Alloa match preview

Match Preview
Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 25th November 2017, Kick-off 3pm

League 1’s two form sides go head-to-head on Saturday when Ayr United travel to the Indodrill Stadium to face Alloa Athletic. Ian McCall’s side are looking to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches and continue a remarkable goalscoring record away from home; the Honest Men have netted 41 times in 11 games on the road this season, including six at Banks O’Dee in the Cup last Saturday.


Alloa defeated League 2 Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup last weekend, coming from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Ochilview where former United striker Craig Malcolm grabbed a brace to send the Wasps into the next round. That result was a fifth consecutive victory for Jim Goodwin’s men, who have wins over Albion Rovers, Airdrie, Queen’s Park and East Fife in recent weeks. Those four league wins, with just one goal conceded, see Alloa lie third in the league table, eight points behind United.


Team News: Paddy Boyle is out with the shoulder injury picked up last weekend and Jamie Adams won’t be risked on the surface.

Ian says: “It is a real shame for Paddy as he has been in excellent form so we will need to shuffle things around however we do have two or three boys that can play there. Alloa are in excellent form and have been on a great run so this will be an extremely tough game. We have played well on astroturf pitches this season and scored a lot of goals so we will be going there looking to continue the run we are on. The backing we got from the supporters last week was fantastic, especially after travelling all that way. Hopefully they do the same tomorrow!”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 57

Draws – 26

Alloa Athletic wins – 29


United are without a win in the last seven meetings between the sides. Our last win at Recreation Park came courtesy of a Willie Easton goal in January 2011.


Last Meeting: it was a six-goal thriller when the sides met earlier in the season at Somerset Park in September. Lawrence Shankland gave United the best possible start with a goal in the fourth minute but a Craig Reid own goal and Kevin Cawley header either side of half-time put Alloa in the lead. Jamie Adams levelled with 10 minutes to go before a hotly disputed Scott Taggart penalty restored the Wasp’s advantage. Shankland, however, scored again to make it 3-3 in the final minute.


United’s last match at the Indodrill Stadium was a chastening 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat in November 2014.


On this day: in 2010, the Honest Men defeated Stenhousemuir 2-0 at Somerset Park. A Ryan McCann goal on the stroke of half-time, and Danny McKay late in the game secured all three points for United.


Match Officials:

Referee – David Munro

Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Hodge

Assistant Referee 2 – George Calder



Adults – £16
Senior Citizen – £8
U16s – £4

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Scottish Cup 4th Rd draw

Scottish Cup 4th round draw – Ayr United v Arbroath.

Tie will be played on Saturday, January 20th.

Pricing information will follow in due course.

Banks O’Dee 2 Ayr Utd 6

William Hill Scottish Cup

Banks O’ Dee 2 v 6 Ayr United

by AUmedia

Ayr United made the long trip to Aberdeen finally seeing off a stuffy Banks O’ Dee side with a brace of goals each from Shankland, Moore and McDaid in this William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round encounter.  On a less than perfect surface, in freezing conditions and up against a strong wind this potential banana skin was avoided with a thoroughly professional performance by the Honest Men.

With only 32 seconds on the clock, United took the lead.  Robbie Crawford powered through from his own half to 20 yards out where he played a one-two with Craig Moore (a delicious back-heeled nutmeg) before slipping the ball into the penalty area.  It looked a simple ball for the Dee defence to deal with, but somehow everything seemed to go wrong. Defender Alan White nervously tried to clear but hit the ball off his own wingback Neale Allan. Somehow the ball stuck between Allan’s feet and, with keeper Shearer unable to assist, United’s Lawrence Shankland stepped in and poked the ball into the net from a tight angle.

If United thought it was going to be easy, they were in for a shock.  Banks O’ Dee were awarded a penalty in 4 mins, when keeper Jordan Hart came off his line to try and reach a hanging cross but failed to make contact and ploughed through striker Jamie Watt before landing awkwardly. It took 4 minutes for the penalty to be taken as Hart received treatment to a facial injury sustained in the incident.

Watt then stepped up and slammed the ball into the net from the spot and bring the sides level.

Worse was to come for United on 25 minutes when Banks O’ Dee went ahead, again from the penalty spot, after Ross Docherty barged Michael Philipson.  Again, it was prolific goal scorer Watt who stepped up and drilled the ball home, low to Hart’s right, taking his season’s tally so far to 21 goals.

