Cowdenbeath game postponed

Due to Cowdenbeath’s Scottish Cup replay with Arbroath now taking place on Saturday 5th December it means that our league match with Cowdenbeath will now no longer take place this Saturday.

We are working with Cowdenbeath to find a suitable date for the fixture and will announce it as soon as it is decided however it will not be within the next 2/3 weeks.

Dunfermline Match Preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Dunfermline Athletic
William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round
Saturday 28th November 2015

On Saturday, League 1’s title rivals go head-to-head when Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park but it’s a place in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup – not three points – at stake.

Ayr opened up a three point advantage over the Pars at the weekend after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Albion Rovers. Alan Johnston’s side have lost just twice since United’s win at East End Park in September, after extra-time against Dundee United in the League Cup and 4-0 away to St Mirren in the Challenge Cup. Albion’s equaliser on Saturday came after six consecutive clean sheets in the league.

Dunfermline were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Stranraer last season in a fourth round replay at East End Park while United crashed out in the third round to Alloa Athletic, drawing 1-1 at Somerset Park but losing heavily in the replay, 4-0. Ayr are unbeaten in 11 of their last 13 Scottish Cup matches at home

Team News: Nicky Devlin, Peter Murphy, Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore are all out for this match.

Ian says: “Its the tie of the round, theres no question about that and it should be a great cup tie. Last week was the best we have played yet and unfortunately we have had a few problems since then. We have capable replacements for the boys that are injured and are really looking forward to the game. I am really looking forward to a cup tie at Somerset Park with a noisy home support.”

Head-to-Head (Scottish Cup):
Ayr United wins – 3
Draws – 2
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 4

In four Scottish Cup ties between the sides at Somerset Park there have been 9 goals.

Last Meeting: Ayr United beat Dunfermline at East End Park in September, the last meeting between the side, courtesy of goals from Alan Forrest and Jordan Preston. The Pars, however, are unbeaten in their last six visits to Somerset Park, including a Scottish Cup Fifth Round tie in 2013. That match ended one-all, Michael Donald cancelling out Andy Geggan’s opener for the visitors. A Ryan Thomson goal on the hour mark saw the Fifers progress in the replay five days later.

On this day: United’s last two matches on this date were also in cup competition. In 2009 the Honest Men made the long journey north to Banff, winning 1-0 at Princess Royal Park courtesy of a Ryan Stevenson goal. In 2001, Ayr progressed to the League Cup semi-final with a thumping 5-1 win at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Ross Tokely opened the scoring for the Highlanders after just 9 minutes but goals from James Grady, Eddie Annand (2), John Robertson and Pat McGinlay earned the victory.

Match Officials:
Referee – Kevin Clancy
Assistant Referee – Graeme Stewart
Assistant Referee – Colin Pensom

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18

A reminder that Season Tickets are not valid for this game.

Offers weekend in the shop!!

Forget Black Friday because it`s Black & White Saturday where all the action is this weekend as Super Ayr take on Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Cup and the club shop are offering supporters a cracking cup tie special offer with a whopping 25% OFF ALL STOCK.

That`s right, for one day only we are knocking 25% OFF our huge range of AUFC products including the popular purple 2015/16 away kit, our adidas leisurewear range and much, much more.

The club shop open from 10am on Saturday morning through till kick off at 3pm and open again immediately after the match. The 25% OFF is available online and in store and while stocks last. (online will be from Friday midnight to Sunday midnight) No further discounts can be applied.

Also on Friday only (Black Friday) we have all adult replica shirts reduced to £30 with kids replicas down to £25. Retro shirts go to £10. Again available online and in store FRIDAY ONLY.

For further information contact us during opening hours Monday to Friday 12pm – 4pm and Saturday from 10am.

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

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Ayr 3 Airdrie 0

Ayr United 3 – 0 Airdrieonians

Ayr United dominated proceedings at Somerset Park as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Airdrie, on Saturday. First half strikes from Jordan Preston and Michael Donald gave United a cushion going into half time before Alan Trouten added a third, sixteen minutes into the second half.

