Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Arbroath vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 22nd February 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make a long-awaited return to Championship action with an away trip to Arbroath. The Honest Men’s 1-1 draw at Firhill three weeks ago was our previous league outing prior to a narrow Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of St. Johnstone and last weekend’s postponement.

 

Both Ayr and Arbroath could have the opportunity to go second in the league table – if Inverness Caledonian Thistle are defeated by Dundee United in tonight’s (Friday) fixture at Tannadice. For Mark Kerr’s men the game kicks off a busy schedule of seven games in three weeks.

Opponents: Dick Campbell’s side are enjoying an impressive season in the Championship after succeeding the Honest Men as League 1 champions last year. The Angus club occupy the final promotion play-off spot, albeit both fifth placed Dundee and Dunfermline have a game in hand.

 

The Red Lichties have won their last three Championship games although sandwiched between wins at home to Partick Thistle and away to leaders Dundee United was a Scottish Cup replay reverse at the hands of Falkirk. Last weekend saw Arbroath defeat Queen of the South 2-0 at Gayfield.

 

January signings Craig Wighton, on loan from Hearts, and Dale Hilson have made an immediate impact with Scotland U21 striker Wighton netting the winning goals against Thistle and Dundee United and ex-Forfar frontman Hilson scoring against former club Queen of the South on Saturday. Nineteen-year-old Logan Chalmers, added on loan from Dundee United, further strengthens Arbroath’s attacking options.

 

Team News: Craig Moore, Andy Geggan, Andy Murdoch and Ross Docherty are out with injuries. Aaron Muirhead misses out through suspension.

Mark says: “It was disappointing to have the game called off last week so we had the boys in and trained on Saturday and training has been at a really high quality all week, everyone is desperate to get back out there. We now have a really busy period of games however players will always say they prefer games to training so they are looking forward to it. It gives us an opportunity to use the squad and with a couple of good results early we could really build up the momentum.”

League Form:

Ayr United: LLWWD

Arbroath: LLWWW

 

Head to head (at Gayfield):

Ayr United wins – 21

Draws – 16

Arbroath wins – 15

 

United are unbeaten on their last six visits to Gayfield (four wins and a draw).

Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: United Midfielder Stephen Kelly has netted in both meetings between the sides this season. In September, his 27th minute strike rounded off a 3-0 win for the Honest Men at Gayfield after Alan Forrest’s quickfire double. In December, his wind assisted corner opened the scoring at Somerset Park but Michael McKenna’s penalty levelled the scores in difficult conditions.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland

Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie Cockburn

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Admission:

£18 – Adults

£10 – Concessions (Child, Students, OAP 65+, Disability Entry with a free carer)

£20 – Adult and Child Gate

Connor Malley signs

Mark Kerr has made a deadline day move by signing highly rated Middlesbrough midfielder Connor Malley to the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

Mark said :”Connor is one of Middlesbrough’s top prospects and is very close to breaking into their first team. I have been down to see him several times and he is a very exciting attacking midfielder. He travels well with the ball, goes by players and is a goal threat. Now this gives us really good depth in the middle of the park and I am delighted to get this over the line”

Partick match preview

Match Preview
Partick Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Friday 31st January 2020. Kick-off 7.05pm

Tonight (Friday), Ayr United have the opportunity to go second in the Championship table when they take on botton-of-the-league Partick Thistle in Glasgow. The Honest Men travel to Firhill on the back of three consecutive 1-0 victories, most recently at home to Inverness. It is set to be a busy day for player-manager Mark Kerr, who will also be looking to further strengthen his squad ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

Opponents: Partick Thistle slumped to the foot of the table on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at Arbroath. Brian Graham scored a 90th minute goal on his Partick Thistle debut but first-half strikes from McKenna and Wighton condemned the Jags to their third consecutive defeat after losses to Celtic in the Scottish Cup and a 4-1 reverse at the hand of leaders Dundee United last time out in the league.

Ian McCall has been busy in the transfer market this month with no fewer than 15 players either leaving or joining Thistle in recent weeks. High profile departures include Sean McGinty, Gary Harkins and Kenny Miller. Darian McKinnon – once on loan at Somerset Park – has been brought in from Hamilton Accies to stiffen up the Jags midfield, Zak Rudden joins Brian Graham in providing striking options while Darren Brownlie will hope to help out a defence that is yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.

 

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

Mark says: :”There is no doubt we are playing with confidence just now, that comes naturally when you win games and keep clean sheets. However just because it has been three 1-0 wins doesn’t mean we have stopped playing football, far from it. The boys are really looking forward to the game tonight, of course there is an extra wee edge to it but our focus all week has been on ourselves. Training has been top class and it always helps getting some new faces in to add competition. It is a big game and hopefully we have a really big away support making a lot of noise!”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: WLLWW

Partick Thistle: LWDLL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 50

Draws – 30

Partick Thistle wins – 57

 

United have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides since the start of last season and four-in-a-row at Firhill.

