Aaron Drinan signs

Ipswich Town striker signs on loan

 

Mark Kerr has moved to make his first signing of the January transfer window, adding 21-year-old striker Aaron Drinan on loan from Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy signed the Irishman from Waterford in January 2018, after the frontman impressed the former Republic of Ireland manager during Waterford’s 2017 League of Ireland First Division title win. Aaron signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the East Anglian club which runs until the summer of 2021.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”We have been tracking Aaron for some time now and were delighted to be able to get him up to train with us. He really impressed us at training and fitted in with the rest of the team straight away. He is a different striker to what we have got already, he has good height and will be able to stretch the game for us. He has already had a couple of loans and played for Ireland under 21s so we are getting him at the right time. Aaron is hungry to succeed and we are thrilled to have got him.

While yet to make his senior debut for the Tractor Boys under new manager Paul Lambert, Aaron has gained first team experience from loan spells at National League side Sutton United, in the League of Ireland and, most recently, the Swedish second tier, in addition to gaining seven Under 21 caps.

Last year he returned to Waterford on loan ahead of the 2019 SSE Airtricity Premier League season, scoring seven times in 18 appearances before heading back to Ipswich at the end of June. Two months later, he made the switch to GAIS in Sweden’s second tier. Aaron played eight games for the Gothenburg-based side up until the end of the Swedish season in November.

Aaron joins the Honest Men until the end of the season.

 

Dundee v Ayr – Match Postponed

Following the pitch inspection at Dens Park, today’s match against Dundee has been called off. We will confirm details of when the game will be played as soon as we have them.

Dundee match preview

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Dundee vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 11th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make the journey north to face Dundee at Dens Park. It is third versus fourth in the Championship with the Honest Men travelling to the City of Discovery looking to extend their advantage over the Dees, which currently stands at two points.

 

Mark Kerr’s men tasted victory on the road last weekend with a hard fought 1-0 win over Dunfermline, the side’s first away win since the end of October.

 

Opponents: Dundee manager James McPake is looking to avoid back-to-back home defeats to promotion rivals after Inverness Caledonian Thistle took all three points when they visited Dens Park last time out. Two first-half goals from Caley were enough to see them consolidate second position in the league table.

 

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

Mark says: “Every game is tough in this league and going to Dens will be absolutely no different. We want to build on last week, we showed a different side to our game, kept our shape well and came away with the three points. The result gives us a lot of confidence and that was obvious in training this week. Our fans were great last week and they really backed us the later the game went so hopefully they get right behind us tomorrow.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: DWLLW

Dundee: DWWDL

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 24

Draws – 20

Dundee wins – 51

 

United have won just 5 of 48 leagues games between the sides at Dens Park, with Ayr’s last league win away to the Dark Blues coming in January 1981.

 

Previous Meeting:

Mark Kerr’s first game in charge saw Dundee visit Somerset Park for a Friday night televised fixture. It was the Dark Blues that picked up all three points – their first away league win of the season. Goals from former United winger Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan put Dundee two goals ahead in the first 30 minutes. Luke McCowan countered for the Honest Men before half-time but it was James McPake’s side who held on for the victory.

 

Ayr United: Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Geggan (Moore), Docherty, Kelly, Forrest (McGuffie), McCowan (Doolan), Moffat

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond

 

Admission:

Adult – £24

Concessions – £16

U18’s – £10

 

Ayr United supporters will occupy Section B of the Main stand with entry via turnstiles 31 and 32 on Sandeman Street.

 

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Jamie Adams

We are sorry to announce that today Jamie Adams has retired from football due to injury.

Jamie, who has made 104 appearances for the Honest Men over the last four and a half seasons, last featured for United at the end of August but has succumbed to the knee injury that saw him miss much of last season.

After starting his career at Kilmarnock, Jamie was forced to endure two years out of the game due to serious injury following his departure from St Johnstone in 2012 but returned to action in 2014 with South of Scotland League side Wigtown & Bladnoch, close to the family farm near Stranraer. That attracted the attention of Ian McCall, who had previously signed Jamie on loan from Killie while at Partick Thistle and Queen of the South, and handed Jamie an initial six month deal in July 2015.

A hugely important member of Ian McCall’s teams that twice won promotion to the Championship, Jamie became a cult figure amongst United supporters for his no-nonsense approach to the game.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Jamie has been a fantastic team mate since I signed for the club and as manager he is a player I would have loved to have had available to me but sadly that hasn’t been able to happen. He needs to do what is best for himself and his family now and he will always be welcome at Somerset Park.

