Queen of the South 5 Ayr Utd 0

Queen of the South 5 v 0 Ayr United

by AUmedia

High flying United were brought down to earth with a bump as Dumfries’ deadly Dobbie fired in four and had the comfort to shrug off a penalty miss, while former Honest Man Gary Harkins joined in with a superlative strike to take the total to five. To add to injury, Ayr were reduced to 10 men in the 78th min, when Daniel Harvie received a second yellow for throwing the ball at an opposing player.

Ayr just never managed to get into the game and were blown away by a superb first-half performance from Queens who took the game to United and the Ayrshire men were not given the chance to settle. The confidence and stability of the United rear-guard from earlier weeks disappeared and had an unsettled appearance, struggling to cope with Dobbie, Dykes and Stirling in particular.

Queens early pressure saw Doohan saving from a Dykes header and Dobbie suggesting what was to come with a delightful curling shot from the edge of the box going just wide, with Harkins pulling the strings in the build-up to both attempts.

It wasn’t long before Queens went ahead. Dobbie received the ball from Dykes, cut across the face of the United box, turned and evaded a light-weight challenge from Kerr, then blasted a curling drive into the top corner from 18 yards.

On 13 mins midfielder Josh Todd was lucky not to be red carded as a straight legged, off the ground, studs up challenge caught Andy Geggan square on the shin, but referee Colin Steven saw this only worthy of a yellow.

5 mins later and Queens were 2 up courtesy of a Dobbie penalty. Stirling darted through the centre of the United defence and went down heavily under very little or no contact from Daniel Harvie, but referee Steven had no doubt and pointed to the spot. Despite his protestations, Harvie was booked, and this would later come back to haunt the United defender. Dobbie stepped up, put Doohan the wrong way and doubled Queens’ lead.

Before United had time to blink, it was three for Dobbie and 3 – 0 for Queens.  Under pressure from Murdoch, Dykes poked the ball through to Dobbie whose perfectly timed run saw him played onside by Harvie and into the box. The striker then took the ball round keeper Doohan and stroked the ball home.

United’s first chance came on 27 mins, Harvie crossing into the box from the left, by-passing Forrest before Shankland took control and unleashed a shot that Martin did well to save.

Still, Queens dominated and looked hungry for more. With 30 mins on the clock, they should have added to their tally. An uncharacteristically poor pass forward by Rose near the halfway line gifted the ball to Dobbie who pushed forward. Dobbie bypassed Rose by slipping the ball left to Dykes who went into the box one-on-one with keeper Doohan. Rose first pushed the Queens’ man in the back, then clipped his legs creating a certain penalty. Rose could regard himself a very lucky man only to receive a yellow from the referee, but the stage was set for Dobbie to grab his fourth, but the on-form striker fluffed his lines with Doohan diving to his right to turn the ball wide.

On 33 mins Ayr had their second chance of the half, Forrest latching on to a knockdown by Geggan before seeing his shot from 18 yards being turned away by keeper Martin.

If Ayr thought that they were starting to get back into the match, Queens had other ideas and went four up just 3 mins later with a superb strike from Harkins. The former Ayr man turned past Crawford and into the box on the right before delightfully curling the ball into the net at the far post.

Shortly after, Ayr were furious that they weren’t awarded a penalty when Shankland rose to meet a ball and appeared to be pushed two-handedly in the back by Marshall sending him to the ground, but the referee Steven waved play on.

With 6 mins to the break, Queen’ Michael Doyle surprisingly escaped a red card after intentionally blocking an Ayr freekick, then chasing after Mark Kerr on two occasions to go head to head with the Ayr man. Multiple handbag and playground-like shoving ensued between members of both teams before referee Steven decided to award Kerr and Doyle yellow cards.

At halftime, it was 4 – 0 Queens and they had created a comfort zone that allowed them to cruise in the second half, defending in depth but set up for quick breakaways. United replaced Rose and Kerr with Smith and Bell but the game felt well beyond recovery.

United came more into the game but found it impossible to break through the Queens’ defence although there were signs that dignity could be saved by grabbing at least one goal.  With 73 mins gone, Alan Forrest looked to have pulled one back as he dribbled into the box from the left, then rounded Martin only to see his shot strike the heel of a defender and go clear.

On 76 mins referee Steven again seemed to have misplaced his penalty glasses where Ayr were concerned as he denied what appeared to be a stone-waller. After Crawford had nipped in to steal the ball Andy Stirling blatantly pulled the United man back by his Jersey, holding it out like a sail, just yards from the referee, but somehow the official missed it and waved play on. Twice lucky for the Queens’ man who had already been booked.

