Morton match preview

Match Preview
Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 29th October 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tomorrow night Ayr United travel to Cappielow to take on Greenock Morton looking to get back to winning ways. It is a quick turnaround for new management team Mark Kerr and Assistant Michael McArdle after Friday’s night loss to Dundee, a third defeat on the spin for the Honest Men.

Despite a poor run of form, we remain second in the table, three points behind leaders Dundee United ahead of a full midweek fixture list in the Championship; Dundee United are at home to Partick Thistle; Inverness, a point behind Ayr in third, make the long journey south to Dumfries to play Queen of the South. Dundee are at the Indodrill to face Alloa Athletic.

 

Opponents: Morton go into tomorrow tonight’s game on the back of a 2-1 win over Inverness at Cappielow on Saturday. Bob McHugh netted a double to halt a run of three games without a win, which included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Dundee United at Tannadice.

David Hopkins’ side are unbeaten at home this season, with Dunfermline the only one of five teams to leave Cappielow with a point. Five defeats in five away from home, however, mean that Morton lie in seventh place in the table.

 

Team News: Frank Ross, Andrew Murdoch, Mark Kerr and Jamie Adams all miss out through injury.

Mark says: “We were at the Morton game on Saturday and we know how they will set up. First things first and we need to match them all over the park and deal with the specific threats they will pose. We will need to pass the ball better than we did on Friday, the first 25 minutes was good and we played some good football then the game was broken up and we struggled to get any real momentum. We need to make sure we get back to taking the chances we are creating.”

Form:

Ayr United: WWLLL

Dundee: WLDLW

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 62

Draws – 35

Morton wins – 49

 

United are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting:

There were six goals in the first meeting between the sides this season, at Somerset Park at the start of August. Michael Moffat got Ayr off to the perfect start with a goal in the 9th minute and second-half strikes from Luke McCowan and Alan Forrest put us three goals to the good. Goals in Reghan Tumilty and Nicky Cadden threatened a Ton comeback but Craig McGuffie secured all three points with a last minute fourth for the Honest Men.

 

In the four encounters last season in the Championship, Ayr chalked up a 5-1 win at Cappielow early in the season, with the next three games ending in a draw.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Elliott Husband Powton

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concession (Over-65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15

Child (12 – 17) – £10

Child (Under-12) – £1

Ayr Utd 1 Dundee 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Dundee

by AUmedia

 

United suffered their third consecutive Championship loss in a 1-2 defeat to Dundee and missed the chance to go top of the table on Friday evening. The Dee took a two-goal lead through Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan and despite Luke McCowan pulling a goal back just before half time, the visitors maintained their lead to the end.

Ayr started their first match under new manager Mark Kerr as the more threatening and attacking side and could have opened the scoring with only 4 mins gone. Luke McCowan flicked the ball between Jordan Marshall and Graham Dorrans in midfield to allow Michael Moffat to break forward. Moffat played the ball out to the right for a one-two with Jordan Houston that set him up for a shot from inside the box, but Conor Hazard rose to collect.

Dundee’s calmer, more organised looking approach paid off when they found the back of the net on 16 mins. Shaun Byrne intercepted a pass inside the Ayr half and good play between him, Declan McDaid and Cammy Kerr set up McDaid to cut in from the right. Under pressure from the United defence, the former Ayr winger and Andrew Nelson exchanged passes 20 yards out and McDaid fired a powerful low drive into the bottom right-hand corner to give the Dark Blues the lead.

The visitors picked up drive and the game turned into an end-to-end affair with both sides pressing and looking for a goal.

In the 25th min, Ayr should have equalised when Ross Docherty lifted a ball forward over the Dundee defence that allowed Michael Moffat to break through on goal. The striker had only Hazard left to beat, but the Dundee keeper initially blocked his effort from close range. The ball bounced near the goal line and Moffat set Alan Forrest, but Cammy Kerr slid in to turn Forrest’s attempt from 12 yards around the post.

Dundee doubled their lead on 32 mins when they capitalised on a set-piece. Graham Dorrans delivered a freekick from the middle of the Ayr half into the box and found Jordan Forster for an attempt on goal. Ross Doohan got a foot on it, but the rebound rolled back to Paul McGowan who slammed it into the net from 14 yards. 0-2 Dundee.

