Special Offer Hospitality

On Tuesday 25th February we face Morton with a 7.45pm kick off and then the following Tuesday night (3rd March) we play Dundee United with a 7.45pm kick off. Both games at Somerset.

We have a special offer for these games 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

Travel Club Details for Saturday

It is another huge game on Saturday with Arbroath now only one point behind us. Here is the Travel Club details for the game:

SATURDAY 22nd FEBRUARY

ARBROATH V AYR

£15

Bus leaving from the Ship Inn, Ayr at 10am and picking up at Bon Accord, Charing Cross.

All no shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours before travel must be paid for.

REMINDER: Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the bus.

To book your seat, contact us on one of the numbers below:

Jeanne – 07599 289517

Lisa – 07599 289514

Match postponed

Todays match with Morton has been postponed after a pitch inspection. Bobby Madden deemed the pitch unplayable after the heavy rainfall.

We will update on when the game will be rescheduled for as soon as we have any information.

 

Morton match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 15th February 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we return to Championship action when Greenock Morton are the visitors to Somerset Park. With play-off rivals Inverness, Dundee and Dunfermline all inactive this weekend due to the semi-finals of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup, Mark Kerr’s side will be looking to move into second place in the league table and extend their advantage over the chasing pack.

Opponents: Morton make the short journey to Ayrshire without a defeat in their last five Championship outings. David Hopkin’s side have taken nine points from a possible 15. Last weekend they followed up back-to-back 1-1 draws against both Dundee sides with a 2-2 draw at home to Queen of the South.

 

The Ton sit in seventh position in the table and will have the play-offs at both ends of the table on their minds in the second-half of the season. David Hopkin’s side are currently five points adrift of fourth placed Dundee but have only a three point advantage over on form Alloa in ninth.

 

The game will see a quick return to Somerset Park for Craig McGuffie and Kris Doolan, who both made the switch to Cappielow last month. Two of McGuffie’s three goals for the Honest Men this season have come in this fixture. The 22 year-old is yet to make his debut for the Ton.

 

Team News: Aaron Muirhead is suspended. Craig Moore, Andy Murdoch, Ross Docherty and Andy Geggan miss out through injury.

Mark says: “A lot will depend on the weather tomorrow so hopefully the forecast is wrong and we get decent conditions for the game. We’ve got a busy spell of games coming up and the good thing now is that with the recent additions we have a squad that can cope with it, and we still have important players to come back. We have the ability to change things up now when needed, and it gives a real incentive to anyone coming into the team, play well and keep your place.”

League Form:

Ayr United: LLWWD

Morton: WWDDD

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 63

Draws – 35

Morton wins – 49

 

United are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run against Morton in all competitions.

 

Previous Meeting: Two meetings between the sides this season have yielded 11 goals – and six points for the Honest Men. Morton kicked off the Championship season with a trip to Somerset Park but an early Michael Moffat goal and second-half strikes from Luke McCowan and Alan Forrest put the Honest Men 3-0 up. Goals from Reghan Tumilty and Nicky Cadden in the 73rd and 79th minute threatened a comeback before Craig McGuffie rounded off the scoring in the final minute.

 

A goalless first-half in difficult conditions at Cappielow at the end of October was the unlikely precursor to a second 45 minutes that could have seen either side take all three points. Defender Jack Baird opened the scoring for the home side in the 50th minute before goals from Craig Moore and put the Honest Men ahead. Bob McHugh’s scrambled effort levelled the scores once more before Craig McGuffie forced the ball home to give Mark Kerr his first win in charge.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden

Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Stevenson

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

Click below to purchase tickets:

Home Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/86

Away Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/AYRvsMorton

Ayr Utd 1 St Johnstone 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 St. Johnstone

by AUmedia

 

United are out of the Scottish Cup after falling to a 1-2 defeat against Premiership side St. Johnstone on Saturday at Somerset Park. Aaron Drinan put the Honest Men into the lead early on, but the Saints drew level shortly after through an Aaron Muirhead own goal before Muirhead got sent off and Ayr went down to ten men. Almost instantly Callum Hendry put the Saints ahead and this was enough to see the visitors progress to the quarter finals.

