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Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 29th October 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to take on Greenock Morton and will be looking to extend their good run of form. Last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Queen of the South saw the Honest Men keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet and earn a fourth league win in six matches – no other Championship side has picked up more points from their last six games. The result saw Ayr move two points ahead of Morton into sixth place.

For the home side it is a return to league duty after competing in their first national semi-final for 37 years last weekend. Jim Duffy’s side put in a spirited performance but were eventually edged out 2-0 by Aberdeen at Hampden. Ton went into the semi-final on the back of a thumping 5-0 away win over Queen of the South. Their last home match was a 1-0 win over Raith Rovers and the Greenock side are yet to lose at Cappielow this season.

Team News: Craig Moore is out and Mick Wardrope is doubtful.

Ian says:”it’s a match between two form teams and with the run we’ve been on we are looking forward to every match. The players are full of confidence just now and they are training very well. We know that a win would take us close to the top 4 and that would be special after the first 3 games. The big difference in this league is that there are no easy games, any mistakes are punished and we are still the underdogs in pretty much every match.

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 31
Morton wins – 47

Ayr have take just three points from their last seven visits to Cappielow.

Last meeting: The meeting between the sides this season was at Somerset Park seven weeks ago. United went ahead after a goalless first half courtesy of Paul Cairney and Alan Forrest. Despite Morton having Mark Russell sent-off in the 74th minute, a late goal from Ross Forbes made for a nervy finish but the Honest Men held on for all three points.
On this day: in 2011, Ayr came back from two goals down at half-time to defeat Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park. Paul Currie and Greig Spence put the home side ahead at the break but goals from Michael Moffat, John Robertson and, in the last minute, Chris Smith earned United all three points. It was the second time in a week defender Smith had scored the winner – four days previously his header against St. Mirren saw the Honest Men win through to the League Cup semi-final.

Match Officials:
Referee – Mat Northcroft
Assistant Referee 1 – Andy Milne
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Ayr supporters will be in the away section of the main stand which can be accessed from the Sinclair St end of the ground.

Admission:
Adult – £18
Concession – £15 (oaps, students, 16-18)
Child 12-16 years – £5
Child U12 – FREE ENTRY if accompanied with an adult.

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Ayr Utd 1 Queen of the South 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Queen of the South

The Honest Men continued their good form with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Queen of the South. Paul Cairney’s strike early in the second half was enough to earn Ayr all 3 points.

It was the visitors who created all the chances in the first half and after only 5 mins had a great opportunity to open the scoring. Murphy was caught on the ball by Dobbie who raced towards goal however he could only drag his shot wide of the far left post.

2 mins later and Queens were again putting Ayr under pressure and this time it was Millar who was sent through into the box by Dobbie and his strike was well saved at the feet by Fleming.

On 34 mins Dobbie was given an almost identical chance to the one 5 mins. A long ball from Brownlie met Dobbie on the right hand side and he drove into the box with the ball however produced the same end product as he pulled his shot wide of the post.

The last chance of the half for Queens came on 40 minutes. From an Ayr attack, Queens broke on the counter and Marshall raced down the left before delivering a great ball into the box with which Dobbie somehow failed to make contact, with the empty goal beckoning.

Into the second half and Queens created another chance this time through Dowie on 46 mins. Brotherston swung in a freekick which met Dowie who was unmarked but he could only head straight towards Fleming.

After 47 mins Ayr created their first real opportunity of the game through Docherty. Devlin wriggled into the box then cut the ball back to Docherty who fizzed a shot just over the bar.

51 mins on the clock and Nisbet was next to try his luck from the edge of the area but he saw his shot deflected over the bar by Dowie.

From the resultant corner Ayr opened the scoring through Cairney. The corner was headed away only for Meggatt to deliver the ball back into the box to Harkins who laid the ball off for Cairney who drove the ball home into the bottom left corner from 20 yards. 52 minutes gone and Ayr were ahead.

It took Queens until the 66th min to respond. Millar whipped a ball in to Dowie in the box however the big defender flashed his header wide of the left hand post.

73 mins gone and Ayr had a glorious chance to double their lead. Harkins found himself through one on one with Robinson after beating a Queens defender in the box however he opted to try and chip the goalie and sent the ball well over the bar.

On 82 mins Queens almost hauled themselves level through Dobbie. Robinson sent the ball forward into attack and Dykes laid the high ball off to Dobbie whose volley went inches past the post from the edge of the box.

In a desperate attempt to get his team level keeper Lee Robinson was repeatedly leaving his box to move up the park, at one point striding up the wing to deliver a long ball into the box from the half way line. As time ran out he twice made his way into the Ayr penalty area first for a corner and then, in injury time, for a Millar freekick. At the freekick the ball found its way to Robinson but his speculative overhead kick was miscued and went harmlessly wide of the post.