Banks O’ Dee returned to their game plan, defending in depth and numbers, attempting to stifle United’s attacking intentions.  The Honest Men showed skill, calmness and composure, working the ball around the pitch with some excellent interplay whilst probing the Banks O’ Dee defence.  Some hard challenges were going in and Paddy Boyle suffered a nasty one when he was barged in mid-air and landed heavily on his shoulder. On 36 mins Boyle was forced to come off and was replaced by Declan McDaid.

One minute later and Ayr were back on level terms.  Moore chased onto a high ball over the Dee defence and into the box where, under pressure from Liam McCall, he fired the ball along the 6-yard line to Shankland who tapped home.

As Ayr turned on the power, Banks O’ Dee struggled to cope with the tricky wing skills of Crawford and McDaid prompted by Docherty pulling the strings in midfield.

On 43 minutes Ayr claimed the lead they deserved. Shankland put pressure on defender White who could only tap the ball to McDaid on the right-hand side of the box.  McDaid controlled, shuffled onto his left foot, before smashing a drive high into the net.

Just on the stroke of half time Ayr finally put space between themselves and the stuffy Northern Super League team and what a peach it was. Crawford surged down the left and played the ball to Ferguson who neatly back healed the ball behind the defensive line where he found Crawford who had continued his run. The midfielder then cut in before finding McDaid who flicked the ball under control before rifling home from 8 yards.

It could have been more when, in the last of the half’s five additional minutes, Shankland hit the post with a fierce strike.

Ayr started the second half with the same intensity as they had finished the first and the skills gap between the two sides began to show in abundance.

On 52 minutes Geggan played a neat cutback to Shankland in the box but the striker’s drive went narrowly wide and settled in the side netting.

Whatever faint hope the Dee had of getting back into the game was finally crushed when Kane Winton was shown a second yellow for an elbow in the face of Ross Docherty.

Ayr piled on the misery for the Dee when in 63 mins they went 5-2 up. Andy Geggan played the ball in front of Moore who chased into the box before unleashing a thunderous drive into the roof of the net.

2 mins later and it was 6.  Keeper Shearer rushed out of his box in an attempt to beat Shankland to the ball, but his clearance was poor and only reached Moore who lifted the ball into the open net from 35 yards.

It was now a masterclass from Ayr, switching to 3 at the back and pushing forward in waves. Crawford, moving into the centre of midfield, looked exceptional probing the Dee defence with pinpoint passes and showing an elegant and skilful control that left opposition players trailing and bemused in his wake.

That Ayr didn’t score more is the only mystery, with a Rose header cleared off the line, a Crawford drive scraping over the bar, young substitute Luke McCowan dribbling across the edge of the box then seeing his shot going just over, Moore hitting the side netting, McDaid hitting the bar, and substitute McGuffie terrorising the Dee back line, and going close on two occasions.

A satisfying journey north for the Honest Men and they can look forward to League action next Saturday at Recreation Park, Alloa.

Banks 0’Dee

Shearer, Allan, White, McCall, Robertson, Hamilton, Henderson, Winton, Watt, Philipson, Hall Subs: Sahhalevtis (GK), Murray, Duguid, Macleod, Shrive, Taylor, Smith


Ayr United

Hart, Ferguson, Rose, Reid, Boyle, Geggan, Docherty, Crawford, Moffat, Shankland, Moore

Subs: Avci (GK), Forrest, McDaid, McGuffie, Faulds, Waite, McCowan


Referee: Craig Napier

Attendance: 469

Banks O’Dee match preview

Match Preview
Banks O’ Dee vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup – 3rd Round
Saturday 18th November 2017. Kick-off 3pm


On Saturday, Ayr United make the  journey north to Spain Park, Aberdeen to face Junior side Banks O’ Dee in the third round of the Scottish Cup. It is something of a trip of the unknown for the Honest Men, who regardless will be buoyed by a dominant performance against League 1 challengers Raith Rovers on Tuesday night. A 3-0 win extended Ian McCall’s side’s advantage at the top of the table to three points and their unbeaten run to eight games.

Like United, Banks O’Dee are in red hot form and go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 10-0 win over North Superleague’s bottom side Banchory St. Ternan last weekend.

