The referee has decided that the game is unplayable due to the wind. Match postponed and we will update details of the rearranged game as soon as possible
Ayr United Football Academy 10th Anniversary Year
Ayr United Football Academy (AUFA) has just had its 10th Birthday. To celebrate we are delighted to announce that we are going to be hosting a 10th Anniversary Dinner sponsored by Lamonts Private Client & Business Lawyers Ayr.
The 10th Year Anniversary Dinner will give AUFA the chance to showcase all of the great work that has been invested in its Talented Young Footballers and Community Programmes throughout the 10 years. It is going to be a night of great entertainment!
So mark 10th September in your diaries and join us to celebrate this great achievement
The Anniversary Dinner will be held alongside a series of events which will include an AUFA Golf Day, AUFA Racenight, as well as our annual Player of the Year awards night which will all recognise the Academy’s 10 years and raise funds to help it through its next 10.
All of the dates and times for these events will be publicised prior to the event.
For more information on the 10th Anniversary Dinner come along to the Ayr United v Stenhousemuir game tomorrow where we will be launching the Anniversary Dinner with action on the pitch at half time, distribution of flyers to promote the night and a half time presentation from the main sponsors of the event “Lamonts Private Client & Business Lawyers Ayr”.
A reminder that the club shop 50% OFF ALL STOCK sale finishes in store tomorrow (Saturday 30th January) and online at midnight on Sunday 31st January.
This offer will not be extended any further so this is the last chance for now to grab yourself a 1/2 price Ayr United bargain.
The club shop opens at 10am on Saturday and stock is available on a first come first served basis.
Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5 for any further details.
Ayr United vs. Stenhousemuir
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th January 2016
On Saturday, Ayr United return to competitive action at Somerset Park for the first time in over a month when fifth placed Stenhousemuir are the visitors. Ian McCall’s men go into the game on the back of a fine 3-1 victory away to Albion Rovers last weekend which closed the gap to leaders Dunfermline Athletic to seven points. The Pars, however, can re-establish their advantage when they host Airdrieonians on Friday night.
Stenhousemuir won last time out away to Forfar, Stephen Stirling netting on the stroke of half-time. With their previous match at home to Brechin City abandoned at half-time due to heavy snow, Saturday will be the Warriors’ fifth consecutive on the road.
Brown Ferguson has added to his squad in recent weeks with the signing of keeper Graham Bowman on loan from Falkirk but striker Jason Scotland’s comeback from a hamstring problem lasted just three minutes last week before he broke down again.
Team News: Robbie Crawford and Brian Gilmour are back to full fitness. Jamie Adams and Gerry McLauchlan are both back in the squad.
Ian says:”we were delighted with the win last week and it sets us up nicely to get back to Somerset. Stenhousemuir are play off candidates so we know how difficult the game will be. Conditions are expected to be tough which isn’t ideal however we are used to playing in them now! Hopefully the crowd will get behind us.”
Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 16
Stenhousemuir wins – 26
The Warriors have won only one of the last six meetings between the sides.
Last Meeting: Ayr have won both meetings between the sides this season. It was 1-0 at Ochilview in October thanks to an early Ross Caldwell goal and 5-2 in the reverse fixture at Somerset Park at the start of September. United were 3-1 up at half-time after goals from Jordan Preston, Craig Moore and Jamie Barclay and Paddy Boyle own goals. Preston added a second after the break before Ross Caldwell and Liam McCroary traded late goals.
On this day: The Honest Men have a disappointing record, with just three wins from 11 games played on this date. Our last fixture played on January 30th was versus St. Mirren where a Junior Mendes goal gave the Buddies a 1-0 win at Love Street.
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen
Adults – £15
OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8
Parent & Child Gate – £18
Stenhousemuir season-ticket holders can gain entry for £13 on production of their 2015/16 season-ticket.
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The Nicky roar is back!!!…and to celebrate Saturday’s fantastic performance at Cliftonhill we have decided to continue our ALL STOCK 1/2 PRICE SALE until after next Saturdays home match against Stenhousemuir.
Buy in store until 5.30pm on Saturday 30th January or online till midnight on Sunday 31st January and receive a massive 50% off your purchase.
