Doolan released

Kris Doolan has today been released from his contract with Ayr United.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Kris is 33 and he needs to be getting game time which is something I can’t guarantee him here for the rest of the season. We both agreed that the best thing for both parties was to part ways so Kris can get back on the pitch and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

Scott Tiffoney signs

Scott Tiffoney today became the latest addition to Mark Kerr’s squad on loan for the remainder of the current season.

The 21 year old winger has signed on loan from Livingston.

Mark said :”We are delighted to get this over the line. Scott is young and hungry to improve, exactly the type of player we want here. He has developed a lot in the last year. Scott has pace, energy, is a good finisher and knows the Championship very well. This deal now gives us really good competition up front.

Scott began his career with Morton before signing for Livingston in August 2018 and has regularly been involved with their first team this season.

 

McGuffie released

Craig McGuffie has this afternoon been released from his contract at Ayr United.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Craig has had frustrations that have built up over a period of time under the previous management as he didn’t get anywhere near the game time that he was looking for. There is no doubting his ability but he needs to get some game time and that is why he is looking to move on. We thank Craig for all his efforts at the club and wish him all the very best for the future.”

St Johnstone information

We welcome St Johnstone to Somerset Park in the 5th round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday 8th February with a 3pm kick off.

The prices for the match will stay the same as when we faced Ross County in the previous round –

Adult – £18

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

 U18’s – £6

There is no cash gates available at Somerset Park. Tickets must be bought before going to the Turnstile. Tickets can be bought either online or on match day, they can be bought from the Lottery Office.

Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

Tickets can be purchased from our club shop or by clicking here

Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 25th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United will look to complete a Highland double when Inverness Caledonian Thistle are the visitors to Somerset Park. Mark Kerr’s side are aiming to build on back-to-back 1-0 wins, at Dunfermline Athletic and at home to Premiership side Ross County in the Scottish Cup seven days ago.

 

Opponents: Inverness edged through to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup last Saturday with a 3-2 win at Alloa. Charlie Trafford’s 86th minute strike saw the Highlanders book a place in the next round where they will play Livingston. The Wasps had twice equalised, after goals from Aaron Doran and Jordan White had put the visitors ahead.

 

In the league, second placed Caley have a four point advantage over the Honest Men in the table. Since defeating United at the start of October, Inverness has won two, at home to Dunfermline and away to Dundee, and lost two, at Partick Thistle and home to Arbroath.

 

John Robertson has lost central defender Coll Donaldson to neighbours Ross County in the transfer window, while winger Mitch Curry has returned to Middlesbrough. Lewis Toshney has signed after spell with Falkirk.

 

Team News:. Craig Moore, Andy Geggan and Andy Murdoch miss out. Grant Gillespie is added to the squad.

Mark says: :”We don’t need reminding that we don’t have the greatest recent record against Inverness, it is just another game and another opportunity to pick up points and continue this wee run we are on. We know what Inverness are all about. They are extremely well organised, everyone knows their jobs and they play good football at times as well. It’s a challenge that we are looking forward to and we’ve been working had on a plan all week to get the best out of the players tomorrow afternoon. The last couple of games have proved that we are able to mix it up now and win games a different way.”

League Form:

Ayr United: DWLLW

Inverness: WLWLW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 12

Inverness wins – 18

 

Six of of United’s seven wins over Inverness have come at Somerset Park, the most recent in our run to the League Cup semi-final in 2011, where Eddie Malone netted the only goal.

 

Previous Meeting: Inverness have won both previous meetings this season by two goals to nil. James Vincent and Shaun Rooney netted at Somerset Park in October; Jordan White and Miles Storey were the goal scorer two months later at the Caledonian Stadium.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – Daniel McFarlane

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

Click below to purchase tickets:

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Grant Gillespie signs

Mark Kerr has today further added to his squad with the signing of Grant Gillespie to the end of the season.

Mark said :”Grant has been training with us for the last 3 weeks and getting up to speed with his fitness. He has been fully fit for the last week and a half and we have been really impressed with him.

I knew Grant anyway from playing against him many times and I know his background. The length of time he has trained with us showed us his commitment which made it an easy decision to get him on board.

He can play in a number of positions but has played the majority of his career in the centre of midfield and at right back. Grant has exactly the type of character that we want at the club and we are delighted to get him signed up.”

The 28 year old played 200 games for Hamilton before spells with Dundee United, Raith Rovers and most recently Derry City where the season finished at the end of October.

Jordan Houston signs permanent deal

We are delighted to announce the signing of Jordan Houston from Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Jordan joined us on loan on the 30th of August 2019 and has been a permanent fixture in the first team squad from that point.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”As soon as we knew there was a chance we could get Jordan for longer there was no doubt in our minds. We are always thinking about longer term and building plans and Jordan is very much part of that. Probably a month or so ago the fans thought there was a chance we could lose Jordan and Stephen Kelly in January however both of them are loving their time here and wanted to stay. He is young and still has a lot of improvement in him. He works hard, is powerful and has real pace. Jordan has had an excellent grounding coming through the youth system at Rangers so he doesn’t have many bad habits. I would like to thank not only our Board of Directors but the AU500FUND who’s recent donation to the club contributed to being able to make this deal happen.”

Jordan has signed a 2 year deal.

AU500 Presentation

On Saturday the AU500 made an amazing donation to the Player Fund of £10,000.
This presentation was made by Fraser Wason to Alan Murray (Director) who recently became a member of the AU500 Committee.
This now brings this season’s total to a fantastic £25,700 so far.
All donations go directly to the Manager for the Player Fund to help strengthen the squad.
Anyone wishing to join the AU500 or make a one off donation can do so by collecting a joining form in the club shop or by emailing them at info@au500fund.com

Ayr Utd 1 Ross County 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Ross County

by AUmedia

 

United advanced to the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup after beating Premiership Ross County 1-0 on Saturday. Steven Bell’s header home from a corner in the first half was enough to guarantee the Honest Men the win at Somerset Park and a place in the round of the last 16.

