Jordan Houston signs permanent deal

We are delighted to announce the signing of Jordan Houston from Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Jordan joined us on loan on the 30th of August 2019 and has been a permanent fixture in the first team squad from that point.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”As soon as we knew there was a chance we could get Jordan for longer there was no doubt in our minds. We are always thinking about longer term and building plans and Jordan is very much part of that. Probably a month or so ago the fans thought there was a chance we could lose Jordan and Stephen Kelly in January however both of them are loving their time here and wanted to stay. He is young and still has a lot of improvement in him. He works hard, is powerful and has real pace. Jordan has had an excellent grounding coming through the youth system at Rangers so he doesn’t have many bad habits. I would like to thank not only our Board of Directors but the AU500FUND who’s recent donation to the club contributed to being able to make this deal happen.”

Jordan has signed a 2 year deal.

AU500 Presentation

On Saturday the AU500 made an amazing donation to the Player Fund of £10,000.
This presentation was made by Fraser Wason to Alan Murray (Director) who recently became a member of the AU500 Committee.
This now brings this season’s total to a fantastic £25,700 so far.
All donations go directly to the Manager for the Player Fund to help strengthen the squad.
Anyone wishing to join the AU500 or make a one off donation can do so by collecting a joining form in the club shop or by emailing them at info@au500fund.com

Ayr Utd 1 Ross County 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Ross County

by AUmedia

 

United advanced to the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup after beating Premiership Ross County 1-0 on Saturday. Steven Bell’s header home from a corner in the first half was enough to guarantee the Honest Men the win at Somerset Park and a place in the round of the last 16.

 

Ross County took the initiative in the early stages of the game and broke forward into the Ayr box on multiple occasions, but the United defence stood firm and dealt well with the attacks thrown at them.

 

County looked dangerous every time they got on the break and created the first major chance on 18 mins. Harry Paton lifted the ball over the defence to set up Lee Erwin who only had Ross Doohan left to beat from 10 yards, but the keeper came off his line to block the effort and keep the scoreline at 0-0.

 

4 mins later, Ayr came close to open the scoring when Steven Bell took a free kick in his own half and sent it into the County box. The ball was met by Michael Moffat who nodded back for Stephen Kelly whose half-volley from 20 yards went inches past the right post.

 

The game started to open up and while Paton and Erwin continued to cause trouble, chances now came evenly for both sides as United began to show much more attacking intent. At times, Ayr outplayed their opponents and new loan signing from Ipswich Town, Aaron Drinan, proved to be a handful for the Highlanders up front.

 

The Honest Men’s efforts paid off when they broke the deadlock on 37 mins. Stephen Kelly delivered a corner from the right and Bell broke away from his marker to head the ball past County keeper Nathan Baxter and make it 1-0 United.

 

The visitors immediately upped the tempo and came close to an equaliser on 40 mins. Sean Kelly crossed a curling ball from the left wing into the path of Erwin, but he yet again saw his attempt from the edge of the box denied by Doohan and Ayr stayed in front at the break.

 

County’s first attempt of the second half came after 3 mins when Josh Mullin connected with a Blair Spittal pass, but he failed to get enough power and accuracy on his half-volley

which did not trouble Doohan.

 

The Staggies dominated possession but lacked penetration or urgency and were outfought by Ayr. Confident and hardworking United remained focussed and determined and almost added another goal through Drinan, but the big striker mishit his shot after striding into the box after latching onto a pass from Aaron Muirhead.

 

 

Trying to get back into the game, County switched things around on 57 mins, introducing attackers Billy McKay and Brian Graham for Paton and Spittal. United responded immediately and strengthened their defence by swapping Michael Moffat for defender Sam Roscoe.

 

Ayr sat deep to protect their lead and made finding a way through difficult for their Premiership visitors. County’s best chance to draw level came 5 mins before full time when

Erwin was put into the box by McKay only to lift his effort over the bar from 10 yards.

 

United saw the game out in relative comfort and secured a 1-0 victory that grants them a place in the last 16.

