Ayr Utd 5 Clyde 1

Ayr United 5 v 1 Clyde

The Honest Men returned to the top of the Betfred League Cup Group E after a fine performance against League 2 opponents Clyde.  Despite going behind early to a Goodwillie strike, United roared back with goals from Crawford and Moore before further goals were added in the second half from Moffat, McDaid and Moore once more to give Ayr a convincing 5-1 victory.

The first chance of the evening fell to the home side after 8 mins with good link up between Moore and Moffat – a familiar sight for Ayr fans as their partnership continues to get stronger.  A high ball into the box was flicked on by Moffat into the path of Moore however he fired the ball over the bar.

On 11 mins, Moffat was again causing problems for “The Bully Wee” and got on the end of a McDaid cross with his effort requiring a smart save from Currie.  Despite the early pressure from Ayr, it was Clyde who were to open the scoring and set up a potential cup shock when a clinical counter attack caught United on their heels on 12 mins.  Osadolor picked up the ball on the left and blistered forward before sending in a low cross to the back post for Goodwillie to pounce and fire high into the net for 0-1.

Ayr had a game on their hands.  Ayr continued where they left off, however, and a quick corner almost caught out the away side with Currie on hand to stop a Moffat header on 16 mins.  Moments later Adams performed an acrobatic overhead kick from inside the box which proved easy to save.  Ayr were to make the pressure pay off and deservedly got the equaliser through Crawford.  Ferguson collected the ball on the right and sent in a high hanging cross to the back post for the on-rushing Crawford to control and superbly finish into the bottom right hand corner.  Fantastic composure and Ayr were on level terms after 20 mins.

1 goal quickly became 2 for The Honest Men when Moore made it 2-1 on 29 mins.  Another high ball into the box was met by McDaid who cushioned the ball to Moore and his low effort left Currie flat-footed and nestled into the bottom left corner as Somerset Park breathed a sigh of relief with Ayr now ahead.

Ayr were proving quite the threat from set pieces and Adams almost increased the lead on 39 mins when his shot from a corner had to be parried away by Currie before a Ferguson effort was blocked..  McDaid’s deliveries are proving to be a big hit this season and a freekick on 46 mins gave Adams the chance to power a header goal wards but it just scraped past the right hand post.

Clyde were not out of the game by any means and almost punished Ayr with another counter attack on 49 mins, this time Goodwillie turned provider for Osadolor who blasted high and wide with the goal beckoning.  Ayr were in a clinical mood going forward and made it 3-1 through Moffat on 52 mins. A loose ball from a corner fell to Moffat and the United icon made no mistake and blasted the ball home for his first goal in a  competitive match since his return to Somerset.

Ayr were turning the screw on Clyde. As Clyde forayed into the United half it was United’s turn for a blistering counter attack of their own. On 62 mins, McDaid broke at speed before squaring the ball to Moore who sent the ball high into the net to increase Ayr’s lead and kill the tie at 4-1.

United were keen to impress the strong home backing and made it a 5 star performance on 73 mins when McDaid got himself on the scoresheet.  Substitute McGuffie passed the ball to Moffat on the left and his cross was met by McDaid in the box who coolly finished off the move for 5-1. Ayr were full of ideas in this contest and almost caught out Clyde with a quick freekick on 86 mins when Crawford was set through on goal but he could only fire straight at the goalkeeper.

The final effort of the evening fell to young substitute Murphy who received the ball from McCowan on the left, made room for himself in the box but fired his shot high over the bar.  Ayr have one game remaining in the group stages as they travel to ex-Ayr player Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic on Saturday knowing that at least a draw will secure top spot in the group.

