Information for Tomorrow’s game

Competition: Ladbrokes Championship

Fixture:

Alloa Athletic vs Ayr United

Saturday 21st September 2019

Indodrill Stadium, Alloa – Kick-off 3.00pm

Admission for Ayr United Supporters:

Turnstiles are located in Hilton Road, at the side of & behind KFC

Adults: £18

Senior Citizens (over 65): £10

Juveniles (U16s): £4

Supporters Buses / Car Parking

Supporters buses should park in Morrisons Car Park. Buses can drop off supporters at Hilton Road (KFC) and then proceed to Morrisons. After the match they can return for pick-up.

Car parking is available in Morrisons and town centre car parks. There is no charge.

Disabled Supporters:

There is a communal disabled area under the main stand, which offers cover from the inclement weather.

Advise for Away Supporters entering the stadium:

Alloa Athletic have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the stadium, especially in relation to pyro’s & controlled containers. All bags will be searched and spectators may also be subject to search. Any supporter who refuses to be searched will not be permitted to enter the stadium. No supporter will be admitted to the stadium who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

P.A. Announcers on Match Days

Ayr United are looking for anyone that would be interested in being a P.A. announcer on Match Days.

The aim is to have two or three persons who are capable of carrying out these duties on a volunteer basis.

In the first instance, please email stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk to express an interest.

Thank you,

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Alloa Match Preview

Match Preview

Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 21st September 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United head to Alloa for the first of  two away games in which the Honest Men will look to cement their place at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. A dominant performance and three points at home to Dundee United last weekend saw United draw level with the Tangerines with 12 points from five games.

Opponents: Alloa Athletic have started the season with four points from their opening five Championship games under new manager Peter Grant. After wins over Stirling Albion and Arbroath in the group stage of the League Cup, the Wasps picked up their first win of the league campaign three weeks ago at Queen of the South, following this up with a win at Dunfermline in the Challenge Cup. Last week, however, they were edged out 2-1 away to Dundee, a result that leaves them in eight place in the table, two points ahead of the Pars and Partick Thistle.

New faces amongst the Wasps’ squad this season have primarily been in forward areas with former Ayr United striker Liam Buchanan, Robert Thomson (ex-Brechin City, Dumbarton and Morton) and Kevin O’Hara all joining in the summer, while more recently goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald has moved on an emergency transfer from Kilmarnock following injury to regular number 1 Neil Parry, who was a stand-out performer for the Wasps last season.

Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie, Steven Bell and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries. Finn Ecrepont is away on Scotland duty.

Ian says: “Anyone expecting us to go there and win is completely wrong. We’re Ayr United and don’t have a divine right to be winning any game in this league. Saturday at Alloa is three points just the same as the Dundee United game and we’ll approach it exactly the same.”

Head to head: 

Ayr United wins – 61

Draws – 27

Alloa Athletic wins – 31

The Honest Men have recorded 26 league wins at Recreation Park in 55 matches against Alloa Athletic.

Last Match: The Honest Men were unbeaten against the Wasps last season, winning three and drawing one. The most recent meeting between the clubs was a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park on the final weekend of last season, a result which secured Alloa’s Championship status.

Ayr won both meetings at the Indodrill Stadium, 3-1 in February and 2-0 in September and also recorded a 3-0 win at Somerset Park in October. Lawrence Shankland scored six of our nine goals against the Wasps last season.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine

Admission:

Adults – £18

Senior Citizens (over 65) – £10

Juvenile (u16s) – £4

Dundee Utd match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 14th September 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the top two clubs in the Championship go head-to-head when unbeaten Dundee United are the visitors to Somerset Park in the league’s match of the day.

 

Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie and Stephen Kelly return from international duty to bolster an Ayr United team that was unlucky to lose out to Wrexham on penalties in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup last weekend; Doohan and Harvie having starred for Scotland U21s in their win in Croatia on Tuesday night.

 

Ian McCall’s side will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record this season but will face stiff opposition in Robbie Neilson’s Tangerines, who have netted 14 goals in their four league games so far.

 

Opponents: Dundee United’s last league game saw them sweep away neighbours Dundee 6-2 at home. A Calum Butcher double plus goals from Louis Appere and Lawrence Shankland from the penalty spot gave the Terrors a 4-1 lead at the break, with Ian Harkes and Cammy Smith completing the rout in the second-half.

 

Like Ayr, Dundee United exited the Challenge Cup last weekend, losing out on penalties to Arbroath. Robbie Neilson took the opportunity to rotate his squad but they were unable to find a way past a stubborn Arbroath rearguard at Tannadice.