 

Dunfermline 0 Ayr United 1

Dunfermline Athletic 0 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United started 2020 with a 0-1 win over Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday and moved up into third in the Championship table. A first-half goal from Craig Moore was enough to guarantee the Honest Men the full three points at East End Park.

 

Dunfermline had the better start to the game and created good chances from the get-go with Kyle Turner going close on more than one occasion in the opening mins.

 

On 32 mins, Greg Kiltie picked up a poor Ayr pass in midfield and sent Kevin Nisbet through for a shot on target, but Ross Doohan got a foot on it and turned the ball wide.

 

The Pars looked the more threatening side and came close again only mins later when Ryan Dow won the ball just outside the box and played it into Kiltie who saw his low effort saved by Doohan.

 

Ayr were playing good one-touch and possession football in their own half but struggled to get past Dunfermline into the final third. The hosts closed United down quickly and turned every pass that went astray into an attempt on goal for themselves.

 

However, on 38 mins and somewhat against the run of play, Ayr broke the deadlock. After a move of 25 or so passes that probed the Dunfermline backline, Alan Forrest cut in towards the Pars penalty area before taking a shot into the path of Moore who stretched out his leg to direct the ball into the net and put the Honest Men ahead at the break.

 

Dunfermline were looking for an equaliser in the second half, but United held out well and denied the hosts’ efforts, though Nisbet brought a save out of Doohan on 63 mins after a one-two with Kiltie set him up for an effort from just outside the box.

 

Ayr created a chance themselves on 70 mins when Stephen Kelly broke through the midfield and fired a low shot from 18 yards at the goal, but keeper Ryan Scully went down to block the attempt.

 

Shortly after, Moore raced forward to attempt to reach a long ball forward while Pars keeper Scully darted out to try and reach the ball first in his penalty area. Scully missed the ball completely but slammed into the Ayr striker, a tackle that was to result in Moore limping off the park to be replaced by Michael Moffat after 4 minutes of treatment. To add insult to injury, the Pars were awarded a freekick following a very late flag for offside from the assistant referee.

 

Dunfermline threw everything at Ayr in the remaining mins, but United never looked under major threat and saw the game out comfortably to take the full three points.

 

United move up into third in the table, two points ahead of Dundee and four behind Inverness.

 

Ayr are on the road again for their upcoming Championship game next Saturday when they face Dundee at Dens Park.

 

Dunfermline Athletic

Scully, Comrie, Devine, Ashcroft, Martin, Ross, Paton, Turner, Dow Nisbet, Kiltie

Substitutes: Gill (GK), Murray, Thomson, McGill, Edwards, Todd, McCann

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Bell, Muirhead, Geggan, Kelly, Kerr, Docherty, Forrest, Moore, McCowan

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Roscoe, Moffat, Doolan, McGuffie, Houston, McKenzie

 

Referee: Mike Roncone

Attendance: 3915

Dunfermline match preview

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Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 4th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick off the new decade with a trip to face Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. With three teams – including tomorrow’s hosts – just three points behind fouth placed United, Mark Kerr’s side are in need of a win to boost their promotion play-off credentials.

 

Dundee’s point in the recent Dundee derby saw them climb into third spot, a point ahead of the Honest Men while second-placed Inverness have a four point advantage.

 

Opponents: After three wins on the bounce – including a 5-1 thumping of Partick Thistle and narrow win over Ayr – Dunfermline have lost their last three games; at Dundee and Inverness and most recently at home to Alloa Athletic. Kevin Nisbit’s 20th goal of the season – and 13th in the last 10 games – quickly put the Pars back on level terms with the Wasps after Adam Brown’s opener but a Kevin O’Hara goal and Iain Flannigan penalty gave the bottom side a much needed win.

 

Team News:. Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch miss out with injury.

Mark says: “We need to get a consistency in terms of performance and there is no doubt the squad is looking stronger at the moment so we need to turn that into results. The pitch at Dunfermline will suit us and we will look to be more clinical in the final third.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LDWLL

Dunfermline Athletic: WWLLL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 37

Draws – 30

Dunfermline Athletic wins – 58

 

Previous Meeting:

Dunfermline have won both previous meetings between the sides this season by a single goal. In October, the Pars edged out the Honest Men at East End Park in a five goal thriller. Greg Kiltie opened the scoring but the sides went into half-time level after Lee Ashcroft inadvertently diverted the ball past keeper Cammy Gill. A fine Alan Forrest strike put Ayr into the lead but a spectacular Ashcroft volley and Andy Ryan goal handed Stevie Crawford’s side the victory.