Ayr United Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Ferguson, Adams, Docherty.  Substitutes: Avci (GK), McGuffie, Faulds, Waite, Murphy, McCowan, Reid. Clyde Currie, Home, Wilson, McNiff, Bradley, Cuddihy, Miller, Flynn, Osadolor, Goodwillie, Wright.  Substitutes: Belkacem, Burbidge, Harrison, Gormley, Dachnowicz, Millar. Referee:  Colin Steven  Attendance:  1501 Match Report:  Ayr United

Clyde match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Clyde Betfred Cup Group E Tuesday 25th July 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United can cement a top two finish in Betfred Cup Group E – and take one step closer to topping the table – with a win over League 2 side Clyde. However, Jim Chapman’s side will offer a stiff test as demonstrated by their come-from-behind win  at Dumbarton at the weekend. Second-half goals from Darren Miller and Max Wright earned Clyde a well deserved victory against the struggling Sons.

Like Ayr, Clyde have six points but have played an additional group stage match. Prior to defeating Dumbarton they edged out Peter Murphy’s Annan 2-1 at Broadwood on the opening weekend before losing out 4-2 at the hands of KIlmarnock, although they gave Lee McCulloch’s side a shock, coming back from a goal down to take the lead in the first-half.

Former Scotland international David Goodwillie missed Saturday’s game through injury, as did captain Kevin Nicoll who was suspended after seeing red at Rugby Park – both could return at Somerset Park. Striker David Gormley is no stranger to finding the back of the net and will be one to watch. Jim Chapman swapped the managerial hotseat at Annan Athletic for Clyde in the summer and has signed no fewer than seven of his former charges from the Galabankies.

Elsewhere in Group E on Tuesday, Dumbarton host Annan Athletic with both sides looking for their first point in the competition.

Ian says:”Alan Forrest won’t make tonight’s match however he will train on Thursday and hopefully be in contention for Saturday. Michael Rose is making good progress and will start light training on Thursday. Craig Reid is fit and back in the squad.

It’s a really important game so early in the season. A win may well be enough to see us qualify and we really want to keep the momentum going. This game brings a different kind of pressure and we want to ensure this ground becomes feared again so its hugely important to maintain a good home record.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 35 Draws – 16 Clyde wins – 18

The Honest Men and the Bully Wee have met five times previously in the League Cup. There had been two wins apiece in four group stage double-headers in 1963 and 1968 but United were 6-1 winners when the sides met in August 2012. Ayr were four goals to the good through David Winters, Michael Moffat, Jonathan Tiffoney and David Sinclair before John Neill netted a late consolation only for Moffat and Sinclair to net their second goals to make it 6-1 in the 90th minute.

Last Meeting: Ayr United progressed to the sixth round of the Scottish Cup when the sides met just last season – but required a replay and extra-time. After a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park which saw Paul Cairney equalise David Gormley’s opener, it was Gormley’s turn to grab an equaliser in the replay at Broadwood, cancelling out Declan McDaid’s 11th minute strike with just two minutes left on the clock. Ian McCall’s men eventually took the win through Mick Wardrope’s injury time winner.

Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny

Assistant Referee 2 – Finlay Currie

 

Admission:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £6
Latest Odds

Ayr – 4/11, Draw 19/5, Clyde – 13/2

Shop opening hours

The club shop will be open this week

Monday 24th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 25th July – 4pm to 7.45pm

Thursday 27th July – 3pm to 8pm

Free Culzean pass for Season ticket holders

We are delighted to announce a partnership with the Ayrshire & Arran National Trust for Scotland. All of our Adult and Concession season ticket holders will receive a Family Pass to Culzean Castle and Country Park (worth around £40). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our commercial manager Graeme Miller said :” We have been really keen to add value to our season ticket and this is a great start as Culzean is a fantastic family day out, a big part of Scottish history and is right on our doorstep. Season Ticket holders are the bedrock of our club and hopefully this season we can repay them with plenty of wins and now also a chance to visit one of Ayrshire’s premier landmarks with the family for free. Hopefully this will encourage more of our fans to buy season tickets and at the same time support our National Trust.” 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Maxwell, the general manager for the Ayrshire & Arran National Trust said :” We are delighted to team up with Ayr United for what we are sure will be an exciting season ahead. We look forward to welcoming all season ticket holders and supporters of ‘The Honest Men’ throughout the year and look forward to strengthening our partnership with all at the club. The National Trust for Scotland in Ayrshire & Arran operates not only Culzean Castle & Country Park but also the Robert Burns properties and Brodick Castle on Arran. The new Wild Woodland playpark at Culzean is a fantastic draw for families and is now the largest outdoor playpark in the UK and our exciting new playpark Isle be Wild is proving to be an excellent day trip destination on Arran.”