Team News: Chris Higgins and Brian Gilmour are both out with injuries. Jamie Adams won’t play due to the surface.

Ian says: “It is always good to have a break from the league and especially getting a draw in the cup that is something different for ourselves and our supporters. We take every cup seriously especially the Scottish Cup and there is no doubt we want to progress so we have prepared for this match the same way that we do for every other match. In absolutely no way will we be taking it lightly and that will be shown by our team selection. Games like this are never easy and they are in excellent form.”

Opponents: Banks O’Dee have won the Scottish Junior Football Association North Superleague in the previous two season and already look on course to win a third successive title, having won all nine league fixtures this season, scoring 36 goals and conceding just 5. Tommy Forbes & Sandy McNaughton’s side have a eight point advantage over nearest challengers Hermes plus a game in hand.

Striker Jamie Watt is the Dee’s dangerman. The 39-year old has 19 goals to his name this season in just 13 appearances, including five goals in the Scottish Cup.

Scottish Cup record: Ayr United have progressed past the third round of the Scottish Cup in seven of the last nine seasons. It is over 20 years since the Honest Men were knocked out the competition by a lower league club and the last non-league club to defeat Ayr in the Cup were Elgin City in 1967 – a season in which we won one league game all season and scored only 20 goals in 34 games.

The Honest Men have twice before faced Junior opponents in the Scottish Cup, requiring a replay to overcome East Region champs Lochee United in 2008 and defeating Aberdeen’s Sunnybank 5-0 in 2010.

Banks O’Dee are participating in Scottish Cup for the fourth time in their history. Wins over Linlithgow Rose (2-1), Huntly (4-0), and Selkirk (2-0) – all at home – has seen the Dee progress to the third round for the first time. Their only meeting against SPFL opposition in the competition was in 2009 when Montrose ran out 3-0 winners at Spain Park.

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Napier

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – David Watt



Adult – £10

Concessions – £5

Club shop now Online

The Ayr United club shop is now online and available for orders. The site is working perfectly on laptops and desktop computers however on mobile devices, although all products are on there, it is not showing the product categories. This is being worked on currently and should be fixed within a few days.

We apologise for the length of time it has taken for us to have the online shop up and running however we had a long running problem with our payment provider who had to undertake a number of checks before giving us the go ahead to go live. We were advised it would be complete within two weeks however instead it took months.

We have a wide range of new products on the way including kids pyjamas, mugs, Xmas items, slippers, dressing gowns, Adidas trainingwear and lots more. All of these will be added to the website as soon as they arrive.

If you are looking for assistance or if there are any items you would like us to stock please contact us by email or by phone 01292 263435 ext5.

Every week the club shop will be open Monday 1-5, Thursday 3-8 and Friday 1-5. We will be opening extra days for Xmas and we will confirm this as soon as the decision has been made.

Project Brave statement

Progressive Ayr!

The Scottish FA yesterday announced the latest major developments in its Project Brave initiative, with confirmation of the club placings within the new academy structure. The Boards of Ayr United Football Academy and Ayr United Football Club are pleased to announce that the Academy teams will compete in the Progressive Section, which was designed to ensure that developing, ambitious academies could position themselves to progress to full Elite status.

AUFA is ideally placed to do so and, at latest, will make application for Elite status in June 2018, when the academies will be re assessed. We are already in discussion with the Scottish FA about this next move, as we have fulfilled 73 of the 75  Elite criteria against which we were assessed and although pleased to be an ambitious academy, we are disappointed that automatic entry to the Elite section was not granted.

What does this mean for our young players?

  • Our teams will compete against the other 7 Progressive teams, in the Scottish FA games programme, three times per season and against the Elite teams once per season, (see the team lists below). This will ensure that they face the same stiff opposition as they have done for the past few years.