Ian McCall made two changes to the side that beat Albion Rovers last weekend as Peter Murphy and Michael Donald were restored to the starting line-up, in place of Robbie Crawford and the unwell, Andy Graham. The visitors also made two changes following a 2-0 defeat at home to Dunfermline, last weekend. Jamie Bain and Marc Fitzpatrick being replaced by Scott Stewart and George Hunter.

The home side started the game brightly with wave after wave of attack and laying siege on the Airdrie goal. Jamie Adams was first to try his luck. A wonderful piece of skill from Ross Docherty allowed him to skip past two defenders before slipping the ball inside to midfield partner, Adams. He then sprayed a terrific pass wide to Nicky Devlin who had made a darting run into the box. The right back’s cutback was met by Adams but he blasted his effort over the bar.

Three minutes later Ayr had another chance to open the scoring. Alan Lithgow’s poor defensive header landed at the feet of Alan Forrest. The youngster played the ball into the feet of Donald who was well positioned in the centre of the field. The midfielder cleverly slipped the ball wide into the path of Trouten who drove the ball goal-wards but Airdrie stopper Neil Parry was equal to it – turning it behind for a corner.

Airdrie were struggling to assert themselves as Ayr kept up the pressure. Jordan Preston had an effort saved by Parry before Paddy Boyle’s long range shot skimmed the post, when it look destined to nestle in the bottom corner.
With 25 minutes on the clock Ayr made their dominance count as they took the lead. Forrest received the ball from Trouten wide on the right before delivering a lofted cross into the box. The cross fell perfectly for striker, Preston to volley home into the far corner for his sixth goal of the season. A well-deserved goal for The Honest Men.

Ayr pressed for a second before half time with Paddy Boyle having another strike saved by Neil Parry. The resulting corner was well worked by Forrest and Trouten before finding Donald in space on the edge of the area. He shifted the ball to his right before lashing a great curling strike beyond the helpless Parry to cap off a great first half display from Ayr.
The half time whistle blew, 2-0 Ayr the score line.

Airdrie created their first chance of the game after 54 minutes. Good play by substitute Taylor Morgan allowed him to slip a pinpoint through ball to strike partner, George Hunter. Just as it looked as if the striker would pull the trigger an excellent last ditch tackle from Boyle averted the danger, keeping his sides two goal advantage intact.
After 60 minutes Ayr were awarded a free kick after David Cox’s rash tackle on Donald. Donald dusted himself down before delivering the free kick into the box. Docherty tried to divert the ball goal-wards but he felt his shirt was being pulled. The referee pointed for a goal kick but to his credit, the assistant referee on the stand side had spotted the jersey pull and Stephen Finnie awarded Ayr the penalty. Alan Trouten stepped up to take the spot kick and he calmly slotted home – sending Parry the wrong way. 3-0 Ayr and Trouten’s second goal in two weeks.

Airdrie then had a chance to pull one back as Morgan drifted into space and was well found but his shot, from an acute angle, was straight at Greg Fleming. From this though, Ayr countered and Preston was set free down the left hand side. The on loan Blackburn striker had three team mates in support as he bared down on goal but he opted to take the shot, which was easily saved by Parry.

Things were to get worse for Gary Bollan and his side on 65 minutes. Right back Chris O’Neill was given a straight red card for a lunge on Robbie Crawford.

This gave Ayr the opportunity to slow things down and retain possession of the ball but they didn’t ease up on the attacking front. Docherty expertly found Devlin in behind David Van Zanten. His trademark cutback was met by Alan Trouten but he fired wide of the target as Ayr looked for a fourth goal.

There was to be one last chance in the game for Ayr. Trouten raced clear down the right then unselfishly slipped the ball inside to Forrest but sheer strength in numbers prevented him from making increasing the goal tally.
A dominant performance from start to finish from Ian McCall’s men with a 3-0 victory. Next weekend will see Dunfermline come to Somerset Park in the Scottish Cup, for their first of two visits in quick succession.

