Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United

SPFL Championship
Saturday 24th October 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make the long journey north to take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their second Championship fixture of the season.

Mark Kerr’s men opened the campaign with a narrow win over Queen of the South at Somerset Park last Saturday; Michael Miller benefiting from the dangerous set-piece delivery of former-Inverness man Joe Chalmers to net twice against the Doonhamers, ensuring the Honest Men kicked off with a league win for the fourth consecutive season.

United head north boosted by the additions of forwards Cammy Smith and Innes Cameron.

 

Opposition: After taking two points from their opening two Betfred Cup games, Inverness started their league campaign with a defeat at the hands of Dunfermline last weekend. Despite taking a second minute lead through Bulgarian forward Nikolay Todorov, the Pars responded with three goals to send John Robertson’s side home empty-handed.

Robertson was without a number of first-teamers for the trip to Fife, with Lewis Toshney, David Carson, Kai Kennedy, Aaron Doran, Shane Sutherland and Miles Storey all unavailable. There was further injury woe for Caley Thistle when goalscorer Todorov was forced off after 20 minutes following a collision.

While important players in the shape of Shaun Rooney, Carl Tremarco, Charlie Trafford and Jordan White – a regular thorn in United’s side during his time at Inverness – departed the Caledonian Stadium in the summer, Robbie Deas (Celtic), Danny Devine (Dunfermline Athletic), Wallace Duffy (St. Johnstone) have all joined to bolster the defensive line for a club that will again be looking to finish in the play-off positions.

 

Team News: Cammy Smith and Innes Cameron are added to the squad. Tom Walsh misses out through injury. Luke McCowan is suspended.


Mark says: “We have watched the Dunfermline Inverness game from last weekend and Inverness were in control for most of the match but lost goals at crucial times. They are very good at stretching the game and we know from recent seasons that it is always a very hard place to go. We go there with confidence. We have had a good weeks training with a week between matches and also a couple of new faces into the squad.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 8

Draws – 12

Inverness wins – 18

The Honest Men have just one win in 18 matches at the Caledonian Stadium. That win came in January 2003 and since then it has been five draws and four defeats under the shadow of the Kessock Bridge.

Previous Meeting: United’s victory over Caley Thistle last time out ended a eight-match streak without a win over the Highlanders. Stephen Kelly’s 61st minute goal was enough to give Mark Kerr’s men all three points at Somerset Park in January. Inverness won both the two earlier encounters last season 2-0.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Muir

Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Streaming:

Saturday’s game can be streamed on the SPFL’s Match Centre website. Register for an account and buy the match for £10 at: https://matchcentre.spfl.co.uk/subscribe 

Striker Innes Cameron joins the Honest Men

Striker Innes Cameron joins the Honest Men

 

Ayr United have this morning added another attacking option to the squad with the signing of striker Innes Cameron. The 20 year-old moves to Somerset Park on loan from Ayrshire rivals Kilmarnock until the middle of January.

 

Mark Kerr said: “Innes has progressed a lot in the last couple of seasons and is completely different to anything that we’ve got. There are not many big number 9s available just now so we are delighted to have been able to get one of them. Innes will add exactly what we have needed to the squad, he is strong and excellent in the air as well as being a good finisher.”

 

Hailing from Oban and standing at 6ft 3in, Cameron was given his senior debut by Lee Clark in December 2016 and can also call upon a successful loan spell at Stranraer during season 2018/19, where he scored 10 goals in 30 games for the Blues in League 1. Innes steps up to the Championship having made 9 top-team appearances for Killie, including a cameo in their Europa League Qualifying defeat at home to Connah’s Quay Nomads last year.

Cammy Smith is an Honest Man

United sign Cammy Smith on loan.

The Honest Men have added to their squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Inverness with the signing of forward Cammy Smith on loan from Dundee United until the end of January. 25-year-old Smith follows a well trodden path from the Aberdeen youth ranks to Somerset Park, via spells with St. Mirren and the Tannadice club.

Manager Mark Kerr said: “Cammy has a lot of experience at the top level. He has won the Championship twice and was St Mirren’s best player when they won it. He is an attacking player who can score and assist and he is technically very good. Cammy was playing for United earlier in the season however has recently not been getting a start and he is hungry to play and be involved. He is a great age and we are absoultely delighted to bring in a player of his quality.”

