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



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


Referee: Barry Cook

Attendance: 1605

Thank You

On the eve of the new season, Ayr United would like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help during the close season and in particular our regular volunteers who have helped massively in preparing the Stadium for the new season.

Many thanks,

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Falkirk match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Falkirk

Betfred Cup Group G
Saturday 20th July 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United return to Somerset Park for our first home game of the season, with Falkirk the visitors in Group G of the Betfred Cup.


A narrow defeat at Livingston on Tuesday night means The Honest Men are in third place in the group table, a point behind the Bairns. It’s a must win for United to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.


It has been a busy summer at the Falkirk Stadium as Ray McKinnon looks to ensure the Bairns stint in League 1 is just a brief one after their shock relegation from the Championship last season. Twenty-two players have departed the Falkirk Stadium since May, with the Bairns opening match of the Betfred Cup campaign featuring no fewer than eight debutants in the starting XI.


Former Kilmarnock, Derby County and Hearts striker Conor Sammon was on the scoresheet on match day 1 when Falkirk and Livingston ended all square at the end of 90 minutes but it was the Lions who added the bonus point with a shootout win.


Another new signing, Declan McManus, scored nine minutes in his Falkirk debut on Tuesday night at home to Stranraer in a 1-0 for the Bairns.


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

Ian says: Tuesday was a great test for us, it gave us plenty of food for thought in terms of the way we can play at certain times. Livingston are a big strong side and had a good first half but once we got a grip on the game I thought we were superb. Saturday will be another big test, Falkirk are in League One but they are a Championship team in all but name. We have a great record in this cup and we want that to continue. Hopefully we get a good crowd for our first game at Somerset.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 50

Draws – 33

Falkirk wins – 59


There have been seven meetings between the sides in the League Cup – with four of them ending all square. The most recent League Cup tie between the Honest Men and the Bairns was in September 2002 at Somerset Park and saw the visitors record their only win of the series; Lee Miller and Collin Samuel scoring for a side featuring Mark Kerr in midfield.


Last Meeting:

Jordan McGhee scored twice in the first-half the last time the two sides met, at the Falkirk Stadium in March. The Bairns were also winners at Somerset Park in January with Zak Rudden scoring the only goal of the game. United won the first two league encounters of last season.


Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Daniel McFarlane

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine



Adults – £12

Concessions – £6

(OAPs, students and under 21s)

Under 12s – Free

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Auction list for Friday


Friday 19th July 2019 – 7pm – Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite
All lots have been kindly donated by various businesses and individuals to raise funds for
Ayr United Football Club

All lots will be auctioned and sold to the highest bidder unless the reserve price set for certain items has not been met.
Successful bidders will be asked to complete an auction acceptance form with payment details to be given.

Bidding is open now so please email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk if you are interested in any of the items. 


LOT 1 – FITNESS CLASS WITH T&M FITNESS – Fitness class for yourself and NINE friends at Somerset Park. A one hour class led by our very own Michael Moffat and Ayr United Football Academy’s Thomas Donavon.

LOT 2 – AYR UNITED AWAY GAME PACKAGE – Be the guests of the directors at an away game during the 2019/20 season which will include travel on the team bus. This is for 2 people.

LOT 3 – WINE TASTING FOR EIGHT – Kindly donated by Corney & Barrow, Academy St Ayr. This is a voucher for up to 8 guests and starts off with a glass of fizz on arrival, a full tour of their eighteenth century cellars followed by wine tasting of anything between 6 and 8 different wines. This will last between 90 mins and 2 hours.

LOT 4 – ONE NIGHT STAY FOR TWO AT ANY MERCURE HOTEL IN THE UK – 1 night’s bed and breakfast at any Mercure Hotel within the Jupiter Portfolio in the UK. A choice of 29 hotels including London, Manchester, Glasgow etc.

LOT 5 – PENALTY SHOOT OUT PACKAGE – You and five friends will have the opportunity to take part in your own half time penalty kick competition at Somerset Park. Package is for any league match during this season and includes a bar meal and a prize for the winner.


LOT 6 – FURYS BOOTH TABLE PACKAGE – Entry for up to 6 people at Furys Nightclub in Ayr. Includes a bottle of vodka or pink gin and a jug of mixers. Also includes a jug of cocktails and queue jump for all.

LOT 7 – A.D.RATTRAY’S WHISKY EXPERIENCE & SHOP – WHISKY TASTING FOR TWO – During a tasting session you will have exclusive use of the tasting room. A dedicated tasting host will guide you through the sampling of a stunning range of scotch whiskies while you sit around the beautiful antique table.