This result puts Ayr in 6th place as they travel to Greenock next week to take on Morton.

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

Queen of the South
Robinson, Higgins, Brownlie, Dowie, Marshall, Millar, Pickard, Dykes, Brotherston, Dobbie, Jacobs. Substitutes Leighfield (GK), Anderson, Rigg, Moxon, Nelson, Fergusson.

Referee: John Beaton
Attendance: 1842
Match Report: AUmedia

Q of S match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 22nd October 2016

On form Ayr United begin the second quarter of the Championship season at home to Queen of the South on Saturday. Ian McCall’s men go into the game buoyed by their biggest win of the season at Dumbarton last weekend, and a third consecutive clean sheet, which cemented the Honest Men in seventh place in the table. United have lost just one of their last eight games.

Queen of the South were on the wrong end of a shock 5-0 defeat at home to Morton last Saturday, a result which ended an eight-game unbeaten league run and saw the Doonhamers knocked off top spot by Hibernian, albeit only on goal difference.

Gavin Skelton’s side are in fact without a goal in regulation time in their last five games, a run which includes a 5-0 defeat in the League Cup against Rangers, goalless draws at home to Hibs and away to Dumbarton and a 2-0 extra-time win over Northern Irish champions Linfield.

Team News: Craig Moore is out and Jamie Adams is doubtful.

Ian says: “In our second league match we went to Queen of the South and lost 4-1 and although I didn’t think the margin should have been as wide they still deserved to win. There is no question that we have improved since then and the boys are confident right now and you can see it in the way that they are playing. Some of the players have really stepped up to the plate in recent weeks and we are just looking to keep this run going. Queens lost 5-0 last week so they will be hurting and out to make up for that bad result so its going to be an extremely difficult game. Jamie Thomas has gone back to Burnley, we just felt that Craig McGuffie has improved faster than we expected and it meant that game time for Jamie would most likely be limited so we both agreed it would be best for him to go back to Burnley. I would like to thank him for his efforts while here, he’s a great boy and will have a good future in the game ahead of him.”

The Opposition: Winger Danny Carmichael has rejoined his hometown team since our last meeting with Queen of the South, after a disappointing season with Hibernian in which he only made nine appearances in an injury hit spell in the capital. Carmichael played 184 games for the Doonhamers but was unable to make his second debut against Morton last Saturday. Captain Chris Higgins, Derek Lyle and Dale Hilson also missed the defeat due to injury.

Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 14
Queen of the South wins – 35

The last eight matches between the sides have all been in the league and the Doonhamers have taken 22 from a possible 24 points.

Last meeting: Gavin Skelton’s side ran out comfortable 4-1 winners when the sides last met, at Palmerston Park in August. Derek Lyle opened the scoring after 12 minutes and Stephen Dobbie made it 2-0 just before half-time. Lyle and Lyndon Dykes netted in the second-half either side of Kevin Nesbit’s consolation.

On this day: in 2005, Ayr were defeated 6-0 away from home at Dumbarton. The match turned in the 32nd minute when referee Crawford Allan dismissed United midfielders Dougie Ramsay and Raymond Logan.

Match Officials:
Referee – John Beaton
Assistant Referee 1 – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff

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Any Veterans, Cadets or serving members of the Armed Forces wishing to come along to the game on the 22nd should contact Capt Mick Green on his e-mail 6SCOTS-HQ-PASO@mod.uk or by phone 0141 224 5470 Monday to Friday.

Admission:
Adults – £17
Concessions – £10
Under 16s – £5

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Dumbarton 0 Ayr United 3

Dumbarton 0 v 3 Ayr United

The Honest Men capped off their first quarter in the Championship with an emphatic win over Dumbarton at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium. A hat-trick from Alan Forrest downed the home side as Ayr coasted to victory.

Ayr began the match as they meant to go on and after only 2 mins opened the scoring. Smith gave the ball away in midfield, allowing Cairney to play it to Harkins on the left. Harkins moved into the box but his close range effort was blocked by Martin but Forrest was there to tap in the rebound at the far post. Ayr were off to a perfect start and it was 1-0.

With 15 mins on the clock Ayr again put the home side under pressure. Forrest picked the ball up in midfield and drove forward before passing to Harkins who hit a powerful shot from 25 yards that just cleared the bar.

Dumbarton broke straight up the park and former Honest Man Ryan Stevenson tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area but his shot curled just wide of the left hand post.

Ayr were certainly not shot-shy and after 19 mins had another effort towards goal. Crawford ran forward and laid the ball off to Gilmour who took an audacious chip from the edge of the box which looped just wide of the goal.

Into the second half and Dumbarton had the first chance through Thomson. The midfielder’s shot from 20 yards out was deflected inches wide by Devlin and from the resultant corner, Robert Thomson somehow fired over from just 4 yards out.

