Club Shop Opening Hours

AYR UNITED V COWDENBEATH – CLUB SHOP OPENING

The club shop will be open at 5pm prior to tomorrow nights match against Cowdenbeath and also for a short time after the match.

On offer are all remaining 2015/16 replica shirts reduced to £25 adult sizes and £20 youth sizes. Essential black / white polo shirts are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE priced £14.99.

Cash for Kids Easter Egg Appeal

Every year there there is the CFK Easter Egg Appeal to bring a little bit of chocolate cheer to children around Ayrshire. Once again our catering manager Lynne Watson is leading the Ayr United appeal.

Last year as you will see from the photo we delivered a record 150 easter eggs to West FM which was double what was handed in the year before.

This year we want to set another record and see if we can get close to 200 eggs.

We can take easter eggs anytime during the day until close of play Friday 11th March or before our home matches on the 1st March v Cowdenbeath, the 8th March v Stenhousemuir and on the 12th March v Dunfermline.

If you would like to donate an easter egg(s) then please bring it to the front door of the main stand, the club shop or the main office.

Our appeal starts now and will end after our home match with Dunfermline on Saturday March 12th. image

5 star winners wk34

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 34

£1000 A4724 S Newman Ayr

MONDAY
£50 B1212 B Scott Ayr
£10 A0815 Mr Saxton Troon
£10 A1244 C Young Logan
£10 X3912 B Morrison Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 F1425 D Davidson Ayr
£10 F3821 N Boyle Newton Mearns
£10 A0411 J Vance Ayr
£10 J5033 M Pettigrew Ayr

WEDNESDAY
£50 B5012 M Erroch Ayr
£10 B3612 D Shepherd Prestwick
£10 F1223 P Mullen Kirkoswald
£10 B2311 S Hodgins Prestwick

THURSDAY
£50 A4715 J Adams Ayr
£10 E2445 G Wilson Ayr
£10 F2535 K McGuire Girvan
£10 D4833 I Riggs Muirkirk

FRIDAY
£10 J2332 G McBlain Ayr
£10 C4414 J Paulin Ayr
£10 B0911 S McColm Dunure

Don’t miss any more chances to win,

To join the Lottery please call the office on 01292 263435 (option 1) or go online at www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk or follow us on twitter or facebook.

Airdrie match preview

Match Preview
Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 27th February 2016.

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to the Excelsior Stadium looking to strengthen their position in the promotion play-offs – and ensure they keep pace with leaders Dunfermline and Peterhead at the start of a run of four fixtures in 11 days.

Since taking over from Gary Bollan in December, Eddie Wolecki-Black has picked up 11 points from a possible 27, one of which came last weekend at home to Stranraer. That result was enough to lift Airdrie into the final play-off spot, athough fourth spot was recaptured by their Lanarkshire rivals Albion Rovers on Tuesday night. Ayr can open up a 12 point gap over the Diamonds with a win.

Team News: Jamie Adams is still injured – everyone else is available. Ross McCrorie joins the squad.

Ian says: “We are looking to go on a run of good results now that we are getting players back. Last week wasn’t the best of performances however we should have won more comfortably than we did. For the first time in a while the weather conditions should be fine tomorrow and the surface will be decent. We were here earlier in the season and won although I felt we were lucky to get the win so we will be looking for the same result and a better performance.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 10
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 9

The 27 meetings between the sides have seen a total of 18 red cards.

Last Meeting: United have won both meetings between the sides this season, going half-way to rebalancing four defeats against the Diamonds last terms. In November, Jordan Preston and Michael Donald gave Ayr a first-half lead before an Alan Trouten penalty and red-card for ‘Onians’ defender Chris O’Neil sealed the victory.

The Honest Men’s last trip to the Excelsior Stadium the previous month saw Liam Watt give the home side an early lead but Craig Moore equalised just before half-time and Brian Gilmour gave Ayr the win with a long-range effort Airdrie ‘keeper Neil Parry would no doubt rather forget.

On this day: in 2008 the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park. A goal and man down at half-time in the Wednesday night fixture following Kevin McDonald’s strike and Chris Robertson’s red card, an Eddie Forrest equaliser ensured the points were shared.

The match was just the second meeting between Ayr and the club (then called Airdrie United) and the first since the ‘original’ Diamonds played their last ever fixture at the same ground six years previously.

