Livingston 0 Ayr Utd 2

Livingston 0 v 2 Ayr United


United finished their group stage in the Betfred Cup with 9 points thanks to a 2-0 away to Livingston.  A first half peach of a goal from Peter Murphy and one late in the match by Craig McGuffie were enough to earn the Honest Men 3 points.  Both strikes marked first goals for the club for both players.


Gaffer Ian McCall made 3 changes to the team that defeated Edinburgh City on Saturday as Fleming, Adams and Donald came in to replace Fleming, Gilmour and O’Connell.


The game started brightly for the hosts and they almost opened the scoring through ex-United striker Buchanan on 8 minutes.  Buchanan picked the ball up from a throw in on the edge of the box and on the half-volley powered a shot towards goal only it for it to fly inches wide of Fleming’s goal.


4 minutes later and this time it was ex-United defender Alan Lithgow who tried his luck from a header however it was straight into Fleming’s arms from close range.


It was a stuttering start from the Honest Men but as Ayr slowly started to get into the game they were almost caught on the counter attack by Livingston. After intercepting a slack cross field pass by Docherty at the halfway line Mullen broke free at speed and darted into the United half with Carrick in close support. With Murphy bypassed and only Boyle in pursuit, Mullen drove into the box and squared the ball to Carrick whose shot was well saved by Fleming at his near post to keep the score at 0-0.


On 21 mins Ayr went ahead with a wonder strike from Peter Murphy. The veteran defender picked up the ball on the halfway line and strolled forward before composing himself and rocketing a shot into the top corner from 30 yards out to give Ayr the lead.


The goal seemed give United focus and they started to take control. Apart from one scrambled effort and a shot by Mullin that went wide Livingston were very much contained for the rest of the half and it was now their turn to be put on the back foot.


Twice in as many minutes Nicky Devlin was put through into the box first being denied by an acrobatic tip over the top by keeper Kelly and then by the merest of touches by defender Crichton sending the ball across the face of goal and out for a corner. Next it was Thomas’s turn but he was caught inches of side as he strode in on goal and then Jamie Adams was only inches short of connecting with an excellent curling ball into the box from Donald.


Ayr went in at halftime one goal up and with a strong hold on the game.


Into the second half and Livingston registered another shot on target in the 50th minute but substitute Cadden’s drive from the edge of the box went wide of the post but causing Fleming no problem.


An hour gone and Ayr almost doubled their lead through another thunderbolt strike, this time from Boyle.  The United left back picked up the ball on the left and from the edge of the box unleashed a shot which smacked off the joint of the crossbar after the faintest of touches by keeper Kelly.


On 74 mins Livingston almost hauled themselves level through Cadden.  The winger met the ball on the left and with a sweet half volley from the edge of the box almost found the back of the net but the ball flashed just wide of the far post.


After 78 mins Ayr deservedly doubled their lead through youngster McGuffie.  Donald picked up the ball on the left dribbled across the box before slipping an inch perfect pass through to McGuffie who showed great composure and stroked home into the bottom corner to kill the game.  A first goal for the club for the promising youngster.


United comfortably saw out the remaining minutes of the game and went top of Group G with 9 points – however that could all change come Saturday with rivals Hamilton and St Mirren still having games to play.  Ayr are next in action on the 6th August when they host Raith Rovers in the opening game of the Ladbrokes Championship at Somerset Park.



Kelly, Miller, Lithgow, Longridge, Halkett, Sinclair, Crighton, Mullin, Mullen, Carrick, Buchanan.  Substitutes: Jamieson (GK), Knox, Pittman, Cadden, Byrne, Orr, Watt.


Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, Murphy, Crawford, Docherty, Adams, Donald, Cairney, Thomas.  Substitutes:  Hart (GK), Wardrope, McGuffie, O’Connell, McCracken, Rose


Referee: David Lowe

Attendance: 643

Match Report: AUmedia

Manager signs new deal

Ladbrokes League One manager of the year 2015/16 Ian McCall has signed a one year extension and new 2 year deal with Ayr United, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2017/18 season.

