Inverness match preview

 

Match Preview
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 7th December 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats – three weeks apart. It is 2nd versus 3rd in the Championship, with Caley Thistle overtaking the Honest Men by two points in the league table last weekend.

Inverness has not been a happy hunting ground for United in recent years, but a win for Mark Kerr’s side will see us regain second place ahead of Tuesday night’s home game versus Arbroath.

Opponents: Inverness go into the game on the back of back-to-back victories, without conceding a goal. John Robertson men followed up a 1-0 home win over Dundee with a 2-0 win on the road at Alloa last weekend. Midfielder Aaron Doran scored in both fixtures.

 

Team News: Steven Bell returns to the squad after illness but Kris Doolan and long-term absentees Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch remain on the sidelines. Luke McCowan serves the second game of his two match ban.

Mark says: “We were extremely disappointed on Tuesday night with the result and the performance so it’s good to have another game quickly to try and rectify that. It is never easy playing against Inverness but we have a big incentive knowing a win will put us back into second place. We are heading up this morning and training this afternoon so we will be well prepared.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LWWLL

Dunfermline: WLLWW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 12

Inverness wins – 17

 

United have just one win in the last 18 meetings between the sides – a League Cup win at Somerset Park in August 2011. The Honest Men have lost on each of their last four visits to the Caledonian Stadium.

 

Previous Meeting:

Inverness were 2-0 winners when the sides met at Somerset Park in October. Goals either side of half-time from James Vincent and Shaun Rooney gave the visitors from the Highlands all three points.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Ross

Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe

Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Seniors and 16-25 – £15

U16s – £6

Information for Saturday

INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY’S MATCH

Tickets for Saturday’s match at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC can be bought online right-up to kick-off and will allow you to have your ticket on your mobile phone.

Please click the following link to purchase your tickets:
http://ictfc.tickethour.co.uk/privateSales.html…

Tickets are available for the South Stand Areas D, E & F.

The default delivery method is mobile ticket but if you prefer, you can choose to print your tickets at home or collect at the stadium.

Please note: The purchase of of junior (U16s) tickets requires a full paying ticket to be purchased at the same time.

Vehicles including buses should park in South car park (1st one as you reach the stadium)

Tickets available from windows front of Main Stand

Entry to the stadium is through Turnstiles 7 & 8 and seating is in South Stand.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the stadium and this includes e-cigaretters/vaping.

Sports Bar open to home and away fans only on production of a valid match ticket.

There are multiple sections of roadworks on the A9 including a long stretch closer to Inverness with a 40mph limit so extra time should be allowed for the journey.

Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dunfermline

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 3rd December 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United will hope return to second place in the Championship when they return from a lengthy lay-off at home to Dunfermline Athletic. With a frozen pitch postponing Saturday’s fixture versus Arbroath, which will now go ahead next Tuesday, it is now three-and-a-half weeks since the Honest Men were last in action.

 

Opponents: Dunfermline Athletic bounced back from their shock Scottish Cup defeat at Stranraer by thrashing Ian McCall’s Partick Thistle on Saturday. The Pars capitalised on Thomas O’Ware’s fourth minute red card to rack up five goals against the hapless Jags, with striker Kevin Nisbet helping himself to four goals in a 5-1 win against his former club.

 

That result sees Dunfermline in sixth place in the league table and Stevie Crawford’s side will break into the top four with a win at Somerset Park tonight.

 

Team News: Steven Bell joins Kris Doolan (ankle) and long-term absentees Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch on the sidelines. Luke McCowan serves the first of his two match ban.

Mark says: “It is great to get back into it after so long without a game. We were hugely disappointed with Saturdays game being off as we were raring to go and had prepared extremely well for it. It is great that we haven’t had to wait long to get back out there and a Tuesday night under the lights at Somerset is always something to look forward to. Dunfermline are on a good run and had a very good result at the weekend, we have had them watched and know what to expect. We need to get some momentum going again and that starts tonight. “

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LLWWL

Dunfermline: LWWLW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 37

Draws – 30

Dunfermline wins – 57

 

The Pars are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 visits to Somerset Park on league duty.

 

Previous Meeting:

An end-to-end game at East End Park in October saw the home side pick up their first home win of the season. Greg Kiltie opened the scoring for the Pars but Lee Ashcroft’s own goal levelled the scoreline before the break. A fine Alan Forest strike put Ayr in the lead before Ashcroft atoned for his own goal with the goal of the month – a spectacular volley to draw Dunfermline level before Andy Ryan netted the fifth goal of the game to make it Dunfermline 3, Ayr United 2.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross McLeod

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance of kick-off to avoid queuing on matchday.