After coming through the youth ranks at Pittodrie, Cammy was handed his Aberdeen first-team debut at the age of 16 by Craig Brown in April 2012, coming on as a second-half substitute against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. His first senior goal also came against Inverness, an
equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium five months later.

With over 75 Premier League appearances in five seasons with the Dons, including 22 starts, the 2016/17 campaign saw Smith head out on loan to the Championship, initially to Dundee United, where he scored five goals in 23 appearances before switching to St. Mirren in January, a deal which was made permanent when he signed a two-year contract to join the Buddies in May 2017. It was to prove a successful move for both player and club, with Smith named St Mirren’s player of the year in their Championship title winning season, with Cammy netting 10 goals in 34 league appearances.

Six months later he would swap the Premiership for the Championship when Dundee United paid an undisclosed fee to re-sign the player in January 2019 but Smith could only sit and watch on as the two clubs went head-to-head in the Premiership play-off final, the Buddies eventually avoiding relegation after a forgettable penalty shout-out in which United failed to find the back of the net.

Smith and the Tangerines would have to wait until last season to clinch promotion back to Premiership, albeit, the forward only made 10 appearances, nine of which came from the substitutes bench. Before Coronavirus called a halt to the campaign and Robbie Neilson’s side
were crowned Champions, Cammy had made the temporary switch to League of Ireland side Dundalk. Returning to Tannadice this season under new manager Micky Mellon, Cammy has made seven appearances but has been an unused substitute in the last seven Premiership fixtures and heads to Somerset Park looking for regular first team action.

Ayr United 2 Queen of the South 1

Ayr United 2 v 1 Queen of the South

by AUmedia

Ayr United welcomed Queen of the South to Somerset Park in the first game of this season’s Scottish Championship. In a hotly contested game, which saw a penalty and two red cards, it was the Honest Men who emerged 2-1 victors.

 

The first 10 mins saw QOTS pushing forward.  Nortey won a corner for the visitors from the kick-off which was swung in by McKee. Impressive Queens’ defender Obileye rose to meet the ball and fortunately for Ayr his header failed to meet the target and ended up in the Somerset Road End.

 

Minutes later, United right back Muirhead was called upon to block a dangerous drilled cross in from Maxwell as the visitors threatened the Ayr goal.

 

Ayr eased into the game, working hard to maintain the ball, their exciting build up play turning the pressure onto the Doonhamers. This led to the opening goal of the game. Ayr won a corner on 13 mins; Chalmers swung the ball into the 6-yard box where Michael Miller, making a run in from 18 yards out, brushed off McCabe then headed home with ease.  1 – 0 Ayr.

 

On the restart both teams attacked with intent, however Ayr’s high press continued. Only 5 mins later and United were celebrating again with Miller once more finding the back of the net.

 

Chalmers again swung in a long looping corner deep of the back post to where Moffat had evaded his marker. Moffat headed the ball back across goal to Miller who flicked the ball home giving the home side a 2-goal advantage.

 

On 22 mins Queens’ full back Maxwell tugged back McCowan as he sprinted away near the halfway line and received a yellow card, and although ‘taking one for the team’ it was one that would prove costly later in the match.

 

United’s pressure continued with keeper Sinisalo and striker Anderson creating a great chance. Turning defence immediately into attack, Ayr’s Finnish keeper pinged a long ball up to find Anderson who controlled beautifully before taking a pop at goal. However, the shot took a slight deflection and flew inches wide of the post.

 

Ayr had the upper hand but QOTS worked hard to to push back.

 

On 37 mins, McKee found Buchannan in the box and he nodded the ball down to Obileye, just yards out, but the towering defender couldn’t organise his feet and the chance was lost.

 

Queens talisman, Dobbie was starting to cause problems for the United defence, receiving the ball well and creating chances drawing saves from Sinisalo and blocks from Muirhead and Roscoe. On 40 mins the veteran sharpshooter went the closest he had, dribbling his way past the Ayr back line, but his angled shot was comfortably saved by Sinisalo.

 

1 min later, Robinson slid the pall to Dobbie in the box. Near to the goal line he created space for himself then slammed a left footed drive towards goal but was thwarted by an excellent reaction save by Sinisalo.

 

From the resultant corner, McKee found East near the front of the 6-yard box. East made strong contact with his head steering the ball towards goal but again Sinisalo was there, acrobatically tipping the ball over the bar.

 

The teams headed to the changing rooms at half time, with Ayr ahead through Michael Miller’s brace but with Queens showing some dangerous intent.