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

Airdrieonians
Parry (GK), O’Neill, Van Zanten, Stewart, Crighton, Lithgow, Watt, Smith, Hunter, Cox, Cadden Substitutes Ferguson (GK), Bain, McBride, Prunty, Morgan, Morton, McAleer
Referee Stephen Finnie
Attendance: 1,403
Report: AUmedia

Airdrie match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Airdrieonians
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 21st November 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United put their unbeaten record on the line once more at Somerset Park when Airdrieonians are the visitors. If Ian McCall’s side can avoid defeat it will extend the side’s unbeaten League run to 14 games – the club’s best since since 1979/80, while three points will ensure the Honest Men remain top of the table into December.

Third-place Airdrieonians travel Ayrshire on the back of an extremely disappointing 2-0 home defeat last weekend versus Dunfermline Athletic. Gary Bollan’s side have recorded just one win in five at the Excelsior Stadium but have fared better on the road. A fortnight ago, the Diamonds raced to a three-goal lead in just 30 minutes at Station Park, and although Forfar pulled it back to 3-2, the visitors notched their fourth win in six games away from home.

Airdrie lie 11 points behind Ayr, and just four ahead of seventh placed Forfar.

Team News: Brian Gilmour came through training this week and is back in the squad. Craig Moore is still out.

Ian says: “We were slightly fortunate to win when we played at Airdrie a couple of months ago. We had them watched last week and we know what to expect from them, they are a good side and it will be a very hard game. We will need to play better than we did last week however sometimes its the sign of a good team to win games when not at their best.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 9
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 9

Ayr have won only 25% of the 12 meetings between the sides at Somerset Park.

Last Meeting: Airdrieonians took an early lead when the sides met at the Excelsior Stadium in September. Liam Watt netted for the Diamonds after just 5 minutes but goals from Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour either side of half-time earned the Honest Men all three points.

On this day: in 1936 there was a 11 goal thriller at Somerset Park. with Stenhousemuir defeated 8-3. The result elevated Ayr to the top of Division 2, where they remained until the end of the season. United dropped just 1 point at home during a highly successful campaign, and averaged incredible 4.5 goals per game at home.

Match Officials:
Referee – Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee – Finlay Currie

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18

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Ayr Utd 1 Albion 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Albion Rovers
Ayr United extended their unbeaten run to thirteen games on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Albion Rovers at Somerset Park. A single Alan Trouten strike seven minutes before half time was enough to secure a win which kept United top of the table.

The home side came into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Brechin City and gaffer Ian McCall reintroduced Alan Forrest to the starting line-up, replacing Ross Caldwell. Rovers were without target man John Gemmell as they looked for a repeat of their stunning opening day victory over United.

It was the visiting team who started the brighter and they could have been awarded a penalty after nine minutes. Goalkeeper, Ross Stewarts mammoth kick was met by the pacey Ally Love. His touch took him wide but Gerry McLauchlan seemed to catch the winger as he tried to escape the centre half. However, the referee decided not to give the penalty.

The Honest Men then had a great chance to take the lead. Nicky Devlin found Forrest in space allowing the youngster to free Alan Trouten with a neat through ball. Trouten latched onto the ball but dragged his effort wide of the far post, but this was to be a sign of things to come.

Albion then could have to easily taken the lead after a long ball from Alan Reid found the feet of the dangerous, Love. He brought the ball down well but unfortunately for Rovers, sent his effort wide of the target.
After 38 minutes, Ayr took went ahead with a terrific goal. Ross Docherty collected the ball in midfield and drove forward. He then spotted the trademark overlapping run of Devlin and threaded an inch-perfect pass in behind the opposition defence. Devlin timed his run to perfection, meeting the ball at the by-line and cutting back for Trouten to sweep home from ten yards. A wonderful goal to give the league leaders the advantage.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half were largely dominated by Ayr, who seemed to lift things after their goal. Substitute Michael Donald’s free-kick was met by the head of Graham but his header looped skyward. Trouten almost salvage the move but his overhead kick dropped just wide of Stewart’s goal.