 

Next Saturday, Ayr are back in league action as they welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Somerset Park.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Moffat, Forrest, Houston, Bell, Drinan, Docherty, Kelly

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Roscoe, Doolan, McCowan, McGuffie, Hewitt, McKenzie

 

Ross County

Baxter, Kelly, Fontaine, Erwin, Vigurs, Mullin, Foster, Spittal, Tillson, Paton, Donaldson

Substitutes: Laidlaw (GK), McKay, Watson, Spence, Henderson, Graham, Chalmers

 

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Attendance: 1538

Ross County match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Ross County

William Cup Scottish Cup – Fourth Round
Saturday 18th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United enter this year’s Scottish Cup with a fourth round tie at home to last season’s Championship winners, Ross County. Heavy rain saw United’s game at Dundee last weekend postponed meaning Mark Kerr’s side missed the opportunity to build on a battling win at Dunfermline ahead of facing Premiership opponents in the cup.

 

Opponents: Ross County travel to Somerset Park after a three-week break from competitive action. Their last game came on 29th December, a 1-1 draw at St. Johnstone. The Dingwall side have won only two of their last 14 Premiership games, against Kilmarnock and Hibernian at the Global Energy Stadium. Their last away win came at Motherwell in September but they will travel south well rested and as favourites to progress.

 

Management duo Stevie Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell moved this week to strengthen their squad, adding giant defender Coll Donaldson from neighbours Inverness Caledonian Thistle and midfielder Jordan Tillson, who makes the rather longer journey north from Exeter City. The Staggies’ are also boosted by the return of the influential Iain Vigurs, who made a scoring return against the Saints before the break after three-and-a-half months out with a foot injury.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Andy Geggan and Craig Moore are out with injuries.

Mark says: “The Scottish Cup is always exciting and everyone has been really looking forward to this competition. We know Ross County well from last season although they have made some additions to their squad. They will be well drilled and play with a lot of energy. However it is the Scottish Cup and we are at home, we know what we are capable of and we will be giving it everything to be in the hat for the next round.”

League Form:

Ayr United: DWLLW

Ross County: WWLLD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 9

Ross County wins – 20

 

Ross County have lost just three times in 17 visits to Somerset Park with United’s last win over the Staggies at home coming in August 2002. In all competitions, County are unbeaten in the last 14 meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: United and County faced each other four times in the Championship last season, with the Honest Men falling short of maintaining a title challenge to the eventual Champions, taking just one point in a 3-3 draw at home. Brian Graham scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset Park in April 2019.

 

There has been just one meeting between the sides in the Scottish Cup and that resulted in a cup upset at the time. Third Division Ross County won 2-0 at Somerset Park in January 1996.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Andrew Dallas

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

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.

 

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Aaron Drinan signs

Ipswich Town striker signs on loan

 

Mark Kerr has moved to make his first signing of the January transfer window, adding 21-year-old striker Aaron Drinan on loan from Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy signed the Irishman from Waterford in January 2018, after the frontman impressed the former Republic of Ireland manager during Waterford’s 2017 League of Ireland First Division title win. Aaron signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the East Anglian club which runs until the summer of 2021.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”We have been tracking Aaron for some time now and were delighted to be able to get him up to train with us. He really impressed us at training and fitted in with the rest of the team straight away. He is a different striker to what we have got already, he has good height and will be able to stretch the game for us. He has already had a couple of loans and played for Ireland under 21s so we are getting him at the right time. Aaron is hungry to succeed and we are thrilled to have got him.

While yet to make his senior debut for the Tractor Boys under new manager Paul Lambert, Aaron has gained first team experience from loan spells at National League side Sutton United, in the League of Ireland and, most recently, the Swedish second tier, in addition to gaining seven Under 21 caps.

Last year he returned to Waterford on loan ahead of the 2019 SSE Airtricity Premier League season, scoring seven times in 18 appearances before heading back to Ipswich at the end of June. Two months later, he made the switch to GAIS in Sweden’s second tier. Aaron played eight games for the Gothenburg-based side up until the end of the Swedish season in November.