 

At the start of December, a Kevin Nisbit goal was enough to give Dunfermline all three points at Somerset Park.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather

Assistant Referee 2 – David Ingram

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concessions – £14 (Over 65s, Under 18s, Full Time Students, Disabled and Unemployed)

U12’s – £6

QofS match preview

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Ayr United vs. Queen of the South

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 28th December 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United bring 2019 to a close with a home fixture against Queen of the South. Despite a strong first-half showing at Tannadice Park seven days ago, the Honest Men were comprehensively defeated by runaway league leaders Dundee United and will be looking to bring in the new year with all three points here against the Doonhamers.

 

Opponents: Queen of the South travel to Somerset Park on the back of a 2-0 win over Arbroath last weekend. Dan Pybus put Queens ahead in the first-half and the points were secured with a late Ricky Little own goal. Allan Johnston’s side lie six points adrift of the promotion play-offs in sixth place but have a game in hand on the sides around them.

 

Team News:. Andy Murdoch and Jamie Adams are out with injuries. Mark Kerr serves a one match suspension.

Mark says:”We are hugely focused on finishing the year on a high. Queens have been on a decent run and have some top players but we need to start the game the way we did last week, we need to be more clinical in the final third. Of course we need to ensure that we eradicate individual errors, it’s a really big game for us and one we are hugely looking forward to.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LLDWL

Queen of the South: WLWLW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 38

Draws – 17

Queen of the South wins – 37

 

United have scored exactly one goal in the last five matches between the sides (2 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat)

 

Previous Meeting:

Queen of the South were 3-1 winners at Palmerston Park in the last meeting between the sides, last month. Left-back Kevin Holt opened the scoring in the 18th minute with Michael Moffat equalising 20 minutes later but the Doonhamers went on to dominate the second-half, scoring through Connor Murray and Gary Oliver. United’s woes were exacerbated when forward Luke McCowan was shown a straight red card.

 

It was the Honest Men who took all three points at Somerset Park in August, Stephen Kelly with the only goal of the game.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Stewart

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6

 

Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance of kick-off to avoid queuing on matchday.

Dundee Utd 4 Ayr Utd 0

Dundee United 4 v 0 Ayr United

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Ayr suffered a frustrating 4-0 defeat to Championship leaders Dundee United on Saturday. Sam Stanton opened the scoring before Ayr were reduced to 10 men in a controversial penalty incident. Lawrence Shankland converted from the spot to double the hosts’ lead and further goals from Nicky Clark and Ian Harkes sealed victory for the home team at Tannadice Park.

Ayr had the better start to the game and dominated in the early stages with good passing and delightful one-touch football across the park.

The Honest Men looked up for it and recorded their best chance on 12 mins when Daniel Harvie sent a stinging shot from 20 yards goal-wards, but saw his effort kept out of the net by a great one-handed save from Terrors keeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Dundee United were sitting deep to defend Ayr’s attacks and didn’t create significant chances themselves. With about half an hour gone, the hosts started to look more controlled in midfield, but despite signs of improvement, Ayr kept the upper hand and remained the stronger side.

On 42 mins, however, Dundee United broke the deadlock against the run of play. Paul McMullan stole the ball from Steven Bell and cut in from the left to play it into the path of Sam Stanton who flicked in from close range and put the Tangerines 1-0 up at the break.

Dundee United had a more spirited start to the second half and now looked a real threat going forward.

On 57 mins, Stanton attempted a shot inside the box and as Mark Kerr came in to take the ball off him, both players lost their balance and went down. Referee Greg Aitken pointed to the spot. The decision appeared extremely harsh and United players surrounded the official. Daniel Harvie was booked and moments later, as Mark Kerr walked away, he was called back and given a straight red card apparently as a result of something that he had said.

Lawrence Shankland stepped up to take the penalty and slammed it into the top right-hand corner to make it 2-0 Dundee United.

Shortly after, on 61 mins, a cutback from Shankland set Nicky Clark up 8 yards out and he hit a first-time strike into the net to put the result beyond doubt.

Ayr looked rattled and the game went flat with Dundee United now in absolute cruise control.