Not to worry if you have already bought your season ticket, just bring it into the Club Shop and we will give you your pass.

The family pass entitles two adults and up to four children access to Culzean castle and country park and is valid until 31/10/2017.

Our club shop is open tomorrow (Saturday 22nd July) from 10.30am to 3.30pm, Monday (24th July) from 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday (25th July) from 4pm to 7.45pm and Thursday (27th July) from 3pm to 8pm.

 

 

Dumbarton 1 Ayr Utd 3

Dumbarton 1 v 3 Ayr United

On a gloriously balmy summers evening at the interestingly named ‘YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium’ in Dumbarton, the castle rock towering overhead, the sun performing magical tricks turning the sky through blue, pastels of different hues to dark burnished orange, whilst lighting up the glass-like River Leven as the waters passed through its final meander to the coast; could there be anything better? Well quite simply, yes.  Ayr United, bedecked in yellow, outshone the celestial body on a night when, once again: they humbled opposition from a higher league; and two moments of brilliance from Declan ‘Magic’ McDaid and Robbie ‘Messi’ Crawford will be forever etched on the minds of all fans lucky enough to be there.

Pre-match questions were being asked. Could Ayr keep up the form that had seen them defeat Premiership Kilmarnock? Would we see the exceptional skill level that had been shown in the opening game? Were United’s fitness levels going to hold up after only 4 days recovery time? The answer to all of these was a great big, emphatic, yes.

The opening minutes of the match saw both sides testing each other out with neither team gaining the upper hand but with Dumbarton showing enough to suggest that this would be a tougher test than the disappointing Kilmarnock side from Friday’s local derby. First, Ayr went on the attack, and on 2mins Michael Moffat shot was saved by keeper Scott Gallacher after a great run and flicked pass by McDaid on the right.

Dumbarton were looking dangerous, with two Ayrshire boys Tom Walsh and Chris Johnston, attempting to stretch United on the wings, and United central defenders Chris Higgins and Jamie Adams having to be at their best to contain the skilled and amorphous mobile mountain of a man, Christian Nade.

On 3 mins, Walsh controlled the ball on the wing before finding midfielder David Wilson who then laid the ball off to central defender Craig Barr. Barr created space, set himself up and released a powerful drive from 25-yards out that keeper Jordan Hart did well to get down to and parry away.

Shortly after, Dumbarton had three real opportunities to go ahead. Wilson dribbled into the box but couldn’t find the space to shoot.  Somehow the ball ended up with Walsh, in space, but he could only screw the ball across the face of goal when he should have done better. When the ball came back in, Mark Stewart dived at full stretch but could only see his header from close range go narrowly past the post. 5 mins gone and this was already looking an exciting encounter.

Dumbarton were delivered a blow when Dougie Hill stretched to intercept a delightful pass into the box from McDaid but in doing so injured himself and was replaced by Kyle Prior.

The match remained an entertaining and even contest with Ayr testing the Dumbarton backline with shots from Boyle, Moffat, McDaid and Moore all going close or bringing out saves from Gallacher. Dumbarton showed their teeth through efforts from Nade, Walsh and Wilson, with Walsh again guilty of failing to make capital out of the proverbial ‘sitter’.