 

Ross County took the initiative in the early stages of the game and broke forward into the Ayr box on multiple occasions, but the United defence stood firm and dealt well with the attacks thrown at them.

 

County looked dangerous every time they got on the break and created the first major chance on 18 mins. Harry Paton lifted the ball over the defence to set up Lee Erwin who only had Ross Doohan left to beat from 10 yards, but the keeper came off his line to block the effort and keep the scoreline at 0-0.

 

4 mins later, Ayr came close to open the scoring when Steven Bell took a free kick in his own half and sent it into the County box. The ball was met by Michael Moffat who nodded back for Stephen Kelly whose half-volley from 20 yards went inches past the right post.

 

The game started to open up and while Paton and Erwin continued to cause trouble, chances now came evenly for both sides as United began to show much more attacking intent. At times, Ayr outplayed their opponents and new loan signing from Ipswich Town, Aaron Drinan, proved to be a handful for the Highlanders up front.

 

The Honest Men’s efforts paid off when they broke the deadlock on 37 mins. Stephen Kelly delivered a corner from the right and Bell broke away from his marker to head the ball past County keeper Nathan Baxter and make it 1-0 United.

 

The visitors immediately upped the tempo and came close to an equaliser on 40 mins. Sean Kelly crossed a curling ball from the left wing into the path of Erwin, but he yet again saw his attempt from the edge of the box denied by Doohan and Ayr stayed in front at the break.

 

County’s first attempt of the second half came after 3 mins when Josh Mullin connected with a Blair Spittal pass, but he failed to get enough power and accuracy on his half-volley

which did not trouble Doohan.

 

The Staggies dominated possession but lacked penetration or urgency and were outfought by Ayr. Confident and hardworking United remained focussed and determined and almost added another goal through Drinan, but the big striker mishit his shot after striding into the box after latching onto a pass from Aaron Muirhead.

 

 

Trying to get back into the game, County switched things around on 57 mins, introducing attackers Billy McKay and Brian Graham for Paton and Spittal. United responded immediately and strengthened their defence by swapping Michael Moffat for defender Sam Roscoe.

 

Ayr sat deep to protect their lead and made finding a way through difficult for their Premiership visitors. County’s best chance to draw level came 5 mins before full time when

Erwin was put into the box by McKay only to lift his effort over the bar from 10 yards.

 

United saw the game out in relative comfort and secured a 1-0 victory that grants them a place in the last 16.

 

Next Saturday, Ayr are back in league action as they welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Somerset Park.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Moffat, Forrest, Houston, Bell, Drinan, Docherty, Kelly

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Roscoe, Doolan, McCowan, McGuffie, Hewitt, McKenzie

 

Ross County

Baxter, Kelly, Fontaine, Erwin, Vigurs, Mullin, Foster, Spittal, Tillson, Paton, Donaldson

Substitutes: Laidlaw (GK), McKay, Watson, Spence, Henderson, Graham, Chalmers

 

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Attendance: 1538

Ross County match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Ross County

William Cup Scottish Cup – Fourth Round
Saturday 18th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United enter this year’s Scottish Cup with a fourth round tie at home to last season’s Championship winners, Ross County. Heavy rain saw United’s game at Dundee last weekend postponed meaning Mark Kerr’s side missed the opportunity to build on a battling win at Dunfermline ahead of facing Premiership opponents in the cup.

 

Opponents: Ross County travel to Somerset Park after a three-week break from competitive action. Their last game came on 29th December, a 1-1 draw at St. Johnstone. The Dingwall side have won only two of their last 14 Premiership games, against Kilmarnock and Hibernian at the Global Energy Stadium. Their last away win came at Motherwell in September but they will travel south well rested and as favourites to progress.

 

Management duo Stevie Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell moved this week to strengthen their squad, adding giant defender Coll Donaldson from neighbours Inverness Caledonian Thistle and midfielder Jordan Tillson, who makes the rather longer journey north from Exeter City. The Staggies’ are also boosted by the return of the influential Iain Vigurs, who made a scoring return against the Saints before the break after three-and-a-half months out with a foot injury.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Andy Geggan and Craig Moore are out with injuries.

Mark says: “The Scottish Cup is always exciting and everyone has been really looking forward to this competition. We know Ross County well from last season although they have made some additions to their squad. They will be well drilled and play with a lot of energy. However it is the Scottish Cup and we are at home, we know what we are capable of and we will be giving it everything to be in the hat for the next round.”

League Form:

Ayr United: DWLLW

Ross County: WWLLD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 9

Ross County wins – 20

 

Ross County have lost just three times in 17 visits to Somerset Park with United’s last win over the Staggies at home coming in August 2002. In all competitions, County are unbeaten in the last 14 meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: United and County faced each other four times in the Championship last season, with the Honest Men falling short of maintaining a title challenge to the eventual Champions, taking just one point in a 3-3 draw at home. Brian Graham scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset Park in April 2019.

 

There has been just one meeting between the sides in the Scottish Cup and that resulted in a cup upset at the time. Third Division Ross County won 2-0 at Somerset Park in January 1996.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Andrew Dallas

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6

 

Please note: Season Tickets & Half-Season Tickets are NOT valid for this match.

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

Click below to purchase tickets:

Home Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/78

Away Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/RCaway