Ayr were quick to make Dumbarton rue their missed chances and doubled their lead on 50 mins after a howler from goalkeeper Martin. Martin left his box and made to the by-line and tried to dribble the ball around Harkins who had closed him down. Harkins easily dispossessed the keeper then squared the ball to Forrest who had the simplest of tasks to slot home into the empty net. 2-0 Ayr and Forrest was seeking his first senior hat-trick.

On 60 mins Dumbarton almost halved the deficit. A Stevenson corner was met by Barr and his goal bound header had to be cleared off the line by Docherty.

It went from bad to worse for the home side as they conceded a penalty on 61 mins. Devlin raced down the right hand side and got past Harvie who saw no other option but to haul down the United skipper inside the box. Forrest stepped up to the penalty spot and drove the ball home to complete his hat-trick. 3-0 Ayr and The Honest Men were looking impressive.

The home side continued to try and pull a goal back and almost did so through Stanton on 67 mins. The winger cut inside from the right and his curling drive was well saved by Fleming as the shot looked destined for the top corner.

Ayr were handed a glorious chance to make it 4-0 on 78 mins with when substitute Nisbet drove past the Dumbarton defence into space but Martin did well to block his shot in a one-on-one situation.

Ayr’s passing and movement was slick, fast and creative. On 79 mins this brought the fans to their feet as they went close again. The ball was moved from one side of the pitch to the other and, with flicks and short passes, McGuffie and Gilmour created apace on the edge of the box. Unfortunately, Gilmour’s exquisitely curled drive scraped narrowly past the post.

The result leaves Ayr in 7th place and aiming to continue their good form as they face Queen of the South at Somerset next week.

Dumbarton
Martin, Pettigrew, Docherty, Thomson, Stevenson, Todd, Thomson, Stanton, Harvie, Barr, Smith. Substitutes Ewings (GK), Buchanan, Fleming, McCallum, Wright, Stirling.

Ayr Untied
Fleming, Devlin, Gilmour, Murphy, Crawford, Forrest, Harkins, Cairney, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Boyle, O’Connell, Donald, Nisbet, McGuffie.

Referee: Gavin Duncan
Attendance: 1005
Match Report: AUmedia

Dumbarton match preview

Match Preview
Dumbarton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 15th October 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United conclude the first quarter of the Championship season with a trip to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium to face Dumbarton. Ian McCall’s men go into the game in good heart after winning through to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup with an extra-time win over Falkirk. It was a second consecutive clean sheet for the Honest Men, who are unbeaten in six of the last seven matches.

Dumbarton’s players had last weekend off as they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Stranraer in the third round. The Sons earned a respectable goalless draw at home to league leaders Queen of the South in their last game, a point which leaves them in ninth place.
Stephen Aitken’s side have just one win this season, at home to Dundee United in the second week of the league campaign.

Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams and Jamie Thomas are unavailable.

Ian says: “This is the last game of the first quarter of matches and we are not afraid of anyone after seeing our performances in the last 7 games. Dumbarton tend to be strong at home so we know it will be a very difficult game. Tuesday night was the best training session I have had with the players since I came to the club, the players are looking fantastic and really confident so we are really looking forward to the game and finishing off the first quarter on a high.”

The Opposition: Dumbarton are competing in the second of tier of Scottish football for the fifth consecutive season after winning promotion in 2012. Former Stranraer manager Stephen Aitken took over as manager of the Sons in May 2015 after Ian Murray departed for St. Mirren, and steered the club to eighth position last season.

Ayr United fans’ favourite Ryan Stevenson was the highest profile addition to the Sons’ playing squad in the summer, joining a number of experienced professionals including defenders Darren Barr and Frazer Wright. Craig Pettigrew is another Ayr fan amongst the Dumbarton ranks, while ‘keeper Alan Martin won promotion with the Honest Men in 2011.

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 53
Draws – 22
Dumbarton wins – 44

Last meeting: Ayr and Dumbarton have avoided each other in the last five seasons, last meeting in Season 2010/11 when United won three of the four Division 2 fixtures on the way to promotion via the play-offs. The last game between the sides was at the then-named Bet Butler Stadium in April 2011 and saw the Honest Men win 2-0. Alan Trouten and Michael Moffat netted first-half goal, with a Eddie Malone own-goal the only consolation for the Sons. United captain Nicky Devlin featured for the home side.

On this day: in 1960, Ayr defeated Heart of Midlothian 1-0 at Somerset Park, Billy Fulton scoring after just 9 minutes. The Honest Men are unbeaten in their five fixtures on this date stretching back to 1983.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Menzies

Admission:
Adult – £18
Concessions – £9
Parent & Child (u12) – £24

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