Chairman Lachlan Cameron said :”I am pleased that the Manager and the Club have come to an agreement to extend his stay here at Ayr United through the 2017/18 season. It didn’t take much to get it done to be honest.  Ian is very committed here to the club and we are to him. I personally feel that stability is key to maintaining the best opportunity for success and the fact that we have nailed down another two years where the players, staff and supporters know who is in charge can make all the difference.”

“Ian is an incredibly experienced and talented manager and we leave him to get on with the day to operations on the football side and try to provide as much support as we can without interfering.  That strategy has worked so far and we intend to continue with it.  Ian knows that if he needs anything, he can come to any of us on the Football Committee and we will do our best to accommodate his needs.”

A delighted Ian McCall commented :”I am thrilled to sign a new deal as I have no desire to go anywhere else. I have loved my time at the club and get on with everyone here and it is time for us to kick on now. The Sunday of the play off final was one of my greatest days in football, to see the celebrations of the players, staff and all our fans was something I will always remember. We know this will be a tough season however I have great confidence in the team we have here and with the backing of our fans it is something we are really looking forward to.”

Livingston match preview

Match Preview Livingston vs. Ayr United Betfred Cup Group G Tuesday 26th July 2016. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United travel to Livingston looking to set a target at the top of Group G as they play their final match of the Group Stage. The Honest Men sit top of the table with six points from three games played, ahead of St. Mirren on goal difference.

Livingston, along with Hamilton Accies, have three points from two games played. After narrowly losing 3-2 at home to St. Mirren on the opening day, the Lions recorded a comfortable 3-0 win away to Edinburgh City a week ago. David Hopkin’s side played out a goalless draw with Hartlepool on Saturday.

Also in Group G this week, Edinburgh City host Hamilton Accies tomorrow night ahead of Saturday’s fixtures which see Livi travel to face the Accies and St. Mirren at home to Edinburgh City.

Team News: Craig Moore is still out with the head injury sustained in the match against St Mirren. Alan Forrest still has a slight issue with his back and Brian Gilmour is out with a hamstring injury. Forrest and Moore should be fine for the Raith game.

Ian says: “It will be a very difficult game as Livingston are going to be challenging for the League One title this season and have some good players. While initially these games may have been looked at as pre season that certainly is not the case now as we have a chance to qualify and we will be doing our best to get the win that gives us a chance. I am sure we will take a good support and we will look to give them something to shout about.”

The Opposition:

It has been a summer of transition at the Tony Macaroni Arena following relegation from the Championship, with Head Coach David Hopkin signing no fewer than 10 new players. Among the arrivals are Airdrieonians’ central defensive duo Sean Crighton and Alan Lithgow, midfielders Liam Watt and Nicky Cadden, both also from Airdrie, and former Hearts and Kilmarnock striker Dale Carrick. They join former United players Jackson Longridge and Liam Buchanan.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Grainger


Adult – £12

Concessions – £6


Latest Betfred Odds

Livingston 6/5, Draw 13/5, Ayr United – 11/5

Ayr Utd 1 Edinburgh City 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Edinburgh City


Ayr secured their second win in the Betfred League Cup group stages with a 1-0 win over newly promoted League 2 side Edinburgh City.  A goal from Brian Gilmour early in the first half was enough to see Ayr secure 3 points in a game which was littered with chances for the Honest Men.


Gaffer Ian McCall made 5 changes to the team as Fleming, Adams, Moore, Cairney and Donald were replaced by Hart, McGuffie, Gilmour and new signings O’Connell and Thomas.


Ayr began the game on the front-foot and after 9 minutes carved out their first chance of the game.  Craig McGuffie found space on the edge of the box and his deflected shot almost found its way into the net but keeper Stobie was there to parry the ball away.


