Ayr Utd 1 Arbroath 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Arbroath

by AUmedia

Ayr slipped to second in the league after another ‘head-shakingly’ stunning result at Somerset Park. Only seven days after bottom club Forfar had come from behind to take all three points, Arbroath did the same.

Yet again it had been going so well for United, taking the lead after only 3 mins, creating chance after chance, and dealing comfortably with the Arbroath attack who took 52 mins to register their first shot on target. To make frustrations worse, with only 3 mins remaining, 10-man Arbroath were handed their winner on a plate in totally unnecessary circumstances.

With Michael Rose, Brian Gilmour and Craig McGuffie ruled out, joining Andy Geggan, Robbie Crawford and captain Ross Docherty on the side-lines, the wisdom of signing experienced midfielder Steven Bell from Stranraer was immediately highlighted as manager McCall’s resources looked stretched.

Ayr started the match at pace and carved out the opening goal on 3 mins. From an Arbroath throw, Jamie Adams headed to Lawrence Shankland who nodded into the path of Michael Moffat. Moffat who took a touch and slipped the ball to Alan Forrest who passed it beyond keeper Hutton and into the net. 1 – 0 United.

Arbroath reacted well to going behind and play was very even but with no clear-cut chances. Then on 21 mins Ayr went close when debutant Bell headed a Forrest cross inches wide.

On 31mins, after a beautifully flowing move from United, started by Michael Moffat at the halfway line, inside to Adams then wide to Ferguson on the right, lifted forward to Shankland and cheekily flicked inside to where Adams re-connected at the edge of the box but leant back and fired over.

In the next few minutes, Forrest intercepted the ball and danced through the Arbroath defence before misconnecting with his left foot some 20 yards out, sending the ball high and wide. Next, Forrest raced onto a Moffat pass down the left and played in a delightful curving cross with which Declan McDaid failed to connect by millimetres near the back post.

In the 37th min came a moment of great controversy. After another sweeping move from Ayr, McDaid fired the ball across the face of goal and it appeared to be flicked off the line by Arbroath defender Ricky Little’s arm, but despite protestations referee Kirkland waved play on.

Ayr seemed to be gaining control of the match and went close again on 41 mins with Shankland finding Moffat with a cross from the right to the back post, but the striker fired over.

Half time and Ayr appeared comfortable with a one goal cushion but, for the second Saturday in a row, the Honest Men would come to rue their missed chances in the second 45.

The opening minutes of the 2nd half were very quiet, notable only for Arbroath’s first shot on target.  On 52 mins, Blair Yule released a drive from 20 yards, but it was easily dealt with by keeper Jordan Hart.

1 min later and there came an injury that seemed to disturb United’s rhythm and stimulate Arbroath in midfield as Ayr were forced to re-adjusted. Chris Higgins appeared to be struggling and, as the bench prepared to replace him, he went to the deck having injured himself even more. With the big defender stretchered off, Steven Bell moved into his defensive position and young Stuart Faulds come on in midfield.

Arbroath began to dominate midfield and United became slower to support its forward line. On 58 mins, Ayr were flashed a warning sign when Yule snuck in at the back post to reach a cross from the right but managed to scuff the ball past from 3 yards.  A real let off for United who were beginning to look jittery.

Ayr tried to add spice to their attack by replacing Declan McDaid with Craig Moore, and although a Shankland strike was ruled out for offside, it was Arbroath who were carrying the threat now. On 67 mins that threat was turned into a goal when Ayr failed to clear from the box and Ryan Wallace turned and smashed the ball home from close range. 1 – 1 but the action was not over.

On 77 mins the ‘Lichties’’ O’Brien was booked for hacking down Moffat as he broke free at the halfway line then 4 mins later he received a second booking when he brought down Shankland who had got past the Arbroath defence and was going through on goal at the edge of the box. Arbroath were down to 10 men and United pushed forward to try and find a winner.

Then came a moment of self-destruction from Ayr. With United pressing Arbroath hit the ball long and wide out to the left and striker Leighton McIntosh chased with defender Bell towards the side-line. Keeper Hart charged from his box to intercept but with McIntosh coming free with the ball and Hart kicking through clear air and left in no man’s land the striker played the ball into the gapingly open net.

1 – 2 to Arbroath and no way back for Ayr. As the final whistle blew, Raith had jumped into pole position in the league, and United fans were left squirming after another defeat from a winning position.

Next up a challenging away fixture against league leaders Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy next Saturday.