Match Officials:
Referee – Mike Roncone
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie McMullan
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

Match Details:
Adults £16
Concessions £10
Child (under 16) £7
Parent & Child £20

Ross McCrorie signs

Ross McCrorie has today signed on an emergency one month loan from Rangers.

Manager Ian McCall said :-“In the last 3/4 months our injury problems have been well documented but we have tried not to make too big a deal about it, we could have looked to bolster the squad however I felt the chairman has put in enough. Now we have a lot of games in the next few weeks and we need to strengthen and ensure we don’t rush Ross Docherty and Jamie Adams back and set them back. Ross can play right back, centre back or in centre midfield. He is a defensive minded player who is quick and hugely talented. He has just trained with us and looked extremely good and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow.”

Ross, 18 next month, is currently the captain for the Rangers under 20 side. Originally from Dailly he captained Scotland under 17s in last Summers European Championship and has since moved up and is now a regular in the Scotland under 19 side.

Ross is a highly rated young player and when signing for Rangers in May 2014 he was wanted by Sunderland, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Saturday shop offers

SATURDAY CLUB SHOP OFFERS

The club shop will be open from 10am – 1pm this Saturday 27th February and have reduced all remaining 2015/16 home and away replica shirts to only £25 for adult sizes and £20 youth sizes.

Also on offer are bespoke (printed logo) black or white shorts at only £12 adult and £10 youth.

Telephone 01292 263435 Ext 5 for any further details.

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Technological Substantiation for Claims that Climate Change is Groundless

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Ayr Utd 2 Forfar 1

Ayr United 2 v 1 Forfar Athletic

United returned to winning ways on Saturday following a 2-1 victory at home to Forfar Athletic. Ryan Stevenson was to be the hero for Ayr as he scored either side of an Andy Ryan goal to win the game for the home side.
United were looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats against Peterhead and Dunfermline whilst Forfar were looking for their first win since 12th September. Brian Gilmour missed the game through suspension. Jamie Adams and Ross Docherty remain side-lined through injury.

The game got off to a very slow start with neither team creating a clear cut opportunity but the first chance was to fall to Forfar. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Gareth Rodger controlled with his chest before firing a volley well wide of Greg Fleming’s goal.

Ryan should then have given Forfar the lead. Peter Murphy misjudged the flight of the ball allowing Ryan to drive into the penalty box. The striker beat Andy Graham before hitting his effort over the bar from six yards. A big let off for Ayr.

Ian McCall’s men then grew into the game with Alan Forrest hitting the post with low drive from outside the area.
The Honest Men then had two glorious chances to take the lead. Craig Moore picked up the ball before driving at the opposition rear-guard. As he advanced into the box, he slipped the ball wide to the onrushing Michael Donald but Darren Hill did well to block Donald’s shot. From the resulting corner, Donald had a drive blocked on the line before Graham fired the rebound wide of the target.

Ayr eventually made their dominance count taking the lead on 38 minutes. Michael Wardrope had caused the Forfar defence problems with his excellent set piece deliveries and that was to be the route to goal for Ayr. The youngster sent an in swinging corner towards the front post where Stevenson was on hand to nod the ball past the diving Hill to give Ayr the lead going into half time.

Just four minutes into the second half, Forfar’s Andy Ryan had a wonderful chance to equalise. Gavin Swankie delivered an inviting ball towards the back post where Ryan rose highest but his downward header was somehow saved at point-blank range.

With 67 minutes gone and against the run of play, Forfar got their equaliser with danger man Andy Ryan finally getting his name on the scoresheet. Thomas O’Brien robbed Devlin of the ball inside the Forfar half before driving forward. The midfielder played an inch perfect pass into the channel for Ryan to run onto, rounding Fleming before slotting home. An excellent counter attack from the away side to get themselves back into the game.

Parity only lasted for eight minutes as Ayr re-took the lead in spectacular fashion. From a corner on the left the ball looped up into the air on the edge of the Forfar area and Donald jumped to flick the ball on. The ball dropped kindly for Stevenson who beat the keeper in stunning style with an overhead kick to give Ayr the advantage once more. A terrific finish from Stevenson and a goal worthy of winning any game.

The last 15 minutes were comfortable for Ayr and they were the team looking the more likely. Moore, Donald and Trouten all had excellent chances to put the game beyond doubt but a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score at 2-1.