Aaron joins the Honest Men until the end of the season.

 

Dundee v Ayr – Match Postponed

Following the pitch inspection at Dens Park, today’s match against Dundee has been called off. We will confirm details of when the game will be played as soon as we have them.

Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Dundee vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 11th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make the journey north to face Dundee at Dens Park. It is third versus fourth in the Championship with the Honest Men travelling to the City of Discovery looking to extend their advantage over the Dees, which currently stands at two points.

 

Mark Kerr’s men tasted victory on the road last weekend with a hard fought 1-0 win over Dunfermline, the side’s first away win since the end of October.

 

Opponents: Dundee manager James McPake is looking to avoid back-to-back home defeats to promotion rivals after Inverness Caledonian Thistle took all three points when they visited Dens Park last time out. Two first-half goals from Caley were enough to see them consolidate second position in the league table.

 

Team News:. Andy Geggan and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.

Mark says: “Every game is tough in this league and going to Dens will be absolutely no different. We want to build on last week, we showed a different side to our game, kept our shape well and came away with the three points. The result gives us a lot of confidence and that was obvious in training this week. Our fans were great last week and they really backed us the later the game went so hopefully they get right behind us tomorrow.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: DWLLW

Dundee: DWWDL

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 24

Draws – 20

Dundee wins – 51

 

United have won just 5 of 48 leagues games between the sides at Dens Park, with Ayr’s last league win away to the Dark Blues coming in January 1981.

 

Previous Meeting:

Mark Kerr’s first game in charge saw Dundee visit Somerset Park for a Friday night televised fixture. It was the Dark Blues that picked up all three points – their first away league win of the season. Goals from former United winger Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan put Dundee two goals ahead in the first 30 minutes. Luke McCowan countered for the Honest Men before half-time but it was James McPake’s side who held on for the victory.

 

Ayr United: Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Geggan (Moore), Docherty, Kelly, Forrest (McGuffie), McCowan (Doolan), Moffat

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond

 

Admission:

Adult – £24

Concessions – £16

U18’s – £10

 

Ayr United supporters will occupy Section B of the Main stand with entry via turnstiles 31 and 32 on Sandeman Street.

 

https://dundeefc.co.uk/match/ayr-championship/

Jamie Adams

We are sorry to announce that today Jamie Adams has retired from football due to injury.

Jamie, who has made 104 appearances for the Honest Men over the last four and a half seasons, last featured for United at the end of August but has succumbed to the knee injury that saw him miss much of last season.

After starting his career at Kilmarnock, Jamie was forced to endure two years out of the game due to serious injury following his departure from St Johnstone in 2012 but returned to action in 2014 with South of Scotland League side Wigtown & Bladnoch, close to the family farm near Stranraer. That attracted the attention of Ian McCall, who had previously signed Jamie on loan from Killie while at Partick Thistle and Queen of the South, and handed Jamie an initial six month deal in July 2015.

A hugely important member of Ian McCall’s teams that twice won promotion to the Championship, Jamie became a cult figure amongst United supporters for his no-nonsense approach to the game.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Jamie has been a fantastic team mate since I signed for the club and as manager he is a player I would have loved to have had available to me but sadly that hasn’t been able to happen. He needs to do what is best for himself and his family now and he will always be welcome at Somerset Park.

 

Dunfermline 0 Ayr United 1

Dunfermline Athletic 0 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United started 2020 with a 0-1 win over Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday and moved up into third in the Championship table. A first-half goal from Craig Moore was enough to guarantee the Honest Men the full three points at East End Park.

 

Dunfermline had the better start to the game and created good chances from the get-go with Kyle Turner going close on more than one occasion in the opening mins.

 

On 32 mins, Greg Kiltie picked up a poor Ayr pass in midfield and sent Kevin Nisbet through for a shot on target, but Ross Doohan got a foot on it and turned the ball wide.

 

The Pars looked the more threatening side and came close again only mins later when Ryan Dow won the ball just outside the box and played it into Kiltie who saw his low effort saved by Doohan.

