Club shop offers!

Dunfermline match shop offers!!

The club shop have a range of super saver offers available in the build up to Saturday`s crunch match with Dunfermline Athletic. With a larger than usual crowd expected we have put together some massive savings to suit supporters of all ages.
The offers (listed below) are available from 12pm on Thursday 29th September until after the final whistle on Saturday. We are open 12-4 Thursday and Friday and from 10am on Saturday.

1/ All Ayr United FC jumpers & pullovers ½ PRICE now only £20
2/ Single duvet set LESS THAN ½ PRICE reduced from £34.99 now £15
3/Double duvet set LESS THAN ½ PRICE reduced from £44.99 now £20
4/ 54” drop curtains was £34.99 now £15 72” drop was £44.99 now £20 LESS THAN ½ PRICE
5/ Black & white large umbrella now only £10 Golf umbrella reduced to £15
6/ Trapper hats only £5 (usual price £14.99)
7/ 5` x 3` badged flag I/2 price now only £5
8/ Wristbands £1
9/ Kids hat & scarf set & ripper wallet only £10
10/ Panda soft toy and soft mini ball only £10

*while stocks last
** no further discount applies

Dunfermline match preview & information

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dunfermline
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 1st October 2016
£5 entry for everyone.

It is football for a fiver on Saturday when Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors for what promises to be special occasion at Somerset Park. A bumper crowd is expected to pay tribute to former United Chairman Donald Cameron, who recently passed away after battling Alzheimer’s.

Ayr go into the game in sixth place, one point ahead of seventh placed Dunfermline, after going down 2-0 at Falkirk despite a strong showing against last season’s Championship runners-up.
Dunfermline’s 4-3 win over bottom side St. Mirren in front of the ALBA cameras last Saturday ended a run of five straight league defeats. The Pars are yet to pick up any points away from home this season, losing at Hibernian, Morton and Fife rivals Raith Rovers.

Team News:Craig Moore is still out, everyone else is available.

Ian says:”It should be a great occasion, our thoughts have been with Lachlan and his family and it’s a great gesture that they have made and hopefully it should mean a bumper crowd.

From the second half of the Dundee United game we have really came on and the performances since then have been good. We need to build on that and keep improving.

We have a good rivalry with Dunfermline after last season, all the games had an edge to them and I am sure tomorrow will be no different. We are all really looking forward to it, especially after coming away with no points from a good display last week.”

The Opposition: Dunfermline may have lost 30-goal forward Faissal El-Bakhtaoui in the summer but have recruited a host of attacking options. Strike duo Gavin Reilly (on loan from Hearts) and Nicky Clark (Rangers via Bury) – who shared 56 goals for Queen of the South when the Doonhamers won the Second Division in season 2012/13 – and former Falkirk and Hibs striker Farid El Alagui will be looking to fill the void following the French-Moroccan’s move to Dundee.

In addition, midfielder Kallum Higginbothom and defender Lee Ashcroft have made the switch from Rugby Park to Fife and highly-rated winger Paul McMullan is on loan from Celtic.
Along with El-Bakhtaoui, Josh Falkingham and Craig Reid were notable departures from the club following their promotion.

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 15
Dunfermline wins – 21
The Pars are unbeaten in their last nine visits to Somerset Park and have won the last five. United last beat Dunfermline at home in December 2009, Ryan Stevenson netting the only goal of the game.

Last meeting: Second-half goals from Faissal El-Bakhtaoui in the 62nd and 68th minute earned Allan Johnston’s men all three points when the sides met at Somerset Park in March.
On this day: Ayr United have a 33% win rate, last tasting victory against Dundee in 1991.

Match Officials:
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel McFarlane

CLAP BANNERS
The clap banners will be available to all our supporters when entering the turnstiles. They will also be available at the kiosks inside the ground and at the club shop.

There will be a minute’s silence immediately prior to the game kicking off for former chairman and honorary president Donald Cameron.

With the entry being £5 for everyone and a big crowd expected we would ask if at all possible you could bring the correct money.

Falkirk 2 Ayr Utd 0

Despite an impressive performance, Ayr fell to a 2-0 defeat at Falkirk as the home side dealt two sucker punches in the final 10 minutes of the game. An own goal from United defender Daryll Meggatt and a clinical finish from Lee Miller secured the win for The Bairns as Ayr were left to rue their missed chances.

Two changes were made to the starting lineup that defeated Hibernian as Crawford and Nisbet came in for Cairney and Adams.

