Raith match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers
Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 28th February 2017, Kick-off 7.45pm

On Tuesday night, Ayr United have an early opportunity to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of St. Mirren on Saturday when Raith Rovers make the trip to Somerset Park. United have lost their last three league matches at home but know a first league win since mid-October will close the gap to the Kirkcaldy side in 8th place to one point.

Raith Rovers have recorded a league victory more recently than the Honest Men – but only just. The Fifers are without a win since October 29th and have picked up just six points from a possible 42 since. On Saturday, they were defeated 2-1 in Dumfries, John Rankin and Derek Lyle scoring early goals for Queen of the South with Raith defender Jean-Yves Mvoto’s second-half header proving only to be consolation.

The Opposition: Former Ayr United captain John Hughes was appointed manager of Raith Rovers earlier this month following the departure of Gary Locke. Hughes made 63 appearances for Ayr, scoring twice, and led the side to the League Cup final in 2002.

It is just over 5 years since Yogi last managed a side at Somerset Park – his only time in the opposition dugout. Andy Geggan (2) and Eddie Malone scoring in a 3-1 win over Hughes’s Livingston side, for whom Ross Docherty featured at right-back.

Also returning to Somerset Park is Ryan Stevenson. Stevo has already found the net in front of the home faithful this season while at Dumbarton but made the switch to Raith Rovers in January and scored a trademark long range effort against Hibs a fortnight ago. Prior to his departure, Gary Locke also added striker Ryan Hardie on loan from Rangers.

Team News: Ross Docherty is suspended. Peter Murphy, Robbie Crawford and Jamie Adams are out with injuries. Paddy Boyle and Declan McDaid are doubtful.

Ian McCall says: “It’s another huge game, they all are for us now. We were absolutely devastated with the result and performance on Saturday so it is great we have this game to try and put it right so quickly. We need to have more passion and desire and get around the pitch better. We are still right in the mix, a win tomorrow and we increase the gap on St Mirren and bring several teams closer to us so its a really big game.”

Head-to-Head (league competition):
Ayr United wins – 48
Draws – 44
Raith Rovers wins – 48

Last meeting: There was plenty of drama when the sides last met at the end of November. Joel Coustrain put the home side ahead after 17 minutes at Starks Park but Rovers captain Kyle Benedictus was sent off before half-time for picking up two yellow cards. The Honest Men were in the ascendancy but hopes of an equaliser were given a setback when a crude challenge from Paul Cairney on the hour mark saw United’s

The return fixture on the opening day of the season at Somerset Park ended 2-0 to the Rovers with Ross Callachan and Ross Matthews on the scoresheet.

On this day: in 2009, United defeated Queen’s Park 3-0 at Hampden Park courtesy of goals from Mark Roberts, Kenny Connolly and Ryan Stevenson.

Match Officials:
Referee – Willie Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Connor Ashwood

Adults – £17
Concessions – £10
U16s – £5

Quarter Final ticket information

On Saturday we travel to Easter Road for the William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final. Kick off is 3pm.

Ticket prices are £20 for adults and £10 concessions.

There are two ways to get your tickets for this match.

We will have tickets in the club shop at Somerset Park available from 5pm tomorrow night (Tuesday 28th February. The club shop will also be open Wednesday 12-4, Thursday 12-7 and Friday 12-4 for ticket sales.

Our supporters can also purchase tickets from 1.30pm on the day of the match (Saturday 4th March) at the South Stand ticket pod which is where our support will be on the day, the same as the two league matches this season.

If the match is postponed on Saturday it will be played on Tuesday 7th March and in the event of a draw the replay will be on Tuesday 14th March.

The Ayr United Travel Club are running buses to the match priced at £10. Buses will leave the Campbeltown Bar at 10.45am. (The pub opens at 10am)

To book seats please contact Jamie on 07792 747354, Jeanne on 07599 289517 or Lisa on 07599289514

St Mirren match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. St Mirren
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 25th February 2017

Somerset Park plays hosts to a huge match at the foot of the Championship table on Saturday when bottom side St. Mirren are the visitors. The Buddies sit eight points adrift of the Honest Men with a game in hand, having picked up just two league wins this season.

Ayr will hope that the last gasp drama that saw them snatch a point at Dumbarton last weekend will provide them with the impetus in the search for a long-awaited victory, while St. Mirren come into the game on the back of consecutive cup wins, against East Fife and The New Saints which have seen them progress to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and final of the Irn-Bru Cup.

St. Mirren’s two league wins this season came in back-to-back games at the start of December against Raith Rovers and Queen of the South. Since then they have picked up four points from a possible 21; Ayr meanwhile have notched up five points from our last seven league games.