United were looking to assert their dominance and another beautiful team move almost resulted in a second goal. Nearly every player was involved in the build-up before Devlin flicked the ball into the box where Alan Forrest was on hand to meet the ball but his effort dropped just wide of the target.

Albion Rovers then started to slowly creep back into the game and Gary Fisher tried his luck. The number four drifted into the box before lashing an effort into the side netting.
Shortly after, Ayr’s Robbie Crawford tried to curl in effort in from the edge of the box but keeper Stewart got down and saved well.
With a minute to go Albion were piling on the pressure. Fisher floated a pinpoint cross onto the head of Scott McBride but he couldn’t divert his header goalwards. The offside flag was up in any case.
The final action of the game brought a heart in mouth moment for Ayr fans. Albion Rovers were awarded a free kick thirty yards out. Ross Davidson whipped a wicked ball into the back post where it was kept alive and a goalmouth scramble ensued but much to Ayr’s relief the off-side flag was raised.

Ian McCall was frustrated with his side’s performance and felt that they could have played a lot better. Darren Young, on the other hand praised his players believing their performance was excellent and deserving of something from the game.

Ayr welcome Airdrieonians to Somerset Park next weekend hoping to keep the momentum going and stay at the summit of the division.

Ayr United; Fleming (GK), Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLauchlan, Graham, Adams, Crawford, Preston, Trouten, Forrest Substitutes; Newman (GK), Donald, Murphy, Caldwell, Muir, McCracken
Albion Rovers; Stewart (GK), Reid, Turnbull, Fisher, R. Dunlop, M. Dunlop, Ferry, Davidson, Barrowman, Willis, Love Substitutes; Terry (GK), Mullin, Young, Talu, McBride, McRobbie
Referee George Salmond
Attendance: 1,389
Report: AUmedia

Youth cup tie postponed

The Selkirk v Ayr youth cup tie scheduled for 1pm on Sunday 15th November has been postponed and rescheduled for Sunday 22nd November.

Albion match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 14th November 2015

On Saturday, Albion Rovers are the visitors for the first of three consecutive matches at Somerset Park. With Albion to only side to defeat the Honest Men in the league this season, it is an opportunity for Ian McCall’s side to reap revenge and to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games.

Rovers’s player-manager Darren Young picked up October’s Ladbrokes League 1 Manager of the Month award after steering his side to seven points from four games and fourth place in the league table. The Coatbridge side saw their game at home to Cowdenbeath last weekend postponed due to heavy rain and again during the week. Their last match was the Lanarkshire derby in which honours were even after a 1-1 draw. Ally Love scored an equaliser at the Excelsior in a game that saw striker John Gemmell sent-off late on.

Team News: Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour are out, everyone else is fit.

Ian says: “They have done fantastically well and will come here very confident. Darren Young fully deserved his manager of the month award and it’s certainly no fluke how well they are doing. We will need to be patient as they will probably have plenty of men behind the ball. We are very proud of the record we have at the moment and we need to keep winning games especially at home.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 7
Albion Rovers wins – 9

58% of the 89 games between the two sides have been won by the home side.

Last Meeting: Newly-promoted Albion Rovers shocked Ayr on the opening day of the League 1 campaign, easing to a 3-0 victory at Cliftonhill in August. Ross Davidson opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and the win was sealed by an Ally Love double either side of half-time. A fortnight earlier the sides also met in the League Challenge Cup, with United winning the game at Somerset Park 3-1. The goalscorers were Alan Trouten, Nicky Devlin and Ross Caldwell. Love netted the ‘Vers’s consolation.

On this day: in 1998 Ian McCall was in the away dugout as Clydebank were the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men ended the game 4-1 winners, with Glynn Hurst (2), Andy Lyons and Andy Walker on the scoresheet.

Match Officials:
Referee – George Salmond
Assistant Referee – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee – Richard Murray

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18