McCracken moves on

Craig McCracken has today had his contract cancelled with the club by mutual consent.

Manager Ian McCall said :”This was a mutual decision as Craig really wants to be getting game time and in this league I just can’t guarantee him that. If we were still in League One I would have kept him and he would have been a big part of the plans as I feel he could play at that level no problem. Craig will most likely move to a junior side now and hopefully play every week. I have said to him that I will keep an eye on his progress and you just never know what might happen in the future. He goes with the best wishes of everyone at the club.”

Airdrie match information

There are two ‘Ayr’ shows in town this weekend. On Sunday 4th September at Somerset Park we take on Airdrie in the third round of the Irn Bru Cup.

The match kicks off at 3pm and the prices are as follows :-

£12 Adults
£6 concessions

Season tickets are not valid for this match.

Ayr Utd 1 St Mirren 1

Ayr United 1 v 1 St. Mirren

Ayr were left disappointed despite claiming their first point of the Championship campaign as a late St Mirren equaliser denied them all 3 points. Jamie Adams nodded United in front early in the first half however his goal was cancelled out by an 88 min Tom Walsh header as Ayr looked to be heading for a vital first win.

Gaffer Ian McCall made 2 changes to the side that were defeated at Tannadice as Gilmour and Meggatt came in for Forrest and Crawford.

The game started off brightly for United and after only 2 mins had their first chance as Adams’ header from close range was blocked by Baird as it looked to be goal bound.

It wasn’t long before Ayr’s pressure paid off and in 14 mins they opened the scoring through Adams. Gilmour whipped in a freekick from the left and it was met by the towering Adams who out-jumped both Sutton and Baird at the back post to nod home. A deserved 1-0 lead for the Honest Men.

This goal seemed to awaken the away side but it took them until the 23rd min to create their first chance. Sutton picked up a long cross at the back post and delivered the ball back into the centre of the box where the ball was met first time by Clarkson but his effort went wide of the left hand post.

Ayr continued to cause St Mirren problems with Nisbet looking sharp up front. The youthful striker almost put Ayr further ahead after he controlled the ball, went past Webster at the edge of the box but his shot grazed the crossbar and over.

As the half-time whistle neared, the away side almost drew themselves as Clarkson found space but his powerful strike was blocked inside the box by Meggatt to maintain Ayr’s lead.

St Mirren started the better of the two teams in the second half and an early Hardie header was well saved by Fleming at his near post. Hardie then found himself through one on one with Fleming but Murphy managed to get a boot on the ball preventing a shot on goal.

66 minutes gone and St Mirren continued to press and this time had a chance through Clarkson. Walsh’s cross on the left was met by Clarkson who glanced a header goal-ward however it fell just past the post. Mallan was next to try his luck but his shot from 20 yards out was comfortably saved by Fleming.

In the dying minutes of the game, Ayr looked to have done enough to get the 3 points but were handed a bitter blow. A long throw on the right was allowed to bounce in the box and Walsh ghosted in at the back post to head home the equaliser after 88 minutes.

One minute later it almost went from bad to worse for Ayr as Sutton found himself one-on-one with Fleming. The keeper somehow managed to save his shot from point blank range to prevent St Mirren from claiming a winner.

Ayr broke immediately and Forrest raced down the wing before delivering sublime cross onto the 6-yard line but Harkins failed to reach the ball by a matter of inches and time ran out for the Honest Men.

Ultimately Ayr were left disappointed to take only one point from the game but can take many positives from this match. Ayr now take a rest from league action as they welcome Airdrieonians to Somerset Park in the Irn-Bru Cup next Sunday.

Ayr United
Fleming, Boyle, Meggatt, Murphy, Devlin, Docherty, Adams, Cairney, Gilmour, Harkins, Nisbet. Substitutes: Hart (GK), Rose, Forrest, Crawford, O’Connell, Thomas, McGuffie.