The Terrors added a late goal to their tally on 87 mins when Stanton intercepted before Harkes broke forward to launch the ball into the net from 25 yards and seal the 4-0 victory.

Ayr now sit four points behind Inverness in the table and on equal points with Dundee but remain third on goal difference.

Next up, Ayr return to Somerset Park on Saturday where they host Queen of the South in the Championship.

 

Dundee United

Siegrist, L. Smith, Reynolds, McMullan, Clark, Stanton, Robson, Butcher, Harkes, Shankland, Watson

Substitutes: Mehmet (GK), Sporle, Connolly, C. Smith, Brown, King, Appéré

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Moore, Forrest, McCowan, Houston, Bell, Docherty, Kelly

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Roscoe, Geggan, Moffat, McGuffie, Ecrepont, McKenzie

 

Referee: Greg Aitken

Attendance: 7744

Dundee Utd match preview

Match Preview
Dundee United vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 21st December 2019. Kick-off 3pm


On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to face league leaders Dundee United. After four
games without a win, Mark Kerr’s men were boosted by a strong performance and all three
points against Alloa Athletic last week.


Opponents : Eight wins in-a-row have seen Dundee United open up a commanding 13 point
lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. No opposition player has scored against
Robbie Neilson’s side side mid-September, with Mark Reynold’s own goal for Alloa Athletic
one of only two goals that Dundee United have conceded – home or away – during their
current run.

Last Saturday saw the Tangerines make the short journey to Arbroath where Sam Stanton’s
early goal was enough to earn a victory against the Red Lichties.


Team News : Andy Murdoch, Jamie Adams and Kris Doolan miss out with injuries.


Mark says :”Dundee United are obviously on a good run and strong at home but this week we have been focusing on ourselves. We know over the last season and a half that we have the players that can hurt them so we are going there with plenty of confidence. We had a good result and performance last week and that certainly lifted everyone here. Training has been excellent this week and there is now competition for places which is something we were struggling for a few weeks ago. It makes a big difference and we have noticed it in training. It’s a big game for us and one we are hugely looking forward to.”


Championship Form :
Dundee United: WWWWW
Ayr United: LLLDW
Head to head (League) :
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 29


Saturday is the 100th meeting between the Ayr United and Dundee United/Hibernian. The
Honest Men have lost just one of the last six meetings between the clubs.

Previous Meeting :
The first meeting of the season between the sides was at Somerset Park in September and
saw the home side take all three points. Daniel Harvie opened the scoring in the 9th minute,
winning the ball in his own half before running onto a Mark Kerr through ball and slotting
under the Tangerines’ keeper Benjamin Siegrist.
Our advantage was doubled in the second-half, when Alan Forrest cut in from the left and
was brought inside the box by ex-Ayr man Liam Smith. Referee Bobby Madden pointed to
the penalty spot and Forrest made no mistake, sending Siegrist the wrong way and firing the
ball into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 2-0 to the Honest Men.

Match Officials :
Referee – Greig Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

Admission :
Adult – £24
Concessions – £12 (under 18’s and over 65s)

Ayr United supporters will be housed in the upper sections of the Fair Play Stand and enter
via turnstiles 13 and 14 on Tannadice Street. Tickets are on sale at these turnstiles.
The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the stadium. Cars will have to
park outwith the no waiting coned areas, as there is no parking facilities for supporters.
Random searching will take place for both sets of fans, surfing flags are not permitted, other
flags will be allowed in once they are checked to ensure they are neither offensive or
derogatory.
Drums are not allowed into the stadium.
Tannadice is a no smoking stadium, including e-cigarettes.

Moorey signs new deal

Ayr United are delighted to announce that Craig Moore has signed an 18 month extension to his current contract which runs until January.

The deal means that Craig will be at Somerset Park until at least the end of the 2020/21 season.

‘Moorey’ first signed for United on loan from Motherwell in 2015. Since then he has scored an impressive 51 goals in 122 appearances for the club including 27 during the title winning season 2017/18.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”It is extremely important to get this over the line because we know that others were interested in Moorey. Obviously he had a tough time with injury towards the end of last season but then he worked extremely hard over the Summer and throughout this season to be able to get back onto the pitch at the end of September. He got his first start against Morton and scored and then followed it up with a double the following week. We know what he brings to the team both on the pitch and in the dressing room and to get him tied up for 18 months means we are starting the planning for next season as well. We are only a couple of weeks away from January and are very hopeful of further strengthening the squad.”