Ayr United

Hart, Ferguson, Reid, Higgins, Boyle, Bell, Adams, Forrest, Moffat, Shankland, McDaid Substitutes: Avci (GK), Moore, Hilton, Faulds, Balfour, Murphy, McCowan

 

Arbroath

Hutton, Little, Hamilton, O’Brien, Yule, Whatley, Linn, Martin, McIntosh, Wallace, Denholm Substitutes: Gomes (GK), Hester, Prunty, Kader, McCord, Gold, Henry

 

Referee: Steven Kirkland

Attendance: 1436

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Arbroath

Ladbrokes League 1

Saturday 6th January 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ian McCall will mark three years in charge at Ayr United with Arbroath the visitors for our first home game of 2018. United bounced back from consecutive defeats with a convincing 5-1 win at Stranraer on Tuesday but will be looking to get back to winning ways at Somerset Park and ensure they remain above Raith Rovers ahead of next week’s match in Kirkcaldy.

Arbroath were 1-0 winners at Forfar Athletic last Saturday, with Leighton McIntosh netting the only goal of the game against their Angus rivals – his fifth goal in six games following his return from Icelandic football. Prior their victory against the Loons, the Red Lichties had played five consecutive home games, picking up four points from four league games and edging past Berwick Rangers in the Scottish Cup to set up a fourth round tie against Ayr at Somerset Park in a fortnight.

Dick Campbell’s side leaped above Stranraer into fourth and the final play-off place last weekend. Their away form is the second best in the division, with 16 points from eight games on the road this season.

 

Team News: Andy Geggan is out with a calf problem, he is very unlikely to return before the game at Hampden on 27th January. Ross Docherty is out with a hip problem and Robbie Crawford is out due to an issue with a bone in his foot sustained in the game at Alloa. It is difficult to give a accurate estimate on when either Doc or Robbie will return. Brian Gilmour is also out for tomorrow’s match.

 

Ian says: “It was very important on Tuesday to get 3 points and get back to winning ways and considering how difficult a place Stranraer is to go we were delighted to win the game so comfortably. Raith have two games in hand but we can only worry about ourselves and Saturday provides another difficult test. Arbroath beat us here earlier in the season so we know what to expect. Steven Bell comes straight into the squad which gives us another option that we very much needed.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 54

Draws – 19

Arbroath wins – 27

 

There has not been a draw in the last 14 matches between the sides (11 Ayr wins, 3 Arbroath wins)

 

Last Meeting: The last meeting between Ayr United and Arbroath was at Gayfield at the start of November and saw the Honest Men run out 4-1 winners. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 36th minute before a devastating five minute period in the second-half saw United extend their advantage to four goals, with Craig Moore, Shankland again and a David Gold own goal doing the damage. Gavin Swankie scored a late consolation for the Red Lichties.

 

That victory was a measure of revenge for the first game between the sides this season in August which saw Arbroath leave Somerset Park with all three points. Chris Higgins opened the scoring for Ayr but Omar Kadar on the stroke of half-time and a long range Mark Whatley effort handed Dick Campbell’s side the win.

 

On this day: Ayr United have won four of 12 games played on January 6th with three of those victories coming against Clyde, in 1934, 1990 and 2001. Our most recent fixture on this date was a 0-0 draw at St. Johnstone in the Scottish Cup in 2007.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Steven Kirkland

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers

Assistant Referee 2 – Connor Ashwood

 

Admission:

Adults – £16

OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10

Under 18s – £5

 

We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment.  We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry.

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website.  https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Message to fans

The travelling support at Stranraer on Tuesday was excellent, however once again, one individual saw fit to let the Club and other fans down by letting off four fireworks behind the goal.

The use of any firework or pyrotechnics is illegal within football grounds and can attract a fine for either or both Clubs involved.

To try and stamp out any behaviour such as this we are asking for our fans to contact the Club if they have information regarding any unacceptable behaviour.

Contact should be made via email to info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk and for the attention of Roy Provan, Safety and Stadium Manager. 

Stranraer 1 Ayr United 5

Stranraer 1 v 5 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

Ayr started 2018 off with a bang as they tore Stranraer apart at Stair Park and helped to soothe the wounds of last weekend’s loss at home to Forfar.

It didn’t take Ayr long to get over the New Year blues, taking the lead in only the 7th min. United moved forward with some good interplay between Moffat, Shankland and McDaid, with McDaid then cutting inside before finding Jamie Adams in the box. Adams went one-on-one with Belford, but the keeper blocked his shot which spun up high and towards the back post where Shankland rose to nod in.

It had been a fairly open start to the game although United looked the more dangerous going forward and again Belford came to the home side’s rescue with a good save at his near post following a McDaid drive on 20mins.

