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

Dundee Utd 2 Ayr Utd 1

Ayr United all but sealed their play-off spot in the League on Friday night despite losing to Dundee United 1-2 in a spirited and strength sapping game that left nothing in the tank by the end.

Fielding the same team that beat Dundee United on their last visit to Tannadice, a win for the Honest Men would move them to within three points of their hosts and induce a heart pounding end to the season.

Lawrence Shankland got things under way in bright sunshine with Ayr attacking the goal in front of the home fans. It was obvious right from the start that both teams were in no mood to go easy with Daniel Harvie not holding back early on with a stiff challenge on his opposite number Peter Pawlett that earned a stiff talking to from referee Bobby Madden but no card this early in the game.

Dundee United were the first to get close to scoring in 5 minutes as poor defending from Ayr allowed Osman Sow to pick up the ball from a long clearance that Michael Rose failed to deal with, but his left footed drive slid wide of Doohan’s right hand post.

General play may not have been pretty with both teams trying the long ball over the back of respective defence lines and nobody getting any time on the ball as attackers were closed down and harried at every opportunity.

Dundee United had another crack at goal in the 17th minute when a long throw came in to the box. The initial touch by Sow was missed and Liam Smith pushed the ball out to the edge of the box where it was met by Callum Booth who slid the ball back to Sow waiting for the ball and his turn and dink ended in the back of the net. Celebrations were there none though as the far side assistant already had their flag up for offside and the scoreboard remained at 0-0.

The deadlock was broken in the 24th minute. Sow clattered into Smith and earned himself a yellow card and a free kick for the visitors on the far-right wing. Smith took the kick and lofted a teasing pass into the Dundee United box where Mark Connolly rose highest to clear the ball out but only to the feet of Andy Geggan. Despite getting fouled, the striker managed to get the ball away to Andy Murdoch and he chipped the ball to the far side of the goalmouth where Ayr captain Steven Bell got his head to the ball and looped a beautifully cushioned header past Benjamin Siegrist for only his second goal of the season. 0-1 to the visitors and Dundee United were staring at a fourth defeat of the season to the hands of Ian McCall’s men.

Ayr took heart from their lead and upped the tempo as they searched for a second goal to turn the screw once more on Dundee United and were playing with skill and panache. The Arabs looked shell shocked and their ball control seemed to desert them as pass after pass went wayward and any forward thrusts were snuffed out by the Ayr back-line and the first half ended with the single goal being the difference between the teams.

The foul on Geggan that led to the goal had obviously caused more damage than had be initially thought as the striker was pulled during the interval to be replaced by Mark Kerr. Neilson must have given his players a tongue lashing during the interval because they came out showing much more purpose and if it had been Ayr that ruled the roost in the first half it was Dundee United that were the top dogs for the next 45.

Just before the hour mark, Robbie Neilson pulled off what was to be his master stroke as he made a double substitution pulling Sow and Booth from the field and replacing them with Pavol Safranko and Nicky Clark. It was only going to take 4 minutes for the changes to take effect.

Coming from a corner on the nearside, the ball bounced and pinged around before Ian Harkes finally got the ball back in to the penalty box. Safranko took the ball on his chest and pinged the ball in to the back of the net and past the despairing Ross Doohan. 1-1 and Dundee United had their tails up and the home crowd urged their team on.

Dundee United doubled their lead and sealed all three points in the 73rd minute when Peter McMullan intercepted a horror pass from Doohan trying to get the ball out to Daniel Harvie, but the power was weak and the Dundee United striker snatched the ball and drove the ball across the face of the goalmouth to get the second goal. 2-1 Dundee United and their hoodoo over Ayr was well and truly broken.

Five games in fifteen days started to take their toll on the Honest Men as they began to falter for the remainder of the game and Dundee United saw the opportunity to truly put the game to bed. Attack after attack tested the Ayr defence and they struggled at times to hold their hosts at bay. When the final whistle eventually blew, they were totally spent with nothing left to give.

Results on the Saturday however went Ayr’s way as Dunfermline failed to capitalise at home going down 0-1 to Falkirk. This leaves them 9 points behind Ayr with three games to play. Ayr though have a game in hand and an 18-point goal difference over them and barring a major disaster should finish the season in fourth place at least, confirming their position in the promotion play-offs.

Next up is another Friday night televised game as champions elect Ross County come to Somerset Park, where they could wrap up the title with a win.