On 35 mins, Ayr went ahead, as the result of an end to end move from the United side. Hart threw the ball out to Jamie Adams and he in turn touched the ball to Geggan, wide on the right in his own half.  Geggan played the ball inside to Crawford who flicked the ball towards the halfway line where McDaid, under pressure, nodded the ball to Moffat. Moffat, spotting Geggan’s continuing run down the right, turned and sprayed a pass wide before making his way towards the box. Geggan sprinted forward to the edge of the box before he hit the ball in at pace behind the inrushing defenders. As Moffat looked to strike, defender Andy Dowie made a last desperate effort to intercept and stretched out his leg but only managed to fire the ball into the net at the near post. Ayr were one up.

In an attempt to get back into the game, Dumbarton upped their efforts and put extra pressure on the United backline. On 39 mins, Nade found himself with a chance in the box but his shot was excellently saved by the acrobatic Hart at the top left-hand corner. Next, a goal-bound screamer of a drive from 25 yards out by Prior took a lucky fine deflection off Jamie Adams and scraped off the top of the bar. Then on 44 mins, danger man Nade found himself with space in the box but under no pressure, he put his header over the bar.

Ayr immediately went into attack, with a fine piece of interplay in the box, Moore, knocking the ball down to McDaid who, with his back to goal, slipped the ball to Crawford. Crawford made space before releasing a shot from 8 yards which was instinctively saved by Gallacher.

It looked like Ayr would reach half time with a goal’s advantage, but Dumbarton were determined not to let that happen. With nearly 3 mins of added time on the clock Dumbarton were awarded a free kick after an aerial tussle between Nade and Higgins.

The incoming ball was then met by Nade who turned the ball into the net for the equaliser.

Disappointment was etched large on the faces of the Ayr squad as they left the field at the break. More questions arose. How would they respond after such a sucker punch? Would they fade as in past years? Any worries were unfounded as United returned to the park with additional vigour and desire.

Dumbarton were beginning to struggle with Ayr’s continuing pace and control. This frustration was marked when the tiring Walsh needlessly hacked down Geggan after the United man had easily dispossessed the winger, skilfully turned him and cleared. 46 mins and a booking for Walsh.

On 51 mins, Ayr’s rising superiority should have been marked by a goal but somehow Moore’s header from inside the box went wide.

Dumbarton, though, still had some sting up front and just a minute later Walsh found space near the line but his shot went across the goalmouth and wide. Dumbarton, much against the run of play also thought they had gained the lead when, from a corner, Barr met the ball perfectly to header in at the back post, but referee Cook had seen an infringement. On the line, Dumbarton forward Stewart was blatantly holding Docherty who had been defending the back post.

Ayr were dominating, and when they took the lead on 70 mins, it was a mouth-watering peach of a goal. Adams headered away from the edge of the penalty area, Moffat challenged for the ball on the left, heading it to McDaid in the centre circle. McDaid let the ball bounce before nodding it down to Geggan, running close support in central mid-field. Geggan slipped the ball to Boyle who charged into the Dumbarton half before finding Crawford on the left. Crawford held the ball up before delicately passing to McDaid who was tightly marked and blocked some 20 yards out. This was time for some more McDaid magic, surely he had no chance. He feinted left, tapped the ball right, to make minimal space, before driving the ball, swerving and dipping, home.  It was as delicious a piece of skill as one could have hoped to see.

Ayr now poured forward, Crawford and substitute McGuffie twice, Docherty, Moffat and Geggan all going close. It was just a matter of when a third would come and when it came Robbie Crawford, tireless and creative through-out the game, again channelled his inner Lionel Messi. Twice in the final 10 mins he had turned the Dumbarton defence inside out but had gone narrowly wide, but these were only practice runs for something special.