Only 6 mins later, United clawed one back, also through a set piece. A Stephen Kelly free kick from 35 yards was met by Aaron Muirhead in the penalty area who rose and headed the ball across goal for McCowan to score with a diving header at the right post. The home side were back in the game just before half time.

The start of the second half saw Craig Moore return to first-team action for the first time after a lengthy injury when he came on for Andy Geggan on 48 mins.

There was a lack of the frantic and attacking spirit of the first 45 mins featured in the second half, but both teams stayed creative and fashioned chances to score.

Ayr came close to pulling another goal back on 51 mins. McCowan put pressure on Dorrans in midfield and Moffat intercepted a resulting sloppy pass. He passed on to Docherty who sent the ball forward into space for McCowan who broke down the right wing but hesitated and mishit 12 yards and the ball curled just wide of the right post.

McDaid, Nelson and Kane Hemmings all looked dangerous for Dundee, but the next major chance came Ayr’s way on 61 mins. Docherty beat Shaun Byrne to the ball near the halfway line for Moffat to pick it up and break forward. He crossed the ball out to the left where it found Moore who controlled it and flicked a short pass to Forrest. The winger cut in and bent an attempt just wide of the Dundee goal from the edge of the box.

From there onwards, Dundee’s more composed midfield slowed the game down and the visitors adopted an increasingly defensive approach. Despite Kris Doolan coming on for Luke McCowan giving Ayr three strikers on the park, the Dee played down the remaining minutes and the final whistle blew to seal 1-2 as the final result.

Next up, United travel to Cappielow to face Greenock Morton in the Championship on Tuesday evening.

 

Ayr United

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

 

Dundee

Hazard, Kerr, McGhee, Forster, Byrne, Nelson, McGowan, McDaid, Dorrans, Marshall, Hemmings Substitutes: Ferrie (GK), Meekings, Todd, McPake, Johnson, Robertson, Mackie

 

Referee: Bobby Madden

Attendance: 1627

Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee

Ladbrokes Championship
Friday 25th October 2019. Kick-off 7.05pm

Tonight (Friday), a new era commences at Somerset Park with Mark Kerr’s first game in charge. Dundee make the journey south with United looking to put back-to-back defeats behind them with a victory that would see them go three points clear at the top of the table ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.

 

Opponents:

At 35, Dundee manager James McPake is the youngest in the SPFL and has been tasked with leading the Dark Blues back to the Premiership at the first attempt after their relegation last season.

 

McPake’s side travel to Ayrshire following a disappointing defeat at home to Partick Thistle last weekend. Dundee led going into the final stages of the game after Paul McGowan’s opener on the occasion of his 200th appearance for the club but goals in the 85th, 88th and 90th minute gave Thistle a 3-1 victory in the City of Discovery. That result leaves them 5th place in the table on 12 points.

 

Tonight’s match could see two on loan Celtic goalkeepers take the field, with Dundee making the emergency loan signing of Conor Hazard yesterday after no. 1 Jack Hamilton was forced to undergo surgery. 21-year-old Hazard, who has one cap for Northern Ireland, has previous experience following loan spells Falkirk and Partick Thistle.

 

Team News: Frank Ross, Jamie Adams, Steven Bell, Mark Kerr and Andy Murdoch miss out with injuries.

Mark says: “It has been a quick week after getting the news on Monday night however training on Wednesday and Thursday was top class and the boys were raring to go. We have an opportunity to get points on the board before anyone else plays this weekend and we want to get to the top of the league after missing chances the last couple of weeks. Dundee are one of the favourites for the title so we know how difficult it will be but we have the players capable of winning us this match. Hopefully there is a great atmosphere under the lights as it makes a huge difference.”

Form:

Ayr United: WWWLL

Dundee: WLDWL

 

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 19

Draws – 13

Dundee wins – 20

 

United have just one league win over Dundee in the last 14 meetings between the sides, stretching back to February 1995. That win came in the last head-to-head played at Somerset Park.

 

Previous Meeting:

United lost the first match-up between the sides this season, at Dens Park in August. Substitute Andrew Nelson’s second-half strike for the Dee was the only goal of a hard fought game from which the Honest Men were unlucky to come away empty-handed.