St Mirren
Gallagher, Naismith, Baird, Webster, Irvine, Stewart, Mallan, Hutton, Hardie, Sutton, Clarkson. Substitutes: Langfield (GK), Gordon, Walsh, Mclear, Shankland, Whyte, McDonald.

Referee: Crawford Allan
Attendance: 2,165
Match Report: AUmedia

Club shop match day deals

CLUB SHOP MATCH DAY DEALS

The club shop have some cracking deals available this week in the build up to our important home match against ST Mirren this Saturday.

Our ever popular Ayr United garden gnomes have been reduced to a crazy giveaway price of only £5 each.

Giant beach towels (limited stock) are 1/2 price at £10 with a twin pack of round neck T shirts also £10.

You can also pick up a jacquard hat & scarf set for a tenner with mini ball / pencil sets and stationary / pen pack set both at only £5.

Deals are available in store only 12pm – 4pm weekdays and from 10am on Saturday match day.

*No further discount can be applied to shop deals.
**While stocks last.

Panda goes for gold

On Friday at Hamilton Racecourse our club mascot, Pandamonium, is taking part in the Scottish Mascot Race.

All 42 clubs mascots have been invited and Panda has been working hard in the build up to the race.

Its an event that our Panda has been taking very seriously, regular visits to the gym and a solid sleeping pattern have ensured that he is in top shape for the big event.

The ‘runners’ will be in the parade ring from 4.15pm and the race begins at 4.45pm

We will provide updates from Hamilton Racecourse throughout Friday and make sure you tweet panda some support @aufcpanda

Turn Ayrshire Red

On Saturday a group of dedicated campaigners are asking Ayrshire people to wear red in a bid to save Malcolm Sargent House.

The volunteers say that the campaign has had a fantastic response and we are joining the campaign by wearing our red away strip for Saturdays match.

United’s commercial manager Graeme Miller said :”The bid to buy Malcolm Sargent House for the local community is one that everyone at Ayr United can support. The house has played a key role for almost three decades and long may that continue if this bid proves successful.”

“We are delighted to show our support by joining the Ayrshire Turns Red campaign and hope our fans will join us in showing their backing by wearing something red on Saturday. We are also thrilled to have Ross Granger as our mascot on Saturday. Ross had cancer when very young and is currently 11 years cancer free. He is a big Ayr supporter and can’t wait to lead the team out on Saturday.

Malcom Sargent House has provided specialised respite holidays for children, young people and their families suffering from cancer for over 28 years. The house holds many special memories to families from all over the UK.

The BUYMSH Appeal aims to raise the money to buy the house from CLIC sargent and reopen to provide a vital holiday service for children, young people and families with cancer and other life altering diseases from throughout the UK.

All donations can be made to www.justgiving.com/buy-msh or text BMSH99 £10 to 70070

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Dundee Utd 3 Ayr Utd 0

Dundee United 3 v 0 Ayr United

Ayr are still searching for their first point in the Championship after falling to a 3-0 defeat at Tannadice despite a spirited performance in the second half. Two first half goals from Simon Murray and Jamie Robson and one in the second from Willo Flood capped off a difficult day for the Honest Men.

Gaffer Ian McCall made three changes to the starting line up from last Saturday as Murphy, Adams and Forrest came in for Meggatt, Rose and Gilmour.

The hosts were on the front foot from the start and after 2 mins almost took the lead if it weren’t for a last ditch block by Crawford in the box from a Murray shot. In 9 mins, and with the home side continually pressing, a Donaldson header was well saved at point blank range by keeper Greg Fleming.

The early pressure proved too much for the Ayr defence and on 12 mins Adams needlessly tripped Smith inside the box giving the home side a stonewall penalty. Van der Velden stepped up to take the penalty but although his strike well saved by Fleming, Murray was first to react and nodded into the empty net from close range to give the home side a deserved lead.