With 2 mins of normal time remaining, Ayr intricately worked the ball from right to left Docherty’s pass finding Crawford wide. The midfielder first turned across the face of the defence, causing defender David Smith to go the wrong way. The defender gave chase and, along with Downie and Barr, blocked Crawford’s view of goal. No problem there for the Ayr midfielder, who first twisted left then right sending all three the wrong way before blasting the ball through the space he had created and into the net. Quality and Ayr had a two-goal advantage.

And so it finished: Dumbarton 1 v 3 Ayr United and another great advert for live football, and one that the 338 travelling fans (outnumbering those from Dumbarton in the 615 person crowd) will not forget. Next up , Clyde who come to Somerset Park in the next Betfred Cup, Group Stage match on Tuesday night (25th July, 7.45 pm kick-off).

Dumbarton

Gallacher, Barr, Dowie, Hill, Smith, Johnston, Wilson, Walsh, McLaughlin, Stewart, Nade

Substitutes: Ewings (GK), Gallagher, Roy, Prior

Ayr United

Hart, Geggan, Adams, Higgins, Boyle, McDaid, Crawford, Docherty, Gilmour, Moffat, Moore

Substitutes: Avci (GK), McGuffie, Ferguson, Faulds, Waite, Murphy, McCowan

 

 

Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 615

Report: AUmedia

Club looking for Hospitality Manager

  1. HOSPITALITY MANAGER                              Ayr United Hospitality Suite

Somerset Park, AYR KA8 9NB

Applications Close   20th July 2017

Please send all applications to info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Salary     Subject to experience

The Hospitality Manager reports directly to the Catering Manager

The Hospitality Manager works closely with the Commercial Manager

JOB PURPOSE    To pro-actively seek to maximise The Hospitality Suite’s food, beverage and catering sales by delivering a quality service through well trained and well led staff.   The hospitality manager is also required to constantly review catering procedures and activities in order to recommend and implement improvements within our service.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES    To ensure that at all times cleanliness, food safety and all other Health and Safety matters are adhered to so as not to breach any legislative points within the Food Safety Act 1990 or the Health and Safety at Work.

To ensure the consistent smooth running of our catering and events services at Somerset Park.

To undertake general food and beverage duties in addition to the delivery of event and function activities.

To control the Hospitality suite budgets relating to cost of sales and staffing costs, and be responsible for cash control, initial daily accounting, stock control and food safety aspects of the business.

To roster and support the administration of the Hospitality Team, deliver specific and on-going staff training programmes to the wider catering staff and ensure that all Hospitality staff comply with the working requirements and required standards, and be responsible for the day to day operational management at the Hospitality Suite

To maintain a high level of customer service with the aim of exceeding our guests’ expectations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE         Essential

Personal Licence Holder.

Experience at Management or Supervisory Level.

Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and Customer Care standards and procedures.

Knowledge of food hygiene and alcohol sales legislation.

Must be able to work out-with normal office hours, including evenings and week-ends on a regular basis.

Approachable, friendly disposition and able to lead and work with a team.

Old badge Final day sale

OLD BADGE – FINAL DAY SALE

The final countdown is on!!

The famous shield logo which has adorned the Ayr United Football Club playing kit, Somerset Park surroundings and club merchandise for over 50 years becomes consigned to history at 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017.

Supporters have one final chance however to purchase their own piece of history.

The club shop is open 11am – 4pm on Friday 30th June and are offering a fantastic deal of any 10 items for only £20!  That`s right, choose ANY 10 items and pay only £20!!  Also on offer are Ayr United FC mugs at 5 for only £5!!

At 4pm tomorrow all stock must be taken of the shelves and will no longer be available to purchase.

Remember…this is your last chance to make sure you have your very own memorabilia of a badge that spanned six decades of football at Somerset Park!!!

Kilmarnock ticket & shop update

We can confirm that tickets for our upcoming Betfred Cup match with Kilmarnock are now on sale from the club shop.

Tickets are priced £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (OAPs, students and under 18s).

Tickets for Ayr supporters will be in three separate areas – The North Terracing, Somerset Road End and the stand.