ELITE: Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Rangers

PROGRESSIVE:  Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County*, St Mirren, St Johnstone

PERFORMANCE:  Dundee, Fife, Greenock Morton*, Queen’s Park

  • The standards around our Talented Young Footballers Programme are equal to those of the Elite teams. The Academy staff has been preparing for entry to the new stage of the Club Academy setup for the last year.
  • Ø Several key full time appointments have been made to the Coaching staff.
  • Ø A full time Head of Sports Science has been appointed
  • Ø A full time Head of Performance Analysis has been appointed
  • Ø A Head of the Professional Programme has been appointed, and
  • Ø Standards have generally been raised all round.
  • The newly appointed personnel will of course remain in place, and standards will be enhanced in preparation for the next application. In short, we are not content to remain in the Progressive section. Elite status was, and remains, our goal and while we seek this goal our young players will be offered the same high level standards as their counterparts in the Elite section.
  • This will undoubtedly improve the players’ chances of progressing to first team football and achieving international status. Full time training has been introduced, leading to contracts being put in place for Academy players, positioning them to compete at first team level. Already this season, 8 Academy graduates have made appearances in the first team, with 5 of these, David Waite, Luke McCowan, Leon Murphy, Stuart Faulds and James Hilton making debuts, with Kieran Balfour excelling in the 20’s team and patiently awaiting his turn.

Finn Ecrepont has represented Scotland at 16’s level and there are others in the younger age groups waiting for their chance to show their talents on the higher stages.

Head of Academy, Davie White summarised by saying:

“This is another important step on the Academy’s pathway to the top. We have been steadily improving standards since the Academy was formed and this is not the end of that pathway, merely a slight pause before we move on to Elite status. Our staff and volunteers are all aware of our ambitions and I am proud of their commitment and the way that they have applied themselves to providing the environment which our young players experience.

I look to coaches, players, parents and staff to support our objective to remain competitive, maintain high standards and show constant enthusiasm within the Progressive section. We aim to demonstrate to the Scottish FA on and off the pitch that we are ready for the Elite step up when the opportunity arrives!”

Ayr Utd 3 Raith Rovers 0

Ayr United 3 v 0 Raith Rovers

by AUmedia


Although Raith came out of the stalls at pace, it was United who looked the more threatening and took the edge off the Rover’s with a well-crafted goal in 15 mins.  Ross Docherty found David Ferguson on the right and his cross was collected by Michael Moffat in the box. Moffat controlled the ball and held off defenders before slipping it to his striking partner, Lawrence Shankland. Shankland, back to goal, turned outside defender Robertson, before slamming the ball past keeper Smith and into the net. Ayr were one up and wouldn’t have to wait long before doubling their lead.

Six minutes later Robbie Crawford doubled United’s lead with a goal that was a thing of beauty and again Moffat was there with the assist.  Moffat picked up a ball from Shankland some 25 yards out on the left, turned, feigned a shot, created space before finding Crawford on the edge of the left side of the box with an inch perfect pass. Crawford seemed to relish the challenge of Jason Thomson moving in to mark him. With a deft flick to his right and a sharp increase of pace the United man made himself space to crisply curl the ball over the keeper’s head, off the underside of the bar, and into the net.

 United were firmly in command with Docherty, Jamie Adams, Andy Geggan and Crawford dominating the midfield battleground.  What was most surprising was that the men from Kirkcaldy did not have one memorable attempt in the whole first 45 mins.

The first half masterclass from United also saw a Paddy Boyle drive smothered by Smith, Michael Rose’s flick scrambled off the line, and a left-footed drive from Moffat, after a solo breakaway, go over the bar from the edge of the box.

Raith re-arranged at the break, desperate to get something from the game, pushing players forward in an attempt to put pressure on the United back four. Vaughan was first to try his luck with a shot from the edge of the box going into the side netting but with keeper Jordan Hart seeming to have it well covered.

On 49 mins, after Adams had been unceremoniously brought down, Rose rifled a low free kick from 20 yards through the Raith wall which keeper Smith could only block and let squirm from his grasp. Moffat was first to pounce but Smith threw himself in front again and the ball was deflected wide before being hooked clear.

On 57 mins Raith showed their first real moment of quality and it came close to clawing one back. Vaughan found himself boxed in at the corner on the right but used good body strength to get away from Docherty before nutmegging Boyle as he made his way into the penalty area along the line.  The midfielder dragged the ball back to substitute Court but as the ball returned to Vaughan the offside flag was raised and although the ball was eventually headed into the net by Buchanan it wouldn’t count.

Just 4 mins later and Ayr should have gone further ahead when Adams was tripped in the box by McHattie.  The usually reliable Michael Moffat stepped up but put the ball well over the bar. A miss was certainly not what the tireless striker deserved, his link up play and chance creation being first class and admirable.