1 minute later and Ayr broke the deadlock through Brian Gilmour.  Docherty picked the ball up in midfield and drove forward, exchanged a one two with O’Connell then set  Gilmour through on goal. Gilmour made no mistake and delicately chipped the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net for 1-0.  Quick, precise football and Ayr were 1-0 up early on.


Almost immediately the League 2 side came close to drawing level.  A freekick from the right hand side found Caddow at the back post but he could only direct his header over the bar from close range.


On 23 mins Ayr almost doubled their lead. New signing Jamie Thomas took the ball in his stride, drove forward and sent a pass through to Boyle on the left. Boyle’s drive from the edge of the box looked goal bound but somehow Mbu managed to get in a block on the line.


Edinburgh City continued to carry a threat and in the 41st min striker See had a chance at the back post but his precise and powerful volley smacked off the back of Paddy Boyle allowing the Ayr defence to step in and clear.


With time running out in the half United almost doubled their lead.  A low cross by McGuffie was met by O’Connell who looked set to turn the ball in but the impressive City keeper Andrew Stobie dived at his feet and smothered the ball.


The second half began in stark contrast to the first with Ayr seeming much more subdued and it wasn’t until the 70th min before they created any real threatening attack.  This time captain Nicky Devlin was handed the chance to kill-off the game. Boyle crossed the ball in from the left and it found Devlin at the back post, and although he had plenty of time to steady himself he could only fire his shot high and over the bar.


Despite all their efforts, Ayr were struggling to break down this Edinburgh City team and as the game moved into its final stages Edinburgh City appear to gain more belief that they could at least get a draw from the match and made a number of chances. In the 75th min an equaliser looked odds-on as Ross Allum was sent clean through on goal but contrived to slip and mishit his shot allowing Jordan Hart the easiest of saves.


Jamie Thomas was next to try his luck for United and through an inventive piece of skill, almost pulled off a spectacular goal.  The striker picked the ball out of the air on the edge of the box, flicked it over his head before hitting a volley which fizzed just over the bar.


A one-two between Devlin and Cairney on the 83rd minute sent the captain through on goal but this time his shot from 16 yards was well saved.


With Edinburgh City’s throwing everything forward they came within inches of equalising in the 87th min.  A long throw into the box was met by Allum whose flicked header looked goal-bound, only for his effort to come back off the front post.


The last chance of the game fell to Gibson for the away side however his speculative effort in the 93rd minute screamed just wide of the post, hitting the side netting on its way out.


A gutsy performance from the away side left Ayr frustrated at their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.  Ayr did, however, come away with 3 points putting them top of Group G on goal difference but could live to regret their inability to add substantially to their goal tally from this game.


Ayr now travel to Livingston for the final game of the group stages on Tuesday as they look to seal a place in the last 16 of the cup.


Ayr United

Hart, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, Murphy, Crawford, Gilmour, Docherty, McGuffie, Thomas, O’Connell.  Substitutes: Fleming (GK), Donald, Cairney, Wardrope, McCracken, Johnstone.


Edinburgh City

Stobie, Caddow, Gibson, Mbu, Paterson, McKee, McFarland, Muhsin, See, Cummings, Donaldson.  Substitutes: Guthrie, Carse, Allum, MacDonald, McConnell, Martyneuk, Amos (GK).


Referee:  Barry Cook

Attendance:  862

Match Report:  AUmedia

Edinburgh City match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Edinburgh City Betfred Cup Group G Saturday 23rd July 2016. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United welcome SPFL new boys Edinburgh City to Somerset Park as they play their penultimate Betfred Cup Group G match. After Jack Baird’s last-gasp winner for St. Mirren on Tuesday night denied the Honest Men one point and the chance of a bonus second, Ian McCall’s side will need to pick up all three points if they are to have a chance of progressing to the next round.