 

All the attention is likely to be on Lawrence Shankland on his return to Somerset Park. The striker, who turned 24 last month, has scored 10 goals in his nine appearances for his new club this season, including four against Inverness on the opening day of the league campaign. Liam Smith also makes to return to his former club, while the club added defender Troy Brown to their squad this week with regular stopper Mark Connolly facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines through injury.

 

Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie, Steven Bell and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.

Ian says: “This was always at the back of the mind before the league games with Queen of the South and Partick, we really wanted to win both of those games and have a big top of the table clash here. Dundee United are a huge club with an excellent squad and they have started very well but this is Somerset Park, we have started well here in the league and we look to win every game here. We need a big home crowd and hopefully they treat it like the big game it is and get right behind us from the first whistle, exactly like what happened in Wrexham.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 15

Dundee United wins – 29

 

Dundee United have scored only one goal in their last six visits to Somerset Park, stretching back to March 1999.

 

Last Match:

Steven Bell’s 24th minute opener at Tannadice in April made it nine unanswered goals for the Honest Men against Dundee United last season, but second-half strikes from Pavol Safranko and Paul McMullan gave Robbie Neilson’s side their only win over Ayr.

 

Earlier in the season, Ayr recorded 2-0 (Shankland and McDaid) and 1-0 (Moore) wins at Somerset Park in October and January and stunned the Terrors with a 5-0 win at Tannadice in November, a match that saw Lawrence Shankland score four goals.

 

The Honest Men’s three league victories over Dundee United last season were their first since 1977.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden

Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe

Assistant Referee 2 – Michael McCart

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21) – £12

Under 18s – £6

Notice to Supporters

Ayr United would like to remind supporters not to park in Somerset Gardens resident bays.

Vehicles should also not be parked at the entrance to Somerset Gardens from Somerset Road.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Wrexham 1 (p) Ayr Utd 1

Wrexham 1 v 1 Ayr United

(Wrexham win 6 – 5 on penalties)

by AUmedia

 

On Saturday, United exited the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup losing 6-5 to Wrexham on penalties following a 1 – 1 draw. A second-half goal from Jake Bickerstaff put the hosts in front at the Racecourse Ground, but a late equaliser from Sam Roscoe took the game to a penalty shoot-out in which Wrexham came out on top.

Ian McCall was without nine first team players – Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie and Stephen Kelly on international duty with the Scotland U21s, Jordan Houston cup-tied and Andy Murdoch, Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie and Craig Moore ruled out injured – which saw four changes to the team, including a debut for goalkeeper Ellis Hare-Reid.

Ayr’s injury woes were increased early on when, on 13 mins, Aaron Muirhead had to come off after suffering a leg injury and was replaced by Finn Ecrepont at left back.

Ayr dominated possession in the opening stages, but Wrexham found their feet and started to look more dangerous creating a good chance in the 27th min. Devonte Redmond broke through and sent the ball forward to Jake Bickerstaff but his low effort was denied by Hare-Reid at his right-hand post.

The hosts kept the pressure up and came close again on 35 mins. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb hit the ball in from the right and despite Hare-Reid initially blocking, he dropped the ball under pressure from Leighton McIntosh. Ben Tollitt then pounced on the loose ball, but his attempt was blocked again then cleared by Luke McCowan.

Ayr got back into the game and began to look more threatening. Despite successive close misses from Ross Docherty, Finn Ecrepont and Alan Forrest in the final minutes before half time, United couldn’t find the back of the net and the scoreline remained 0-0 at the end of the half.

It was a balanced start to the second 45 mins with both teams showing intent, but it was the hosts who created the first major chance of the half. On 52 mins, Barnum-Bobb sent a great ball with the outside of his boot, to Bickerstaff on the right wing. He stroked the ball across the 6-yard box and past Hare-Reid but Leighton McIntosh, the former Dundee and Airdrie striker, failed to connect by the narrowest of margins and the ball curled wide.

Ayr came close to opening the scoring on 67 mins when a deadly low cross from Forrest on the right was met by Kris Doolan at the front post, but he couldn’t direct his flick target on target and the ball rose over the bar.

Both sides were pressing for a goal and, on 70 mins, following a sustained period of attacks from Ayr, it was Wrexham who finally broke the deadlock. Doug Tharme played a long ball down the left for McIntosh who curled the ball in from near the line. As Ayr failed to clear, Bickerstaff stepped in and blasted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from 10 yards to give the home side the lead.