 

QOTS kicked off the second half with the same attacking intent that they had shown in the latter stages of the first half, with that man Dobbie the first to try his luck with a right footed drive from the edge of the box which Sinisalo clutched in the centre the goal.

 

On 53 mins, speedy winger Fitzpatrick drew a foul from Muirhead on the edge of the box, allowing McKee to hit a venomous free kick towards the top left corner, forcing a spectacular one-handed save from Sinisalo.

 

As the resulting corner flew in, Buchanan was unceremoniously hauled to the ground by Ayr’s captain Baird and it wasn’t too hard a decision for referee Steven McLean make. Penalty Queens.

Seasoned goal scorer Dobbie stepped up and clinically smashed the ball into the next giving Sinisalo no chance. 2 – 1 and plenty to play for.

 

The Honest Men moved back up the gears turning the pressure onto Queens with Anderson causing problems at the back for the Doonhamers without being able to find the back of the net.

 

On 61 mins Ayr’s McCowan picked up an unnecessary booking for a foul, and just like Queens’ defender Maxwell, it was one that would come back to haunt him. Maxwell was just about to find out how costly earlier bookings can be.

 

On 66 mins Dobbie slid the ball into the path of Maxwell who had raced into the box. The Rangers loanee tried to cut inside Baird but, on the stretch, didn’t get full control and decided to go to ground. No penalty but another yellow card for simulation followed by the flash of red. QOTS were down to 10 men.

 

United took advantage of the extra man, knocking the ball around confidently, and upping the pressure.

 

First Moffat was slipped into the box by Anderson only to see his attempt blocked by Obileye, but the striker recovered the ball and sent a pass across the 6-yard box which was whipped away by Queens substitute Gibson, just as it looked like United’s Murdoch would turn the ball home.

 

Next, on 72 mins, Muirhead charged forward, fed Murdoch on the right, and continued his run into the box. Murdoch cut the ball back to Muirhead, but his shot came off Buchanan’s outstretched foot and looped out for a corner.

 

With 84 mins gone, it was veteran striker Moffat’s next turn to try and achieve 100 goals for Ayr. Baird came out of his half and pushed forward before slipping the ball to Moffat some 10 yards inside the Queens’ half. The striker made his way to the edge of the box, evaded the attention of four Queens’ defenders, before snapping off a shot, only to see keeper Ferguson pull off a magnificent save.

 

With the clock ticking down a rash decision by McCowan saw the midfielder getting his marching orders from referee McLean. On 90+1 mins, McCowan appeared to be caught from behind, but not with a great amount of contact, but he raised a swiping hand toward Queens player Buchanan. Again, not a difficult decision for referee McLean, out came the yellow card, and due to his earlier indiscretion, there followed a red.

QOTS pounced on the situation, and with the final act of the game (on 90+5 mins) almost found the equaliser. From the left, McCabe pulled out his trademark long throw into the box where, from the front of the 6-yard box, tall strike Goss (a 2nd half sub.) rose, twisting, to knock the ball backwards towards goal.  The ball looked a certainty to find the net when Sinisalo fist appeared and the diving keeper directed the ball away. Only seconds later and the final whistle sounded.

 

The Honest Men now face a tough visit to Inverness next Saturday whether ICT await. ICT will look to make the day difficult for United as try to improve on their disappointing 3-1 loss away to Dunfermline.

 

Ayr United

Sinisalo, Muirhead, Reading, Roscoe, Murdoch, Moffat, Miller, Anderson, McCowan, Chalmers, Baird.  Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Love, Hewitt, Smith, Kerr, McKenzie.

 

Queen of the South

Ferguson, Nortey, Maxwell, Obileye, Buchannan, McKee, McCabe, Robinson, East, Dobbie, Fitzpatrick Substitutes: Leighfield (GK), Sylla, McGrory, McMahon, Gibson, Goss, Shields

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

Queen of the South match preview & Live Streaming details

Match Preview
Ayr United vs Queen of the South
SPFL Championship
Saturday 17th October 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick-off the 2020/21 Championship season with the visit of Queen of the South to Somerset Park. United sat in fourth place in the table when a trip to face Queen of the South on Friday 13th March – and eventually the remainder of the season – was halted because of the Coronavirus outbreak and will again be looking for a promotion play-off spot in this season’s truncated
competition.