The Opposition:
Manager Jack Ross have overseen wholesale changes to the St. Mirren squad over the winter, signing no fewer than 10 players in the January transfer window. Among the new arrivals are Craig Storie and Cammy Smith on loan from Aberdeen, striker Rory Loy from Dundee and keeper Billy O’Brien, who has joined from Manchester City. Stephen McGinn has also returned to the club after leaving for Watford in 2010.

Team News: Ross Docherty begins a 2 match suspension. Robbie Crawford is out with an injury picked up at Easter Road and Declan McDaid has a 50/50 chance.

Ian McCall says: “One look at the league table tells you just how a big a game this is for both teams. Both teams have similar form in that there are too many draws and we need to start turning our draws into wins. If we do that it won’t take long for the league table to look vastly different to what it does now. It’s a game we are really looking forward to as we have to turn our home form around and quickly. When you look at the squad St Mirren have you would expect them to be in the top 4 so we know they have a lot of quality and are playing better than earlier in the season. We are at Somerset Park, we have to start winning games here and will be picking the team accordingly.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 21
St Mirren wins – 23
United have won just one of the last 11 league fixtures between the sides and Saturday is the 50th league meeting between Ayr and St Mirren at Somerset Park.

Last meeting: Ayr and St. Mirren have already met four times this season. The Saints recorded League Cup and League Challenge Cup wins at the Paisley 2021 stadium earlier on in the season, while both league fixtures have ended 1-1. The Buddies have scored decisive goals in the last 10 minutes all four matches between the sides this season.

On this day: in 2012, United defeated Livingston 3-1 at Somerset Park. The visitors opened the scoring in the 11th minute but Ayr roared back, Andy Geggan netting twice and Eddie Malone also on the scoresheet.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Thomson
Assistant Referee 1 – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee 2 – Thomas Shaw

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

Badge entries close Friday 24th

A month ago we confirmed that we have been left with no option other than to change our club badge and asked for designs to be sent in that meet with the criteria given by the Court of the Lord Lyon.

We have had an incredible response so far and have received hundreds of entries from supporters ranging from Ayr to Patna to Peru!

We are closing the entries from the close of play tomorrow (Friday 24th Feb) and the board of directors will go through the entries, choosing a number of which will then go to a supporters vote to decide the next club badge.

Any entries can be sent in to commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or handed in at the club.

Club Shop Update


The club shop ALL STOCK 1/2 price winter sale finishes online and in store on Tuesday 28th February. This is your last chance to grab a bargain before prices revert to normal.

Shop hours up until Tuesday are as follows:

Thursday 23rd February 12pm – 4pm

Friday 24th 12pm – 3pm

Saturday 25th (Ayr United v ST Mirren) 11am – 3pm and for a short while after the match

Sunday 26th Closed

Monday 27th 12pm – 4pm

Tuesday 28th (Ayr United v Raith Rovers) 5pm – 7.45pm and for a short while after the match

Dumbarton 2 Ayr Utd 2

The Honest Men snatched a dramatic point despite being down to ten men in a 2-2 draw at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium. Ross Docherty was given his marching orders midway through the first half before Stanton notched two goals for the home side in the second half. However, against all the odds, Ayr grabbed a point through a Michael Rose freekick and Craig Moore penalty in injury time.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side on 2 mins when Stirling’s initial shot was blocked and Thomson fired over the rebound from close range inside the area. On 14 mins it was Stanton causing Ayr problems again when he cut in from the right and curled a shot just wide of the post from the edge of the area.

Thomson almost broke the deadlock for the home side on 25 mins when he met a cross from the right hand side from a Smith cross however his header rebounded back off the post and the ball was cleared.

Ayr’s slow start to the game got even worse when Docherty was given his marching orders on 27 mins for a high and reckless challenge on Stirling, giving referee McKendrick no hesitation when showing the red card.

Dumbarton continued to put United under pressure and Stanton had another strike from the edge of the area which flew over the bar on 40 mins.

Into the second half and Ayr threatened the Dumbarton goal for the first time of the afternoon on 51 mins. Harkins received the ball in the box and had a shot which appeared to be blocked by the hand of a defender however the referee waved play on.

58 mins gone and Thomson was next to try his luck, this time seeing his fizzing shot from inside the box blocked by Devlin from close range.

Dumbarton finally broke the deadlock on 62 mins through Stanton. Stanton drove forward and his strike from 20 yards out hit the top right hand corner despite Fleming getting a hand on the ball.

It got from bad to worse for Ayr on 75 mins when Stanton met a loose ball inside the area after Ayr failed to clear and coolly slid the ball under Fleming into the net to put his side two head.