Ayr looked to attack from the first whistle and after only 1 minute carved out their first chance of the game. Harkins picked the ball up on the left and his shot was blocked by McCracken on the edge of the box, Crawford then had his rebound blocked as Ayr looked to threaten the Falkirk backline.

It took the home side 15 minutes to create their first chance and it was McHugh who had his first shot on goal. Sibbald spread a ball out wide to Hippolyte who passed the ball into McHugh and the striker turned quickly but could only fire his shot harmlessly wide.

19 minutes on the clock and Ayr had their second chance through Harkins. Gilmour won the ball in midfield and drove forward before sending a pass into Harkins who let fly from the edge of the box and the ball fizzed wide of the left hand post.

Ayr continued to put the pressure on Falkirk and almost opened the scoring in albeit fortunate circumstances. Harkins picked the ball up on the right and swung a cross into the box which was met by Bairns defender Gasparotto who’s clearing header scraped inches wide of his own goal.

Falkirk began to put threaten in the final stages of the first half and on 42 minutes Baird saw his header fly well wide of the goal from a McHugh cross. 3 minutes later and Gasparotto had his header from a corner cleared off the line by Meggatt to keep the score level going into halftime.

Into the second half and the first chance fell to the home side on 55 minutes. Hippolyte picked the ball up on the left and drove into the box and his shot was heroically blocked by Devlin from close range as the strike looked goal bound.

2 minutes later and it was Ayr’s turn to test the Falkirk defence, this time from a corner. Balatoni rose highest to Gilmour corner however his header was blocked by a host of players on the line to prevent him from his 2nd goal in 2 games.

On the hour mark Nisbet almost put Ayr in front in spectacular fashion. The young striker met the ball with a first time volley from 20 yards out forcing Rodgers into a spectacular save as he tipped the strike over the bar.

Ayr’s best chance of the game came on 76 minutes. Devlin raced down the right and his cross fell to the feet of Gilmour who’s shot went agonisingly wide of the right hand post as the Ayr fans thought it had snuck inside the post.

United were then handed a blow on 78 minutes through unfortunate circumstances. A long throw in from Hippolyte was met by Meggatt who’s flick header looped past the scrambling Fleming and into his own net. 1-0 Falkirk and Ayr could feel hard done by.

Ayr attempted to pull themselves level a minute later but Nisbet’s shot from inside the box was blocked by the Falkirk defence as they were holding firm to their fortunate lead.

85 minutes on the clock and Ayr carved out another chance, this time through Thomas. A cross was whipped in on the left by McGuffie for Thomas who header over the bar from close range.

As Ayr pressed forward they were picked off on the counter and Miller secured the win. Rankin received the ball outside of the box and passed into Miller who turned Meggatt and fired high into the net from close range to break Ayr hearts. 2-0 and no way back The Honest Men.

Despite this result, Ayr remain in 6th place and now welcome Dunfermline to Somerset next Saturday. At an entry price of £5 for all, we hope to create a special atmosphere in memory of ex-Chairman Donald Cameron and roar the team on to another vital 3 points.

Falkirk

Rodgers, Kidd, Leahy, McCracken, Taiwo, Kerr, Baird, Sibbald, Baird, Hippolyte, Gasparotto, McHugh. Substitutes Mehmet (GK), Rankin, Miller, Shepherd, Henderson, Gallacher, Watson.

Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Crawford, Forrest, Harkins, Nisbet, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Rose, Murphy, Thomas, Donald, Cairney, McGuffie.

Referee: Willie Collum
Attendance: 4345
Match Report: AUmedia

Falkirk Match Preview

Match Preview
Falkirk vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 24th September 2016

Ayr United are on the road again on Saturday as they travel to take on Falkirk. After a famous victory against Hibernian at Easter Road last weekend, the Honest Men are looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games and for a third consecutive league win.

The Bairns also recorded an impressive win at the weekend, defeating Dundee United at the Falkirk Stadium. Goals in the 87th and 89th minute from Myles Hippolyte and Lee Miller gave the home side a 3-1 win, a third in the row after victories over Dumbarton and Raith Rovers. Falkirk sit in fourth place in the table, three points ahead of Ayr in sixth.

Team News: Craig Moore is still out and Jamie Adams won’t be included due to the surface

Ian says: :”Just like last week we will be big underdogs. Falkirk’s aim is the Premier League and that’s what they are building towards so it shows you what a difficult task it will be. Like ourselves they also had an excellent result last week. It is a different type of pitch, one of the best artificial ones around. We haven’t gone overboard about last weeks result just like we didn’t go overboard after losing our first three games. This season will have ups and downs. What we do have now is confidence after a good run of results and performances. Its another game we are really looking forward to.”