If they weren’t already, Ayr were consigned to defeat on 78 mins when Harvie gained his second yellow and was sent from the pitch for losing his cool and hitting the ball off of Stirling after play had been stopped for a freekick.

On 83 mins it was 5 – 0. Substitute Steven Bell let a long ball bounce past him straight to Dykes who beat Bell again before finding Dobbie who fired home. Game set, and match to Queen of the South.

Queen of the South

Martin, Mercer. Marshall, Doyle, Stirling, Jacobs, Todd, Dobbie, Semple, Harkins, Dykes Substitutes: Leighfield, Watson, Murray, Bell, Harvey, Ivison

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Kerr, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Forrest, Adams, Shankland, Murdoch Substitutes: Hare-Reid. Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Bell, Smith

Referee: Colin Steven

Attendance: 2,498

Message from Manager

Ian said :”I would like to place on record my thanks to the Chairman, our board of directors and Lawrence Shankland.

Over the last couple of days we have received several more bids for Lawrence however those bids were rejected and Lawrence at no point had any interest in leaving this club.

I am sure all our fans know that if Lawrence continues performing the way he has that he will be moving on at the end of the season and if that is the case he will go with the absolute best wishes of everyone at the club.”

Ibrox ticket information

We have been given an allocation of 916 tickets for the Betfred Cup Quarter Final against Rangers at Ibrox.

When we were given the allocation we immediately went back to Rangers and explained that we would require a much bigger allocation however they gave us a detailed explanation as to why they were unable to do so, and that we have been given the same number of tickets as all clubs visiting Ibrox this season. We contacted the SPFL following this to check if they were able to help with the situation however there is nothing in the rules of the competition regarding away ticket allocations.

This is the first time in many many years that we will not be able to satisfy the demand for tickets from our supporters and we fully understand how frustrating and disappointing it will be to those who wish to be at the game and don’t get a ticket.

Tickets will be available only to Season Ticket Holders and Shareholders to a maximum of two per person on a first come first served basis.

This will include Panda Pals season tickets however if buying one ticket for the match with the season ticket voucher it must be a junior ticket and if buying two tickets one of the two must be a junior.

The club shop will be open from on Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th September from 2pm – 8pm both days for ticket sales and Voucher 1 from your season ticket must be produced.

Ticket prices and brackets are as follows.

ADULT – £20 (18 & over)

CONCESSION – £15 (Over65s & 16/17 year olds)

JUNIOR – £10 (under 16s)

There will be no phone or online sales.

Queen of the South match information

Match preview

Queen of the South vs Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 1st September 2018. Kick off 3pm

Team News – Every player is fit and available.

Ian says :”We are in the good position of having everyone available for selection however it also means that we have decisions to make. We have had a good start but there are only 3 league games gone and Queens had a great result last week so both teams will head into the game with confidence. No doubt we will have a really good support backing us and as always we will look to give them something to celebrate.”

The following is information provided from Queen of the South.

Turnstile numbers for visiting fans, section of the ground

BDS Digital (East) Stand sections 6 to 9 have been set aside for Ayr Utd supporters. Turnstiles 3 and 4 will be in use. The away stand catering outlet will be available for use of Ayr Utd supporters. Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off.

 

Tickets, location of sales & entry cost

Entry is by ticket only. The away ticket office will be open for away supporters from around 12 noon and is situated adjacent to the BDS Digital Stand turnstile numbers 3 and 4. In addition, supporters who choose to park in the Arena car park have access to a ticket office at that location.

 

Please note that the away ticket office is a CASH ONLY office. Should spectators wish to pay by card then they should purchase their tickets at the Arena ticket office.

 

A sizeable away support is expected. Spectators should arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they purchase their ticket and gain entry to the stadium for the kick off. Turnstiles open for admission at 2.00 p.m. Ayr Utd supporters may wish to purchase tickets when dropped off at ground and before travelling across town for refreshments. This would save unnecessary queueing on return to the ground.

 

Ticket prices are:

 

Adults £18
Concessions £10
Under 16 £5
Adult Accessible £8
Conc. Accessible £5
U16 Accessible £3

 

Car Parking/Bus Parking and any on-street restrictions

It is suggested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location.

 

 

Any local roadworks etc. that may cause delays

There are no known roadworks in the area that will cause any delays.

Disabled access

Wheelchair access for away supporters is on the south side of BDS Digital stand. There is a layby on King Street for vehicles to drop their passengers for flat access to the ground. Disabled parking is available on the north side of the BDS Digital Stand or at the Arena car park. The cost of entry of 1 personal assistant is included in the price of the accessible ticket.

