Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2009-2010 : Ayr United

Sat, 5th Dec 2009 Kick Off: 15:00

Ayr United 1 Dunfermline 0

Saturday, 5th Dec 2009

First league game at Somerset Park since April 2000 ends Pars unbeaten run . Stevenson made it 1-0 Ayr (52).

One change for the Pars - Chris Higgins in for the injured Neil McGregor.  Brian Reid made three changes to the Ayr United side that knocked Deveronvale out of the Scottish Cup the previous week.  In came Ryan Boris, 17 year old Stephen Reynolds (on loan from St Johnstone) and Andy Aitken taking the places of Billy Gibson (suspended), Mark Roberts (injured) and Willie Easton (benched).

Dunfermline in all red outfits kicked off attacking the goal at the home end but it was Ayr who won the first corner in four minutes.  Ryan Boris got in a shot but captain Alex Burke blocked that and got it away. The visitor had a good chance two minutes later when Burke fed the ball to Graham Bayne on the top of the box and he released Willie Gibson on the right for a dangerous ball into the six yard box that Ryan Stevenson headed clear.

Steven McDougall v Ayr United

Another Ayr United corner in eight minutes was headed away by Steven Bell and the return was fisted clear by Smith well out of his goal on the edge of his box.  David Graham sent his cross behind after Bell`s pass to McDougall had set up a great crossfield pass to produce an opening for the former Hamilton man.

As a shower sent all but the best weatherproofed supporters heading for the cover of the stands behind the goals Greg Ross was penalised for his challenge on Reynolds but the ball into the Pars box was ably headed away. McDougall was brought down by Ryan McGowan on the left side just 10 yards out but Gibson blasted the free kick wildly over the bar to the delight of the anti Killie brigade.

Willie Gibson v Ayr United

In 18 minutes Gibson picked out Bayne on the edge of the Ayr box and his one two off Bell put the striker in for a shot on goal but his effort came off a defender with him claiming that a hand had been used illegally. A case of ball playing man however. At the other end Ross was starring blocking a Borris attempt and then performing a great diving header to pick out his keeper.

Dunfermline`s best was a McDougall shot on a Bell pass that Samson saved and a Gibson shot on the half hour the the defence squeezed out.  There were more jeers four minutes later when a Gibson drive from distance was easily taken by Samson.

Play was then uncomfortably towards the Pars goal and Ross had to clear as Reynolds threatened to finish some good stuff from Ayr. Eventually the chance dropped to Borris on the left side of the box and he curled his shot outside the far post.

David Graham v Ayr United

Two minutes from the break Graham slid a nice ball through for Gibson to connect first time on the right but the 6`7" of Kevin James meant that the Ayr captain was able to intercept the cross ahead of the advancing Bayne.  The corner on the left was headed away by McGowan and Ayr finished the half with another corner that they sent to Gibson generating more frustration in the home support.

The Pars played some good football in the first half but they needed to test and beat Samson before they can register the win they so sorely want.

Half Time: Ayr United 0 Dunfermline 0

The Honest Men had the first opportunity of the second 45 when Dean Keenan brushed off the challenge of Higgins to shoot across the face of goal with just two minutes gone.  Graham came close at the other end sending a shot from 20 yards narrowly wide left.

Then in 52 minutes Ryan McGowan broke in to the Pars box on the right, rode two tackles and laid the ball off for Ryan STEVENSON who sunk the ball into the net with a low drive from 15 yards.  Ayr had their tails up and Reynolds sent an inviting ball into the box but continued out at the left post.

Ryan Stevenson scores for Ayr United v Dunfermline

Higgins turned Connolly`s shot behind for a 59th minute corner that Dunfermline defended before Andy Kirk replaced Steven McDougall. Three minutes later Gibson got two chances to pick out a team mate from a corner on the right and eventually it was Alex Burke that he found but the Ayr defence blotted out his pass.

The Pars were creating more openings now and the travelling support behind Samson`s goal were roused. David Graham chipped over a ball towards Bayne but it ran away from him.  Borris powered a drive into Smith`s hands before Nick Phinn was introduced for Graham Bayne with 20 minutes to go.

A throw in deep down the left quickly taken by the Pars sub sent Graham in on the left side of the Ayr box but his good squared ball was touched away by James.  Ayr kept the pressure off their defence with another corner on the left and Smith at the near post kept Reynolds header out. Two more corners followed with Aitken directing a header on goal that slipped over the top.