Stranraer then began to grow in confidence and had their best spell of the match. On 22 mins experienced defender Jamie Hamill fired in a perfect cross from the right and could only watch in disbelief as his in-rushing forwards all failed to make contact. One minute later a Chris Higgins misdirected header looped up over keeper Hart and was somehow cleared off the goal line.

Stranraer may have felt unlucky not to have carved out an equaliser but United always looked likely to find their second, and that came on 38 mins. Shankland did well to slip the ball to Moffat on the right who smashed the ball off the far post and into the net, giving Belford no chance.

On 44 mins it could, and probably should, have been three for Ayr. McDaid, who had been creating havoc for the Stranraer defence, cut in from the left and tried a shot which was blocked and flew across the face of the goals to Moffat who contrived to hit the ball wide with an empty net beckoning.

Half time and a comfortable two goal lead for the Honest Men, but one they were determined to increase.

On 49 mins, Forrest intercepted a loose ball near the halfway line, beat one defender then charged forward into the penalty area before confidently firing past Belford to put Ayr three to the good.

Ayr looked unstoppable and when the fourth arrived 3 minutes later no one was surprised, but it came with a lot of help from the Stranraer back line. A long goal kick from Hart crossed the halfway line and Neill inexplicably ducked under it and the ball carried through to Shankland who made his way into the box, under pressure from Robertson, and slotted home.

Four became five in 62 mins when McDaid cut in from the right then slipped the ball left to Forrest who again found the back of the net.

This match, as a contest, was well and truly over but Stranraer kept pushing forward and finally managed a consolation counter in the 79th min. Substitute Cameron Elliot cut the ball across the box and found Stranraer’s stand-out midfielder, Kyle Turner, who knocked the ball past Hart from close range.

An impressive performance from United, giving their travelling faithful a great start to 2018.

Ayr’s next match is this Saturday when the visitors to Somerset Park will be Arbroath.

Ayr United

Hart, Ferguson, Reid, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Adams, McDaid, Moffat, Shankland, Forrest.        Substitutes: Avci (GK), Gilmour, Moore, McGuffie, Hilton, Faulds, McCowan.

 

Stranraer

Belford, Robertson, Neill, Woods, Bell, Anderson, McGowan, Turner, Beith, Hamill, Thomson. Substitutes: McLaren (GK), Agnew, Okoh, Elliot, Gray, Scott, McKinlay.

 

Referee: Grant Irvine

Attendance: 1,143

Stranraer match preview

Match Preview
Stranraer vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Tuesday, the Honest Men travel south to ‘first-foot’ Stranraer looking to start 2018 with a win after back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Those disappointing losses at at the hands of Airdrieonians and Forfar have seen United’s advantage at the top of the table cut to just two points, with Raith Rovers also boasting two games in hand.

Rovers beat Stranraer 3-0 at Starks Park on Saturday, a second consecutive defeat on the road for Stevie Farrell’s side after going down 1-0 at Alloa the previous week. The Blues occupy fourth place in an increasingly bunched-up League 1 table, two points behind second-placed Alloa but just four ahead of Albion Rovers in eighth.

Danny Stoney, Tom Lang, Liam Dick and striker Ryan Wallace – who has 10 goals to his name this season – have departed Stair Park in recent days but on loan Hearts youngster Angus Beith will be a one to watch for the home side.

 

Team News: Robbie Crawford and Andy Geggan are definitely out with injuries.

Ian says: “After a great run we ended the year with two disappointing results, especially on Saturday when we had the game won. At times in the second half we were playing some brilliant football and it is incredible we didn’t score more than two with a mixture of poor finishing and some astonishing goalkeeping. All that said and there is no doubt we should be winning matches from 2 nil up, simple as that. Today presents another difficult task as it is always a tough match at Stranraer however we are only focused on ourselves and getting back to winning ways.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 54

Draws – 12

Stranraer wins – 25

 

After winning four games in-a-row during the 2014/15 season, Stranraer have only one victory in the last eight meetings between the sides.

 

Last Meeting: Michael Moffat and Lawrence Shankland were on the scoresheet when the sides last met in what was a ill-tempered match at Somerset Park at the end of October. The visitors ended the game with nine men after Scott Robertson and captain Steven Bell were set-off, albeit one of the red cards was later rescinded.

 

The first match-up of this season between the sides came at Stair Park in August and was a seven goal thriller. Ryan Wallace and Declan McDaid traded first-half strikes before United took control with goals from Moore and Moffat. Stranraer fought back to level the match with two Ryan Thomson goals in the space of three minutes but Paddy Boyle popped up to score a winner with five minutes to go.

