Morton 2 Ayr Utd 3

Greenock Morton 2 v 3 Ayr United

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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



Adults – £18

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

Adult & Child – £20

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.

Betfred Cup tickets on sale now

Tickets for our Betfred Cup matches at Somerset with Falkirk and Stranraer are on sale now. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (under 21s, students and OAPS) with under 12s going free.

The tickets are now available online by clicking on the link tickets and selecting the specific match you wish.

If you have purchased a season ticket with a reserved seat and wish to have the same seat for the cup games then you have until the 14th of July to purchase. After that time all seats will be available for purchase.

If you are using the same login as you used to purchase your season ticket the cup tickets will be available on your phone and they can be printed out.

Concession tickets have a special alert when being scanned and verification will be required to confirm the concession – ie student ID.

If you are not a season ticket holder you can buy online and choose a seat that is not taken by a season ticket holder or any terracing tickets. Alternatively you can come into the club shop and purchase in store.

When buying an adult ticket online you will then be able to choose the under 12 ticket which is free of charge.

The shop will be open tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) from 10am – 2pm

Fixtures 2019/20

1 Saturday 03/08/2019 3:00 PM Morton H
2 Saturday 10/08/2019 3:00 PM Dundee A
3 Saturday 24/08/2019 3:00 PM Queen of the South H
4 Saturday 31/08/2019 3:00 PM Partick Thistle A
5 Saturday 14/09/2019 3:00 PM Dundee United H
6 Saturday 21/09/2019 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic A
7 Saturday 28/09/2019 3:00 PM Arbroath A
8 Saturday 05/10/2019 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle H
9 Saturday 19/10/2019 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic A
10 Saturday 26/10/2019 3:00 PM Dundee H
11 Tuesday 29/10/2019 7:45 PM Morton A
12 Saturday 02/11/2019 3:00 PM Partick Thistle H
13 Saturday 09/11/2019 3:00 PM Queen of the South A
14 Saturday 16/11/2019 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic H
15 Saturday 30/11/2019 3:00 PM Arbroath H
16 Saturday 07/12/2019 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle A
17 Saturday 14/12/2019 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic H
18 Saturday 21/12/2019 3:00 PM Dundee United A
19 Saturday 28/12/2019 3:00 PM Queen of the South H
20 Saturday 04/01/2020 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic A
21 Saturday 11/01/2020 3:00 PM Dundee A
22 Saturday 25/01/2020 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle H
23 Saturday 01/02/2020 3:00 PM Partick Thistle A
24 Saturday 15/02/2020 3:00 PM Morton H
25 Saturday 22/02/2020 3:00 PM Arbroath A
26 Saturday 29/02/2020 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic A
27 Tuesday 03/03/2020 7:45 PM Dundee United H
28 Saturday 07/03/2020 3:00 PM Dundee H
29 Saturday 14/03/2020 3:00 PM Queen of the South A
30 Saturday 21/03/2020 3:00 PM Partick Thistle H
31 Saturday 28/03/2020 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle A
32 Saturday 04/04/2020 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic H
33 Saturday 11/04/2020 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic H
34 Saturday 18/04/2020 3:00 PM Morton A
35 Saturday 25/04/2020 3:00 PM Arbroath H
36 Saturday 02/05/2020 3:00 PM Dundee United A
(All fixtures subject to change)

Season Tickets on sale now

We are delighted to confirm that our season tickets for 2019/20 are now on sale. This will be our first year with Total Tickets which will now make the process of watching Ayr United easier than ever before.

We now have gate scanning technology which means you will never be handing over cash at the turnstile and whether you have a season ticket or single match ticket you can use your phone to gain access.

This will also improve the situation for cup games as season ticket holders will now have the option to reserve their own seats.

To buy a season ticket click on the Tickets link on our website.

When buying a season ticket you will receive a confirmation email which will explain that your season ticket will now be available on your phone and you will also be able to pick up a season ticket card from the club shop.

If you are looking for a season ticket for the terracing then simply select the terracing option and the type of season ticket you are looking for.

To have a season ticket in the stand you are now able to choose the specific seats that you would like. Click on ‘Pick your seat’ and then choose the area you would like – Family Stand, East Stand or Main stand and choose from the available seats. We will then put your names on the back of your seats for you.

If you already have a seat in the stand reserved then for the next two weeks we will keep your seat for you however you cannot order online – to order please come into the club shop or call 01292 263435 ext 5 during opening hours.

If you would like to buy a ticket for a cup match at Somerset the game will automatically load onto your season ticket and you will not require a separate ticket. Our first two cup matches will be available on the site within the next week. 

Supporters club memberships have been increased to £25 for this season and due to the demand we only have 200 available on a first come first served basis. You will still receive a separate card for these which will require to be scanned on the door of the hospitality suite.

On a matchday tickets will be sold at a designated area next to the club shop – a ticket must be purchased before entering the ground. Alternatively you will be able to purchase single match tickets online. 

If you have any questions please don’t  hesitate to contact us at the club shop on 01292 263435 ext 5. 

Weekly shop opening hours

Monday 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Thursday 2pm – 7pm

Friday 10am – 4pm

This Tuesday (18th June) we will also be open from 11am – 4pm.



Roscoe signs from Aberdeen

Defender Sam Roscoe joins the Honest Men from Aberdeen.

Ian McCall has moved to make his first signing of the summer transfer window by adding Aberdeen defender Sam Roscoe to the Ayr United squad.

Roscoe, who turns 21 on Sunday, has been a mainstay of the Dons development squad and last season gained valuable Championship experience while at loan at Alloa Athletic. Standing at 6ft 5in, Sam made 25 appearances alongside Andy Graham at the heart of the Wasps’ defence as Jim Goodwin’s side defied the odds to avoid relegation.

Manchester-born Roscoe, who joined the Dons from Blackpool in 2016, impressed during his time at the Indodrill Stadium, the left-sided centre-back showing excellent positional play and composure on the ball.

Ian said: “Sam is a left sided centre back who has a serious presence about him. We needed a replacement for Michael Rose and Sam is a different type of player. He has played almost a full season at Championship level and did very well. We have got him on a 2 year contract and are absolutely delighted to get the deal over the line.

Aberdeen have been fantastic to deal with and the process for Aberdeen and Sam must have been made easier when they see how well Lawrence, Michael and Daniel have done.”

Moore & Adams sign new deals

Today Craig Moore and Jamie Adams both signed new deals to January.

Talking about Jamie Adams, manager Ian McCall said “He has just been a huge player for us in my time here. He was unfortunate with injury last season and he had minor surgery recently to sort the issue. He should be running in time for pre season and we are very hopeful that he will be available for the Betfred Cup games. The way he was playing at the start of last season I wouldn’t have swapped him for any centre half in the league.”

And on Craig Moore the manager said “Moorey just needs a bit of good luck. He has had some terrible luck with freak injuries since being at the club. He is a proven goalscorer and has had a tough time being up against Lawrence Shankland for a place in the starting line up. In terms of timescales he had surgery on his leg in the Summer and we look to have him in full training by the end of August and vying for a place by the end of September.”

Safety stewards & volunteers required

Ayr United are looking to recruit more safety stewards for the coming 2019/20 season in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Also as preparations move along for the new season the club would be grateful to anyone who could give up some of their free time to help out with weeding and painting around the ground.

In both instances please email Roy Provan at to express an interest.