LOT 8 – BOARDROOM GUEST AT AYR UNITED – Matchday guest of the board of directors for two people. Includes boardroom hospitality and seats in the directors box. Available for a league match during the 2019/20 season.

LOT 9 – 6 LIGHT METAL BLACK FRAME PENDANT BAR WITH COPPER DETAIL – Add instant style with this 6 light matt black and copper wire frame bar pendant. The 6 lights shine downwards from candle style holders and suit being in a kitchen or dining room. Combining wire and copper is very on trend. Kindly donated by Crown St Lighting.





LOT 10 – COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE MASTERCLASS WITH 2 COURSE MEAL FOR 6 PEOPLE AT ASK – Learn all the tricks from their very own in house mixologist. He will show you 6 cocktails and you will learn about all the techniques and tastes. You will then get to make all the cocktails you have been shown and enjoy a two course meal.

LOT 11 – 70cl BOTTLE OF BALVENIE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY – ONE OFF. David Stewart MBE, the longest serving Malt Master of any distillers in the entire whisky industry has donated this completely unique prize. David has drawn a 70cl bottle from a 2nd fill Spanish Oak sherry cask filled in 1996. The bottle will be at cask strength. This will be the only bottle in the world available from this cask. To top it off it will be signed by David himself.

LOT 12 – HOSPITALITY FOR 10 AT AYR UNITED – Match day hospitality for 10 guests at any league game this season (subject to availability) and will include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, view the match from private box, half time fayre and £100 bar tab.

LOT 13 – PERSONAL TRAINING FOR 6 WITH T&M FITNESS – Michael Moffat and Thomas Donavon will take yourself and five friends for an hour long personal training session at Somerset Park.

LOT 14 – 4 BALL AT PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT. – Kindly donated by Jim Jess, Club Secretary. A round of golf for 4 people at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club.

LOT 15 – HUGE OLD BADGE – A special item as we auction a huge version of our original badge which was in our offices until we were forced to change.








LOT 16 – VINYL BOOTH TABLE PACKAGE – Entry for up to 10 people and includes a bottle of vodka and shots as well as a jug of mixers. Also includes 2 jugs of cocktails and queue jump for all the group.


LOT 17 – HIGH END SUV FOR WEEKEND FROM INGRAM MOTORING – The Ingram Motoring Group will supply a high end SUV for a weekend, the car would be available from Friday afternoon until Monday morning. The insurance will be covered by Ingram. All drivers must be over 25 years of age and have a clean driving licence. Mileage restricted to 500 over the period.

Turnstile Operators 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 below:

  • Must be over 18
  • Must have cash handling experience
  • Have worked with the general public
  • Must be able to work under pressure.

 Successful candidates will:

  • Have full training beforehand
  • Be paid the living wage
  • Have food and refreshments after cashing up
  • Gain entry to the game after cashing up

Livingston preview & ticket info

Match Preview
Livingston vs. Ayr United

Betfred Cup Group G
Tuesday 16th July 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United travel to the Tony Macaroni Arena to take on Premiership side Livingston in Group G of the Betfred Cup.


After comfortably seeing off Lowland League opponents Berwick Rangers 7-0 on Saturday, a win in West Lothian could see United take a big step in the direction of qualification for the next round of the competition for a fourth consecutive year, with games against Falkirk and Stranraer at Somerset Park coming up. Gary Holt’s side, however, are sure to prove a much sterner test for the Honest Men, who could come up against two familiar faces among the Livi ranks.


Livingston opened up their Betfred Cup campaign at the Falkirk Stadium where a late Connor Sammon goal denied them all three points. Former Queen of the South striker Lyndon Dykes had given his new club the lead on his debut in the first-half. Livi went on take the bonus point with four successful spot kicks and two saves by their Montenegrin U21 goalkeeper Matija Sarkin, signed on loan from Aston Villa last month.


After consecutive promotions from League 1 and the Championship, Livingston comfortably retained their Premiership status last season, eventually finishing in ninth position despite an early managerial change seeing Gary Holt take over from Kenny Miller.


Tonight could see competitive debuts in amber for Robbie Crawford and Nicky Devlin, two players with over 350 appearances for the Honest Men between them. Robbie moved to Almondvale after a 10 year association with United this summer, while former club captain Devlin returns to Scotland after two seasons with Walsall.


Much of the Lions’ recent success has been built on the no-nonsense foundations of a back-three consisting of Craig Halkett, Declan Gallagher and Alan Lithgow, however, the summer has seen Halkett and Gallagher move on to Hearts and Motherwell respectively. French centre-back Cece Pepe, who started his career with Paris St Germain and Marseille before spells in Ukranian and Italian football, partnered another former Ayr player Alan Lithgow – now Livi club captain – in a two-man centre-back partnership on Saturday.