 

Specific advice for away fans in respect of condition of entry e.g. searching policy, unacceptable behaviour?

QOS have adopted a robust search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. Palmerston Park is a non-smoking venue, this includes e cigarettes and other such devices. Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. All spectators are requested to abide by our unacceptable behavior policy. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

 

Queen of the South FC look forward to hosting you at Palmerston and wish you a safe and enjoyable journey to and from our stadium. Further information can be accessed via our website qosfc.com and social media.

Club Statement

With an extremely important game on Saturday we felt it necessary to respond to media speculation.

Falkirk Football Club acted impeccably in the conversations we had regarding our manager, Ian McCall.

Ian said :”I had a very brief meeting with Falkirk and made the decision to stay at Ayr United.

I believe we have a young and exciting team. The club is moving in the right direction, though there is still a lot of hard work to do and I have a very personal debt to our Chairman, Lachlan Cameron.

Having played and managed at Falkirk before I am very aware they are a very special football club and I wish them all the best.”

Match day safety stewards required

Ayr United are currently looking to recruit more safety stewards to work at Somerset Park during the forthcoming season in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Level 2 stewarding qualification would be advantageous but not essential at this stage.

If interested please email our Safety and Stadium Manager Roy Provan with contact details and a brief resume of any experience you may have at royprovan@yahoo.co.uk

Ayr Utd 4 Dunfermline 1

Ayr United 4 v 1 Dunfermline Athletic

by AUmedia

United continued their excellent early season form with a comprehensive 4 – 1 victory against a Dunfermline side fancied by many to be in contention for promotion come the end of the season. Matches between the Honest Men and the Pars are always to be relished, but not in many years have United dominated to such an extent or found themselves three goals to the good.

 

Ayr got off to a flier and the Dunfermline backline looked unsure of themselves from the off. With 1 min on the clock, Smith, Kerr, and Forrest worked the ball from left to right, giving Geggan the chance to lift the ball into the box where Crawford ducked in, his header going narrowly wide due to a fortunate deflection off Craigen.

 

3 mins later, United took the lead. Andy Murdoch nipped in and stole the ball from Vincent in the centre circle then charged into the Pars’ half before lifting the ball over Ashcroft’s head to Moffat on the left. Moffat did well, turning back in the box, taking Ashcroft out of the play, and with his right foot lofted the ball across the area to Forrest who jumped in front of the flat-footed Devine and J. Longridge before powerfully heading into the net from 16 yards.

 

Dunfermline were struggling to get into the game and seemed uncomfortable with their 3-5-2 system and lacked the cohesion that that comfort would have given them. United, on the other hand, were well routined, with the midfield dominating and the speedy movement forward adding to the Pars’ nervousness at the back.

 

10 mins had passed before Dunfermline had their first attempt, Craigen clipping the ball high to the edge of the penalty box on the left where Jackson Longridge arrived but his header seemed uncontrolled and looped high and well wide of Doohan’s goal.

 

Ayr continued their dominance and Dunfermline gaffer, Alan Johnstone, felt it was becoming time to shuffle things about, and on 29 mins he replaced defender Daniel Devine with tricky forward Miles Hippolyte and altered his team’s formation to 4-4-2. Devine reacted badly to his substitution, kicking water bottles in anger and having heated words with assistant manager Sandy Clark.

Although Hippolyte added a more direct and physical approach to Dunfermline’s forward play, the balance of play stayed much the same as the Pars continued to struggle to get a foothold into the game.

 

On 36 mins Ayr doubled their lead. Andy Geggan intercepted a woefully casual out-ball from Durnan and slipped the ball forward to Moffat who twisted and turned some 30 yards out before he was assisted in laying the ball to his right and into the path of Forrest by the outstretched foot of Craigen. Forrest played a first-time pass to Shankland then continued his run. Shankland drew two defenders aside before back-heeling the ball into the space he had created at the edge of the box, and into the path of Forrest. Keeper Robinson dived at the flying winger’s feet attempting to block but Forrest had the strength to keep the ball and stay upright, before slotting the ball home. 2 – 0 United, but they hadn’t finished yet.

 

Just 2 mins later and it was 3 – 0 Ayr. Twice, under pressure, Dunfermline tried to work the ball clear from the edge of their penalty area but struggled to clear. As defender Durnan tried to get to a soft back pass from Craigen, the marauding Crawford raced and blocked, the ball spinning wide to Moffat on the right.  Moffat raced into the box taking on Ashcroft who slipped and left the ball to the Ayr man who guided the ball across to Shankland who hit the back of the net from 7-yards.