Albion Rovers 1 v 3 Ayr United
Ayr opened at pace immediately pressurising the Albion Rovers defence and giving them little time on the ball a tactic that would continue for the whole 90 minutes. With less than two minutes on the clock Ryan Stevenson whipped a curling freekick into the box which centre half Mick Dunlop failed to fully head clear. From around 16 yards out Jordan Preston composed himself before driving the ball high into the right-hand corner of the net and United were one up.
Before Albion Rovers could recompose themselves they were two goals down, and what a goal was. Ryan Stevenson gained possession some 25 yards out and fired a screaming drive into the top corner of the net with goalkeeper Stewart left waving at the blur that passed by him.
On 8 mins Albion Rovers did come close with McBride breaking through but his flick towards the goals was hooked off the line by the excellently positioned Murphy.
Things didn’t get better for the Albion when in 16 minutes experienced striker John Gemmell suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury and had to be replaced by diminutive but speedy Callum McRobbie. This resulted in an imposed change of approach for Albion Rovers who were denied the use of Gemmell’s bulk and height against a very composed central defensive partnership of Graham and Murphy
For much of the rest of the half chances were limited for Albion Rovers as Ayr seemed comfortable and in control. Albion’s only chance came in 19mins and this was from a set piece. A corner from the right seem to evade all the United defenders and gave Michael Dunlop a free header from only 6 yards but he somehow managed to knock this high and wide.
Ayr were still pushing forward and in 27 minutes a neat and precise passing move between Forest, Moore and Preston created space for the young striker to hit a shot which Stewart got down well to save.
As the first half came towards a close became inevitable that United would go further ahead and in 42 mins they do just that. Wardrope collected the ball and moved forward laying it off to Stevenson who half-volleyed from over 30 yards sending the ball crashing off the underside of the bar leaving the hapless Stewart floundering but the ball bouncing back into open play. Jordan Preston was first to react and pounced strongly heading the ball into the net and United were three up.
Of the ball, in the build-up to the goal, there was an unsavoury event with Albion Rovers Josh Mullin appearing to elbow Mikey Donald full in the face leaving the defender flat-out on the pitch and the nearby United supporters howling for a red card but the officials had failed to notice the incident.
3 – 0 at half-time did not flatter Ayr who had the majority of the play and the midfield and defence playing with confidence in a manner which hadn’t been seen in the matches against Cowdenbeath and Stranraer.
The second half gave much of the same with the Ayr, if anything, being happy to allow Albion Rovers to huff and puff while the Honest Men controlled the match.
In 52 mins Ryan Stevenson again came close with a freekick from just outside the box fizzing narrowly wide.
As Ayr pushed forward Forrest, Moore, and Preston were all thwarted by last-second tackles or blocked shots as Ayr tried to add to the score. Meanwhile Albion Rovers were reduced to distant shots or attempts from set pieces but appeared unable to get anything on target but for the second time in the match also spun the great opportunity to pull one back with a mess very similar to that from Michael Dunlop in the first half. Again ball in from the corner evaded the United defence this time leaving winger Scott McBride with a free header from within the 6-yard box but to the amazement of all he sent his header well wide.
In 72 mins Mick Wardrope showed a delightful piece of skill picking the ball up and then striking it towards goal from some 25-yards out only to see it smack off the base of the post and go wide.
With Ayr still trying for another goal Ryan Stevenson again came close to a 20-yard drive that just went over the bar.
With such a good performance the biggest disappointment came in the 90 min with Albion Rovers claiming a consolation goal that they barely deserved. As Ayr backed off the ball was played in from the left, flicked forward into the box and substitute Ally Love ran in to place the ball past Greg Fleming and into the net.
This was a good performance by a hard-working United team manager Ian McCall must be relishing the return to fitness of Boyle, Crawford, Docherty, Adams, and Gilmour, but feeling is that the depleted team has proved that it has the commitment and ability to compete at this level.
Stewart, Reid, Turnbull, Fisher, R. Dunlop, M. Dunlop, Mullin, Davidson, Gemmell, Willis, McBride Substitutes Lochhead (GK), Love, Young, Talu, Ferry, McRobbie
Fleming, Devlin, Donald, Graham, Murphy, Stevenson, Wardrope, Forrest, Preston, Trouten, Moore Substitutes Newman (GK), Muir, McCracken, Crawford, McKenzie, Gilmour.