Match postponed

Todays match with Arbroath has been postponed due to the frozen conditions. We will post details about when the game will be rearranged as soon as we have them.

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Arbroath

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 30th November 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, after 21 longs days, Ayr United return to action when Arbroath are the visitors to Somerset Park. The international break and Scottish Cup weekend left the Honest Men kicking their heels for three weeks since a disappointing second-half performance and defeat at the hands of Queen of the South. Mark Kerr’s side will therefore be raring to go for the first of a home double header; Dunfermline Athletic travel to Somerset Park on Tuesday night.

 

Alongside Ayr, the Pars are the only side not to be in league action since our trip to Dumfries. Results in the interim see the Honest Men remain in second place in the table, nine points behind leaders Dundee United and a point ahead of third place Inverness with a game in hand.

 

Opponents: Arbroath required a late equaliser and replay to overcome Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Cup this week. An 84th minute Micheal McKenna saved The Red Lichties blushes at Beachwood Park last Saturday but the Ayrshire Junior side were comfortably dispatched in Wednesday night’s replay at Gayfield, with McKenna, Bobby Linn and Scott Stewart on the score sheet in a 3-0 win that sets up a fourth round tie at home to Falkirk.

 

Arbroath’s best performances of late have come at home; Dick Campbell’s side have lost Championship fixtures at Greenock Morton and Dunfermline since their last away win, a 3-1 victory over bottom-of-the-league Partick Thistle at Firhill in October. An otherwise strong start to life in the Championship sees the Red Lichties in fifth place, one point outside the promotion play-off spots and just four points behind United.

 

Team News: Player-manager Mark Kerr and Steven Bell have recovered from injury and are available for selection but Kris Doolan misses out with an ankle knock. Long-term absentees Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch remain on the sidelines. Luke McCowan is suspended

Mark says: “It is great to get back into it after so long without a game. In a lot of ways it has been a good thing as we knew that break would help us get some players back which it has done and we now have a stronger looking bench. We need to build momentum again and we have a great opportunity to do that with back to back games at home on Saturday and Tuesday. Arbroath have done very well this season which is absolutely no surprise so it will be extremely tough for us however it is a home game and we must look to take the 3 points.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LLWWL

Arbroath: WLWWL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 56

Draws – 20

Arbroath wins – 28

 

Arbroath won both league meetings between the sides at Somerset Park the season Ayr were promoted from League 1 – despite United taking the lead in both games.

 

Previous Meeting:

The Honest Men were comfortable winners over Arbroath in the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. An Alan Forrest double and Stephen Kelly strike completed the scoring within the first 27 minutes at Gayfield, United’s first match under the interim management of Sandy Stewart and Mark Kerr following Ian McCall’s departure.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Gary Hanvidge

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance of kick-off to avoid queuing on matchday.

Special offer hospitality Dunfermline game

On Tuesday 3rd December we face Dunfermline at Somerset Park with a 7.45pm kick off.

We have a special offer for this game only in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

A ticket costs £35 and that includes the following

Drink of choice on arrival

Choice of bar meal

Watch the match from indoor viewing box

Half time pie and Bovril.

To book please contact Iain Grant on 07462 601049 or email hospitality@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Ayr United Burns Supper

Planning is now complete for Ayr United’s ‘Honest Men and Bonie Lasses’ Burns Supper which is due to take place on Friday 7 February 2020 in the stadium’s Ally MacLeod Suite . It promises to be another fantastic evening.

The immortal Memory will be given by one of the country’s finest authorities on Burns, John Shirkie of Tarbolton. John has appeared in numerous Burns’ television documentaries and his knowledge of our Bard is second to none.

Niven Rennie from Alloway will deliver the Toast to the Lassies. Niven is one of Scotland’s best and funniest after dinner speakers. He has spoken at many prestigious Burns Suppers all over Scotland. After a 30 year career in the police which culminated in him becoming a Chief Superintendent, he has a bank of humorous stories to keep his audiences thoroughly entertained.

Margaret Ferrier will Reply on behalf of the Lassies. Margaret is an active member of Alloway Burns Club and a highly experienced speaker. She is an SNP politician who was previously the Member of Parliament for the Glasgow seat of Rutherglen. Her speeches are always tasteful and eloquent and she is sure to be well received.