Ayr got off to a perfect start as they opened the scoring only 4 mins into the match. Alan Forrest and Grant Gillespie combined for the latter to slide a precision pass through to Aaron Drinan who found himself in open space and drove towards the goal. The striker was one-on-one with Alexander Clark and took his shot early to slot it past the Saints keeper and give his side the lead.

United dominated possession and held the upper hand, but St. Johnstone stayed calm and steadily worked their way back into the game.

The Saints’ organised approach paid off when they equalised on 18 mins. David Wotherspoon’s high, curling ball from the left wing was met by Callum Hendry for a header from close range which took a deflection off Aaron Muirhead as it went into the net.

Things went from bad to worse for Muirhead who entered the referee’s book 5 mins later for a rash challenge on Hendry and was dismissed on 26 mins after a straight red for a reckless tackle on Liam Craig.

St. Johnstone capitalised on Ayr having to regroup and struck immediately. The free kick resulting from the foul was played out to Drey Wright on the right wing for a cross into the path of Hendry who knocked a header home at the left post to give his side the advantage and United a mountain to climb.

At this point latest, the game turned in favour of the Premiership side. St. Johnstone played with full confidence and came close again through Callum Booth and David Wotherspoon before the half-time whistle, but neither converted his chance and it remained 1-2.

Only 2 mins into the second half, St. Johnstone seemed certain to add to their advantage as Hendry’s free kick from 20 yards looked goal-bound but was tipped over the bar at the top right-hand corner by Ross Doohan.

The weather conditions got worse with storm Ciara coming in and left both teams with a real challenge on the park.

St. Johnstone maintained their grip on the game and kept the Ayr defence busy as they pushed for a third goal and continued to create threatening chances.

United meanwhile struggled to get into the final third and looked unlikely to trouble for an equaliser.

Outstanding goalkeeping denied the visitors again on 77 mins when Wright sent a cross-field pass to Wotherspoon who cut in for an effort from 10 yards which looked destined to find the back of the net but was turned wide by a one-handed save from Doohan.

Ayr’s best chance of the second half came on 82 mins when an attempt from Jordan Houston was initially blocked by the Saints defence, but he collected the rebound and played it to Drinan on the right of the box, but the Striker mishit and fluffed his shot wide.

Substitute Isaiah Jones (a recent target for United) created a late chance for St. Johnstone on 87 mins when he got on the end of a long ball forward from Craig but went down in the box, under pressure but with minimum impact from Sam Roscoe, and Doohan collected the ball.

The visitors had to content themselves with the 1-2 but safely progress to the quarter finals while Ayr are out of the Scottish Cup.

Next Saturday, United are back in Championship action as they welcome Greenock Morton to Somerset Park.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Forrest, McCowan, Houston, Bell, Drinan, Gillespie, Kelly

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Roscoe, Moffat, Malley, Tiffoney, McKenzie, Smith

 

St. Johnstone

Clark, Ralston, Booth, Kerr, McCart, Wright, Wotherspoon, McCann, Craig, May, Hendry

Substitutes: Parish (GK), Gordon, Tanser, Kane, Butcher, Jones, Holt

 

Referee: Steven McLean

Attendance: 2625

St Johnstone match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. St. Johnstone

William Cup Scottish Cup – Fifth Round
Saturday 8th February 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United welcome Premiership side St. Johnstone to Somerset Park with a place in the quater-finals of the Scottish Cup at stake. The Honest Men are unbeaten in their last four matches, with three wins and draw on Friday night at Partick Thistle.

 

Opponents: St. Johnstone have endured a punishing schedule since coming back from the Premiership’s winter break but travel to Ayrshire buoyed by an impressive victory in midweek. After a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Morton in the last round of the Scottish Cup, Tommy Wright’s men have played five league games in the space of two weeks, picking up seven points from a possible 15.