 

Previous Meeting:

Ayr ran out 4-1 winners on Ian McCall’s return to Somerset Park in November. Craig Moore and Michael Moffat had Ayr two in front after 20 minutes, with Moore again and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet in the second-half before Joe Cardle’s late consolation.

 

The Honest Men were also winners at Firhill earlier in the season. United twice came from behind to run out 3-2 winners in a game that saw Thistle end with 9 men.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concessions (Over 65 & Students) – £15

U16’s – £5

 

Away fans will be housed in the north end of the Jackie Husband Stand entering the stadium via turnstiles 40 and 41 only.

 

There is a cash gate for Ayr United supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

 

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.

 

Scottish Cup Ticket Information

Scottish Cup 4th Round – Season 2019/20

Ayr United vs Ross County

For the upcoming fixture in the Scottish Cup against Ross County, the prices are as follows:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65’s / 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 will 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.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

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

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 game rearranged

Our game with Dunfermline, originally scheduled for Saturday 16th November has been rearranged due to International call ups.

The game will now take place at Somerset Park on Tuesday 3rd December with a 7.45pm kick off.

Morton 2 Ayr Utd 3

Greenock Morton 2 v 3 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United got their Championship campaign back on track with a 2-3 victory over Greenock Morton on Tuesday night. Jack Baird opened the scoring for the hosts in the second half but saw his effort immediately cancelled out by Craig Moore. Luke McCowan briefly put Ayr one ahead only for Bob McHugh to equalise again before a goal from Craig McGuffie sealed

three points for the Honest Men at Cappielow.

The opening half saw a scrappy game in which Morton were the more composed side and looked more likely to score, but both teams failed to make many clear-cut chances. It took the hosts 43 mins to create a major chance. Reece Lyon beat Ross Docherty at the edge of the Ayr penalty area and flicked the ball forward to Cameron Salkeld who smashed it towards the goal, but Ross Doohan tipped it over the bar at the top left-hand corner and the half time whistle blew at 0-0.

What the first half had been lacking came thick and fast in the second set of 45 mins.

Morton opened the scoring on 47 mins through a set-piece. A corner from the left came in and Stephen Welsh headed it on to Bob McHugh who hit the post from six yards. As Ayr failed to clear, Jack Baird slid in to meet the rebound and pushed it over the line to give the hosts the lead.

Morton’s joy was short-lived as Ayr equalised swiftly, only 3 mins later. Michael Moffat picked up a misplaced header on the left wing and passed into the middle for Jordan Houston. Houston played the ball forward into the penalty area where a defensive mix up allowed Craig Moore to collect, cut in and lift it over keeper Sam Ramsbottom and into the net.

United found the back of the net again on 55 mins. A one-two between Docherty and Sam Roscoe following allowed Stephen Kelly to break forward and play a pass that set Luke McCowan up 30 yards out. McCowan made short work of it and spectacularly curled the ball past Ramsbottom into the top right-hand corner.

Ayr’s lead didn’t last long as it was now Morton’s turn for a quick equaliser. On 61 mins, the ball stuck between Ross Docherty’s legs allowing McHugh to nip in and steal it, break into the box and drill a powerful shot under Ross Doohan from 16 yards to level the game.

The match was now an explosive end to end affair where both sides looked threatening and likely to score again.

It was the visitors that found what turned out to be a decisive goal on 78 mins. Daniel Harvie intercepted a pass in his own half and played it forward to free McCowan down the left wing. A great run saw McCowan break into the box and Ramsbottom did well to initially tip his effort away. However, Morton failed to clear, and the rebound fell to substitute Craig McGuffie who hit it home from close range and Ayr were leading once again.

Morton were pressing for another equaliser and were threatening going forward while United themselves looked likely to add another one to their tally at the other end. On 92 mins United went close. A one-two between Alan Forrest and Kris Doolan set Forrest up for a run down the left wing to the edge of the box from where he hit a shot at the goal, but Ramsbottom did well to tip it over the bar.

Despite both sides attacking, Ayr saw the game out and brought the 2-3 advantage home for their first win under new manager Mark Kerr.

Ayr remain second in the league, three points behind table-toppers Dundee United and one ahead of Inverness in third.

Next up, the Honest Men are back home at Somerset Park where they welcome Partick Thistle in the Championship.

 

Greenock Morton

Ramsbottom, Welsh, Grant, Jacobs, McAlister, Muirhead, McHugh, Salkeld, Strapp, Lyon, Baird Substitutes: Rogers (GK), McLean, Millar, Nesbitt, Sutton, Livingstone, King

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Roscoe, Moffat, Moore, Forrest, McCowan, Houston, Docherty, Kelly Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Geggan, Doolan, McGuffie, Ecrepont, McKenzie

 

Referee: Colin Steven

Attendance: 1431

Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 19th October 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Championship football resumes after the international break with Ayr United
making the trip to face Dunfermline Athletic.


It is a chance to get back on track for the Honest Men, who fell to just their second league
defeat of the season last time out against Inverness. That defeat, coupled with Alloa
Athletic’s victory over Dundee United, meant Ayr missed the opportunity to open up a three
point advantage over the Tangerines. Ayr and Dundee United remain locked at the top of the
Championship table on 18 points, with Inverness a further two points behind.