A return to winning ways for Ayr as they look to keep the pressure on the team above them. For Forfar, their search for their first victory under Gary Bollan goes on.

Ayr United
Fleming (GK), Devlin, Boyle, Graham, Murphy, Wardrope, Stevenson, Forrest, Preston, Moore, Donald Substitutes Newman (GK), McLauchlan, McCracken, Crawford, Trouten

Forfar Athletic
Hill (GK), Spark, Kennedy, Dunlop, Rodger, O’Brien, Martin, Young, Craig, Swankie, Ryan Substitutes King (GK), Campbell, Hodge, Fotheringham, Hay, Denholm, Kader

Referee: Gavin Duncan
Attendance: 763
Report: AUmedia

Forfar match preview & info

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 20th February 2016. Kick-off 5.15pm.

Ayr United will be looking to get back to winning ways when Forfar Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park for the Saturday tea-time fixture to be broadcast live on BBC Alba. After narrow defeats to promotion rivals Peterhead and Dunfermline, Ian McCall’s side lie in third place in the League 1 table.

Ayr will be facing a Forfar side not managed by Dick Campbell for the first since September 2007. Gary Bollan switched Airdrie for Forfar, taking over at Station Park in December but after six matches in charge, Bollan is still looking for his first win.

The Loons were away to Peterhead last weekend and bounced back from Rory McAllister’s 4th minute goal to lead 2-1 through Steven Craig and Andy Ryan when the home side had skipper Steven Noble sent off on the half-hour mark. But the on-form Blue Toon roared back, taking all three points with a 4-2 win which extended Forfar’s winless run in the league to 16 games.

Forfar’s last win came on the 12th September when they topped the League 1 table but they now find themselves ninth spot, just one point ahead of bottom side Brechin.

Team News: Jamie Adams and Ross Docherty are out injured. Brian Gilmour is suspended.

Ian says:”It’s a different kick off time and one that we are looking forward to as it will give us extra time to work on set pieces and shape. We will have an attacking team out there and we want the 3 points to get back on track. Hopefully the pitch is a bit better on Saturday, we have had it rolled so it should play better than last time against Peterhead. We will be looking to continue the form we showed against Dunfermline until Gilly got sent off and as I always say we want to win every game at Somerset Park.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 33
Draws – 9
Forfar Athletic wins – 7

The match is the 50th between the sides at Somerset Park. An Ayr win would be the 50th league victory over the Loons.
Last Meeting: Ayr were 2-0 down at half-time when the sides last met, at Station Park in October. Goals from Danny Denholm and Iain Campbell put the Loons ahead before Andy Graham pulled one back after the break. Nicky Devlin was then sent-off with 20 minutes to go (a decision that was subsequently successfully appealed) but despite the numerical disadvantage, Ross Caldwell netted an equaliser within two minutes and United were unlucky not to take all three points.

The first meeting between the sides this season also ended 2-2. Goals either side of half-time from Craig Moore and Alan Forrest cancelled out Lewis Allan’s opener but the visitors snatched a point with a Michael Travis goal in the 90th minute.

On this day: have drawn their last 3 games 1-1, in 2002, 1985 and 1974. The most recent of those three fixtures was away to Inverness when Scott Crabbe scored a second-half equaliser. The game was current United first-team coach Neil Scally’s last starting appearance for the club before moving to Dumbarton.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean
Fourth Official – Colin Steven

Admission: Adults £15, Concessions £8, Adult and Child gate £18. Forfar supporters (adults only) Can receive £2 off the price of admission by showing their 15/16 season ticket.

• Please note that Burnett Terrace will be closed to vehicle access, open only to pedestrians.
• There will be limited space in the car park as the BBC production trucks will be there, therefore we will only be able to accommodate Blue Badge holders and officials. Parking has been arranged with the Racecourse to accommodate supporter’s cars.

Hospitality Suite Update

Due to Saturday’s match being a 5.15pm kick off the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite will open at 1.30pm instead of 12 noon – which will allow an extra 45 minutes for pre match fayre!

Hospitality is sold out for the match and the only people able to enter the suite are hospitality guests, Silver club members and supporters club members. Please remember to bring along your supporters club membership cards.

A reminder that once the game starts no one else will be allowed entry to the hospitality suite and this includes at half time.