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

Ian says: “Of course we were delighted with the result on Saturday, scoring 7 goals is never easy. We are well aware that tougher tests will lie in wait but the team were excellent, played a lot of good football and scored some terrific goals. At the end of the day you can only beat the team in front of you. This is now a completely different challenge, against a very good Premiership side. They have good players and a good manager so we go in as underdogs but of course we will give it our best shot and look to get at them.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 21

Draws – 13

Livingston wins – 18


The Honest Men have won each of the last five meetings between the sides, with four of those fixtures played during 2012.


Last Meeting:

Ayr and Livi were paired in Group G of the Betfred Cup in 2016, having swapped divisions the previous season. Championship Ayr ended up 2-0 winners on the night courtesy of Peter Murphy’s goal of the season strike from range and a second goal from substitute Craig McGuffie.


Team: Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, Murphy (McGuffie), Crawford, Docherty (Wardrope), Adams, Donald, Cairney, Thomas (O’Connell).


Match Officials:
Referee – William Collum

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Stewart

Assistant Referee 2 – Andrew McWilliam



Adults – £12

Concessions – £6

(OAPs, students and under 21s)

Under 12s – Free


United fans will be seated in Section A1 of the Imperial Cars West Stand and should enter via turnstyles 1 & 2, which are to the south end of the Main Stand at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the Livingston ticket office.

Berwick 0 Ayr Utd 7

Berwick Rangers 0 v 7 Ayr United

by AUmedia

United travelled down to England to open their BetFred account with a thumping seven-goal victory against Berwick Rangers. Ayr fans made up the bulk of the 603 in attendance and basked in the sunshine as The Honest Men put on a display of dominant and attractive attacking football that left newly re-signed keeper Ross Doohan as much of a spectator as those on the terraces throughout the 90 mins. At the other end, if it wasn’t for a string of first-class saves from the Wee Gers’ on form keeper Sean Brennan, United would probably have hit double figures.


Manager Ian McCall was satisfied with the club’s first competitive outing of the season commenting ‘we had 4, 5 or 6 ballplayers on the pitch at one time, and some of the passing, movement and skills was just great to watch.’ Up front, Ayr were well served by Moffat and Doolan, each grabbing a couple, and the defence was solid and rarely troubled, but it was the attacking midfield that really caught the eye. McCowan and McGuffie filled the wide roles and tortured the full backs, while Kerr acted as midfield general, dictating and directing the forward movement. The powerhouse role was filled by debutant Stephen Kelly will who covered every blade of grass, tackling, marking, pressing, passing and making himself available to receive. ‘He made the game look very easy,’ stated McCall, ‘he was outstanding, as was Luke McCowan’.


United showed their intentions early on and on 6 mins came close when McGuffie struck a delicious curling shot from the edge of the box only to see keeper Brennan pull off a first-class save at the top corner and touch the ball wide. From the resultant corner, Doolan’s header was cleared off the line.

A determined Berwick did well to keep United out until the 20th min when Moffat struck. A precise one-two between Kerr and McGuffie allowed Kerr to break towards the Berwick Half. Kerr’s crossfield pass found McCowan who then found Doolan on his right. Doolan the slipped the ball behind the defenders and into the penalty area where Moffat stroked home. A superb goal with which to start the season.


6 mins later, Ayr went 2 up. A corner from the left was nodded by Muirhead to his right towards McCowan at the edge of the box. McCowan, without letting the looping delivery hit the deck, swung his foot through the ball and fired an unstoppable drive into the back of the net.

Ayr continued to press and on 34 mins, after some wonderful interplay through midfield, McGuffie on the left clipped the ball into the box where Doolan ducked down to direct the ball into the net with his head. Dools had opened his account for Ayr. 0 – 3.


60 seconds later and United had taken a 4-goal lead. Geggan refused to let defender Kevin Waugh settle on a ball passed to him in the penalty box. Geggan dispossessed him, drove to the line and cut back to Moffat who beat Brennan from close range.


Berwick were under the cosh and couldn’t afford to make any mistakes at the back, but on 41 mins that was exactly what they did. A slack pass forward from the edge of the box was intercepted by McGuffie, who made his way into the box before slamming the ball past Brennan at his near post. 0 -5.


The Halftime whistle couldn’t have come quickly enough for Berwick who made good use of their time and re-organised, making themselves a better defensive entity with the ability to attack on the break for the second half: but it was not to be enough.

Ayr grabbed their 6th goal in 69 mins. Kelly delightfully clipped the ball forward down the left wing into the path of Harvie who had rocketed forward. The left-back then picked out McCown who had moved into the box where from 7-yards out he steered the ball into the net.