Edinburgh City kicked off their Betfred Cup adventure on Wednesday night when they hosted Livingston at Meadowbank Stadium. Unfortunately for Greg Jardine’s side, Livi proved too strong on the night, recording a 3-0 victory.

Also in Group G on Saturday, St. Mirren travel to face Hamilton Accies.

Team News: Alan Forrest and Michael Rose are unavailable through injury. Jamie Adams is suspended. Jamie Thomas comes into the squad as will Andy O’Connell if his clearance comes through in time.

Ian says: “We won’t be favourites for many games this season so it will be a different type of match for us. I am really looking forward to it, our leagues are too small so we tend to play the same teams regularly so to play someone different is great for us and for the fans. We have had them watched so we have an idea of what to expect however the game is at Somerset and, as I always keep going back to, when at Somerset Park we want to win and tomorrow will be no different.”

The Opposition: The original Edinburgh City was founded in 1928 and played in the Scottish Football League between 1931 and 1949. They subsequently joined the Edinburgh & District Junior League where they competed for six years before a dispute with the local council over the lease of their ground saw football activities end in 1955.

In 1986 the Edinburgh City name returned to competitive action when Postal United, formed in 1966, adopted the name. Attempts to join the SFL following the demise of Airdrionians in 2002 and Gretna in 2008 were unsuccessful but as founder members of the Lowland League they were Champions in 2015 and 2016 and gained promotion to the Scottish Professional Football League in May by defeating East Stirlingshire in a playoff.

Head-to-Head: Ayr United have faced Edinburgh City on four previous occasions, winning all four matches


18/01/1933 – Edinburgh City 1, Ayr United 3 (Scottish Cup)

22/08/1936 – Ayr United 3, Edinburgh City 2 (League)

14/11/1936 – Edinburgh City 1, Ayr United 4 (League)

11/12/2004 – Ayr United 3, Edinburgh City 0 (Scottish Cup)


Andy Ferguson, Darren Henderson and Willie Lyle from the penalty spot were the scorers when the clubs last met.

Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson

Assistant Referee 2 – Matthew MacDermid


Adult – £12

Concessions – £6


Latest Betfred Odds

Ayr – 4/11, Draw 18/5, Edinburgh City – 15/2

Player Sponsorships

Sponsoring a player is one of the most popular sponsorship activities at Ayr United. Sponsoring a player for the 2016/17 season will ensure your name being in every match programme throughout the season, receiving your players strip from the season personally autographed and an invite to the end of season event.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to support the club, get to know and meet your player and also to have your name on our website and in our programme. ayrviators

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

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a player so far this season. We are delighted with the response we have had.


SQUAD LIST FOR 2016/17 –

1 – Greg Fleming, HOME – Sheena & Nick West, AWAY – Stuart Hammond

2 – Nicky Devlin, HOME – Mirren Watters, AWAY – Vertigo (Scotland)

