Dundee match tickets

Tickets are now on sale in our Club Shop for Saturdays match at Dundee.

The match is pay at the gate so there is no requirement to purchase tickets before you go however there is an option to buy early and save some money if going with an under 12.

Ticket prices for the match are as follows

ADULT £24

OVER 65s, Full time Student & Disabled £16

Under 18s £10

We have a limited number of tickets in the club shop which will mean that under 12s can enter for £2

These tickets must be sold as a family group which must include at least one Adult, Senior or Student. Juveniles under 12 arriving unaccompanied will not be permitted to enter the stadium

Turnstile Statement

The club have been made aware of a few complaints regarding the lack of open turnstiles at Saturday’s game against Greenock Morton.

We want to take this opportunity to explain and make you all aware of the reasons why this was the case.

You may have seen our post on the website and social media, last week, saying that we ‘Urgently Required more Turnstile Operators’.

Several applications were received and most of those applicants were asked to come along and work at Saturday’s game. Unfortunately we were let down on the day by a few people who failed to turn up, after confirming to us that they would be there. This therefore left us short staffed on Saturday.

Due to this, it meant that we were not able to open as many turnstiles as we had planned but we did try our best to make sure that all areas of the ground had at least one turnstile open, however this did in turn lead to long queues at both North Terrace and Somerset Road End. We are also aware that these long queues were also caused by a few issues with some tickets not scanning and we want to assure you all that we are working very closely with our ticketing provider, Total Tickets, to investigate these issues and get them solved before our next game.

We did manage to have three turnstiles open at the Somerset Road End but unfortunately one of our Turnstile Operators took ill during their shift, which lead to the closing of their turnstile. The staff member was assessed by First Aid and then taken home, where they are now recovering.

We can only apologise for any inconvenience that was caused on Saturday and we can assure you all that we are trying our best to recruit more Turnstile Operators, so that we are not left short staffed for our turnstiles in the future.

Thank you for your patience on Saturday and we look forward to seeing you all again at Somerset Park for our next home game on 24th August, when we take on Queen of the South.

Tickets for this game will be available for purchase within the next few days, both online and in the Club Shop.

Thanks,

Ayr United F.C.

Morton match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 3rd August 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick-off the Championship season when Greenock Morton visit Somerset Park.

The Honest Men will be looking to bounce back from Betfred Cup disappointment; defeat on penalties at the hands of Stranraer saw United miss out on the last sixteen by just one point. Ian McCall’s men outperformed all expectations last season by finishing fourth and will be aiming for the Premiership play-offs once more in what is sure to be an ultra competitive division.

Opponents: Former Livingston manager David Hopkin is the man in charge at Cappielow now after Jonatan Johannson was not given a new contract at the end of last season. Johannson and assistant Peter Houston led the Ton to sixth place in the Championship where they finished eight points behind the Honest Men.

Morton secured progress into the last sixteen of the Betfred Cup with five-goal wins over Dumbarton and Annan Athletic. Despite losing 5-0 to Motherwell, a 3-3 draw penalty shoot out win against fellow Championship side Queen of the South saw them go through as one of the best runners-up, setting up an away tie versus Hibernian.

Their 14 goals in the Betfred Cup have been spread among old and new faces alike. Nicky Cadden, on loan at Somerset Park last season from Livingston, leads the way with three; Bob McHugh, Aiden Nesbitt and John Sutton have two apiece, Sutton – Morton’s Reserve team coach – having come out of retirement during the summer.

Other new signings over the summer include midfielder Kyle Jacobs from Queen of the South; former Kilmarnock striker Robbie Muirhead and defenders Peter Grant and Brian McLean. Michael Tidser and Gregor Buchanan are among the players to move on, both signing up with Falkirk.

Team News: Aaron Muirhead starts the first of a two match ban for accumulating 11 yellow cards last season. Craig Moore remains sidelined with injury.

