday 25th August 2015

Ayr United’s busy start to the season continues as we make the 215 mile journey to Dingwall to face Ross County in the second round of the League Cup. United defeated Brechin City 2-0 in the first round and will be looking to reach the third round for just the second time since 2005.

Ross County have already enjoyed success against Ayrshire opposition this week, easing to a 4-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park with all three goals coming in the first-half. The win, the club’s biggest ever in the top flight, takes the Staggies’ points tally to seven from five games and sees Jim McIntyre’s side lie fifth in the league table.

Team News: Peter Murphy and Martyn Campbell are not travelling.

Ian says: “Saturday against Forfar is the big game for us however that wont stop us going their to win in the same way we did against Rangers. I know the management team at Ross County very well and they have a good side right now and are doing well in the Premiership. We have players in our squad that can cause a lot of problems as we showed in the second half against Rangers and as with every game we play in we will be looking to win it.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 8
Ross County wins – 16

There has been one meeting between the sides in the League Cup – at the same stage of the competition 10 years ago. On that occasion, Second Division Ayr defeated First Division County 2-1 at Victoria Park on the 23rd August 2005. Stuart Boyd opened the scoring in just the sixth minute for the Honest Men but a Martyn Campbell own goal levelled the scoring 14 minutes later. Ayr’s winner was scored in the 31st minute by Jerome Vareille.

The Ayr team that night was: McGeown; McKinstray, Robertson, Campbell, McLaughlin, Essler (Casey); Logan, Weaver, Ramsay; Boyd (Reid), Varielle (Cashmore).

Last Meeting: An Alan Trouten equaliser was not enough to earn relegation troubled Ayr a point the last time the sides met, in April 2012. After a goalless first-half at Somerset Park, Michael Gardyne had put the Staggies ahead and goals from Colin McMenamin and Sam Morrow earned the eventual Champions all three points.

United’s last trip to Victoria Park will best be remembered for Liam Tomsett’s long-range effort in the snow which earned the Honest Men a hard earned draw.

On this day: in 2007 Ayr United comfortably defeated Berwick Rangers at Somerset Park 4-0 with goals from Ryan Stevenson, Alex Williams and two from Michael Moore.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee – Andy Milne
Assistant Referee – Anthony Cooper
Fourth Official – Alan Muir

Match Details:
Admission:
Adult – £12
Concessions – £6