3- Paddy Boyle, HOME – Mark Pettigrew, AWAY – Mark Pettigrew

4 – Brian Gilmour, HOME – Hillhouse Quarry, AWAY – Steve Paterson

5 – Michael Rose, HOME – Scott Taylor, AWAY – Russell Milne

6 – Peter Murphy, HOME – Carlisle & Sellafield AUSC, AWAY – John & Linda Gemmell

7 – Jamie Thomas, HOME – Available, AWAY – Graham Peterkin

8 – Robbie Crawford, HOME – Tom Dunlop Guitar Tuition, AWAY – Mirren Watters

9 – Craig Moore, HOME – Kevin Coates, AWAY – Lisa Campbell

10 – Alan Forrest, HOME – Alfie & Tommy Stevenson, AWAY – North Terracing Mob

11 – Mikey Donald, HOME – Kevin & James Coates, AWAY – Sheena & Nick West

14 – Paul Cairney, HOME – Nicola Watters, AWAY – Stuart, Jim & Finlay Young

15 – Andy O’Connell, HOME – Lewis Robson,  AWAY -Ian McKay

16 – Jamie Adams, HOME – Dave Byars, AWAY – Dave Byars

18 – Darryl Meggatt, HOME – Colin Campbell, AWAY – The Black & White Boys

19 – Jordan Hart, HOME – Ayrviators, AWAY – Karen Malcolm

20 – Michael Wardrope, HOME – Ayrviators, AWAY – Fraser & Kerry McCallum

21 – Craig McGuffie, HOME – Cottage Travel Club, AWAY – Ayrviators

22 – Craig McCracken, HOME –, AWAY –

23 – Ross Docherty, HOME – Elliot Stirling, AWAY – Cottage Travel Club

24 – Leon Murphy, HOME – Available, AWAY – Available

25 – Grant Thorburn, HOME – Available, AWAY – Available

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St Mirren 1 Ayr Utd 0

St. Mirren 1 v 0 Ayr United


For the second game in a row Ayr United lost a goal deep into injury time but unlike against Hamilton at the weekend this time it meant victory for St Mirren. Most frustrating for Ayr was that their battling performance deserved at least a draw and the chance to gain an additional point through penalties.

In conditions more reminiscent of a tropical climate and certainly not a midweek evening in Paisley it was always going to be a strength sapping affair but both teams went at it from the off.

St Mirren went into the attack at pace and in the first three minutes Ayr keeper Fleming had to show great strength to punch away under pressure while Murphy did just enough to put off striker Sutton and ensure that his header went past.

Ayr responded immediately and almost took the lead in the fourth minute. Defender Naismith hit a loose and woefully short pass back from the right and Craig Moore (re-signed from Motherwell on a year-long loan earlier in the day) raced onto the ball and made a dash into the penalty area with central defender Baird in hot pursuit. The big defender managed to force Moore wide and got a foot in to block his shot. Moore quickly recovered and slid the ball to Cairney whose shot was blocked and went out for a corner.

St Mirren seemed content to rely heavily upon playing high and often long balls to their major strike threats Sutton and Clarkson who between them had notched up 10 goals in pre-season and the opening match of the Betfred Cup. With both central defenders Daryll Meggatt and Peter Murphy in fine form and supported by Nicky Devlin, Paddy Boyle, and in particular Jamie Adams, the St Mirren tactic had little effect.

The home team came closest in the 20th minute when from a corner on the right Clarkson nodded the ball down across goal but Sutton seemed slow to react, missing the ball at the back post and it went wide.

Again Ayr responded with Cairney back healing the ball into the path of Mikey Donald who surged into the penalty area but his second touch showed just too much of the ball and Baird got a foot in to clear. With 34 minutes on the clock Cairney lifted a freekick into the 6-yard box where Meggatt nodded the ball across the face goal to Moore whose delicate flick goalwards was flapped away by keeper Langfield.

Although St Mirren tried to put more pressure on Ayr they were reduced to only one more effort on goal before half-time. From a poor clearance Mallan picked up the ball some 25-yards out and lashed a shot goalwards but it veered wide of goal and well covered by keeper Fleming.


At half-time the teams went in 0 v 0 and Ayr took the opportunity to replace Jamie Adams, who had been outstanding in the first half, with Brian Gilmour. This appeared to be a safety measure as Adams had already been booked in what was a competitive midfield battle.


It was Ayr who had the first attempt in the second half when in 51 mins after good interplay by United, Meggatt released a shot from 30 yards only to see it deflected past the post.


Some signs of warning were beginning to appear for the Honest Men in the shape of tricky winger Lewis Morgan whose pace, close control and accurate crosses were causing problems for United’s back four. In the 59th min Morgan dispossessed Cairney on the left before dragging the ball away from him, rotating and speeding off down the wing. His inch perfect cross found Gallagher free at the back but Fleming reacted instinctively to touch the ball away as it appeared certain to cross the line.