Referee: David Lowe
Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 23rd January 2016
On Saturday, Ayr United look to kick start their season when Ian McCall’s side travel to Coatbridge to face Albion Rovers. The Honest Men have been idle for the last two weekends, denied the opportunity to turn round a run of form which has seen them win just one of their last five league matches. With Peterhead closing the gap between second and third position to just two points, a win at Cliftonhill would give injury-hit United a timely boost.
Postponements mean that Albion Rovers have played just once in the last month – a 2-1 defeat at home to Airdrieonians in the Monklands Derby at the start of the month. Darren Young’s side remain in the promotion play-off places in fourth spot, seven points behind Peterhead but with three games in hand.
Team News: Gerry McLauchlan, Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty and Paddy Boyle are all definetly out. Robbie Crawford and Brian Gilmour and 50/50 and Craig Moore is available.
Ian says: “We have already been here this season so we know what to expect. They have done extremely well this season and its a very tough venue. Whatever team we are able to put on the park will need to be at their very best to get a result.”
Head-to-Head (at Cliftonhill):
Ayr United wins – 16
Draws – 5
Albion Rovers wins – 21
Saturday will be the 80th league meeting between the sides, with the Honest Men boasting the upper hand in the previous 79 games, winning 41.
Last Meeting: This is the third meeting of the two clubs this season, with the home side winning on each occasion. Ayr won 3-1 at Somerset Park in first round of the Challenge Cup with goals from Alan Trouten, Nicky Devlin and Ross Caldwell. Ally Love netted the ‘Vers’ consolation but was the hero two weeks later in the league opener at Cliftonhill, scoring twice in a 3-0 win. Ross Davidson had opened the scoring in just the second minute.
The last meeting between the sides saw Alan Trouten earn the Honest Men all three points in a narrow win at Somerset Park in November.
On this day: in 1999 United recorded one of their most famous results, beating arch rivals Kilmarnock 3-0 at Somerset Park. Fans will need no reminding that Andy Lyons opened the scoring before half-time and an Andy Walker double from the penalty spot eased the Honest Men to victory.
Referee – David Lowe
Assistant Referee – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee – Ross Anderson
Match Details: Adults £14, Concessions £7, Children £5. Adult Ayr supporters will get in for £10 if they produce this years season ticket.
We are aware that our supporters are keen to be kept up to date with the current injuries we have at the club. This is not always possible as certain injuries take time to be assessed however we will release information when appropriate. This is the list of the current injuries we have and when we expect the players to return :-
Jamie Adams – Has had a bad thigh strain. On course to be fit within the next 10 days.
Ross Docherty – Has a serious ankle ligament strain. On course to be fit within the next 10 days.
Paddy Boyle – Has a strained ligament in his knee. Broke down at the end of training last Thursday. Has since seen a specialist who thinks there is a slight nerve problem in and below the knee. It is hoped he will be fit within 2 weeks.
Brian Gilmour – Has a strained ligament in his knee. May be available for the bench on Saturday.
Robbie Crawford – Hurt his knee at training on Tuesday night. Will not know the extent of the problem until at training tonight.
Gerry McLauchlan – Is suspended for Saturday however he would have missed it anyway due to a thigh strain. Should be ok for the following week.
Nicky Devlin – Still has a bit of pain in the hand that was broken but is fit to play and hopefully will be back to normal soon.
Craig Moore – Has now been fully rehabbed at Motherwell and is available for Saturday.
After being released from his Partick Thistle contract by mutual consent yesterday Ryan Stevenson has today signed a contact to become an Ayr United player at least until the end of this current 2015/16 season.
As confirmed a few days ago Jordan Preston has also extended his loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of this season.
Manager Ian McCall said :”We are delighted to get Ryan signed up and hopefully we can tempt him to stay longer than this season. He has been really unlucky so far to have joined in the middle of an injury crisis which has stopped us from being able to play him where he is most effective. Ryan is an extremely fit guy however what he did lack was match fitness which is getting better week by week. There is no doubt he will be a huge player for us.
“I am also delighted to get Jordans deal confirmed until the end of the season. Jordan is a young guy who has lots of improvement in him, he’s very fit and works hard. He’s got 7 goals already this season but he knows he should be into double figures by now. Depending what league we are in next season we just might be able to keep him as he loves it here.”
Tel: +44 (0) 1292 263435
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