Volunteer request

As we approach the close season, the club is looking for additional volunteers to carry out necessary maintenance work within and around the stadium.

The work would be predominately painting and weeding.

If interested please forward your name, email address, phone number, and days of the week you could perhaps work, to Roy Provan, Safety and Stadium Manager.  stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Parking reminder

A reminder to supporters NOT to park in residents parking bays in Somerset Gardens on matchdays. Thank you

Play off dates and pricing

We are now able to confirm the dates and pricing for the Premiership Playoffs which begin next week.

Pricing for our the home leg of our playoff with Inverness is as follows

Adult – £12,

Concession (OAP, Under 21 & Student) – £6

Under 12s – FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)

LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP PLAY-OFFS

** Tuesday May 7 or Wednesday May 8, 2019
Premiership play-off quarter-final, 1st leg 
4th in Championship v 3rd in Championship
** Tuesday May 7 if Ayr United finish fourth 
** Wednesday May 8 if Inverness CT finish fourth

Saturday May 11, 2019
Premiership play-off quarter-final, 2nd leg
3rd in Championship v 4th in Championship

Tuesday May 14, 2019
Premiership play-off semi-final, 1st leg 
3rd or 4th in Championship v 2nd in Championship (Dundee United)
Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Friday May 17, 2019
Premiership play-off semi-final, 2nd leg
2nd in Championship (Dundee United) v 3rd or 4th in Championship
Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Thursday May 23, 2019
Premiership play-off final, 1st leg 
2nd or 3rd or 4th in Championship v 11th in Premiership
Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Sunday May 26, 2019
Premiership play-off final, 2nd leg
11th in Premiership v 2nd or 3rd or 4th in Championship
Live on BT Sport, kick-off 3.00pm

Forrest signs new deal

Alan Forrest has today signed a new deal which keeps him at Somerset Park to at least the end of the 2019/20 season.

Manager Ian McCall said “I am delighted to get Alan signed up, in the first half of the season he was crucial for us and showed what he is capable of and he has been extremely unlucky with injuries since. He will be a very important player for us next season.”

Alan said “It has been a really frustrating time with injury after starting the season pretty well. Of course I am pleased to get the deal signed for next season and my full focus is getting match fit again.”

Partick match preview

Match Preview
Partick Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 27th April 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United can take a step closer to securing their highest league finish for 16 years when they travel to Glasgow to face Partick Thistle. Ian McCall’s men didn’t have long to wait to avenge defeat at the hands of the manager’s former side and will be going all out to secure all three points at Firhill in the battle for third place in the Championship.

Opponents:Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell has been maintaining that the league table doesn’t matter but Jags fans will no doubt be aware that their win at Somerset Park on Tuesday night lifted them up to 6th place, five points ahead of bottom side Falkirk with two games to go. Thistle can guarantee they avoid 10th place – and all but ensure their Championship safety – with a win on Saturday, potentially avoiding a nervy 90 minutes versus fellow strugglers Queen of the South on the final day of the season. 

Form:

Ayr United – LWLLL

Partick Thistle – WDDWW


Team News: Craig Moore, Lawrence Shankland, Nicky Cadden, Steven Bell and Jamie Adams are out with injuries. Ross Docherty is suspended.

Ian says: Tuesday night was very disappointing in terms of the performance and we will certainly be looking for better tomorrow. We have quite a few players out and of course a big focus is getting them fit for a week on Tuesday however we have two games left and two wins should ensure we finish third and would be a very positive way to head into the playoffs.”

Head to head (at Firhill):
Ayr United wins – 18

Draws – 14

Partick Thistle wins – 37

On this day: United have a healthy 63.2% win rate on April 27th but did lose 5-1 away to Thistle on this date in 1951. 

Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Stewart
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions – £15

Under 16s – £5

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Ayr Utd 0 Partick 1

An injury depleted Ayr United lost out 0-1 to relegation contenders Partick Thistle on Tuesday night in the first of their double header as the league comes to a close.

With Shankland still recovering from his recent knock, striking duties were left to Moffat and Miller this time around.