Interim management team Sandy Stewart, Mark Kerr and Kenny Brannigan will again be in
charge for the game at East End Park ahead of the announcement of a permanent
managerial appointment early next week.


Opponents : Alloa’s win over Dundee United a fortnight ago saw Dunfermline fall to ninth
place in the league table, after the Pars were held to a 1-1 draw at Greenock Morton. Andy
Ryan’s 87th minute goal looked to have secured all three points for Stevie Crawford’s side
but a late, late Jim McAllister goal earned the Ton a draw.


McAllister’s late goal denied Dunfermline just a second win in their last 16 league fixtures,
stretching back to last season. The Pars last home win in the league was over seven months
ago, in which time they have taken just two points from a possible 24. Holding on to a lead
has proven difficult for the Fife side this campaign; they have been ahead in five games this
season but gone on to win just one – a 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Kevin Nisbet – who scored 34 goals for Raith Rovers last season – is Dunfermline’s main
attacking threat, alongside Greg Kiltie. The on loan Kilmarnock forward scored against
United last season while on loan at Morton. Young midfielder Kyle Turner has also
impressed since his summer switch from Stranraer.

Team News : Jamie Adams, Steven Bell, Andy Murdoch and Frank Ross are out with injuries.


Sandy says : We would have liked a game last weekend after losing against Inverness so we are really looking forward to getting out there and getting back on a good run again. Training has been excellent and the boys have worked extremely hard. Of course the result was disappointing last time out but we had plenty of chances, the kind of which we have been putting away recently. We know we have plenty of goals in us but we also know how difficult every game in this league is.

Form :
Ayr United: WWWWL
Dunfermline: LLWDD

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 37
Draws – 30
Dunfermline wins – 56
United are unbeaten in their last four visits to East End Pak.

Previous Meeting :
Declan McDaid’s first-half strike was enough to earn the Honest Men all three points when
the sides last met, at East End Park in March.

Ayr United: Doohan, Smith , Harvie, Rose , Bell; Kerr, Murdoch, McDaid (Docherty), Crawford;
Shankland (Miller) , Moffat.
Dunfermline: Scully, Williamson, J. Longridge , Ashcroft, Devine; Vincent (Todd), Beadling,
Thomson ( Craigen ), Higginbotham (El-Bakhtaoui); L. Longridge, Anderson .
( Players in italics are no longer with the club )

Match Officials :
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Derek Kirkland
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

Admission :
Adults – £20
Concessions – £14
Under 12 – £6

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Arbroath vs. Ayr United

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

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Arbroath looking to make it five wins in a row in the Championship.

 

The Honest Men followed up a dominant performance and three points at home to Dundee United a fortnight ago with an exhilarating display of football at Alloa which saw us take a four-goal lead into half-time last weekend. Interim management team Sandy Stewart, Mark Kerr and Kenny Brannigan will be hoping for ‘business as usual’ at Gayfield against a streetwise Arbroath side.

 

Opponents: The League 1 champions have made a good start to life in the Championship with eight points from their six games so far to lie in fifth position. Dick Campbell’s side are unbeaten at home, with victory over Dunfermline and draws against Queen of the South and Partick Thistle, a match in which they could have won but for a questionable offside call.

 

Last time out, Dick Campbell’s side looked on course to shock Dundee United at Tannadice when Luke Donnelly put the Red Lichties one goal ahead but two late Lawrence Shankland goals ensured the Terrors remained top of the table, albeit by just one goal.

 

United Interim boss Sandy Stewart’s son Scott is one of seven new signings made by Arbroath over the summer but Campbell’s side has largely settled look, especially the back-four of Thomson, Hamilton, Little and O’Brien. Forward Bobby Linn is enjoying a career renaissance. The 33-year-old scored 23 goals last season and is one of a number of experience options in attack.

 

Team News: Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Steven Bell, Craig McGuffie and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.

Sandy says: “We have had a good weeks training, the boys have worked extremely hard and never taken the focus off tomorrows game. We are in good form and after the last two performances there is plenty of confidence in the dressing room. We are fully aware of how difficult it will be tomorrow. Dick Campbell always has his teams well organised but this Arbroath team have plenty of quality about them and their good start to the season is no surprise to us at all. Hopefully we have a good support there getting behind us from the off as we look to stay at the top end of the table.”

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 55

Draws – 20

Arbroath wins – 28

 

The Honest Men are unbeaten in their last five visits to Arbroath while Michael Moffat has 13 goals in 14 appearances against the Red Lichties, including 11 in 6 at Gayfield.

 

Last Match:

Craig McGuffie came off the bench to score a late equaliser in challenging conditions at Gayfield in the last meeting between Ayr and Arbroath. Danny Denholm had put the home side ahead in the midweek encounter in March last year before McGuffie’s 86th minute strike.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Grant Irvine

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions (Child, Students, OAP 65+, Disability Entry with a free carer) – £10

Adult & Child – £20