Ayr’s first real chance came after 18 minutes through Boyle. As Ayr broke, Crawford squared the ball across the edge of the box to Cairney who played it left to Boyle. Boyle appeared in two minds and his pass-come-shot dragged across the 6-yard line, rolled over Kevin Nisbet’s toes and went wide. Being in such a promising position, Boyle may reflect that a direct shot would have been the better option.

Soon after Smith found himself through one-on-one with Ayr keeper Fleming but Adams made up ground and his last ditch challenge prevented Smith from doubling his side’s lead. Only moments later Murray headed an effort wide from close range as the home side turned up the heat.

Ayr nearly got themselves level in 33 minutes with a Gary Harkins’ drive from 30 yards forcing Bell into excellent full stretch save with Alan Forrest narrowly failing to reach the rebound.

3 mins later the Honest Men were forced to rue their missed chance as Dundee United claimed their second goal. The industrious Flood burst into the box on the right and the first shot from his cutback was initially blocked but the ball fell kindly to Robson who fired home to increase the home side’s lead. 2-0 after 36 minutes and Ayr’s hopes of causing an upset were slipping.

Ian McCall had his work to do at half time and introduced midfielder Brian Gilmour and forward Jamie Thomas for Forrest and Crawford as he sought to take something from the game. The changes appeared to have some affect and Ayr started brightly. On 57 mins they almost pulled a goal back through Thomas. Gilmour laid the ball off to Harkins and the veteran midfielder passed the ball wide to Thomas who had time to steady himself and take a shot but his effort went high and wide.

Two minutes later and Ayr had another chance with Thomas finding Harkins at the edge of the box but his powerful shot flew well over the bar.

Ayr started to run the play but for the second week in a row were punished through clinical finishing by the Tangerines’. From a long freekick substitute Obadeyi twice tricked Devlin into letting him past down the left and made for the line inside the box. His crisp, pin point cross was met by Flood who ran into space just 3 yards out and turned the ball into the net. 75 mins gone and it was 3-0 to the hosts.

Ayr brought on Craig McGuffie for the hard working Nisbet. As tired legs saw more space appearing, McGuffie quickly formed an understanding with Harkins and their quick interchanging passes and movement carved out additional chances. Their work provided opportunities for Thomas and Gilmour with McGuffie himself firing just wide from 30 yards out in the 86 min. Try as they would, Ayr just couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the net and time ran out on the Honest Men.

Ayr continue their search for their first points in the Championship and now welcome St Mirren to Somerset next Saturday in what is a crucial game for United.

Dundee United
Bell, Dillon, Donaldson, Toshney, Murdoch, Murray, Fraser, Smith, Flood, van der Veldon, Robson. Substitutes Zwick, Durnan, Spittal, Obadeyi, Telfer, Coote, Smith.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Murphy, Adams, Boyle, Forrest, Docherty, Cairney, Harkins, Crawford, Nisbet. Substitute Hart, Thomas, McGuffie, Gilmour, Rose, Meggatt, O’Connell.

Referee: Gavin Aitken
Attendance: 6427
Match Report: AUmedia

New director joins board

Ayr United is delighted to announce the appointment to the Board of a new director, long-time supporter Mark Pettigrew.

Mark, who’s originally from Saltcoats, is a lifelong Ayr United supporter and has lived in Ayr for over ten years. In recent years, he has been involved in a number of endeavours to help out the club including coordinating volunteer supporters to spruce up Somerset Park and fundraising through the successful Panda Pals donation scheme. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer with more than 27 years professional experience across the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil & gas and utilities sectors, he is currently Director of Project Services for SSE one of the UK’s largest companies

Mark said, ” like every Ayr United supporter I’ve always tried to do as much as I can for the club I’ve loved since I was a boy, be that paying through the gate, buying a season ticket, sponsoring a player or painting Somerset Park.