The Honest Men go into tomorrow’s games on top of Group G in the Betfred Cup after narrow wins over Albion Rovers and Annan Athletic and a narrow defeat last Saturday at the hands of Hamilton Accies.

Opposition : Queen of the South have started the season with three consecutive draws in Group G of the Betfred Cup. Connor Shields and Stephen Dobbie scored in a 2-2 draw against Morton at Cappielow in their opening fixture, with the Doonhamers taking the bonus point after a successful penalty shoot-out.

Their first home game saw them race to a two-goal lead against Premiership side St. Mirren with Shields again and Aidan Fitzpatrick on the scoresheet but the Buddies came back to tie the match late on and went on to win the shoot-out. On Tuesday night, League 1 side Partick
Thistle held out for a goalless draw in Dumfries despite having Brian Graham sent off in the 36th minute and the Jags were able to take the bonus point after Gregor Buchanan, Willie Gibson and Nortei Nortey all missed their spot kicks for the home team.

It has been a huge season of upheaval at Palmerston Park with no fewer than 14 new faces brought to the club by manager Allan Johnston. Striker Connor Shields returns to Scottlish football via Aldershot after moving from Albion Rovers to Sunderland in 2018 and has
already made an impression, as has youngster Aidan Fitzpatrick on loan from Norwich City after his move south from Partick Thistle to the Canaries in the summer. Another player to watch is young left-back James Maxwell. The 18 year-old is on loan from Rangers, having earlier been part of the Ayr United Youth Academy set-up.

Team News : Tom Walsh and Dario Zanatta miss out with injury.

Mark says :”It will be a tough game, Queens are looking in decent shape so far and will be well organised. It is two sides taking on each other with pretty new squads and we are delighted with the players we have got in and how we have started so far. It feels great to be saying that we start our League campaign tomorrow after so long without it. Every single one of us is hugely looking forward to it, the first game of a new season is always special and although things will be different tomorrow it is still 3 points that we want to make sure are ours.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 38
Draws – 17
Queen of the South wins – 38

Previous Meeting : Queen of the South came out on top in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset Park in December. Callum Semple scored an early goal for the visitors, heading home a El Bakhtaoui corner and Dobbie doubled their advantage from the penalty
spot in the hour mark after Aaron Muirhhead was adjudged to have fouled the veteran striker. A 77th minute penalty, awarded after Steven Bell was wrested to the ground by Abdul Osman, and slotted home by Muirhead made for an exciting finale but the Honest Men were unable to force home an equaliser.

Match Officials :
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill
Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Phillips

Streaming :

Season ticket holders will have access to the game with the QR code on the 2020/21 season ticket card. Most of you will have been sent confirmation of your QR code, there will be another email sent at noon tomorrow for anyone who has purchased a season ticket over the last few days. The code will be used for the season and only available on one device at a time.

Season tickets will need to be purchased by 12 noon on Saturday to guarantee being able to view Saturdays game.

From that point you need to go to ayrunitedmedia.co.uk, click on video commentary and enter the code.

If you are not a season ticket holder and you would like to purchase Saturdays match you can do so for £12.50 and it is available now by clicking on this link

Saturday Live Streaming information

The Championship season starts on Saturday and we begin at Somerset Park with the visit of Queen of the South. Kick off is 3pm.

Season ticket holders will have access to the game with the QR code on the season ticket card. Season tickets cards are available in the club shop and later today everyone who has already bought a season ticket will be emailed confirmation of their QR code. The code will be used for the season and only available on one device at a time.

Season tickets will need to be purchased by 12 noon on Saturday to guarantee being able to view Saturdays game.

From that point you need to go to ayrunitedmedia.co.uk, click on video commentary and enter the code.

If you are not a season ticket holder and you would like to purchase Saturdays match you can do so for £12.50 and it is available now by clicking on this link

Live Streaming Update

We would like to thank everyone who purchased the live stream for last nights Betfred Cup match with Annan. We have taken some time to go through feedback sent to us and have also spoken with a wide variety of supporters who tuned in.

 

The feedback has been mixed in that a lot of you had no, or few, issues whereas some had problems with a freezing screen.

 

The main issues we had were as follows:

Screen Freezes.

We are investigating the various settings available to us in our broadcast software which will determine the optimum setup to provide a smoother coverage.

 

Lack of sound for the first 5 minutes.

This was a cabling issue. This should not occur again, but we will run an additional test prior to Saturday’s game to verify the sound output is correct.