Ian says: “The game against Stranraer was a huge disappointment. I take the blame for that as we just never had the balance and it was a really poor display. We had our chances in the first half but there is no doubt it didn’t work overall and we have been working all week on changing the way we play. We need to get the best out of the players we have. Morton have a new manager and have started the season well so will be coming here full of confidence but we have had a great two years and are at home so we will be going all out to start the league season with 3 points.”

Head to head (league matches):
Ayr United wins – 61
Draws – 35
Morton wins – 26

Morton have one win in their last eight visits to Somerset Park.

Last Meeting:
Greg Kiltie cancelled out Lawrence Shankland’s first-half penalty in a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park in the last meeting between the sides, in April. The first game in the Championship last season back in November 2018 saw the Honest Men put five past Morton at Cappielow in a 5-1 win with the two games in between both ending goalless.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Johnathan Bell

Admission:
Adults – £18
Concessions – £12
(OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds)
Under 18s – £6

A reminder that there will be no cash turnstiles in operation at Somerset Park this season. Fans are asked to purchase tickets in advance where possible in order to avoid queues at the ticket office on matchday.

Home fans can buy tickets online at: https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/61
Away fans should use the following link: https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/Mortonaway

Tickets purchased online can be used to enter the ground using the QR code either printed at home or on your smartphone.

Alternatively, the club shop will be open from 10-4 on Friday 2nd and from 9am on Saturday.

Turnstile Operators Urgently Required

We urgently require Turnstile Operators.

Please apply to info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk with your full contact details if you are interested and comply with the following requirements:

  • Must be over 18
  • Previous experience in working with the general public
  • Must be able to work under pressure

Successful candidates will:

  • Receive full training on using the new Turnstile Ticket Scanners.
  • Be paid the living wage
  • Have food and refreshments when finished their shift
  • Gain entry to the game when finished their shift

 

 

Season Tickets

With our first league match now only days away we would like to encourage anyone who is planning to buy a season ticket to do so before Saturday.

You can buy a season ticket online by clicking here and if you do so before midnight on Friday your season ticket card will be ready for you to pick up in the shop on Saturday.

The club shop is open Thursday 2-7 and Friday 10-4 if you would like to get your season ticket in store and if you do so by closing time on Friday your season ticket card will be ready for you to pick up on Saturday.

Anyone buying a season ticket on Saturday will receive a ticket for the game with Morton and the season ticket will be activated the following day.

The club shop will be open from 9am on Saturday and again we need to stress how busy we expect to be between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday so if you are able to buy your season ticket or match ticket before 2pm on Saturday then please do so.

Everyone buying a season ticket will have a season ticket card however you do not require this. If you log into your total tickets account your season ticket will also be in there and both options will work.

 

Ayr Utd 2 Stranraer 2

Ayr United 2 v 2 Stranraer

(Stranraer win 6 – 5 on penalties)

by AUmedia

 

On Saturday, following a bonus point shoot-out loss to Stranraer, United failed to progress to the knock-out rounds of the Betfred Cup for the first time since the format’s reintroduction in 2016. First-half goals from Michael Moffat and Steven Kelly, with Adam Cummins pulling one back for Stranraer, gave Ayr the advantage at halftime, but a late equaliser from Cummins took the game into a penalty shoot-out in which Stranraer came out on top.

 

The Honest Men got off to a perfect start when Michael Moffat opened the scoring only 2 mins into the match. As Stranraer attacked, Sam Roscoe won the ball in Ayr’s penalty area an launched the ball forward. Stranraer’s David Smith jumped with Michael Moffat but at a stretch could only knock the ball backwards allowing Moffat to turn and sprint towards goal. With Smith and McManus in chase, the striker made his way into the penalty box and slotted the ball past Stranraer keeper Burgess from 16 yards to give Ayr the lead.

 

After the early goal, the game went flat with both teams creating chances but neither finding the cutting edge that could turn these into goals. United had the upper hand but Stranraer were still dangerous on the break.

