Brechin City 0 Ayr Utd 1

Brechin City 0 v 1 Ayr United

With five first team regulars missing, Brechin set out to make this match difficult for their Championship opponents, with a well organised defensive backline and a hard-working midfield which gave United little time on the ball. For their efforts, they limited Ayr to only a few chances throughout the first half although the Ayrshire men appeared comfortable with Docherty impressing in the centre of midfield.

When Ayr did carve out openings, former United keeper Graeme Smith was on top form and kept Brechin in the game. The first of his saves came on 21 mins when an Adams shot from the edge of the box seemed to be creeping in at the right-hand post but somehow the Brechin keep got down to turn the ball wide. On 35 mins O’Connell broke into the box on the right and rifled a shot towards the net only for Smith to spectacularly tip the ball over the top when the crowd expected to see the net bulge.

Brechin were limited to few chances in the first 45 mins and posed Ayr little problem with former Ayr striker Ross Caldwell very quiet and located deep in the impressive Balatoni’s pocket.

The second half settled into a similar pattern to the first with Brechin still to have a shot on target and Ayr pressing forward but being thwarted by resolute defending. Adams and Harkins twice had efforts blocked in the opening 10 mins then out of the blue Brechin almost snatched the lead.

A deflected cross from the right somehow reached Brechin winger Ally Love, in acres of space just 4 yards out, but keeper Fleming produced an excellent reaction save to the dismay of the home support.

On 70 mins Ayr finally got the breakthrough. Harkins was fouled some twenty yards out and McGuffie set up as if to play the ball into the box. Harkins broke left and McGuffie slipped the ball through to him. With exquisite skill Harkins drove to the bye line before whipping the ball across to the unmarked O’Connell who turned and smacked the ball into the net.

Although Brechin tried everything they could in the last 20 mins, Ayr were quite comfortable and only an excellent double save by Smith from Harkins and substitute Forrest stopped Ayr from doubling their lead.

Ayr now return to league duties on Saturday with a challenging fixture at Dunfermline.

Brechin City
Smith, Fusco, Smith, Hill, Dyer, Ford, Rodger, Lynas, Love, Caldwell, Buchanan Substitutes: McCormack, Dods, Graham, O’Neil
Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, Balatoni, Crawford, Docherty, Adams, McGuffie, Harkins, O’Connell Substitues: Avci (GK), Gilmour, Rose, Forrest, Donald, Wardrope
Referee: Alan Muir
Attendance: 308
Match Report: AUmedia

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Scottish Cup 4th rd draw

Brechin City or Ayr United have been drawn at home to Queens Park or Montrose in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Ties will be played the weekend of the 21st January.

If Tomorrow nights match ends in a draw the replay will be at Somerset Park on Tuesday the 6th of December at 7.45pm

Brechin Match Preview

Match Preview
Brechin City vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round
Saturday 26th November 2016

The Road to Hampden starts on Saturday, with Ayr United making the journey north to face Brechin City at Glebe Park. United ended a four match losing run with a point in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday night – but felt aggrieved not to take all three points.

Brechin City occupy third place in League 1, two points behind leaders Livingston but have lost to both Livi and second-placed Airdrie in recent weeks. The Hedgemen were inactive last weekend after their home game against Albion Rovers fell victim to a frozen pitch.

Skipper Paul McLean will miss the game through suspension after he was sent off in City’s last fixture, a 1-0 defeat at the Excelsior Stadium. Manager Darren Dods can, however, call upon young Hearts striker Robbie Buchanan who has joined the Angus club on loan. He joins former Honest Men Alan Trouten and Ross Caldwell among Dod’s attacking options.

Team News: Paul Cairney is out with a two match suspension. Kevin Nisbet and Scott McKenna are both unavailable and Craig Moore is out.

Ian says:”Brechin have been doing really well in the league and we have been there enough in recent times to know just how difficult a place it is to go. The good thing is that we have important players back from injury and they all go straight into the squad (Jamie Adams, Brian Gilmour and Ross Docherty). We played very well on Tuesday night and the important thing now is to continue that. Its a really important game, we want a cup run and are very focused on getting into the next round draw.”