 

Wednesday saw Saints follow up a 3-3 draw at home to Hearts on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie. Ali McCann scored the only goal of the game having also scored against Hearts, with Stevie May also on the scoresheet. The Saints currently occupy eighth place in the league table, three points adrift of the ‘top six’ with a game in hand.

 

The January transfer window saw Wright lose winger Matty Kennedy to the Dons but he has added centre-back Jamie McCart from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, midfielder Matt Butcher on loan from Bournemouth and winger Isaiah Jones, a teammate of Connor Malley’s at Middlesbrough.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Andy Geggan, Craig Moore and Ross Docherty are all out through injury.

Mark says: “It’s a great stage for some of our players to go out and prove themselves. We have already beaten a team from the Premiership so have shown that we can handle that level. St Johnstone are a very good side, they are in good form and will be very tough to beat. Tommy Wright will know all about us and will have his players full briefed on what to expect at Somerset Park. They will come here extremely well prepared but so are we, we have been working on our own game plan all week on how we think we can go about winning the game. We are hoping for a big Scottish Cup atmosphere inside our old ground.”

League Form:

Ayr United: LLWWD

St Johnstone: LWLDW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 44

Draws – 28

St. Johnstone wins – 50

 

United’s only win over St. Johnstone in eight Scottish Cup meetings between the sides came at Somerset Park in January 1925.

 

The Saints are unbeaten in their eight trips to Somerset, a run that stretches back to August 1991.

 

Previous Meeting: The Honest Men faced last the Saints when the clubs were paired in the third round of the Scottish Cup in 2007. Second Division Ayr held SPL-chasing St. Johnstone to a goalless draw at McDairmid Park, but is was the Perth side who progressed after extra-time in the replay. Ryan Stevenson cancelled out Jason Scotland’s fifth minute opener, with Peter MacDonald scoring the decisive goal in the 24th minute of extra-time.

 

Ayr: McGeown, Forrest, Campbell (Weaver), Robertson (Pettigrew), Lowing; Caddis Casey, Dunn Stevenson; Vareille (Strain), Wardlaw.

 

St. Johnstone: Cuthbert, Stanic, James, Mensing, Lawrie: Sheerin (McLaren), McInnes, Hardie (Jackson), McManus, MacDonald, J Scotland

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Dougie Potter

Assistant Referee 2 – Gary Hilland

Fourth Official – Greg Aitken

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6

 

Please note: Season Tickets & Half-Season Tickets are NOT valid for this match.

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

Click below to purchase tickets:

Home Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/93

Away Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/AYRvsStJohnstone

Connor Malley signs

Mark Kerr has made a deadline day move by signing highly rated Middlesbrough midfielder Connor Malley to the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

Mark said :”Connor is one of Middlesbrough’s top prospects and is very close to breaking into their first team. I have been down to see him several times and he is a very exciting attacking midfielder. He travels well with the ball, goes by players and is a goal threat. Now this gives us really good depth in the middle of the park and I am delighted to get this over the line”

Doolan released

Kris Doolan has today been released from his contract with Ayr United.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Kris is 33 and he needs to be getting game time which is something I can’t guarantee him here for the rest of the season. We both agreed that the best thing for both parties was to part ways so Kris can get back on the pitch and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

Scott Tiffoney signs

Scott Tiffoney today became the latest addition to Mark Kerr’s squad on loan for the remainder of the current season.

The 21 year old winger has signed on loan from Livingston.

Mark said :”We are delighted to get this over the line. Scott is young and hungry to improve, exactly the type of player we want here. He has developed a lot in the last year. Scott has pace, energy, is a good finisher and knows the Championship very well. This deal now gives us really good competition up front.

Scott began his career with Morton before signing for Livingston in August 2018 and has regularly been involved with their first team this season.

 

McGuffie released

Craig McGuffie has this afternoon been released from his contract at Ayr United.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Craig has had frustrations that have built up over a period of time under the previous management as he didn’t get anywhere near the game time that he was looking for. There is no doubting his ability but he needs to get some game time and that is why he is looking to move on. We thank Craig for all his efforts at the club and wish him all the very best for the future.”