Ayr United

Doohan, Smith, Harvie, Rose, Bell, Murdoch, Crawford, Geggan, McDaid, Moffat, Shankland

Substitutes: Hare-Reid, Kerr, Forrest, Docherty, McCowan, Cadden, Miller

Dundee United

Siegrist, Booth, McMullan, Sow, Robson, Butcher, Reynolds, Watson, Harkes, Pawlett, Connolly

Substitutes: Laidlaw, Fyvie, Clark, Safranko, Nesbitt, Smith, Seaman

Referee: Bobby Madden

Attendance: 4392

Dundee Utd match preview

Match Preview
Dundee United vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Friday 12th April 2019. Kick-off 7.05pm

Tonight (Friday), Ayr United travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United looking to edge closer to securing a promotion play-off slot. Tuesday night’s win over Queen of the South saw the Honest Men open up a nine point gap over fifth place Dunfermline Athletic, who have only four games left to play.  

A fourth win of the season over Dundee United – who have scored in every Championship fixture this season except their three matches against Ian McCall’s men – would reignite our hopes of a second place finish by closing the gap on the Terrors to just three points with a game in hand. 

Opponents:Dundee United’s title hopes suffered a huge set back last Friday night when Ross County’s Jamie Lindsay scored a late equaliser against the Tangerines in Dingwall. Slovakian international Pavol Safranko had put United head in the 12th minute but Robbie Neilson’s men couldn’t hold on for the win that would have seen them close the gap on the Staggies to just one point.

County now hold an eight point advantage following their win on Tuesday night, meaning that with just four games to go, the Tannadice side cannot afford to slip up on Friday night or else the Highlanders will have the opportunity to clinch the Championship at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday.   

Form:

Ayr United – LWDLW

Dundee United – WWWLD


Team News: Everyone is fit and available.

Ian says: “This is our 5th game in 13 days so it has been quite a schedule but we got a good win on Tuesday night and that has given us confidence going into tonights game. We know we can go to places like Tannadice and win and it is a game we will go and enjoy. A win takes us 3 points behind them with a game in hand so it is a big incentive for us. “

Head to head (league games):
Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 15

Dundee United wins – 28


Last Meeting:
An early Craig Moore goal was enough to earn the Honest Men a third win over Dundee United this season when the sides last met, at Somerset Park in another Friday night fixture at the end of January. Ian McCall’s side travel to Tannadice looking a repeat of their stunning 5-0 victory over the Terrors in November in which Lawrence Shankland struck four goals.

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden
Assistant Referee 1 – David Doig
Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

Fourth Official – Steven Kirkland

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions – £10 (65+, under-18s and FTS with valid matric)

Messages from Dundee United –

Ayr United fans are allocated the West Stand (‘Shed’). Lower tier prices of £20 Adults / £10 Concessions apply and access is through turnstiles 19 and 20. The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the ground, those travelling by car will have to park out with the no waiting coned areas around Tannadice as there are no parking facilities for supporters.

Random searching will also take place involving both sets of fans. Surfing flags are not permitted and all other flags will be checked by CCTV to ensure they are neither offensive or derogatory, drums are not permitted in the ground and finally the stadium is a no smoking stadium and includes E cigarettes.

For those not travelling to Tannadice, the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite will be open from 6pm to 11pm and showing the game live.

The offer includes a 2 choice hot buffet and a pie and Bovril at half time. The cost is £10 and the bar will be open for refreshments.

If you would like to book a table please do so through our club shop in store or by phone 01292 263435 ext5

Queen of the South match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Queens of the South

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 9th April 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Ayr United’s busy schedule continues tonight (Tuesday) when Queen of the South are the visitors to Somerset Park. Neither side finds themselves in particularly good form as they battle it out at opposite ends of the table; a narrow defeat at home to Inverness of Saturday saw Caley leapfrog the Honest Men in the Championship table but United can regain third place tonight with a win which would close the gap on Friday night’s opponents Dundee United to six points.

Opponents:Queen of the South travel to Somerset Park with just one win in their last 10 games, a 2-1 victory against Dundee United at Tannadice. That result ended a sequence of seven consecutive defeats for Gary Naysmith’s men. Queens’ have since drawn their last two games, in dramatic circumstances at home to Falkirk seven days ago and versus Morton on Saturday, again at Palmerston Park.

The Doonhamers occupy seventh place in the Championship table, just 3 points above bottom side Alloa Athletic as the relegation battle looks set to go down to the wire; just four points separate tenth placed Wasps and Greenock Morton in sixth. Those two sides face each other at Cappielow tonight, while league leaders Ross County can extend their lead at the top of the table when they host Dunfermline Athletic.

Form:

Ayr United – LLWDL

Queen of the South – LLWDD


Team News: Aaron Muirhead is out with a calf strain. Everyone else is available.


Head to head (league games at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 14

Draws – 8

Queen of the South wins – 14

United have just one win in the last 14 matches between the sides


Last Meeting:
The last two meetings between the sides this season have ended 1-1, at the end of December at Palmerston and at Somerset Park in November.

Match Officials:
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie Cockburn
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Anderson

Admission:

Adults – £17

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

Under 18s – £6