Partick looked like a team fighting for their lives as they pressured Ayr right from the start, but Ayr looked solid at the back with Rose and Muirhead, along with Liam Smith at right back.

The visitors had their first real opportunity in the 7th minute as Shea Gordon, breaking at speed from midfield, bore down Aaron Muirhead who backed away, gave Muirhead the eye, went the opposite way and when it looked easier for him to score he ballooned the ball over the bar from 15 yards out.

They didn’t have to wait too long before they managed to get the breakthrough they were seeking.   Thistle worked the ball through midfield then sprayed the ball to the left hand side followed by a long ball into the box where it was palmed away by Doohan only to fall to the feet of Gordon who fired the shot in to the top left hand corner of the net from 15 yards out. 0-1 Thistle with 16 minutes on the clock.

Spurred on by the goal, Thistle continued to press Ayr hard who were already beginning to look tired and slow to react going forward. Thistle were forced to make a substation on 33 minutes as Scott Macdonald having picked up a head knock earlier on was replaced by Chris Doolan.

Ayr had a shout for a penalty in the 40th minute as Daniel Harvie was bundled to the ground in the box by Aidan Fitzpatrick, but referee Newlands saw nothing amiss and waved play on, but replays showed there was no contact with the ball by the defender and Ayr had been denied an opportunity to level the scores.

The second half saw Ayr come out with a bit more desire and a change in line-up as Nicky Cadden was replaced by Declan McDaid. Both he and Moffat were getting a bit more penetration in to the Thistle box but were unable to convert any chances to solid strikes as Thistle set themselves up to defend in numbers and only to play on the counter-attack as they looked to hold on to their one goal advantage.

The whole game ground to a close with no further scoring and with Ayr being denied numerous legitimate free kicks claims as the referee seemed content to let the game flow rather than stopping and starting the action.

Thistle are now unbeaten in five consecutive games, and with the bottom of the league being so tight, move in to 6th position and out of immediate danger, while Ayr retained third position above Inverness Caledonian Thistle on goal difference alone.

Speaking after the game, manager McCall noted that he has to make the decisions as to whether they go out to win a couple of matches or concentrate on the guaranteed play-off games coming up, and with six players out due to injury this makes the selection even harder.

Next up for Ayr is the second part of the double header as we travel to Firhill to face Thistle again which should be an interesting game given this result.

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Kerr, Rose, Moffat, Crawford, Murdoch, Smith, Cadden, Miller, Muirhead

Subs: Hare-Reid, Forrest, McDaid, Ecrepont, McCowan, Geggan

Partick Thistle

Sneddon, Elliot, Penrice, Anderson, McGinty, Bannigan, McDonald, Harkings, Gordon, Fitzpatrick, Cardle

Subs: Hazard, Spittal, Doolan, Slater, Storey, Mansell, Saunders

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance: 2429

Partick match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Partick Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United and Partick Thistle face off at Somerset Park in the first of a double-header that could have huge implications at the bottom of the Championship table. United travel to Firhill for the return fixture on Saturday, with Gary Caldwell’s side desperate to make their game-in-hand tonight on their relegation rivals count before the final two games of the season. 

Ian McCall’s men clinched a top four spot at the weekend despite losing to champions-elect Ross County on Friday night. Dunfermline Athletic’s loss at Queen of the South coupled with Dundee United’s win over Inverness means it is between Ayr and Caley for third and fourth place in the table ahead of the Premiership play-off quarter-final between the sides next month.

Opponents:Thistle picked up a huge three points on Saturday, coming from behind to defeat Alloa Athletic at Firhill with second-half goals from Joe Cardle and Scott McDonald. That extended the Jags’ unbeaten run to four games and was a sixth goal in 11 appearances for veteran Aussie striker and media pundit McDonald.

With just five points separating the bottom five teams in the Championship,Thistle find themselves in ninth position, two points ahead of bottom side Falkirk and one behind Alloa and Queen of the South. The Maryhill side are looking to avoid relegation to Scottish football’s third tier just two years after finishing in the top six in the Premiership.