 

Note must be made of Stranraer’s on form keeper Dale Burgess who, on several occasions, pulled off saves that blunted United’s attacks. On 15 mins, after some intricate build-up play, David Ferguson fired a low ball into the penalty area from wide on the right which Kris Doolan flicked goalward only for Burgess to dive acrobatically and turn it past the post. 3 mins later Luke McCowan played a short pass through midfield which was met Moffat at the edge of the penalty area. Burgess rushed out to defend and denied Moffat one-on-one with a spectacular block.

 

After a period of dominance, Ayr began to take the foot off the pedal and allowed Stranraer to get back into the game. The Blues started to gain impetus and confidence, creating chance after chance as the game moved towards halftime.

 

Stranraer’s best chance came on 41 mins and it should have provided a warning for United. Ryan Thomson slid a short pass through to former Ayr player James Hilton who made space for himself at the edge of the penalty area and sent in a low drive which was saved by Ross Doohan at his bottom left-hand corner.

 

Stranraer were knocking on the door and finally got their equaliser with 42 mins on the clock. Hilton played in a high corner from the left, Adam Cummings lost his marker near the back and rose high to head the ball home.

 

United found almost immediate redemption 2 mins later when Stranraer captain Jamie Hamill conceded a free kick at 30 yards with a reckless tackle from behind on Kris Doolan. Steven Kelly stepped up to take it and lifted a delightful shot over the Stranraer wall and into the top left-hand corner to give Ayr the lead at half time.

 

Going into the second half, it was all Stranraer at Somerset Park. The visitors were chasing the one-goal deficit and showed their ambition early on with a great chance on 52 mins. Smith turned Daniel Harvie on the right-wing to set up Connor McManus for a stinging shot from 25 yards which was only kept out by an excellent full stretch save from Ross Doohan in the United goals

 

Ayr looked rattled and struggled to deal with Stranraer’s attacking force which kept the upper hand throughout the second 45 mins. United’s only real chance of the second half came late in the game in the 82nd minute when Craig McGuffie sent a short cross from the left to Alan Forrest at the edge of the box whose curling shot was blocked by Burgess at the post initially and then cleared off the line by Cummins to deny the home side a match-winner.

 

Stranraer finally got the goal they deserved on 86 mins and it was a carbon copy of their first one. Jordan Allan lifted in a corner from the right and it was Cummins, who had again slipped his marker, who rose in the box to head the ball home and level the game.

 

With neither side finding a late goal, the game went to penalties to decide who got the vital bonus point. With the penalties being taken at the Somerset Road End,

 

McGuffie, Moffat, Forrest, Docherty and Steven Bell all scored comfortably for Ayr and Allan, Hamill, Dangana, Cummins, and Hilton did so similarly for Stranraer. The shoot-out then went into sudden death mode.

 

First, it was Daniel Harvie for United, but he was denied by Dale Burgess who palmed away his low shot. All Ryan Thomson had to do was find the back of the net for Stranraer to come out on top. The midfielder sent Ross Doohan the wrong way and hit the bottom left-hand corner of the net, securing the bonus point and bragging rights for Stranraer.

 

The result means that Ayr finished the Betfred Cup group stage second in Group G on 7 points which unfortunately wasn’t enough to take them through to the knock-out rounds.

 

Next up, the start of the league season with Morton visiting Somerset Park on Saturday.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Roscoe, Moffat, Doolan, McCowan, Ferguson, Bell, Murdoch, Docherty, Kelly Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Muirhead, Kerr, Forrest, McGuffie, Ross, McKenzie

 

Stranraer

Burgess, Allan, Cummins, Hamilton, Smith, Hamill, McManus, Hilton, Pignatiello, Thomson, Elliott Substitutes: Currie (GK), Robertson, Smith, Dangana

 

Referee: Grant Irvine

Attendance: 1430

REMINDER – Parking

A reminder that fans, on match days, should not park in the resident parking bays, Somerset Gardens.

Fans should also avoid parking at the entrance to Somerset Gardens as it presents a danger to pedestrians.