Ayr United wins – 50
Draws – 17
Brechin City wins – 34
United have won just one of their last 8 trips to Glebe Park.

Last meeting: The sides have met in the Scottish Cup just once before; United winning a fourth round tie 1-0 at Somerset Park in January 2010 thanks to a 3rd minute Mark Roberts goal.
On this day: in 1955, Ayr put eight goals past East Stirlingshire in an 8-1 home win.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon McLean

Adult – £13,
Concession – £7
Parent & Child – £16

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Raith match preview & info

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers
Ladbrokes Championship

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Kick-off 7.45pm
On Tuesday night, Ayr United head east to face Raith Rovers at Starks Park. United will be looking to get back to winning ways after three league defeats in-a-row. It was a former Rovers player, James Craigen, who netted the only goal of the game for visitors Falkirk at Somerset Park on Saturday, although Ian McCall’s were unlucky not to take something from the game.

Raith come into the game on the back of consecutive goalless draws, away to Dunfermline and Dumbarton, results which have extended Gary Locke’s side’s unbeaten run to five games. The Rovers can climb to third in the table with a win.

Team News:Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty and Brian Gilmour are out.
Ian says:”We were really unfortunate to come away with nothing from Saturday’s match. We got into some great positions and on another day the end result could have been much different. It just shows how difficult this league is, we need to be at our best every week and we are delighted to have another opportunity so quickly to get a positive result.”

Head-to-Head (league games):
Ayr United wins – 48
Draws – 43
Raith Rovers wins – 48
United are unbeaten in their last five visits to Starks Park.

Last meeting: Rovers were 2-0 winners on the opening day of the Championship campaign with Ross Callachan and Ross Matthews on the scoresheet. The last meeting between the sides in Kirkcaldy was in March 2012 and saw Brian Graham open the scoring and then get sent-off in the first-half. A Mark Roberts penalty and Eddie Malone free-kick after the break put United ahead but the Rovers snatched a point at the death through Argentine striker Damian Casalinuovo.

On this day: in 2005, Ayr faced Raith Rovers at Somerset Park – a match also played on a Tuesday night. The Honest Men took the lead through Chris Robertson but despite Eddie Annand scoring for Rovers just two minutes later, Ayr earned all three points courtesy of a Craig Conway penalty. United have won six of their last 8 fixtures played on the 22nd November.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie McMullan
Assistant Referee 2 – David Doig

Adult – £15
Junior (Under 16, when accompanied by an adult) – £5
Junior (12-16, when unaccompanied) – £8
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £8
Student / Jobseeker – £10
Disability & Carer Concession – £8

Adults pay at the gate while all concessions must purchase tickets from the ticket office, with proof of entitlement.

Away fans will be accommodated in the Turnbull Hutton (Home) Stand section D/E in the South section of the stand. Segregation will be in place.

The Raith Suite in the Turnbull Hutton Stand is open for all patrons from around 1800.

Turnstiles for general access will be open from 1845 however early gates are open from 1730 for lounge access. There is limited facilities for the display of large flags and banners if 200 -250 away fans turn up.

Wheelchair or ambulant fans will have the choice of the McDermid or the front of the South Stand…which is preferable given there is no food outlets open in the McDermid.

Car parking for disabled fans is in the North Car Park and this is allocated on a first come basis. The car Park will be open from 1715.

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Ayr Utd 0 Falkirk 1

In treacherous conditions Ayr fell to a 1-0 defeat against Falkirk. An early goal from James Craigen proved to be enough for The Bairns as they held on for the 3 points.

It was the away side who started the brightest and carved out their first chance after 3 mins. A dinged ball into the box fell to Baird who from 12 yards out could only balloon his volley over the bar.

3 minutes later and Falkirk were pressurising the Ayr back line again. A long corner from Kerr found Leahy who’s first time volley was initially blocked and Leahy could only drag his second effort wide of the post from inside the box.

Leahy was involved in most of The Bairns’ good work going forward and on 10 mins his driven cross found Baird but the striker fluffed his lines and the ball went harmlessly wide.