Form:

Ayr United – DLWLL

Partick Thistle – LWDDL


Team News: Ross Docherty begins the first of a two match suspension. Lawrence Shankland, Craig Moore and Jamie Adams miss out through injury.

Ian says: “Of course we were delighted to have the playoff place confirmed but we really feel this group of players deserve to finish as high as possible so we will be going all out to finish third. We were disappointed to concede just before half time on Friday as we had played well in the first half and it had a big impact on the game. They are a good side, no doubt about that, but there was very little between the teams.”

Head to head (league):
Ayr United wins – 41

Draws – 28

Partick Thistle wins – 48


Last Meeting:
The Honest Men have three wins over Thistle this season and are yet to concede a goal against the Firhill club. Michael Rose grabbed the only goal of the game when the sides met in Glasgow in October while the first league meeting of the season saw two early Lawrence Shankland give United a 2-0 win, a repeat of the League Cup meeting at Firhill seven days previous.  

On this day: Ayr and Thistle have twice faced each other, in 1921 and 1991, with both games finishing goalless.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2 – Richard Murray

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11

Under 18s – £6

Ayr Utd 1 Ross County 3

Title contenders Ross County placed one hand on the Champions trophy as they ran out 1-3 winners at Somerset Park on Friday night, with the BBC Scotland cameras there to watch the drama unfold.

With the squad once more hit by injury, Bell, Shankland and Rose were all missing from the line-up giving starts to Nicky Cadden and Calvin Miller, with Miller playing upfront with captain Michael Moffat. Ross County put out an attacking line-up as they looked to finish the league by the weekend and bounce back to the Premiership in one season.

The Staggies were the first to get a shot at goal as Brian Graham fired a shot at goal from 12 yards out on the left hand side of the box but the finest of deflections off Harvey’s outstretched leg pushed the ball over the crossbar and out for the corner, which the visitors were unable to put to good use on this occasion.

United, with Miller and Cadden in particular causing Ross County problems as they repeatedly got in behind the defence, were pressing their visitors hard and in the 5th minute nearly opened the scoring for themselves. McDaid got on to the ball from a slack clearance on the right wing and squeezed the ball through to Miller in the penalty box who was forced away from goal and could only ping the ball back in to centre field. Eventually coming to Andy Geggan, he swung an inviting ball across the front of the box where it fell to Cadden right at the edge and his left footed strike was smothered by keeper Scott Fox getting down low to his right-hand side.

It wasn’t to be much longer before the scoreboard clicked over, and it was to be the home team that were the beneficiaries.  Slow and patient build up from mid-field suckered in Ross County and when Cadden ran the ball down the left wing he was well in behind the last line of defenders and he bulleted a teasing ball across the goal where all Calvin Miller had to do was stick his foot out to set the back of the net bulging and get his first goal for Ayr United. 11 minutes on the clock, it was 1-0 and the dream start the home fans were dreaming of.

The goal shook the visitors and they struggled to deal with the pace and intricate play from Ayr for the next ten minutes as they looked to regain their composure and try and get back in to the game. Miller nearly got a second on 17 minutes, but the lofted ball just popped off his chest and in to the arms of Fox who had come out his goal to snuff out the attack.

The tide was turning against United though as the physicality of their opponents began to take hold and they slowly gained traction in the game, pulling and probing at the United goal as they looked to pull things back to all square.

On 32 minutes Gardyne headed the ball into the box where it found Graham who blasted his shot wide. The resulting corner was cleared off the line by Geggan and County got on to the rebound only to fire the shot over the bar from 12 yards out.

The visitors got the breakthrough they needed with four minutes of the half left. A mistake by Ayr United was capitalised on big time by Graham as a loose pass from Robbie Crawford on the wing was pounced on by Josh Mullin and his whipped in ball could only be punched away by Ross Doohan straight to the feet of Graham who cannoned the ball past the prone keeper to bring the Staggies right back in to the game.

County repeated the trick with barely 90 seconds of the second half underway. A free kick by Mullan was initially cleared by Ayr only to be picked up again by Mullan and his clever diagonal ball got in behind the Ayr back line and onto the head of Graham who met it perfectly and in to the goal. Two for Ross County, two for Brian Graham and they had come from behind to lead and the Premiership was within touching distance for Ross County Football Club.