Dunfermline looked shell-shocked and the halftime whistle, when it came, couldn’t have come quickly enough for them. In truth, the break suited the men from Fife who came out with much more intent in the second half, with their play showing much more fluency, but United still held the upper hand and seemed capable of scoring more.

 

On 50 mins, Hippolyte showed the Pars’ intent with a rasping drive just over from 30 yards, and 5 mins later they found the net.

 

This time it was Dunfermline who harried Ayr in midfield and United struggled to clear. Hippolyte found space and chipped into the box, Ryan rose to head to the back of the area where Jackson Longridge found himself in acres of space, and with time to turn the ball home.  3 – 1.

If this was a sign of a Dunfermline comeback, their team missed it, as United stepped up the pace and in a matter of 8 mins had accumulated 4 more chances with Forrest, Shankland (twice), and Moffat all going close.

 

Dunfermline struggled with the chances they created, Louis Longridge, the biggest culprit, darting into the box on the left before somehow mis-hitting his shot well wide from 5 yards. The Fifers found it difficult against a solid back four of Geggan, Adams, Rose, and Smith, with Doohan in impressive form, as Andy Ryan was to find out on 67 mins. Ryan did well to jink past Adams and into the area but Doohan came off his line and dived at striker’s feet clutching the ball to his chest with two hands.

 

United’s dominance was finally stamped on the game with 10 mins to go. Substitute Declan McDaid stole the ball from defender Durnan and turn inside only to be brought down truculently by the Dunfermline man, but referee Euan Anderson did well to wave play-on as the ball rolled to Shankland. The United frontman poked the ball past Ashcroft, ran around him and into the penalty area where he drew keeper Robinson to the right before passing to Moffat who tapped in. 4-1 United, game over, and delirium for the United support.

 

United now face a journey to Dumfries on Saturday to face Queen of the South.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Geggan, Adams, Rose, Smith, Crawford, Kerr, Murdoch, Forrest, Moffat, Shankland Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Moore, McDaid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Bell, Docherty

 

Dunfermline Athletic

Robinson, Craigen, J. Longridge, Devine, Durnan, Ashcroft, Williamson, Vincent, El Bakhtaoui, L. Longridge, Ryan Substitutes: Gill (GK), Todd, Higginbothan, Connolly, Thomson, Hippolyte, McCann

 

Referee: Euan Anderson

Attendance: 2597

Dunfermline match information

Match preview

Ayr United vs Dunfermline Athletic

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 25th August 2018. Kick off 3pm

 

TEAM NEWS – Chris Higgins is still out however he will be playing in the reserves match at Somerset Park on Monday night. Daniel Harvie misses out due to suspension after his red card in the game at Inverness.

Ian Says – :”It feels like quite some time since we played at Somerset in our first league match. Since then we had the draw at Inverness, a defeat on penalties in the Irn Bru Cup and last weekends Betfred Cup victory at Dundee. I have said it hundreds of time since I came here but we are still working very hard to make Somerset a place teams fear to come. We have a good rivalry with Dunfermline from a few years ago and with both teams in good form it should be a really good game with a great atmosphere.”

Match Officials 

Referee : Euan Anderson

Assistant Referees – David Roome & Steven Traynor

Admission 

Adults – £17

Concessions – (OAPs, Students, 18-21)  £11

Under 18s – £6

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.

AU500FUND Race Night

Kaisayr IFC are proud to announce the 8 race sponsors for the AU500 FUND RACE NIGHT.

They are. The Ayr United FC Travel Club, George Robertson, Colin Inglis, Johnston and Graham ltd, Ayr United Media, Ayrshire Taxis, Vinyl Nightclub and the board of directors at Ayr United.

We wish to thank them all for their support of this event and the AU500 FUND.

In what is shaping up to be a great night we have some very special raffle prizes donated by the club that are only available to those in attendance.

There are some tickets left. They are priced at £5 which includes pies and rolls. Tickets are available at the club shop  from tomorrow 10-4 and Saturday 11-3. Alternatively email kaisayr6@gmail.com to buy your tickets.

All profit goes straight to the AU500 FUND to help the managers playing budget and any support would be greatly appreciated. 

Graeme Morton (Kaisayr)

Betfred Cup 1/4 final

The draw for the Betfred  Cup Quarter Final was made yesterday afternoon and we have been drawn to play Rangers at Ibrox.

The game will be played on Wednesday 26th September with a 7.45pm kick off.

We have opened discussions with Rangers regarding pricing and ticket allocation and we will publish on all our channels as soon as we have an information.