Ayr pulled a goal back in the first minute of injury time through Rose. After Cairney was fouled 20 yards out from goal, Rose stepped up to curl the ball into the bottom corner to give Ayr a lifeline.

Dumbarton lost the ball straight after kick off after a superb tackle by Devlin, from there Ayr played some neat one touch football before Adams burst into the box and was tumbled down by Barr. Unbelievably Ayr had won a penalty and were handed a chance to snatch a point. Moore stepped up the spot and fired the ball right into the bottom left corner despite Martin’s best efforts in what was virtually the last kick of the game to send the Ayr fans into raptures.

The big games keep coming for The Honest Men as they now welcome St Mirren to Somerset Park on Saturday.

Martin, Docherty, Buchanan, Carswell, Thomson, Stanton, Harvie, Barr, Stirling, Smith, Nade. Substitutes Ewings (GK), McCrorie, Lang, Gallagher, Fleming, Prior, Vaughan.

Ayr United
Fleming, Boyle, McDaid, Harkins, Cairney, El Alagui, Adams, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Murphy, Rose, Moore, Wardrope, McGuffie.

Referee: John McKendrick
Attendance: 1198
Match Report: AUmedia

Dumbarton match preview

Match Preview
Dumbarton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 18th February 2017

After, eventually, winning through to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night, attention now turns to a vital run of Championship matches which starts with Saturday’s trip to face Dumbarton at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

United have drawn seven of their last 10 league matches, including the last six away from home, but are without a win in 13. Dumbarton – and Raith Rovers – currently lie four points ahead of Ayr with the Sons having played a game more. Both Ayr and Dumbarton will be looking to extend their advantage over bottom side St. Mirren, who are in Challenge Cup action this weekend.

Stephen Aitken’s side were inactive last weekend on account of their defeat to Bonnyrigg Rose in the third round of the Scottish Cup. Their last match was a 2-2 draw at home to bottom side St. Mirren. The Sons were twice behind but hit back with goals from Christian Nade and Robert Thomson. Nade has netted in each of his last three games for the Sons.

Team News: Robbie Crawford is still out with an injury he received at Easter Road. Everyone else is available.

Ian McCall says: “It is obvious to say that our next 3 league matches in the next 10 days are extremely big games but it is something that I want the players to embrace and enjoy. Everyone keeps throwing stats at us about a lack of wins and of course we need to win more games and start turning draws into wins however I have said to the players that over the last few months we have lost very few games so we are not far away. We need to be more clinical and score more goals. We have quite a few players back for the game and have an almost full squad to pick from so we are really looking forward to getting out there.”

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 54
Draws – 23
Dumbarton wins – 44

The last five matches between the sides at the Rock have averaged 5.2 goals per game.
Last meeting: The last meeting followed the trend of high scoring encounters between sides as Ayr and Dumbarton shared eight goals between them at Somerset Park on Christmas Eve. Scott McKenna and Gary Harkins put United ahead but Robert Thomson, on the stroke of half-time, and Daniel Harvie levelled the scores in blustery conditions in Ayrshire. An Alan Forrest penalty which saw Andy Stirling sent-off put Ayr back ahead then Joe Thomson and Paul Cairney traded goals within a minute of each other before returning hero Ryan Stevenson snatched a point for the 10 men Sons in the 88th minute.

On this day: in 1911, Ayr United defeated Dumbarton Harp 1-0 in the Scottish Consolation Cup.

Match Officials:
Referee – John McKendrick
Assistant Referee 1 – Douglas Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Spence

Adults – £18
Concessions – £9
Parent & Child (U12)- £24

Clyde preview & info

Cup Replay Information

Sun, 12th Feb 2017 7:27pm
Clyde will host Ayr United at Broadwood on Tuesday night, in a William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round replay.

The match will decide which club faces Hearts or Hibs in the Quarter-Final stage and, if required, extra-time and penalties will be played to determine a winner.

Team News – Jamie Adams missed out due to the surface, Farid El Alagui is cup tied, Robbie Crawford, Craig Moore and Paddy Boyle miss out through injury however all are expected to be available for Saturday.

Ian says :”Hopefully it’s a better day for football, the surface should be decent to play some football on and for us its all about taking the chances that we create. It’s not the only area that we need to improve in however we need to be more clinical and get in front of teams when we have the chance. It’s a chance to get to the Quarter Final of the Scottish cup and play in a cracking stadium with a huge prize so we will be doing everything we can to get through.”

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and fans of both clubs should note the following information:-

Admission: Entry prices are; adults £12, all concessions £6.