The 7th and final goal didn’t come until the 85th min but was one which had fans bamboozled by a bizarre optical illusion. Substitute David Ferguson came forward at pace down the right-hand side and was found by McCowan. The full-back delivered an enticing low curving ball into the 6-yard box which Doolan slid in to meet. At that moment, some boys behind the goals kicked a ball high and away making it look for all intents and purposes that Dools had missed, but this was not the case. The ball had been stopped by Doolan, it had rolled under him, and as others just stood and watched he wriggled and knocked the ball forward and over the line.


The second half had also allowed Ayr to give some of the bench a chance to shine (Ferguson, Forrest, and Ross) and they didn’t disappoint. Frank Ross, on his first competitive appearance for Ayr, showed enough to suggest that Aberdeen are right to highly rate the midfielder.

Next up for Ayr, a journey to Livingston on Tuesday to meet Premiership opponents in the BetFred Cup.


Berwick Rangers

Brennan, Lumsden, Cook, Waugh, Forster, E. Smith, A. Smith, Wright, Barr, Windram, Healy Substitutes: Fletcher (GK), Purves, Jack, Rose, Chalmers


Ayr United

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


Referee: Scott Lambie

Attendance: 603

Doohan Returns

Ross Doohan has tonight penned a new one year deal, on loan from Celtic, for the 2019/20 season.

Manager Ian McCall said :”Obviously this was a deal I knew I wanted to happen from early last season. Ross integrated himself to Ayr United and he was an absolute credit to himself, his family and to Celtic Football Club. He still has improvement in him but considering last season was his first full season as a number one his performances were remarkable for a young goalkeeper. We are delighted to get the deal over the line and Ross will go straight into the squad for tomorrows game.”

Ross played 47 times for the club last season and quickly established himself as a fans favourite. He also came very close to beating the clubs long standing shut out record with 20 over the course of the season. He won every fans Young Player award at the end of season Player of the Year event. Ross goes straight into the squad for tomorrows Betfred Cup opener at Berwick.

Berwick match preview

Match Preview
Berwick Rangers vs. Ayr United
Betfred Cup Group G
Saturday 13th July 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United kick off the 2019/20 season with a trip south of the border to face Berwick Rangers in Group G of the Betfred Cup.

Since they were reintroduced in 2016, United have an exemplary record in the group stages of the revamped League Cup, winning 11 of 12 games. Last season saw the Honest Men record wins over Morton, Albion Rovers, Stenhousemuir and Partick Thistle, eventually losing out in the quarter-finals of the competition at Ibrox. That set the tone for a successful Championship campaign and Ian McCall will be looking for progression once more, from an albeit tough looking Group G.

The Honest Men begin life without prolific striker Lawrence Shankland; while Liam Smith, Michael Rose, Robbie Crawford and Declan McDaid have also moved on, but have recruited highly talented youngsters on loan from Aberdeen and Rangers – alongside experienced forward Kris Doolan.

Berwick Rangers lost their league status last season after 68 years in the Scottish Football League/Scottish Professional Football League with a 7-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of Highland League title winners Cove Rangers in a play-off. Now a Lowland League side, they will be hoping to steer a path back into League 2 under the direction of Ian Little, who returns to the club for a second spell in charge at Shielfield Park.

The Wee Gers have lost all 12 of their group stage games in the Betfred Cup over the past three seasons and failed to score a goal in last year’s competition.

Team News: Craig Moore and Jamie Adams miss out through injury.

Ian says: “We will not treat any game lightly, last season showed us exactly what can happen in cup competition if you are not completely on your game. We have done well in the group stage in the past years and that’s exactly what we will be looking to do again. Pre season has gone well and we just cant wait to get stuck into the competitive action.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 40
Draws – 11
Berwick Rangers wins – 12

The Tweedsiders recorded home and away wins over the Honest Men in the second-half of the 2004/05 season but United are unbeaten in the six games since, including two at Shielfield Park.

Last Meeting:
The last meeting between the sides came in the League Cup 11 years ago, at Somerset Park. David Greenhill scored an early goal for the visitors but goals from Alex Williams and Chris Aitken before half-time saw United progress to the next round.

Team: Grindlay; Keenan, Easton, Walker, Campbell; Aitken, Stevenson, Borris, Agnew; Williams, Prunty (Gormley).

Match Officials:
Referee – Scott Lambie
Assistant Referee 1 – Jonathan Bell
Assistant Referee 2 – Michael Addy

Adults – £12
Concessions – £6
(OAPs, students and under 21s)
Under 12s – Free
(must be accompanied by an adult)