Thank you,

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Stranraer match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Stranraer

Betfred Cup Group G
Saturday 27th July 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Group G comes to a conclusion in the Betfred Cup, with Stranraer standing between the Honest Men and an almost certain place in the last 16 of the competition for a fourth consecutive season.

 

United currently lie in third place in the table but with a superior goal difference need just a point to usurp second place Falkirk’s final point tally of seven points from four games, following the Bairns’ 3-0 win at Berwick on Tuesday; three points against Stranraer should see us qualify as one of the four best group runners-up, assuming Group G leaders Livingston see off Berwick Rangers at the Tony Macaroni Arena and go on to top the standings.

 

Opponents: Stranraer have picked up three points from their three games in Group G so far – but were only narrowly defeated by Falkirk and Livingston. An early Declan McManus goal was the only thing that separated the Blues and the Bairns on match day one, while the League 1 club were edged out by Livingston at Stair Park on Tuesday night. Livi struck twice before half-time but Cameron Elliot pulled one back in the second-half to make it a nervy finish for Gary Holt’s men.

 

In their other group game, Stevie Farrell’s side put six past hapless Berwick, with former United forward James Hilton grabbing his first senior goal. Farrell has added a number of experienced heads to his squad over the summer, including Scott Robertson, Grant Gallagher and Ryan Thomson, who all return to Stair Park after stints elsewhere.

 

Team News: Craig Moore and Jamie Adams are out with injuries.

Ian says: “This is certainly not a game we will be taking lightly. After last season we are well aware of cup shocks and when you factor in the likelihood that a win will put us in the second round it then we will be approaching it as the extremely important game that it is. We had a good result last week even if the performance overall wasn’t great. It was never going to be an easy game but we had some good backing from the crowd and got there eventually. We are still deliberating over the starting 11 as we now have a few different options we can use.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 55

Draws – 12

Stranraer wins – 26

 

The sides have met seven times in the League Cup, most recently in 2001. James Grady, Gary Teale, Lee Sharp and Eddie Annand were all on the scoresheet in a comfortable win for the Honest Men.

 

Last Meeting:

A late Scott Agnew penalty gave Stranraer all three points when the sides last met, at Somerset Park in April 2018. The Honest Men were homing in on League 1 title but got off to a shaky start when Grant Anderson’s looping head opened the scoring for the visitors in just the 3rd minute. United hit back with a Jamie Adams header in front of the Railway End but then top scorer Lawrence Shankland hit out – and was sent-off for a clash with Morgyn Neill.

Despite the one-man disadvantage, Ayr dominated the second half until Adams trip on Kyle Turner in the box saw referee Euan Anderson point to the spot and ex-Ayr midfielder Agnew made no mistake from 12 yards, resulting in the Honest Men’s advantage at the top of the table being cut to two points with two games to play.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Grant Irvine

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig King

 

Admission:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £6

(OAPs, students and under 21s)

Under 12s – Free

 

Home fans can buy tickets online at https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/59.

 

Alternatively, the club shop will be open from 9am.

And for more information about tomorrows game click here

Information about Tomorrow’s Game

REMINDER

FOR TOMORROW’S GAME THERE ARE NO CASH TURNSTILES, ENTRY IS BY TICKET ONLY.

BUYING TICKETS

TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT ONLINE – PLEASE CLICK HERE

OR

TICKETS CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED AT SOMERSET PARK ON THE DAY OF THE GAME. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE CLUB SHOP AND AT THE MAIN ADMIN OFFICE. 

WE ADVISE THAT YOU PURCHASE YOUR TICKET(S) ONLINE TO AVOID THE TICKET QUEUE AT SOMERSET PARK, AS WE EXPECT TO BE EXTREMELY BUSY ON GAME DAY.

BUYING ONLINE

WHEN BUYING ONLINE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH A PDF ATTACHMENT. THE PDF IS YOUR TICKET AND IS REQUIRED TO BE SCANNED AT THE TURNSTILE IN ORDER TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE STADIUM. 