Ayr briefly looked shell-shocked but continued to keep the pressure up and, on 85 mins, created their best chance of the match so far. Luke McCowan curled the ball over the Wrexham defence and into the box, where it was met by a diving header from Forrest, but his effort was tipped over the bar by keeper Dawid Szczepaniak.

Only 1 min later, United found the back of the net. Forrest took a short corner on the left and received the ball back from Mark Kerr. Forrest then crossed the ball into the box where it took a deflection off Mathew Jones and was met by Sam Roscoe who headered home from close range. 1 – 1 and United upped the pressure.

Ayr went all out for the win and came close to avoiding a penalty shoot-out. With only seconds of the match remaining, Docherty found Forrest in space on the left and the winger drove into the box where his delicate curving shot from 8 yards went inches past the far post.

With no late winner for either side, the score remained 1-1 at full time and the game went straight to penalties.

The first ten penalties went in. Docherty, Moffat, Bell, Geggan, and Forrest all scoring comfortably for United and Rutherford, Bickerstaff, Barnum-Bobb, Tollitt and Barton doing similarly for Wrexham. The shootout then went to sudden death mode.

McCowan stepped up for Ayr but was denied by Szczepaniak who saved his shot at the bottom right-hand corner. All Jake Lawler had to do now was to convert his penalty for the hosts to come out on top. The defender blasted the ball at goal and despite Hare-Reid getting a hand on it, the ball found the back of the net and sent Wrexham through to the next round of the Challenge Cup.

Next up, Ayr return to League action as they face Dundee United at Somerset Park on Saturday.

 

Wrexham

Szczepaniak, Barnum-Bobb, Lawlor, Tollitt, Redmond, Rutherford, Barton, Tharme, Bickerstaff, Cleworth, McIntosh Substitutes: Dibble (GK), Beaumont, Huxley, Jones, Parry, Robinson-Murray, Williams

 

Ayr United

Hare-Reid, Muirhead, Kerr, Roscoe, Geggan, Moffat, Doolan, Forrest, McCowan, Bell, Docherty Substitutes: Graham (GK), Ecrepont, McKenzie

 

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 1697

Wrexham match preview

Match Preview
Wrexham vs. Ayr United

Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 7th September 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United take a step into the unknown when they take on Wrexham in the third round of the Challenge Cup. Ian McCall’s threadbare squad will travel to North Wales today (Friday) ahead of the historic tie.

 

The Honest Men make the long journey south on the back of a third win in four Championship fixtures, away to Partick Thistle last weekend.

 

Opponents: Wrexham were invited to participate in this season’s Challenge Cup after finishing fourth in the National League last season. The Dragons’ hopes of promotion to the English Football League, however, were scuppered at the quarter-final stage of the play-offs with defeat at the hands of Eastleigh, in front of a crowd of 6,723 at the Racecourse.

 

The new campaign has seen Wrexham get off to a sluggish start, with 10 points from their opening nine games in English football’s sixth tier, leaving them in 16th place. Bryan Hughes’ team are without a win in their last five games, most recently dropping two points at home to Maidenhead in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night.

 

Former Dundee, Peterheand and Airdrie striker Leighton McIntosh is one the sole Scot in the Wrexham squad, although midfielder Adam Barton recently had a spell in the SPFL with Partick Thistle and Dundee United. Topscorers for the Dragons this season are Mark Harris, on loan from Cardiff City, and Bobby Grant.

 

Team News: Ian McCall is without nine first teamers for the match at the Racecourse Ground – Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie and Stephen Kelly are on international duty with the Scotland U21s; Jordan Houston is cup-tied and Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie, Craig Moore and Andy Murdoch are sidelined through injury.

Ian says: “Of course this is a completely different occasion to what we are used to, not only are we playing in Wales but we are missing numerous players due partly to the international weekend. All that said it gives other players an opportunity, it’s a big chance for them. We will give it a good go and try and win the game. It’s going to be a great day out for our supporters who are always fantastic away from home. ”

Head to head: 20 years ago, Wrexham travelled to Somerset Park for a pre-season friendly – the only previous meeting between the sides. Ayr ran out comfortable winners, with Danny Lennon, John Bradford and Alex Bone on the scoresheet.

 

Ayr United: Gill (Garden); Prenderville, Rogers, Duffy (Kelly), Campbell (Traynor); Wilson, Lennon, Davies (Reynolds), Lyons; Bradford (Bone), Lindau.