The Opposition: Falkirk only narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Premiership in May after finishing second in the league. A dramatic last minute Bob McHugh goal saw them defeat Hibs 5-4 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final but the Bairns were unable to hold on to a one-goal advantage going into the second-leg of the final against Kilmarnock, disappointingly going down to a 4-0 defeat at Rugby Park.

Peter Houston has held on to the majority of the squad that came so close to promotion last season, with midfielders Blair Alston and Will Vaulks the only first team regulars to departure.

Experienced former Dundee United man John Rankin has been added to the squad, as have defenders Luca Gasparotto and Lewis Kidd. Highly rated Irish keeper Danny Rogers has joined on loan from Aberdeen again.

John Baird leads the goalscoring charts for Falkirk this season with four goals; McHugh and former Scotland international Lee Miller each have three strikes to their name.

Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 47
Draws – 32
Falkirk wins – 54

United have one win their last six away matches against Falkirk, that victory coming at Ochilview courtesy of a late Andy Ferguson goal.

Last meeting: the last meeting between Ayr United and Falkirk was at Somerset Park in the League Challenge Cup in August 2013. Rory Loy’s goal on the hour mark cancelled out Craig Malcolm’s first half opener before a Scott Shepherd goal in extra-time saw Falkirk progress.

The last league encounter between the sides was on the final weekend of the 2012/13 league season at the Falkirk Stadium. With Brian Reid preparing for the play-offs, a number of Academy players were drafted in and acquitted themselves well in a narrow 3-2 defeat.

Ayr lined up: McWilliams; Armstrong (Wylie), Longridge, C Smith, Robertson; Hutchinson, Crawford, McKernon, McGill (Campbell); Moffat, Paterson (Trouten). Michael Moffat scored both goals.

On this day: in 2002, Falkirk defeated Ayr in the League Cup at Somerset Park. Collin Samuel and Lee Miller were on the scoresheet for the Bairns. More recently, Ayr recorded a 1-0 win over Queen of the South in the First Division with a late Mark Roberts goal on this date in 2012, the last time the Honest Men competed in Scottish football’s second tier.

Match Officials:
Referee – William Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – Mark McLean
Assistant Referee 2 – Scott Leslie

Admission:
Adult – £18
Conc – £12 (over 65, full-time students, unemployed, ambulant disabled, carer)
Under 18 – £6
Under 12 – £0 (maximum 4 per paying adult)
Wheelchair Disabled and Carer – Free of charge.

*proof must be provided

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Prices slashed for Dunfermline game

Our next home match is against Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday 1st October, kick off is 3pm.

Prices for this match have been reduced to £5 for everyone. Season tickets are valid with ticket number 4.

The match takes on a special meaning for chairman Lachlan Cameron and his family with the passing of his father and former chairman Donald Cameron last week and there will be a minute’s silence immediately prior to the match.

There will also be 2000 clap banners handed out to our own supporters, these have been used for some time by Leicester City, to help create a fantastic atmosphere. The clap banners will be donated by Donald Grant, a family friend of the Camerons who lost his wife recently to Alzheimers.

The Cameron and Grant families will also be donating £10 to Alzheimers Scotland for every season ticket holder that attends as well as making up the difference to the club for the reduced ticket prices.

Hopefully we will see a huge crowd on the day to create a special atmosphere and also to raise awareness for Alzheimers Scotland.

Falkirk match & travel info

The Cottage Travel Club are running two buses to Falkirk. The first bus is full however there is plenty seats available for the second bus.
The Buses are leaving the Campbelltown Bar at 12.30 and cost £10. To book call Jamie on 07792747354, Jeanne on 07599 289517 or Tam on 07585 328685.

Away fans will be located in the North Stand and entry will be pay at the gate through turnstiles 11 and 12.

Prices are as follows:-

Adult:- £18
Conc:- £12 (over 65, fulltime student, unemployed, ambulant disabled, carer) *proof must be provided
Under 18:- £6
Under 12:- £0 (maximum 4 per paying adult)
Wheelchair Disabled and Carer – Free of charge.