“When Lachlan asked me if I was interested in joining the Board, I felt truly honoured to accept. I see this as way for me to use my skills over the coming years help propel our club back to the top-tier of Scottish football where we all know it belongs. But first and foremost I’m a fan of Ayr United, Come on Ayr.”

United chairman Lachlan Cameron said :”I couldn’t be happier that Mark has agreed to join the Board. We are a working board in that everyone takes a role with responsibilities in different areas of the club so it is always a bonus when you can find someone like Mark who has been working hard as a volunteer in different projects either at the club or with supporters groups on a regular basis. Mark has a skill set that we plan to take advantage of and in particular a role that increase our direct connection with the support and continues to enhance the relationship between the club and all of our stakeholders”

Dundee Utd preview and info

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 20th August 2016. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to the City of Discovery to face Dundee United looking pick up their first points of the Championship season in what is a first league meeting between the sides for 39 years.

For manager Ian McCall, it is a first return to the club he managed between 2003 and 2005, while Ayr new-boy Gary Harkins is sure to receive a warm reception – his last game for Dundee was against Dundee United and saw United’s relegation from the Premiership confirmed at Dens Park.

Dundee United suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday at Dumbarton and have one point from their opening two league fixtures after a draw at home Queen of the South on the opening day of the league campaign. The Terrors, however, made easy work of their League Cup section, recording home wins against Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline and bonus points on the road at Arbroath and Inverness to set up a home tie against Partick Thistle which they eased through with a 3-1 win.

Team News: Craig Moore is still unavailable with the concussion he received against St Mirren.

Ian says:”This is the reason we got promoted to come to places like Tannadice. It is one to be enjoyed and we are really looking forward to testing ourselves against a quality side. It is up to the players now to justify the faith that we have put in them and we are certainly going to have to be tighter and eradicate the mistakes we have made in defensive areas. I am sure we will have fantastic backing from our supporters and we will do everything we can to give them something to shout about.”

The Opposition: Former Lochee United and Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon was appointed Dundee United manager in May after a successful season in charge of Raith Rovers in which he guided the Kirkcaldy club to fourth place in the Championship. McKinnon – who started his playing career with the Tannadice club – took over from Mixu Paatelainen and will be looking to ensure United’s first spell outside Scottish football’s top flight for 20 years is a brief one.

Nineteen players departed the club along with Paatelainen in the summer and among McKinnon’s recruits are goalkeeper Cammy Bell, former Kilmarnock winger Tope Obadeyi and veteran midfielder Willo Flood. Aberdeen winger Cammy Smith kick started his loan spell from the Dons with a 20-minute hat-trick against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup.

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 18
Dundee United wins – 38

Ayr’s last win at Tannadice was April 1977, the same day that ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ by ABBA went to number one in the music charts.

Last meeting: The last meeting between Ayr United and Dundee United was in the Scottish Cup in 2002. After a 2-2 draw at Tannadice which saw an early David Winters goal for the home side cancelled out by Scott Crabbe and Pat McGinlay’s second-half equaliser, the Honest Men shocked their Premier League opponents with a 2-0 win in the replay at Somerset Park. Goals from Scott Crabbe and Paul Sheerin set up a Hampden Park semi-final against Celtic.
On this Day: in 1977, Ayr defeated Celtic 2-1 at Somerset Park. A second-half double by Walker McCall saw United, wearing an unfamiliar red kit, earn a famous victory.

Match Officials:
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – David Dunne

Admission:
£20 – Adults

£10 – Concessions – 65+/U18/Students (in full time education with valid matriculation card)/ Ambulant and Wheelchair (with carer free)

Dundee United are able to accommodate approximately 6 away Wheelchair Users in the West Stand (Shed). Due to a steep hill it is better for away Wheelchair Users to access the West Stand from Sandeman Street rather than Tannadice Street

For Away fans who are registered as Ambulant with mobility issues, they are best to enter through Gate K on Tannadice Street and will gain access to the West stand from the bottom.