 

Ayr were playing good one-touch and possession football in their own half but struggled to get past Dunfermline into the final third. The hosts closed United down quickly and turned every pass that went astray into an attempt on goal for themselves.

 

However, on 38 mins and somewhat against the run of play, Ayr broke the deadlock. After a move of 25 or so passes that probed the Dunfermline backline, Alan Forrest cut in towards the Pars penalty area before taking a shot into the path of Moore who stretched out his leg to direct the ball into the net and put the Honest Men ahead at the break.

 

Dunfermline were looking for an equaliser in the second half, but United held out well and denied the hosts’ efforts, though Nisbet brought a save out of Doohan on 63 mins after a one-two with Kiltie set him up for an effort from just outside the box.

 

Ayr created a chance themselves on 70 mins when Stephen Kelly broke through the midfield and fired a low shot from 18 yards at the goal, but keeper Ryan Scully went down to block the attempt.

 

Shortly after, Moore raced forward to attempt to reach a long ball forward while Pars keeper Scully darted out to try and reach the ball first in his penalty area. Scully missed the ball completely but slammed into the Ayr striker, a tackle that was to result in Moore limping off the park to be replaced by Michael Moffat after 4 minutes of treatment. To add insult to injury, the Pars were awarded a freekick following a very late flag for offside from the assistant referee.

 

Dunfermline threw everything at Ayr in the remaining mins, but United never looked under major threat and saw the game out comfortably to take the full three points.

 

United move up into third in the table, two points ahead of Dundee and four behind Inverness.

 

Ayr are on the road again for their upcoming Championship game next Saturday when they face Dundee at Dens Park.

 

Dunfermline Athletic

Scully, Comrie, Devine, Ashcroft, Martin, Ross, Paton, Turner, Dow Nisbet, Kiltie

Substitutes: Gill (GK), Murray, Thomson, McGill, Edwards, Todd, McCann

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Bell, Muirhead, Geggan, Kelly, Kerr, Docherty, Forrest, Moore, McCowan

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Roscoe, Moffat, Doolan, McGuffie, Houston, McKenzie

 

Referee: Mike Roncone

Attendance: 3915

Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 4th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick off the new decade with a trip to face Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. With three teams – including tomorrow’s hosts – just three points behind fouth placed United, Mark Kerr’s side are in need of a win to boost their promotion play-off credentials.

 

Dundee’s point in the recent Dundee derby saw them climb into third spot, a point ahead of the Honest Men while second-placed Inverness have a four point advantage.

 

Opponents: After three wins on the bounce – including a 5-1 thumping of Partick Thistle and narrow win over Ayr – Dunfermline have lost their last three games; at Dundee and Inverness and most recently at home to Alloa Athletic. Kevin Nisbit’s 20th goal of the season – and 13th in the last 10 games – quickly put the Pars back on level terms with the Wasps after Adam Brown’s opener but a Kevin O’Hara goal and Iain Flannigan penalty gave the bottom side a much needed win.

 

Team News:. Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch miss out with injury.

Mark says: “We need to get a consistency in terms of performance and there is no doubt the squad is looking stronger at the moment so we need to turn that into results. The pitch at Dunfermline will suit us and we will look to be more clinical in the final third.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LDWLL

Dunfermline Athletic: WWLLL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 37

Draws – 30

Dunfermline Athletic wins – 58

 

Previous Meeting:

Dunfermline have won both previous meetings between the sides this season by a single goal. In October, the Pars edged out the Honest Men at East End Park in a five goal thriller. Greg Kiltie opened the scoring but the sides went into half-time level after Lee Ashcroft inadvertently diverted the ball past keeper Cammy Gill. A fine Alan Forrest strike put Ayr into the lead but a spectacular Ashcroft volley and Andy Ryan goal handed Stevie Crawford’s side the victory.

 

At the start of December, a Kevin Nisbit goal was enough to give Dunfermline all three points at Somerset Park.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather

Assistant Referee 2 – David Ingram

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concessions – £14 (Over 65s, Under 18s, Full Time Students, Disabled and Unemployed)

U12’s – £6