Just as the goal for the home side rattled the visitors, so it was the reverse this time round as it was Ayr’s time to struggle to contain a now rampant Ross County who were smelling blood in the air.  Moffat was substituted by Alan Forrest on the 66th minute having picked up a slight knock earlier in the game.

The hammer blow came in the 71st minute when Graham snagged his hat-trick. The striker chased the ball in to the corner and got it back to Gardyne who sneaked the ball in to the box where Graham had continued his run. A neat deft flick with the left foot left Doohan stranded and the ball landed in the net for arguably one of the most important goals in the history of Ross County.

County now put the game to bed and closed down their hosts as they defended in numbers and gave Ayr few and far between any sniff at goal. Ross Docherty and Mark Kerr both came on  for Geggan and Cadden as McCall looked to get something out the game to take in to the last three games of the season, but there was to be no more scoring and the game ended 1-3 to Ross County.

Ayr’s woes were compounded after the final whistle had blown when Ross Docherty was adjudged to have thrown the ball at a Ross County player and was red carded for the offence. He will now miss the next two games against Partick Thistle.

It was not all bad news for Ayr though, as Dunfermline were unable to gain ground losing away to Queen of the South, meaning that Ayr have confirmed their position in the promotion playoff quarter finals regardless of the remaining results. Next up is a double header against Partick Thistle on Tuesday at home then Firhill on Saturday, with the last game of the season at home against Alloa Athletic seven days later.

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, McDaid, Murdoch, Smith, Cadden, Miller, Muirhead

Subs:  Hare-Reid, Kerr, Forrest, Ecrepont, Docherty, McCowan

Ross County

Fox, Fraser, Kelly, Gardyne, Lindsay, Boyle, Mullin, Graham, Cowie, Stewart, Grivosti

Subs: Fontaine, McManus, Vigurs, Spence, Munro, Paton, Armstrong

Referee:  Euan AndersonAttendance: 1692

Ross County match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Ross County

Ladbrokes Championship
Friday 19th April 2019. Kick-off 7.05pm

Tonight (Friday), Ayr United can clinch a Premiership play-off slot when league leaders Ross County make the long journey south to Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s men hold a nine point advantage over fifth placed Dunfermline, who have just three games left to play so need just a point to guarantee a shot at promotion. 

Opponents:Ross County sit on the brink of clinching the Championship title, six points ahead of second-placed Dundee United with nine points left to play for. The Champions-elect were held to a goalless draw at home to Partick Thistle at the weekend but struck a potentially crucial blow in the fight for the title a fortnight ago, when Jamie Lindsay netted a last minute equaliser against the Tannadice side, a result they followed up with a 1-0 win over Dunfermline. . 

Form:

Ayr United – WDLWL

Ross County – LWDWD


Team News: Steven Bell, Craig Moore and Jamie Adams miss out with injury.


Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 9

Ross County wins – 19

The Staggies have a 54% win rate against the Honest Men and are unbeaten in the last 13 meetings between the sides. United are looking to avoid a repeat of 2009/10 and 2011/12 – the last two seasons the teams shared a league – where they took just one point from a possible 12 versus the Dingwall club.


Last Meeting:
United twice levelled the scores at Victoria Park in the last meeting between the sides; Lawrence Shankland and Andy Murdoch responding to Billy McKay’s goals either side of half-time. The Northern Irish internationalist, however, went on to complete his hat-trick just two minutes after Murdoch made it 2-2, giving the Staggies all three points. The winner came at a cost for the 20-goal striker – a broken arm suffered in the process of scoring means he is ruled out from the remainder of the season.


The first fixture at Somerset Park between the sides this season was a similarly dramatic encounter; County took an early lead through Josh Mullin only to see a quick fire Lawrence Shankland double and goal from Andy Geggan put the Honest Men 3-1 up at the break. Ayr couldn’t hold on to the lead though and a second-half Billy McKay penalty and Don Cowie goal meant the points were shared.

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

Fourth Official – John McKendrick

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11

Under 18s – £6