 

Wrexham: Deardon; McGregor, Hardy (Cooper), Phillips, Rider; Carey (Spink), Lowe (Williams) Russell (Falconbridge), Thomas (Ryan); Connolly, Stevens.

 

On this day: in 1996, United overcame Stenhousemuir 2-1 at Ochilview. Jim Mercer scored a late winner for the Honest Men after Paul Smith’s opener was cancelled out by Paul Hunter.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Gregg

Assistant Referee 1 – Blake Antrobus

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Hull

 

Admission:

Adults – £10

Seniors and Juveniles – £5

Under 12s – Free

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We are all looking forward to the occasion and we are sure that our supporters will do us proud representing Ayr United in another country. For ground regulations in Wrexham please click here 

Injury Update

As we prepare to travel to Wrexham for this weekends Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup tie manager Ian McCall has given the latest on some injuries around the squad.

He said “Unfortunately this morning we have received really bad news after Andy Murdoch has been for his scan. Andy has torn his Anterior Cruciate Ligament with a couple of other implications in and around the knee. This means he could be out for around 9 months and he will be seeing the specialist tomorrow. Of course he will be a huge miss, of his type of player is he the best in the league. It is extremely tough for him and I’ve told him to keep his head up and focus on his return.

Craig McGuffie has a slight thigh strain and will be out for at least a couple of weeks. Frank Ross has a twisted ankle and we are hopeful he will be back within two weeks. Jamie Adams has a swollen knee and will miss Wrexham and we will assess it next week. Craig Moore is still out but his recovery is coming along well and will be ready to take part in full training soon.

Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie and Stephen Kelly are away with Scotland Under 21s and Jordan Houston is cup tied. “

Partick Thistle 2 Ayr Utd 3

Partick Thistle 2 v 3 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

On Saturday, United recorded back-to-back Championship victories when they came from behind to beat nine man Partick Thistle 2-3 at Firhill. First-half goals from Thistle’s Stuart Bannigan and Shea Gordon, with one from United’s Luke McCowan, gave the home team a 2-1 advantage at half time but, with both Thistle goal scorers being sent off, the Honest Men had the edge and goals from Kris Doolan (on his return to Firhill after leaving at the end of last season) and Stephen Kelly sealed the win for United.

Ayr were forced into an early substitution when Andy Murdoch went down with a knee injury only 2 mins into the game and was replaced by Mark Kerr.

United coped well with the change and looked like they had taken the lead on 10 mins. Stephen Kelly intercepted a pass in midfield and flicked it out to Luke McCowan on the right-wing. McCowan controlled it and curled a ball into the box and across the goal towards the left post where Alan Forrest raced in to chip it into the back of the net but it was flagged offside and the score remained 0-0.

Only 4 mins later, the hosts opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Cammy Palmer picked up a mishit clearance from Ross Doohan and flicked it on to Thistle debutant Dario Zanatta.

The striker raced into the box and got in front of Mark Kerr who had tried to match his run. Zanatta hit the deck and referee Dallas pointed the spot despite protestations that there had been no contact. Stuart Bannigan stepped up to take the spot-kick and slotted the ball past Doohan into the bottom left-hand corner to give the home side the lead.

Although Ayr seemed to struggle under the Jags’ attacking force, the visitors found a way back into the game on 23 mins. A long ball up the park from Daniel Harvie was initially met by Ben Hall at the edge of the box, but, under pressure from Forrest, he failed to control it and his sloppy header was picked up by McCowan who clipped it over the outrushing keeper Jamie Sneddon and into the net and the game was level again.

Despite the equaliser, the home side remained the stronger, more threatening force on the park and retook the advantage in the 43rd min. Shea Gordon won the ball in midfield and passed it on to Zanatta who broke through from his own half, beating four Ayr players on his way into the penalty area, before passing to Alex Jones. Jones returned the ball to Zanatta then fed it to Shea Gordon who hit home from seven yards.

The joy was short-lived though when Gordon saw a straight red for a nasty challenge on McCowan only 1 min later and Thistle were down to ten men at half time.

It was a balanced start to the second half with both teams showing intent and Thistle carrying the one man disadvantage well.

A substitution on 60 mins that saw Michael Moffat come on for Andy Geggan lifted Ayr’s performance and, for the first time in the game, the visitors started to dominate, creating successive good chances and pressing for a goal.

United’s newly found confidence got another boost on 64 mins when Bannigan was sent off for a high challenge on Stephen Kelly taking the hosts down to 9 men.