Away fans: Visiting fans of Ayr United will be housed in the away section of the Main Stand and should enter via turnstiles A and B.

Car Parking: In order to relieve growing congestion, access to the Main Stand car park will be restricted to those with accreditation. This will include Clyde FC players, staff and officials, visiting directors, Executive Club members, hospitality guests and those with disability parking badges. All other vehicles will be directed to the West Stand car park.

Additional car parking facilities for visiting fans will be available at St Maurice’s school.

Club 58: Open from 6.15pm for both sets of supporters. Entry is fee and fans can also bring their own alcoholic drinks for a corkage fee of £2.

The Clyde View: Issue 13b of the club’s award-winning matchday programme will be on sale, priced at £2.50

Teamsheets: Available from the Clyde Office approximately 30 minutes before kick-off and charged at 20p per copy.

Club Shop: Open from 7pm.

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Ayr United 1 v 1 Clyde

The Honest Men are to do it the hard way if they are to progress to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup (against either Hearts or Hibs) after being held to a 1-1 draw by Clyde at Somerset. Ex-Ayr man David Gormley gave Clyde and early second half lead before Paul Cairney levelled for United.

Ayr created their first chance of the game after only 3 mins. Cairney passed the ball to Harkins on the edge of the area who created himself space before curling a shot towards the bottom corner which was turned around the post by Quinn.

After 7 mins Clyde had their first effort on goal through Gormley. The striker picked the ball up from 40 yards out and at Peter an audacious lob which was dealt with comfortable by Fleming.

On 25 mins, it was McDaid who was next to try his luck. McDaid picked the ball up on the right and curled a shot from the edge of the area which was superbly caught in mid-air by Quinn.

Clyde had another chance of their own on 27 mins when Murphy mis-read the flight of the ball allowing McDonald a shot on goal from the edge of the area however it went wide of the left-hand post.

31 mins gone and McDaid had another chance to break the deadlock. Harkins’ chipped ball into the box was met by McDaid who’s flick on the ball was diverted wide by Quinn from close range.

Ayr continued to press and on 37 mins came inches away from taking the lead. McGuffie picked the ball up on the edge of the area and saw his fierce shot palmed away my Quinn. Devlin then received the ball on the right and saw his deflected shot rebound off the right-hand post and run along the goal line, inches away from being tapped home.

Ayr’s final chance of the half came on 40 mins when McDaid broke through, one on one with the keeper, but saw his shot saved by Quinn when cutting the ball back to the unmarked McGuffie seemed the better option.

Ayr had the first chance of the second half when Gilmour met the ball on the edge of the area and volleyed wide of the left-hand post on 52 mins.

Ayr were made to pay for their missed chances when Gormley opened the scoring on 55 mins. Johnstone’s initial shot on the edge of the area was blocked before McDonald cut the ball across to Gormley who was free on the left and coolly slotted the ball into the net.

Ayr attempted to respond quickly and on 58 mins Balatoni met a lobbed ball by McDaid however his backwards header went over the bar from close range.

Against the run of play it almost got worse for Ayr on 66 mins when Cairney lost the ball away in midfield to Higgins who took a low drive towards goal which smacked back off the post.

Ayr finally got their name on the scoresheet on 69 mins. A Gilmour corner wasn’t cleared by Quinn and it fell to Cairney who smashed the ball home despite the best efforts from the keeper to keep it out.

2 mins later and Docherty had an effort on goal from the edge of the area however it went harmlessly over the bar. Minutes later a Meggatt header flashed just wide of the left-hand post.

On 87 mins Ayr had yet another good chance to snatch the win when Forrest met the ball inside the area but could only scoop the ball over the bar.

On 88 mins Ayr looked to have sealed victory had it not been for the heroics of Quinn in the Clyde goal yet again. McDaid’s knock on inside the area was met by Cairney who, from the penalty spot, curled a shot which looked destined for the net but for Quinn’s instant reaction and gymnastic dive.

Ayr now travel to Broadwood on Tuesday evening as they attempt to reach the quarter finals for the first time in 5 years.

Ayr United
Fleming, Boyle, Adams, McDaid, Harkins, Cairney, McGuffie, Balatoni, Docherty, Meggatt. Substitutes Hart (GK), Gilmour, Rose, Murphy, Forrest, Wardrope, McKenna.

Quinn, Johnston, McNiff, Smith, McNeil, J McMillan, McLaughlin, Higgins, Gormley, MacDonald, S Ferguson. Substitutes M McMillan (GK), Perry, Flynn, McGovern, Linton, Davidson, Millar.

Referee: Stephen Finnie
Attendance: 1554
Match Report: AUmedia