The club shop is open today 11-4, Thursday 11-4 and Friday 11-4 and there is an incredible sale in store as well.

Following this the club shop will be changing back to be managed by the club. We had initially planned to be open at 4pm on Thursday 6th July however we will be doing everything we possibly can to be open on Wednesday and will update at the start of next week.

We can confirm opening hours from Friday 7th July and these will be as follows

Friday 7th July – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 8th July – 10.30am to 1.30pm

Sunday 9th July – 12 noon to 3pm

Monday 10th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 11th July – 3pm to 7pm

Wednesday 12th July – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 13th July – 1pm to 8pm

Friday 14th July – 1pm to kick off.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July closed.

 

Please note these are not the hours the shop will be open after the 16th of July.

 

Season tickets & Gate prices

Season tickets are now on sale from the club shop.

 

Gate prices for 2017/18 are as follows.

Adult – £16

Concessions  (OAP, student, 18-21) – £10

Under 18s – £5

 

This means the following savings for season tickets

Adult £220 – A saving of £68 if attending all 18 home league matches.

Concession £120 – A saving of £60 if attending all 18 home league matches

Junior 12-18s  £50 – A saving of £40 if attending all 18 home league matches

Panda Pals (under 12s) £15 – A saving of £75 if attending all 18 home league matches

 

We would like to apologise again for having our season tickets out later than we would have liked and also for conflicting information that had been given to Ayr United Media, this mistake was in no way down to them and we would like to thank them for the time and effort they continue to put in to offer a fantastic and unrivalled service.

 

 

17/18 fixtures released

The fixtures have been released for the new season and we begin with an away match at Albion Rovers. Our first home game of the season is against Forfar on 12th August.

The full list of fixtures are below

Ladbrokes League 1 2017/2018
Ayr United
RD Date        Time     Opponent Home/Away
1 05/08/2017 15:00 Albion Rovers Away
2 12/08/2017 15:00 Forfar Athletic Home
3 19/08/2017 15:00 Stranraer Away
4 26/08/2017 15:00 Arbroath Home
5 09/09/2017 15:00 Raith Rovers Away
6 16/09/2017 15:00 Alloa Athletic Home
7 23/09/2017 15:00 Queen’s Park Away
8 30/09/2017 15:00 East Fife Home
9 14/10/2017 15:00 Airdrieonians Home
10 21/10/2017 15:00 Forfar Athletic Away
11 28/10/2017 15:00 Stranraer Home
12 04/11/2017 15:00 Arbroath Away
13 11/11/2017 15:00 Raith Rovers Home
14 25/11/2017 15:00 Alloa Athletic Away
15 02/12/2017 15:00 Albion Rovers Home
16 09/12/2017 15:00 Queen’s Park Home
17 16/12/2017 15:00 East Fife Away
18 23/12/2017 15:00 Airdrieonians Away
19 30/12/2017 15:00 Forfar Athletic Home
20 02/01/2018 15:00 Stranraer Away
21 06/01/2018 15:00 Arbroath Home
22 13/01/2018 15:00 Raith Rovers Away
23 27/01/2018 15:00 Queen’s Park Away
24 03/02/2018 15:00 Alloa Athletic Home
25 10/02/2018 15:00 Albion Rovers Away
26 17/02/2018 15:00 East Fife Home
27 24/02/2018 15:00 Airdrieonians Home
28 03/03/2018 15:00 Arbroath Away
29 10/03/2018 15:00 Raith Rovers Home
30 17/03/2018 15:00 Forfar Athletic Away
31 24/03/2018 15:00 Queen’s Park Home
32 31/03/2018 15:00 East Fife Away
33 07/04/2018 15:00 Airdrieonians Away
34 14/04/2018 15:00 Stranraer Home
35 21/04/2018 15:00 Alloa Athletic Away
36 28/04/2018 15:00 Albion Rovers Home
(All fixtures subject to change)