Morgan changed from wing to wing and his close control and pace was causing problems for even the reliable Nicky Devlin. In 72 mins Morgan darted from the halfway line towards the Ayr penalty area and appeared to be clipped by Cairney just outside the box before tumbling over Nicky Devlin’s leg just inside. As Ayr protested that the foul was outside the box referee John Beaton had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.


Midfielder Mallan strode up to take the penalty and blasted the ball to Greg Fleming’s right but the keeper reacted magnificently and at full stretch turned the ball past the post.


While all eyes were on Morgan, United substitute Craig McGuffie decided to show the skills that have singled out for praise in recent weeks. Docherty headed forward and McGuffie chased after the ball with the imposing Jack Baird. Tight up to the goal line on the left he twisted and turned and made his way into the penalty area leaving Baird behind before hitting the ball towards the front of the goals where Moore was denied by a last ditch tackle by Webster.


With time running out Boyle for Ayr and then Clarkson for St Mirren missed golden opportunities to put their side ahead. It seemed most likely that the game would end tied and a penalty shootout would follow, but the fates would conspire against United in the third minute of added time. Morgan made a mazy run across the United penalty box before seeing his shot blocked by Nicky Devlin but St Mirren retained possession switching the ball to the right where Boyle turned the ball out for a corner.


As a ball came in Naismith managed to get in front of Murphy and flick it forward with his foot, it was blocked by Docherty but wouldn’t leave the 6-yard box, Shankland took a fresh air swipe, before Baird knocked the ball over the line.


Next for Ayr, Edinburgh City at Somerset Park on Saturday.


St. Mirren

Langfield, Naismith, Baird, Webster, Irvine, Morgan, Mallan, Hutton, Gallagher, Sutton, Clarkson Substitutes: Gordon, Mackenzie, McAllister, Gallacher, Walsh, Stewart, Shankland

Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Murphy, Meggatt, Docherty, Crawford, Adams, Moore, Cairney, Donald, Substitutes: Hart (GK), Wardrope, McGuffie, McCracken, Gilmour, Johnstone


Referee: John Beaton

Attendance: 2,098

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AUFA Summer Camps

Looking for a safe, fun and healthy activity for the long summer break?

Why not come along and take part in our fun filled Summer Camps?

With expert coaching delivered by SFA qualified coaches and Ayr United stars, your kids will:


  • Improve their football skills!
  • Enjoy competing in fun football challenges!
  • Take part in team games!
  • Play with and against the stars!


Camps are as follows:

  • Prestwick Academy – Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July
  • Marr College – Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August
  • Old Racecourse – Monday 8th August to Friday 12th August


Times and Prices are as follows:


2-4 years old:


10am – 11am              Per Day: £3.00             Per Week: £12.00


5-15 years old:


9am – 12pm                Per Day: £10.00          Per Week: £40.00

1pm – 4pm                  Per Day: £10.00          Per Week: £40.00

9am – 4pm                  Per Day: £17.00          Per Week: £80.00


For more information and to book a place please call the AUFA office on 01292 263435 (option 2) or email Nicholas at


Please note:

Sessions are outdoors so please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear.

Please ensure that your child has plenty of fluids, especially if the weather is hot.

There will be snack and lunch breaks so please ensure that your child has enough to eat.

Craig Moore returns

Ayr United young player of the year for 2015/16 Craig Moore has returned on loan for the 16/17 season.

Moore scored 14 goals for United last season and was a huge player in the promotion winning season.

The fans favourite will be welcomed back by everyone at the club and goes straight into the squad for tonight’s match at St Mirren.

Manager Ian McCall said :”This is something we have been working on since the end of last season. We knew we had the makings of a good team and were desperate to get Moorey back. We have got him on a season long loan and are absolutely thrilled. Last season he scored 14 goals in 25 matches and if it wasn’t for injury it would have been more. We rate him very highly, Moorey just needs someone to have confidence in him and we have it in spades.”