 

Our last league win over Dundee came at Somerset Park in April 2012. Despite losing John Robertson and Adam Dodd to injury and a Ryan Conroy goal within the first 20 minutes of the game, United fought back to equalise in the 61st minute with a Keigan Parker free-kick. Steven Milne’s header put Dundee back in front in the 70th minute but Ayr went on to win the game and avoid automatic relegation with a spectacular Parker overhead kick and Ross Robertson goal in the last six minutes of the game.

 

Ayr United: Cuthbert; Tiffoney, Dodd (Longridge), J. Robertson (Hutchinson (R. Robertson), Smith; Geggan, Tomsett, Trouten, Moffat; Parker, Roberts

 

Dundee: Douglas, Irvine (McIntosh), Lockwood, McKeown, Weston, K Benedictus, McBride, O’Donnell, Riley, Conroy, Milne.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden

Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny

Assistant Referee 2 – David Dunne

Fourth Official – Chris Fordyce

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6

 

Supporters are urged to purchase their tickets in advance.

Kerr appoints his number 2

Today manager Mark Kerr appointed Michael McArdle as his Assistant Manager.

Most recently Michael has been Head of Coaching at St Mirren and prior to that was the Academy Director at Forth Valley Academy. He has also provided detailed match analysis reports and talent identification for Dundee United, Aberdeen, St Mirren and many other clubs. Michael was also part of the interim management team at Falkirk.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Michael brings a lot more than a normal assistant manager would. I have worked with him previously at Falkirk and he has an extremely wide range of skills. He has provided in depth opposition analysis for numerous big teams in Scotland and is extremely adept at identifying talent so will be a big help in terms of recruitment. Michael’s qualities will ensure that we have a more rounded management team.”

Sandy Stewart will now be leaving the club and we would like to thank Sandy for all he did while at Ayr United and wish him all the best for the future.

Ayr United Media today interviewed Michael and the full interview will be on all our channels later today.

Welcome Mark

Ayr United is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Kerr as our first team manager.

Mark takes over with immediate effect on an 18 month contract which runs to May 2021.

The Board of Directors went through a thorough process to look for a new manager. Each application was considered and an initial shortlist was drawn up for phone interviews. After these were completed a final shortlist of 6 were confirmed for final face to face interviews with a panel including Chairman Lachlan Cameron.

All 6 were of an extremely high standard however Mark was the outstanding candidate and left us in no doubt he is the right man to take us forward.

Mark has been hugely respected wherever he has been as a player, he has played over 620 professional games in his career to date which includes over 50 for Ayr United. He was the club captain at Falkirk, Aberdeen and has captained Ayr many times. This is something he has been working towards for many years, has all the relevant coaching badges and knows Ayr United and this league extremely well. He also won all 3 matches when in interim charge at Falkirk.

Mark Kerr, Ayr United manager said :”I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity. This is a fantastic club and right now we have a top group of players and I can’t wait to lead them. This is a great challenge for me at a club I now know very well and I am looking forward to getting down to the hard work straight away. This is an extremely proud moment for me, I have loved playing in front of our fans and hope to take the club forward with them.”

Ian McCall brought Mark to Ayr United in January 2018 and he played a pivotal part as the Honest Men picked up their first league title for 21 years. The following season he made 30 appearances as we reached the Premiership Play Offs.

Chairman Lachlan Cameron said :“It’s been an unsettling few weeks for everyone involved and it’s never an easy process finding a new manager. However, we wanted to do it right and I feel confident in the process and I’m pleased with the result.  The dressing room would have backed any manager coming in but I know they are especially thrilled with our appointment and are looking forward to getting back to winning ways”

Ayr United Media will have a full interview with Mark which will be on all our channels later today.

Football Engagement Strategy Survey

Police Scotland wants to find out how you want them to engage with you about football policing. You can share your views as a football supporter or as a member of the public.

Your feedback will contribute directly to a new football engagement strategy to make sure football supporters and communities are involved in how Police Scotland works at football. The insights from this survey will influence the way the police work. Police Scotland’s main objective is for all football policing operations to deliver safe and secure events.

We encourage anyone with an interest in football policing to freely express their feelings and opinions.

All information you provide will be treated confidentially and will remain anonymous.

The survey can be completed online at:

https://consult.scotland.police.uk/surveys/football-engagement-strategy/

The survey closes on 29 November 2019

Lottery News

Ayr United Five Star Lottery began in 1990 and we are now in our 30th Season and have over 3000 members.