There will also be a recitation from lifelong Ayr United fan Bill Boyd who is a National Trust for Scotland tour guide in Alloway and a very knowledgeable Burnsian.

Music and song will be provided by Robert Ryan, lead singer of the band ‘Harmonica Lewinsky’. Robert is also a former President of both Helensburgh and Dumbarton Burns Club.

Seasoned after dinner speaker Graham Hill, who has recited Burns at Oxford University and London’s Caledonian Club, will MC the event and will be performing Tam O’Shanter.

An early bird ticket price of £30 is available until the end of December.

Tickets include a 3 course meal. Event starts at 7 for 7.30pm

Tickets are available from the club shop or they can be purchased online by clicking here

Club Statement

With regards the game against Queen of the South at the weekend, it has come to our attention that there was instances of coin throwing and a steward being spat in the face.

This is wholly unacceptable and in no way can be excused.

We are working closely with Queen of the South and Police Scotland with a view to tracing the culprits.

Can I ask that if anyone has any information with regards these incidents, please contact me on stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or via Jamie Garrett slo@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Bill Barr

Ayr United Football Club are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former chairman Bill Barr.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Mr Barr’s family and friends.

We will update when more information becomes available.

Queen of the South 3 Ayr Utd 1

Queen of the South 3 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United suffered a disappointing 3-1 Championship defeat to Queen of the South on Saturday. Michael Moffat cancelled out an opening goal from Kevin Holt, but Queens restored and extended their lead through Connor Murray and Gary Oliver to take the win at Palmerston Park.

Ayr looked the stronger side in the opening stages and created several good chances with Craig Moore and Stephen Kelly both getting close in short succession. Ayr looked to be taking charge and looked the more likely to score but it was Queen of the South who opened the scoring on 18 mins against the run of play. A good passing move between Stephen Dobbie and Darren Lyon fed Kevin Holt at the left post who drilled a tight-angled shot under Ross Doohan.

The hosts changed their tactics to a more conservative approach and Ayr struggled to get past the tight and deep-sitting defence.

Despite the toil, United kept grinding away and found a well-deserved equaliser on 38 mins. Luke McCowan delivered a high cross which was met by Moore at the right post. He knocked it down across the goal for Michael Moffat who tapped it in to make it 1-1 and Ayr were back in the game.

On 44mins Ayr created a glorious chance with good work on the left resulting in the ball coming in at pace allowing a flicked shot by Moffat that went inches past the post. Queens breathed a sigh of relief and the sides went in all even at the break.

It was a spirited start to the second half and either side could have been next to score. Queens should have capitalised on 60 mins when the ball fell to the unmarked Connor Murray on the penalty spot, but he mishit and couldn’t keep his volley on target.

Ayr came close only three mins later when a short corner eventually came in for a Sam Roscoe header, but Queens’ keeper Robby McCrorie punched the ball clear.

It was the hosts who were the first to find the back of the net in the second half. On 67 mins, a one-two between Dobbie and Murray brought Queens into the penalty area and, as Ayr failed to clear, it was picked up again by Murray who slammed home into the top right-hand corner.

While United had stayed determined when trailing in the first half, heads went down this time. The only serious effort came from McCowan who tested McCrorie with a powerful drive that looked goal-bound on 71 mins, but the keeper did well to deny him.

The Doonhamers gained the upper hand and doubled their lead on 74 mins. A long cross from Dobbie reached Scott Mercer on the right for a cutback into the path of Gary Oliver who slotted a first time shot home.

Matters got worse for Ayr on 78 mins when Luke McCowan was sent off for a challenge on Oliver and United were down to ten men.

Queen of the South were now in full control and played the remaining minutes down trouble-free to secure the 3-1 scoreline and the maximum three points.

Ayr remain second in the league, but table-toppers Dundee United are six points clear.

United now have a three-week break before welcoming Arbroath to Somerset Park in the Championship at the end of November.

 

Queen of the South

McCrorie, Mercer, Holt, Kilday, Brownlie, Pybus, Murray, Kidd, Hamilton, Dobbie, Lyon Substitutes: Leighfield (GK), Oliver, McCarthy, Semple, Irving, Gourlay

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Moore, Docherty, Kelly, Forrest, Moffat, McCowan Substitute: Hare-Reid (GK), Ecrepont, Bell, McGuffie, McKenzie

 

Referee: Don Robertson

Attendance: 1850