 

On this day: Tuesday will the the 50th time Ayr United have played on January 2nd and the sixth time Stranraer have been the opponents on this date. Two years ago, a second-half Jamie Longworth gave the Blues a Hogmanay win at Stair Park and they were also winners in 1995. United’s wins came in 2007, 1999 and 1988.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Grant Irvine

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen

 

Admission:

Adults – £15
Concession (65+) – £10
Secondary School – £5
Primary School – FREE

 

We thank you for travelling to support the team.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment.

We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead either Club or individuals facing charges.

All Scottish grounds have a searching policy as a condition of entry.

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from football stadiums.

Copies of Ayr United’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found on our website.  https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Thank you and enjoy the game.

Forfar match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th December 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United will look to bounce back from their first defeat in 15 weeks when bottom of the table Forfar Athletic are visitors to Somerset Park for the final match of 2017. Despite the Honest Men taking 24 points from a possible 27, challengers Raith Rovers are still in touch with Ian McCall’s side, five points behind with two games in hand following recent results. Rovers host Stranraer on Saturday before a Fife derby versus East Fife on Wednesday.

Forfar travel to Ayrshire on the back of six straight defeats and three points adrift at the foot of the table following a 3-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Queen’s Park last weekend. The Loons have drawn a blank in their last three games.

Team News: Robbie Crawford is definitely out and Ross Docherty has a 50/50 chance.

Ian says: “It’s good to be back at Somerset to close out the year, especially after a poor result last week. We have put in a lot of work since then and we are starting to get some of the injuries clearing up. Every game in this league is difficult and we need to get a better balance back in the side. We are always going to create chances, despite losing last week we still missed big chances at important times that could have had a huge impact on the game. We are still in a good position in the league and are fully focused on getting 3 points and getting on another run.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 35

Draws – 9

Forfar Athletic wins – 7

 

The Loons are without a win in their last five visits to Somerset Park.

 

Last Meeting: Michael Moffat scored the 100th goal of his senior career when the clubs last met in October – and went on to score a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over the Loons at Station Park. Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore were also on the scoresheet in the comfortable victory, the first of United’s nine game winning streak which ended last Saturday.

 

Earlier in the season, Ayr were 3-0 winners over Forfar, then under the management of Gary Bollan, at Somerset Park. Moore, McDaid and Crawford the scorers.

 

On this day: in 2008, United defeated Brechin City 1-0 at Glebe Park with Bryan Prunty scoring the only goal of the game. Ayr have played 13 fixtures of the 30th December, only one of which has been won or lost by more than one goal.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Grant Irvine

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen

 

Admission:

Adult – £16

Concession (OAPs, Students, 18-21) – £10
Child (Under 18) – £5
We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment.  We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry.

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website.  https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

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Airdrie 2 Ayr Utd 0

AIRDRIEONIANS 2 – 0 AYR UNITED

by AUmedia

Ayr’s unbeaten run came to an end as they fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat following a lack lustre display at Airdrie.  Russell opened the scoring for the home side early on before Brownlie forced in a second before the half hour mark.  However, gaffer Ian McCall insisted that he should not be too hard on the players, with 4 key midfielders out, and praised the great run that they were on.

Airdrie opened the scoring with the first chance of the match through Russell.  On 3 mins Ayr failed to clear their lines on the edge of the box and Russell was there to collect the ball and direct a low shot into the bottom right hand corner for 1-0.

Ayr almost responded within minutes when Boyle’s dangerous delivery was met by the on-form Shankland who could only send a volley just wide of the post.  Ayr were growing into the match as the half progressed, seeking an equaliser to get them up and running.

Shankland was soon involved in the action again. On 10 mins he collected a Ferguson pass on the edge of the area before curling a shot inches over the top of the bar.

Ayr’s best chance to equalise came on 14 mins when Moore was sent through one-on-one with the keeper.  With the fantastic scoring form of the striker, fans and players alike expected the hall to nestle in the back of the net but Moore’s strike was straight at keeper Ferguson who saved with relative ease.

Airdrie – unfortunately for the away side – were in a clinical mood and punished Ayr for their missed chances. On 23 mins, a corner from the right whipped into the box and again Ayr were slow to react, allowing Brownlie to force the ball just over the line despite Forrest’s best efforts to block the ball.

Although Ayr had dominated play for long stretches they just didn’t create enough chances or, for the first time in the season, have the composure needed against a hardworking and well organised defence. Things were made much worse by the enforced weakened midfield, missing Captain Ross Docherty, Robbie Crawford, and Jamie Adams and this was exaggerated when Andy Geggan hobbled off.