YOU CAN EITHER PRINT OFF THE PDF OR DISPLAY IT ON YOUR PHONE AND IT WILL BE SCANNED.

IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED A SEASON TICKET AND HAVE PURCHASED A TICKET FOR TOMORROW’S CUP GAME AGAINST STRANRAER.  YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE YOUR SEASON TICKET TO GET SCANNED AT THE TURNSTILE. 

STEP BY STEP GUIDES

STEP BY STEP GUIDES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BUYING TICKETS ONLINE.

PLEASE CLICK THE APPROPRIATE LINK BELOW:

Ayr Utd 2 Falkirk 1

Ayr United 2 v 1 Falkirk

by AUmedia

 

United got their Betfred Cup campaign back on track, beating Falkirk 2-1 to grab top spot in Group G. Goals from McCowan (Ayr) and McManus (Falkirk) had taken the sides to the break all even but a second-half goal from Andy Geggan decided the game while 10-man Falkirk were denied from the penalty spot by keeper Doohan.

 

After losing to Livingston earlier in the week, it was a must-win for the Honest Men to improve their chances of qualifying for the next round. The visitors from Falkirk dominated the early stages of the game with neat one-touch football and looked the most threatening of the two sides going forward.

 

Then, on 25 mins and against the run of play, United went ahead following a fast counterstrike. Murdoch played the ball forward to Moffat near the halfway line. Moffat then twisted and played the ball into the path of Luke McCowan who charged forward, outpacing the chasing Gomis before launching the ball past the advancing Cammy Bell and into the net from 8 yards.

 

The Bairns got close to equalising moments later with Ayr defending desperately and Muirhead blocking once on the line from Buchanan and then the follow up from McManus with the Falkirk players unsuccessfully claiming for handball and a penalty.

 

With United now taking the upper hand, and both Moffat and McCowan going close, it was Falkirk’s turn to score against the run of play. On 41 mins, ‘The Bairns’ broke quickly after a poor pass gave them possession. Charlie Telfer turned the ball into the path of McManus, whose shot looped over Doohan and into the net. 1 – 1 going into the break after what had been an entertaining first half.

 

The second half started with a bang and some controversy. On 47 mins, Falkirk central defender Mark Durnan took the ball from the halfway line and charged forward, slicing through the United midfield and letting fly from the edge of the box. Doohan failed to hold the shot and the ball spilled forward but he comfortably collected it. Although the ball was safe in the keeper’s hands Durnan ran on and bumped Doohan not once but twice. Doohan reacted, both players went head to head, the referee stepped in, consulted his assistant, booked Doohan and showed red to Durnan.

 

Despite the supposed advantage, United struggled to capitalise though going close on several occasions, the best coming on 52 mins when McCowan cut back to Stephen Kelly whose shot from 20 yards forced Falkirk keeper Cameron Bell into a terrific one-handed save to tip the ball over the bar.

 

Ayr finally regained the lead in the 75th min following outstanding play up front. Craig McGuffie cut in from the left, rotated past Telfer, nutmegged Tidser, then drew the ball back to McCowan who darted to the line before finding Geggan 6-yards out near the back post. Geggan skilfully directed the ball home. 2 – 1.

 

Rather than letting their heads go down, Falkirk immediately went back on the attack and just 3 mins later were awarded a penalty when Steven Bell was adjudged to have bundled Falkirk captain Buchanan to the ground. Ian McShane stepped up, struck the ball well but Doohan dived to his right and saved, much to the delight and relief of the home fans.

 

An exciting and frenetic final 10 mins saw both teams in attack mode but there were no further goals, leaving the Honest men with all three points, taking their total to six.

 

Next, Ayr face Stranraer at Somerset Park on Saturday in the last game of the group stage of the cup.

 

Ayr United

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

 

Falkirk

Bell, Doyle, Dixon, Buchanan, Durnan, McShane, McManus, Tidser, Telfer, Connolly, Gomis Substitutes: Much (GK), Toshney, Johnstone, Leitch

 

Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 1605