During the last 30 years we have paid out over 2.3 million pounds in prize money into the community.

The Lottery only costs £1 per stake per week and we have a Guaranteed Weekly Jackpot of £1000 plus our weekly prizes of £50 and fifteen weekly prizes of £10.

Being a member offers you access to our discount club with over 50 local companies giving discounts, including 10% off Club Shop merchandise.

All profits from the Lottery are donated back to Ayr United Football Club and since it began, we have donated back over £1,000,000

All monies donated to the club goes back into the development of the football ground and in the last few years has helped to fund the following:

  • Safety work in the Stand and new fire escape stairs
  • New P.A. System
  • New Trackside wall
  • New Tractor

          

Spokesman, Eddie Cattle said “Everyone at the Lottery is delighted that funds generated are able to make improvements to the Stadium and infrastructure of the Club. This enables other income to be put to the playing budget helping Ayr to be successful in the league and winning promotion.”

To join, contact us on 01292 263435 (option 1) or collect a joining form from the Club Shop.

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Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 5th October 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United look to extend their unbeaten run to six games when Inverness are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men have been in magnificent form of late, scoring seven goals in their last two games. Comfortable away wins over Alloa Athletic and Arbroath mean we remain level on points with Dundee United at the top of the Championship table.

 

It is the first home game in charge for the interim management team of Sandy Stewart, Mark Kerr and Kenny Brannigan, who will be hoping for another victory going into the international break. United have won all three of their home games in the Championship this season, including against Dundee United last time out.

 

Opponents: Inverness saw their own six-game unbeaten run ended by Partick Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium last Saturday. John Robertson’s side had conceded just two goals in wins over Arbroath, Morton (twice, once in the Challenge Cup), Dunfermline and Queen of the South – plus a goalless draw at home to Dundee – but were undone by Thistle, who won 3-1.

 

Caley Thistle currently occupy third place in the league table, five points behind the joint-leaders.

 

Team News: Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Steven Bell, Mark Kerr and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.

Sandy says: “Our fans must have really enjoyed the recent performances and we hope that encourages even more to turn up tomorrow. We always try and play football in an attractive way so getting bigger crowds at Somerset would be a great boost for the boys. The players have handled the last couple of weeks brilliantly, we have had another great weeks training and there is a great spirit in the dressing room. We know all about the different problems Inverness will give us and we have been working on that all week.”

Form:

Ayr United: WWWWW

Inverness: DWWWL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 12

Inverness wins – 16

 

Caley Thistle are unbeaten in the last 12 league matches between the sides.

 

Last Match:

Luke McCowan’s first goal for the club gave United hope in the second-leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final at the end of last season but, despite a brave display in the Highlands, we were unable to overcome a two goal deficit from the first leg at Somerset Park.

 

Inverness took 10 points from a possible 12 in the four regular season games and have won on each of their last five league visits to Somerset Park, a run stretching back to 2003.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe

Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions (18-21, Students, 65+) – £12

Under 18 – £6

Show Racism the Red Card 2019

Ayr United are proudly supporting Show Racism the Red Cards Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years, the, SPFL and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland 16 years ago.

In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from4th– 20th October 2019, shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.

All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend – Friday 4th, Saturday 5thand Sunday 6thOctober. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.

We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

Ross Docherty, Ayr United Club Fortnight of Action Ambassador says: “Ayr United FC have worked with Show Racism the Red Card for several years now and everyone at the club, as always, are fully behind it. There is no place for racism anywhere in sport or society and as a Club, we will show our support, by taking part in any initiatives being run. We are once again delighted to take part in the Club Fortnight of Action.

Ayr United condemn all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated within the club.

Show Racism the Red Card are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair, inclusive and accessible for all.

Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.

Show your support for tackling racism:

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Alan Forrest wins award

Alan Forrest has been voted Ladbrokes Championship player of the month for September.

Alan had a fantastic month which started with scoring the second goal in a fantastic victory over Dundee United. He followed that with a double in a 4-1 win at Alloa and last weekend opened the scoring at Arbroath with a top class finish before adding a second shortly afterwards.

Everyone at Ayr United is delighted for Alan as he picks up his first national award, well deserved!