The first attempt in the second half came from Shankland – who was proving to be Ayr’s biggest goal threat- as he forced his way into the box and cut the ball across goal for a tap in however no-one had made up enough ground to make contact.

 

Ayr were desperately trying to find a way back into the game and had another great chance on 67 mins when the ball fell to Higgins in the box however his powerful volley was deflected over the bar.

 

Airdrie did everything they could to stifle United’s forward moving intent, resorting quick break-a-ways with the pace of Watt, Russell, Stewart and Furtado causing most problems.

The last real chance of the game fell to Shankland on 73 mins when made space in the penalty area, but his low strike was stopped as keeper Ferguson stuck out a leg before McDaid hit the follow-up over the bar from 12 yards.
Time slowly ran out for the frustrated Ayrshire men and Airdrieonians took the 3 points their tactics and determination deserved.

A disappointing performance from The Honest Men yet still the 500 travelling supporters stood to applaud efforts and the achievement the players’ over the course of the past 2 undefeated months.

 

Ayr now welcome Forfar at Somerset, aiming to kick start another unbeaten run in their fight for promotion.

STARMAN

1st Chris Higgins
2nd Lawrence Shankland
3rd Paddy Boyle

AIRDRIEONIANS – Ferguson, Brownlie, MacDonald, McGregor, Watt, Edwards, Stewart, Cairns, Russell, Hastie, Furtado.  Substitutes: Kerr (GK), Brown, Fry, McIntosh, Allan, Higgins, Leighton.

AYR UNITED – Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Moore, Forrest, Ferguson, Shankland.  Substitutes: Avci (GK), McDaid, McGuffie, Reid, Hilton, Faulds, Murphy

Referee:  Scott Millar
Attendance: 1113

Airdrie Match Preview

Match Preview
Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 23rd December 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men close out 2017 with a trip to Lanarkshire to face Airdrieonians. United will be looking for a tenth straight victory and to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games, maintaining their position as Christmas number 1 in League 1.

Seventh place Airdrie took the lead at Hampden Park last weekend but were eventually held to a draw by Queen’s Park. The result gave the Diamonds a three match unbeaten run for the first time this season, having also held Raith Rovers to a draw and defeated Forfar Athletic, with both matches at home.

Stevie Findlay’s side have not tasted defeat in their last five league matches at the Excelsior Stadium but were knocked out the Scottish Cup by Highland League side Cove Rangers.

Team News: Robbie Crawford and Ross Docherty are out with injuries. Jamie Adams wont feature.

Ian says: “We know we are on a brilliant run at the moment but as ever our focus is only on one game at a time, not the fact we have a certain amount of wins in a row. Airdrie showed on TV a couple of weeks ago that they are a good side and there always seem to be something happening when we play each other. Again we have key players out however it gives other chances, Alan Forrest had done really well coming off the bench and got back into the starting line up last week and Brian Gilmour was excellent off the bench last week. Despite it being two days before Christmas I know we will have a good noisy support and we want to make sure every one of them enjoys their Christmas dinner!”

Head to head (at Airdrie):

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 4

Airdrieonians wins – 4

 

Last Meeting: The Diamonds are the last side to take points off Ayr when they held the Honest Men to a 2-2 draw at Somerset Park in October. Jordan McGregor put the visitors ahead in the first-half. A quick-fire Andy Geggan double saw Ayr take the lead but Willis Furtado made it 2-2 in the 65th minute and neither side was able to find a winner.

 

Ayr have won the last two fixtures at the Excelsior Stadium. Craig Moore scored on the stroke of half-time in both games, which were during season 2015/16.

 

On this day: in history Ayr have a 64% win rate. In 2008, goals from Neil McGowan, David Gormley and Bryan Prunty saw the Honest Men defeat Lochee United in a Scottish Cup replay at Somerset Park to set up a meeting with Kilmarnock in the next round.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Scott Millar

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Euan Birch

 

Admission:

Adult – £16
Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10
Under 16s – £7

Parent & Child – £20

Message to Fans

The Club would, once again like to praise the terrific backing of our fans at both home and away fixtures. It really helps carry the team over the line.  However, we witnessed first-hand, one supporter enter pitch side at East Fife on Saturday, resulting in him being ejected from the Stadium.  This also happened in our previous away game at Alloa. To  reiterate, this behaviour is unacceptable and contravenes the Ground Regulations and could result in a club ban for the persons responsible from either or both Clubs.

Please keep up the fantastic support whilst adhering to the Clubs Unacceptable Conduct Policy and The Ground Regulations.

 Many thanks

Roy Provan, Safety & Stadium Manager.