Ayr continued to make chances while the backline soaked up all that the Raith attack could throw at them with Rose, Higgins, Ferguson, Boyle and Hart looking both defensively solid while ready to ignite forward movement.

On 83 mins Raith did manage one last chance through substitute Spence.  Creating space at the edge of the box, the Raith striker smashed a drive through the legs of Higgins but the un-sighted Hart got down quickly and saved well at his right-hand post.

Ayr moved straight back up the pitch. Crawford found himself clear in the box on the left, but his shot was blocked by Smith. Raith players were throwing their bodies in front of ball, Smith again blocked, this time from Shankland, before substitute Craig Moore’s follow up drive thumped off a wall of players and clear.

90 + 2 mins on the clock and late substitute Alan Forrest picked up the ball in his own half before driving forward to some 30 yards out then slipping the ball diagonally to Geggan in space at the edge of the ball on the right. The defence were pulled one way and then the other as Geggan expertly lifted the ball to the back post where on-rushing Moore headered home.

Scintillating stuff from the Honest Men who had not one failure either on the park or terraces of stand.

Next up, the long journey north to Spain Park, Aberdeen on Saturday to face SJFA North Premier League side, and prolific goal scorers, Banks o’ Dee in the Scottish Cup.

Ayr United

Hart, Ferguson, Higgins, Rose, Boyle, Geggan, Docherty, Adams, Crawford, Moffat, Shankland. Substitutes: Moore, Forrest, McDaid, McGuffie, Faulds, Reid, Avci (GK)


Raith Rovers

Smith, Thomson, Robertson, Murray, McHattie, Barr, Matthews, Herron, Vaughan, Buchanan, Zanatta. Substitutes: Watson, Spence, Berry, Osei-Opoku, Court, McKay, Brian (GK)


Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 2,040


Raith match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers Ladbrokes League 1 Tuesday 14th November 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm


League 1’s top two go head-to-head tonight in a huge match at Somerset Park. Ayr United lead visitors Raith Rovers by virtue of just a solitary goal, but Barry Smith’s side have a game in hand.  The Honest Men hit four last time out at Arbroath and are the SPFL’s top goalscorers with 35 goals from 12 games.


Ian McCall’s side are unbeaten since losing at Stark’s Park in September, taking 17 points from a possible 21, averaging three goals-per-game. Rovers have dropped five points since, with a loss and draw away to Albion Rovers and Forfar Athletic respectively. Their game at Stranraer was abandoned before half-time due to a waterlogged pitch.


Tonight’s fixture was rescheduled due to Raith’s progression to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup but their hopes of repeating the success of five years ago were ended at Dumbarton on Saturday; the Sons running out 2-0 winners.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available for selection.

Ian says: “There is something special about Somerset Park under the lights. Obviously we would have preferred to have the game on Saturday however I think there will still be a good crowd in tonight and an excellent atmosphere. We have options in terms of the starting lineup as we have made substitutions in the last couple of matches that have changed the way the game had been going so there is plenty to think about. We are on a good run and we want to keep that going, especially at Somerset. Hopefully our fans get right behind us tonight as it will be an extremely difficult game.

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 33

Draws – 23

Raith Rovers wins – 18


A victory for the Honest Men would be our 50th league win over Raith Rovers.


Last Meeting: Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring with his first goal for the club just before half-time at Stark’s Park at the start of the September but second-half goals from Lewis Vaughan and Jason Thomson won it for Barry Smith’s side. Chris Higgins was sent-off for a second yellow card offence late on.


Rovers’ last trip to Somerset Park was also a Tuesday night fixture and will be best remembered for Ryan Stevenson’s performance in goal for the Fifers. Despite Stevo’s best efforts,


On this day: in 1999, Raith Rovers were 1-0 winners at Somerset Park in an ill-tempered encounter. Mickey Reynolds, who replaced Nigel Jemson at half-time for United, was shown a red card with little over 20 minutes remaining and Rovers’ Peter Hetherston went on to score a late winner for the visitors.


More recently, an Alan Trouten goal gave the Honest Men a 1-0 home win over Albion Rovers in 2015.


Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen



Adult – £16

Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10

Under 18s – £5

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