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 stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk to express an interest.

New ticket system & pricing

Fans of Ayr United can now look forward to a much more advanced, simpler and effective way of purchasing tickets for matches.

We have entered into a new partnership with Total Tickets Ltd who also provide the full ticketing solutions for Ayr Racecourse.

This will allow supporters to buy tickets online ahead of all matches 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.

Those who arrive at the ground and wish to pay will go to a designated ticket sales area and receive a ticket when they pay the entrance fee. This will then be scanned at the turnstile to receive entrance to the ground.

Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

The system comes with unique benefits such as being able to purchase and send a ticket to a friend. It will also be much easier if we are faced with a big cup game – season ticket holders will as always have first option for tickets but will now be able to choose their own seats.

Season tickets will now be in the form of a small plastic card, similar to a credit card which will have your name on the back. These can then easily be renewed at the touch of a button.

This system has also been put in place to enable the club to stay in better contact with supporters. With email addresses on this new system we will be able to keep our supporters up to date with all the goings on at Somerset Park.

We expect our new system to be live within the next four weeks and we will keep you fully informed of our going live date. At this point we will go into further detail about how to use the system.

We would like to thank everyone who bought a season ticket for the past season (s) and also everyone who paid at the gate during the season. Your support is completely invaluable to us and it was great to see the vastly increased numbers, in the first half of the season.

We have reviewed our pricing for the 2019/20 season and have decided that if we want to continue to compete in the Championship we have to bring our pricing up closer to the other, established teams in the league. This means we will have a slight increase on most options however the price will stay the same for under 18s and Panda Pals.

SEASON TICKETS 2019/20

ADULT – £26O

CONCESSION (18-21, STUDENT, OAP) – £160

UNDER 18 – £55

PANDA PALS (UNDER 12S) – £20

GATE PRICES 2019/20

ADULT – £18

CONCESSION (18-21, STUDENT, OAP) – £12

UNDER 18 – £6

Inverness ticket information

On Saturday we travel to Inverness for the second leg of our Premiership Play Off quarter final. The match kicks off at 3pm.

Inverness have a ticketing system which will allow our supporters to purchase tickets for the away end. You can even buy these on the supporters bus on the way up – this means avoiding queues on the day. The tickets will then be available on your phone or if you prefer you can print off at home.

Tickets for the match are as follows

Adult: £12

Concession (Over 65, 16-25, Junior (12-15) ): £6

Under 12s: FREE *

   *With an accompanying ticket holding adult or concession. 

If you would like to buy a ticket in advance please click here

Ayr Utd 1 Alloa 1

The last game of the season. Premiership Play-off place assured, one team in the league definitely relegated, the bottom four all fighting to stay up. If ever a team needed the Force with them, then it was today. Visitors Alloa, sitting in the relegation zone, needed a win to stay up and were therefore in no mood to play nice.

With a tranche of players till out injured, McCall still managed to put out a strong team to face his opponents, looking to equal or better the result at Inverness to stay ahead of the Highland team in the league and gain the lucrative second leg home tie next week.

With bright sunshine, a pitch looking in excellent condition and very little wind, this was a perfect day for football, and the fans from both sides were hoping for a tussle of galactic proportions.

Ayr United to the reins early on putting pressure on the Wasps goalmouth, winning a series of corners within the space of three minutes, but on each occasion Alloa were up to the task of defence, crowding and hustling the Ayr players and not allowing a free shot at goal.

It was not all defending duties for the visitors though as Alloa were also getting in to the Ayr box, with Doohan having to make a point blank save from a Zanatta header in the 6th minute as the striker collected a cross from the left side and found himself clear at the near side post. Shortly afterwards, again getting the ball from Sheilds on the right wing, Zanatta found himself in an identical spot and when it looked easier to just slide the ball in to a virtually undefended goal mouth, he blasted the shot and somehow it hit the bar from 5 yards out and spun harmlessly away from the danger zone.

Alloa took a deserved lead on 32 minutes when Conor Shields got on to the end of a pass just outside the Ayr penalty box and getting around Rose, drove the ball low and straight in to the left-hand side of the goal beyond the reach of Doohan. 0-1 Alloa and the visitors were in to the safety zone.

The lead was only to remain intact for four minutes when Shankland got his 34th goal of the season. A fantastic cross in to the box from Cadden fell right at the feet of Shankland at the back and he grabbed the chance and slammed the ball in to the net in front of the home support. 1-1, and with scores at the other games, Ayr were still in fourth place and Alloa were still safe.

Both teams continued to look for the winner that would consolidate their league position, but in truth it was the visitors that looked the sharper of the two teams as Ayr sat back a bit and slowed the game down, perhaps with one eye on their upcoming games against Inverness in the coming week.

The second half was to produce chances for both teams with the Alloa strike force of Shields and Zanatta causing Ayr problems with their pace. Ayr continued to soak up the pressure, looking to strike back on the break.

Honest Man of the Year, Shankland, came off the park on the 70th minute having had a good run out and was replaced by his usual strike partner of Moffat in a like for like replacement. Alan Forrest came on at the same time for Miller as McCall looked to shake things up in attack for the last 20 minutes of the game.

The last 10 minutes of the game seemed to last forever for the visitors as United made things difficult for them,  with Luke McCowan launching a shot towards goal with the precision of a missile strike on the Death Star’s ventilator shaft, only for it to be pushed over the top of the crossbar.

With 91 minutes on the clock, referee Collum had seen enough of the game and the season and blew his whistle to bring both to a close. Alloa were ecstatic at managing to confound the critics and stay in the Championship for another season, while Ayr dropped down a place to fourth with Inverness winning at home by a single goal over Dunfermline Athletic.

However, looking back on the season, United have barnstormed their way through the league, setting a pace early on that would see them top the table for 6 games in succession and never drop any lower than 4th place for the rest. A season that saw them once more struggle with injury that required them to dig deep and grind out a result when they really needed to. Another season of incredible highs, including a 5-0 thumping of Dundee United at Tannadice, and desperate lows when they were knocked out the Scottish Cup by Auchinleck Talbot. But, they finish with a chance at promotion for the second season in a row as they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle over two legs in the coming week, with the first game at Somerset Park on Tuesday night.

Has it been a successful season? On balance, definitely yes.

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Kerr, Rose, Shankland, Docherty, McCowan, Smith, Cadden, Miller, Muirhead

Subs: Hare-Reid, Crawford, Moffat, Forrest, Ecrepont, Thorburn, Hewitt

Alloa Athletic

Parry, Taggart, Dick, Graham, Hetherington, Cawley, Robertson, Trouten, Flannigan, Zanatta, Shields

Subs: Roscoe, Hamilton, Brown, Kirkpatrick, Peggie, Henry, Karadachki

Referee: Willie Collum

Attendance: 1665

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