Hibernian 1 Ayr Utd 2

The Honest Men made it back to back wins in the Championship after a stunning comeback at Easter Road as they beat 10 man Hibs 2-1. Jason Cummings opened the scoring just after the restart with a quite spectacular goal but the home side were reduced to 10 men after Marvin Bartley was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Adams. United made the most of their man advantage and turned the game on its head as goals from Conrad Balatoni and Brian Gilmour gave Ayr a memorable win.

McCall was happy with the side which defeated Morton at Somerset last week and stuck with the same side as they aimed to repeat the same result.

Ayr were under pressure right from the start and after only 2 minutes the home side carved out their first chance. Gray received the ball on the right and his cross was met by Holt and his header was clawed away by Fleming from close range to keep the score level.

10 minutes gone and it was Shinnie’s turn to test Fleming however his strike from a Holt cross was tame and collected easily by the keeper.

Shinnie continued to threaten and after 19 minutes almost opened the scoring. A dangerous ball into the box was miss-hit by Cummings and the ball came across the 6 yard box with Shinnie’s touch sending the ball off the woodwork.

The home side continued to press for the opener and almost scored through a lapse in the Ayr defence on 27 minutes. Balatoni missed a high ball in the box and Stevenson got a shot away on goal but Fleming was there to smother the shot from a tight angle.

Just before halftime, Fyvie was next to try and put Hibs in front and his free-kick from 20 yards out flew just wide of the left hand post as Ayr went into halftime on level terms.

It didn’t take the home side long to open the scoring after the restart and on 49 minutes they took the lead through Cummings. The striker picked the ball up on the right and from 25 yards out, curled a brilliant shot into the top left hand corner to give Fleming no chance and his side a 1-0 lead.

Ayr were quick to respond to this setback and almost hauled themselves level if it weren’t for Fyvie who hooked an Adam’s header off the line from a Gilmour corner on 53 minutes.

The home side’s pressure continued and Shinnie’s shot was well palmed away by Fleming from 20 yards out on 55 minutes. Fleming was doing well to keep the score down as Hibs looked dangerous throughout the match.

60 minutes gone and it was again Shinnie who had a chance to increase the home side’s lead as he picked up the ball in the box and with plenty of time and space, he could only fire a strike straight at Fleming who made a solid stop.

The turning point in the match came after 66 minutes when Hibs were reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of Bartley. The midfielder took a loose touch and in a desperate attempt to win the ball back, tackled Adams with a dangerous challenge which referee Nick Walsh deemed as a red card.

It wasn’t long before Ayr made the most of their man advantage and after 74 minutes hauled themselves level through Balatoni. Gilmour whipped in a corner from the left and Balatoni met a header at the near post to level the score and send Ayr fans into raptures.

The home side continued to press however Graham’s shot inside the box was well wide of the target after 77 minutes.

79 minutes on the clock and Ayr turned the game around as Gilmour gave Ayr a surprise lead. Devlin picked up the ball on the right and drove past Stevenson before sending in a low cross which met Gilmour who had the simplest of tasks of slotting the ball into the net from close range to put Ayr 2-1 ahead.

Ayr withstood continuous pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game and held out for a magnificent win against the current Scottish Cup holders. The win lifts Ayr into 6th place.

Ayr now look to continue their good form as they travel to Falkirk next week.

Hibernian

Marciano, Gray, Hanlon, Bartley, McGinn, Fyvie, Holt, Stevenson, Shinnie, McGregor, Cummings. Substitutes Laidlaw, McGeough, Boyle, Keatings, Forster, Graham, Harris.

Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Forrest, Harkins, Cairney, Adams, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart, Murphy, Thomas, Crawford, Donald, Nisbet, McGuffie.

Referee: Nick Walsh
Attendance: 15,056
Match Report: AUmedia

Donald Cameron 1939-2016

Former chairman and honorary president Donald Cameron has passed away a short time ago after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Donald joined the board in 1987 and became chairman in 2005 where he served until 2008 and had to step down due to ill health.

He passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Los Angeles.

Donald is survived by wife Marian and children Lachlan, Donald and Fiona.

Everyone at Ayr United is saddened by the news and sends their condolences to the family.

The players will wear black armbands at Easter Road tomorrow as a mark of respect.

McGuffie signs new deal

Craig McGuffie last night signed a new two year deal with the club which will keep him at Somerset Park until at least the end of the 2017/18 season.

Manager Ian McCall said :”Craig is very very talented. He has a long way to go and he knows that but he is a great boy and works very hard. He has real natural ability and has a chance to become an outstanding player. We are delighted to get him on a longer deal.”