It seemed to be a question of when not if United would score and the equaliser eventually came in the 71st min. McCowan sent a high cross into the penalty area from the right-wing which was initially headered away by Ryan Williamson. The clearance fell to Steven Bell 25 yards out. He fired a shot at the goal which hit the left post, and the rebound was picked up by Kris Doolan who hit the ball straight into the back of the net. Thistle had suffered the curse of the return of a former favourite.

Ayr kept the pressure up high and took the lead 6 mins later. Moffat picked up the ball some 30 yards out and stroked it to Bell who then sent wide to Forrest on the right edge of the penalty area. The winger controlled then played a short pass to Kelly who, from18 yards, lifted a spectacular shot into the top right-hand corner, giving keeper Sneddon no chance.

Partick Thistle never gave up and continued to look threatening when they got on the break but United were now in full control and played down the minutes to secure the maximum 3 points.

This result sees Ayr move up to second in the league table, three points behind Dundee United and two ahead of Inverness in third.

Next up, United take on AFC Wrexham in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup at Racecourse Ground next Saturday.

 

Partick Thistle

Sneddon, Williamson, Hall, McGinty, Bannigan, Miller, Jones, Gordon, Robson, Palmer, Zanatta Substitutes: Fox (GK), O’Ware, Cardle, Mansell, De Vita, Niang, Saunders

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Geggan, Doolan, Forrest, McCowan, Bell, Adams, Murdoch, Docherty, Kelly Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Muirhead, Kerr, Roscoe, Moffat, McGuffie, Houston

 

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Attendance: 3060

Partick match information

Partick Thistle v Ayr United. 3pm Saturday 31st August

Our supporters will be based in the north end of the Jackie Husband stand entering through turnstiles 40 and 41 only. There will be a cash gate and also a card payment option which will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

Prices

Adults:  £20

Concessions (over 65s and students):  £15

Juveniles (under 16):  £5

WHEELCHAIR USERS

At league matches the cost for a wheelchair user/ambulant fan is £15 which includes a carer.

Tickets can be bought at the match on the day, unless the match is all ticket.

Wheelchair tickets can be purchased from the staff member on duty at the accessible entrance, the red gates between the Colin Weir Stand (the older stand on Firhill Road) and the John Lambie Stand (the newer stand behind the goals).

The area for away wheelchair users to watch the match from is the section in front of the Colin Weir Stand (the old stand at the side of the pitch on Firhill Road). The cover here is reasonable.

Wheelchair users should enter the ground from Firhill Road by the red gates between the Colin Weir Stand (the older stand on Firhill Road) and the John Lambie Stand (the newer stand behind the goals). Tickets can be purchased from the staff member here.

For matches where the away support is in the Jackie Husband Stand there may be a limited number of wheelchair places available for away wheelchair fans on the viewing platform in The Jackie Husband Stand. This is used by Partick Thistle season ticket holders. If spaces become available then it is possible for away wheelchair fans to reserve a space. If any away wheelchair fan would like to use the platform then they should contact Partick Thistle’s Disability Access Officer, Dougie McInnes, directly by emailing dao@ptfc.co.uk or by telephoning 07803 922570. Dougie will advise on availability of spaces.

 

CAR PARKING

Three car park spaces for blue badge holders of the away club can be reserved in advance in the official club car park. To reserve a space fans should contact their own club in the first instance who will forward names on to Partick Thistle.

For away fans using the section in front of the Colin Weir Stand many fans park in the streets surrounding Firhill as it is closer to the accessible entrance than the official club car park. As kick off time approaches these spaces fill up quickly so if seeking one of these spaces then the advice is to come early. Parking is at the owner’s own risk.

Some fans park on Scottish Canals land behind the Jackie Husband Stand. Parking here is free and again at the owner’s own risk but many fans park here trouble free. These spaces fill up quickly on match day. The spaces here are close to the away turnstiles of the Jackie Husband Stand.

 

 

THE AITKEN SUITE

Situated in the Colin Weir Stand is The Aitken Suite Lounge which opens before and after Saturday matches. For midweek matches the lounge usually opens before the match but not after. Fans should see the website for details. Home and away fans are welcome. Live matches are shown and food is also available. The lounge has a disabled toilet.

Access to the Aitken Suite for wheelchair users is by the red gates of the accessible entrance. Inside the ground there is a ramp beside the stand which allows wheelchair access into the Aitken Suite. The stewards on duty will provide assistance.

 

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Partick Thistle’s Disability Access Officer Dougie McInnes at dao@ptfc.co.uk or on 07803 922570.