The away side’s constant waves of attack proved too much for United as they broke the deadlock on 14 mins. Baird picked the ball up in midfield and sent the ball into the middle of the park before it was sent out wide to Muirhead, the defender sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was swept home by Craigen for 1-0 Falkirk.

Ayr tried to respond immediately after however Nisbet’s shot from the edge of the area went wide of the left hand post as he slipped before releasing the strike.

Ayr’s best chance of the half came on 19 mins when Boyle’s cross found Forrest in the box but his shot was miss-hit totally from 10 yards out. Crawford then laid the ball off to Harkins on the edge of the area however he blasted his effort over the bar.

Just before halftime Falkirk almost doubled their lead through Miller. On 44 mins the striker found himself through one on one with Fleming but the United stopper came out on top to deny the away side a second goal.

On 59 mins Falkirk came inches away from a second goal of it weren’t for a Fleming wonder save. Baird collected the ball on the right and his high looping shot was tipped into the back post by Fleming who did superbly to get fingertips to the ball as it looked destined for the net.

Harkins was next to try his luck but his shot from the edge of the area was just wide of the left hand post on 64 mins.

The Bairns were denied by the woodwork again on 72 mins. Miller slipped the ball through to Craigen in the box and his touch on the ball took it past Fleming however it came back off the left hand post and was cleared.

Ayr began to press desperately for an equaliser and Crawford was next to try his luck. The midfielder met the ball in the box with an overhead kick which went over the bar on 78 mins.

86 mins and O’Connell was next to try and haul United level with his shot from the edge of the area however it was straight down the throat of Rodgers and caused the Falkirk keeper no problems.

Ayr’s last chance of the game came in injury time when Harkins managed to wriggle his way through two Falkirk players into the box but stumbled at the vital moment and couldn’t get a shot away as Falkirk held on for the win.

Ayr will look to bounce back from this 3rd straight league defeat as they travel to Kirkcaldy on Tuesday evening to play Raith Rovers.

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

Rodgers, Leahy, Muirhead, McCracken, Rankin, Kerr, Baird, Sibbald, Gasporotto, Miller, Craigen. Substitutes Mehmet (GK), Kidd, Hippolyte, Grant, Austin, McHugh, Watson.

Referee: Gavin Duncan
Attendance: 1,414
Match Report: AUmedia

Falkirk Match Preview

Match Preview
St. Mirren vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 19th November 2016

It is the Honest Men versus the Bairns on Saturday when Falkirk are the visitors to Somerset Park. United will be looking to get back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats, including last Saturday’s reverse in the Irn-Bru Cup at St. Mirren.

Falkirk held league leaders Hibernian to a draw at Easter Road in the Championship last weekend, despite going down to 10 men in the 25th minute. Peter Houston’s side took the lead in the 78th minute through John Baird but were unable to hold on to an unlikely victory.

It was a second consecutive draw for the Bairns after they required a late Lee Miller goal to take a point at home to Morton a fortnight ago – and a fourth match without a win, results which have seen them drop from third to fifth in the standings.

Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty and Brian Gilmour are out. Mikey Donald is 50/50.

Ian says: “We have huge motivation for this game after a few losses in a row and the chance to be 1 point behind Falkirk in the league with a victory. Falkirk will be up there at the end of the season so it would be a significant result. We have a few injuries for the first time this season which is a great opportunity for some of the other boys to come in and play well and stake a claim for a starting place. We have had some really top performances in training this week and everyone is raring to go.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 29
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins – 23

Falkirk are without a win in their last five visits to Somerset Park.
Last meeting: Two late goals from Falkirk snatched all three points for the home side when the sides met in the league in September but an extra-time goal from Gary Harkins saw United win in the Challenge Cup last month. The last league meeting between the sides at Somerset Park was in March 2012, Andy Geggan scoring the only goal for Ayr in a 1-0 win.

On this day: Bad news: 19th November is the only date during the regular season on which Ayr United have never won a match. Indeed, the Honest Men have a dreadful record on this day in history, playing 17 games; drawing 4 and losing 13. The most recent fixture played on this date was in the Scottish Cup versus Montrose in 2011 which ended 2-2 at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff

Adult – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5