 

Purchased ticket codes being shown as Invalid.

We are implementing the following solution.  You will need to click a link on your receipt email to verify the code provided.

 

 

Our coverage will continue on Saturday with the visit to Somerset Park of Queen of the South in the Championship. Tomorrow (Thursday) we will issue information about how to purchase tickets. For season ticket holders we will send out details on how they can watch the match with their season ticket code.

 

There are difficulties in producing a fool proof service (without the resources of a large scale TV broadcaster) and we are restricted in what we can do for some issues but rest assured that we have a team working hard to ensure that the live streaming works for you. Our aim is to provide a service of which Ayr United supporters can be proud.

 

We are also grateful to those who experienced some sort of issue and have since contacted us with details and constructive feedback which have helped us to understand the issues and to find solutions.  We appreciate your support and your help to improve our service.

 

And finally, with every penny from the live streaming going to the club in these difficult times, we would like to thank everyone who buys tickets to see matches.

Annan match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs Annan Athletic
Betfred Cup Group F
Tuesday 13th October 2020. Kick-off 7.45pm

On Tuesday night, The Honest Men’s home campaign gets underway when Annan Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park for our first competitive fixture on home turf since the beginning of March.

After a strong performance but ultimately no points on Saturday away to Premiership side Hamilton, Mark Kerr’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways if they are to progress to the next round of the Betfred Cup. Also in Group F tomorrow, Albion Rovers travel to face Stranraer. Our final match of the group stages is next month when Stranraer are the visitors to Somerset Park on Saturday 14 November.

Opposition : Annan started their Betfred Cup campaign with a bang, defeating Hamilton Accies 3-1 at Galabank last midweek. They followed that result up with a home draw against fellow League 2 side Stranraer, who picked up the bonus point in the penalty shoot-out after
Greg Fleming saved from Annan’s Aaron Splaine in sudden death. Former United defender Peter Murphy’s side, however, remain top of the table in Group G after two matches and will be looking to cause another upset in the competition.

Team News : Striker Bruce Anderson has joined Patrick Reading on international duty with the Scotland U21s in San Marino. Tom Walsh remains on the sidelines with a knock picked up at Albion.

Mark says :”There were a lot of aspects of the performance at Hamilton that we were pleased with and we definitely felt we could have taken something from the game. Tomorrow night will be a completely different game, Annan will make things really difficult for us and we will be need to be at it right from the start to get the result we need. It is our first game at Somerset for a long time, we trained on the pitch today and everyone is really looking forward to getting out there.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 2
Draws – 0
Annan Athletic wins – 1

Tuesday night is just the fourth meeting between the clubs in a competitive fixture and only the second since the Galabankies joined the Scottish Football League in 2008. There is a precedent, however, of Annan upsetting the odds: a second-half David Cox goal knocked
the Honest Men out of the League Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage in September 2011.

Previous Meeting : The most recent meeting between the sides was a more straight-foward assignment for United. The League Cup group stage match in July 2017 saw Ross Docherty score in the first minute of a comprehensive 6-1 win. Craig McGuffie, Michael Moffat and
Craig Moore had Ayr up by four at half-time. Andy Geggan and Declan McDaid got in on the act in the second-half before Ryan Sinnamon’s late consolation.
Team: Hart, Geggan, Boyle, Higgins, Reid; Crawford (Ferguson), Docherty, McDaid,
McGuffie; Moore (Murphy), Moffat (Gilmour).

Match Officials :
Referee – Grant Irvine
Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Stevenson
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Grainger

Streaming :
Tuesday’s match will be streamed live with commentary from the AU Media team plus former midfielder Jamie Adams will be joining at half-time. The cost is £10 and you can purchase the game here. A reminder that season tickets are not valid for cup matches.

Hamilton 2 Ayr Utd 1

Hamilton Academical 2 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United must have returned home from Hamilton wondering what might have been if only they had converted more of their chances against their Premiership opponent. The fact that United had not scored before Hamilton got their opener was astonishing to the onlooker.

 

Ayr were without the injured Tom Walsh and, at the last minute, on-loan striker Bruce Anderson was called up to the Scotland U-21 squad to join defender Patrick Reading. And so, United faced this match down three key players, but their approach to the game belied this.

 

Early on United created two clear-cut chances against an Accies side that had failed to settle and seemed uncomfortable in all areas of the park.

 

First, on 3 mins, a Mark McKenzie head flick put Dario Zanatta through but unfortunately, he dragged his shot across the goalmouth from right to left and past the post.

 

Next, with 6 mins on the clock, a beautifully curved pass from midfield by Michael Moffat set McKenzie in one-on-one with keeper Ryan Fulton. McKenzie’s first touch was heavy and gave Fulton the chance to adjust and block the Ayr man’s attempt.

 

Accies slowly made their way into the game and Ayr should have been warned when impressive frontman Marios Ogkmpoe found space in the box and headed just over on 10 mins.

 

4 mins later, Ayr created another guilt-edged chance with Moffat charging forward from his own half before sliding the ball to McKenzie who looked certain to score but his shot was somehow blocked.

 

Ayr were to rue their misses when on 19 mins a Scott Mann cross found Ogkmpoe on his own in the box and the striker volleyed home.

 

The Honest Men suffered another setback as Mikey Miller, covering for Reading in the left-back position, had a reaction to an injury sustained against Albion Rovers earlier in the week and had to come off. Miller was replaced by Michael Hewitt on 23 mins.

 

Ayr didn’t let their heads go down and were soon chasing an equaliser and were unlucky not to pull one back.  After some intricate interchanges at the edge of the box, McKenzie played the ball wide to Aaron Muirhead who flashed in a cross that Moffat turned over the bar.

 

Less than 60 secs later Moffat was again given a chance as the ball dropped to him and he smashed a powerful drive goalward only to see defender Hakeem Odoffin determinedly throw himself in front of the ball to block.

 

Ayr were on the front foot, and on 28 mins McKenzie darted into the box but, with two free in the centre, decided to have a shot which was easily blocked.

 

A reminder that Hamilton posed a serious threat came 3 mins later when Callum Smith charged down the line before cutting back to Ogkmpoe who blasted in a shot from 6-yards only to see it deflect out for a corner. From the corner Odoffin found space to powerfully header just over.

 

United surged back up the park, Moffat playing the ball to Joe Chalmers but the midfielder’s shot went well wide.

 

Football can be a cruel mistress in the hands of capricious gods. With Ayr creating endless chances for no reward, Hamilton crept in and went two up.

 

David Templeton pushed the ball inside and ran straight into Joe Chalmers and referee Steven awarded a freekick despite the Ayr man’s protests. Templeton curled the freekick behind the United defence and the ball was headed back to Charlie Trafford who smashed home into the bottom left corner from the centre of the penalty box. 2 – 0 and Ayr left shaking their heads again.

 

The positive mentality of this United team shone through as they started the second half, still showing the grit and determination that they had in the first 45; and with continued attacking intent.

 

Moffat, Zanatta, and Sam Roscoe all went close before, on 61 mins, Zanatta drove through the centre before slipping the ball to his left from where Moffat drove the ball sweetly towards goal only to see keeper Fulton pull off an excellent save. 2 mins later pressure from Zanatta on the right resulted in Moffat receiving a great chance from the centre of the box but his drive went high over the bar.

 

Just when it seemed that nothing Ayr could do would put the ball in the net, came what was truly deserved; a Michael Moffat goal. On 67 mins, a long throw by Muirhead was nodded on by Jack Baird to Moffat near the back post.  Moffat coolly controlled and then placed the ball to the keepers left and into the net. 2 – 1 and the least that United deserved.

 

United continued to push forward but try as they might, they could not find a way through to bring the scores even and set up a penalty shootout. Hamilton organised themselves well and professionally managed the remainder of the game leaving United frustrated.

 

Hamilton Academical

Fulton, Hodson, Odoffin, Stirling, McMann, Callachan, Mimnaugh, Trafford, Smith, Templeton, Ogkmpoe. Substitutes: Scully (GK), Collar, Martin, Hughes, Stanger, Moyo, Munro, Owolabi, Johnson.

Ayr United

Sinisalo, Muirhead, Roscoe, Murdoch, Moffat, Miller, McCowan, Chalmers, Zanatta, McKenzie, Baird. Substitutes:  Hare-Reid (GK), Houston, Hewitt, Kerr, Smith, Love.

Annan Live Streaming

We can now confirm that we will be live streaming our Betfred Cup Group G match at home to Annan Athletic on Tuesday night (13th October). Kick off is 7.45pm at Somerset Park.

The match will cost £10 and will have live commentary from AU Media. Season Tickets are not valid for Cup matches.

To purchase the game click here