Andy Kirk comes close for Dunfermline v Ayr United

In 78 minutes Phinn played the ball off Graham as he moved into the Ayr box, the ball broke to Andy Kirk but his shot was deflected inches past the right goalpost. Five minutes later a Gibson corner from the right nearly set up Kirk but he could only earn another corner and next time Dowie towered over his marker to raise the ref`s whistle.

McCann put in a good cross from the left that Phinn dummied allowing Kirk the chance but he only succeeded in finding Samson`s gloves.  Former Par Junior Mendes came on with four minutes remaining and Higgins was injured in his first challenge with the sub. With the central defender writhing on the deck in the Ayr half, the men in the black and white hoops homed in on the Pars goal and it took a good McCann interception to keep the score to one.

Chris Higgins v Ayr United

A Greg Ross cross was swept out by the home defence and the home support began heralding their side`s second home league win of the season. Their first win over the Pars at Somerset Park since 1992 ended Dunfermline`s eight match unbeaten league run that ironically started against Ayr back on 10th October.

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AYR UNITED: Craig Samson; Ryan McGowan, Neil McGowan (Willie Easton HT), Kevin James (c), Andy Aitken, Ryan Stevenson, Stephen Reynolds, Kenny Connolly, Kenny Connolly, Alistair Woodburn, Dean Keenan (Junior Mendes 86), Ryan Borris.
SUBS NOT USED: Steve Grindlay, Chris Aitken, Kevin Cawley.
SCORERS: Stevenson (52)
YELLOW CARD: Aitken (61)

DUNFERMLINE: Chris Smith; Greg Ross, Chris Higgins, Andy Dowie, Austin McCann; Willie Gibson, Steven Bell (Graeme Holmes 76), Alex Burke (c), David Graham; Steven McDougall (Andy Kirk 60), Graham Bayne (Nick Phinn 70).
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Muirhead, Greg Paterson (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Bell (55), McCann (68)

REFEREE: Steve Conroy
WEATHER: Overcast 9°C
ATTENDANCE 1625

NEXT MATCH: (home) First Division v Ross County
Saturday 12th December 2009, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Ayr United

Wednesday, 2nd Dec 2009

The Pars have won nine of the last ten league meetings and it is 16 league games back since Ayr United won.

Dunfermline v Ayr United

On the back of their best run since season 1999/2000, Dunfermline travel to Ayr on league business for the first time since April of that same season. Dunfermline and Ayr United have met in 78 league games; the Pars have won 33 to Ayr`s 24, 21 have been drawn.

Milestones v Ayr United (away)

Last League Victory

11/04/00

2-0

First Division

Last League Defeat

12/12/92

0-1

First Division

Best League Victory

12/03/94

4-0

First Division

Worst League Defeat

07/04/51

0-8

Div Two (old)

Dunfermline v Ayr United

The Pars have won nine of the last ten league meetings and it is 16 league games back since Ayr United won. Ayr have only won 3 of the last 28 games between the sides in all competitions stretching back to 1983. The Honest Men`s most recent victory against the Fifers was a 3-0 Scottish Cup win at Somerset Park in January 2002. James Grady, John Robertson and a spectacular own goal from Gus McPherson saw Ayr on their way passed Jimmy Calderwood`s side to a Quarter Final tie with Dundee United.

Last Ten League Matches v Ayr United 

Date

H/A

F-A

W D L

League

10/10/09 H 3-1 W First Division
11/04/00 A 2-0 W First Division
22/01/00 H 2-0 W First Division
04/12/99 A 3-0 W First Division
25/09/99 H 2-1 W First Division
22/04/95 H 3-0 W First Division
25/02/95 A 2-1 W First Division
10/12/94 H 6-0 W First Division
15/10/94 A 0-0 D First Division
26/04/94 H 1-0 W First Division

Graham Bayne v Ayr United

Ayr are level on points with the Pars when the sides last met on 10th October but have picked up three single points in their seven league matches since them. That 3-1 win for Dunfermline over Ayr was the first of what is now eight games undefeated.

Ayr United  Dunfermline
Current League Position
9 5
Last Six League Form
LLLLDD DWDWWW
League Points
9 24
Goal Difference
-15 +3
Home / Away League Records
P8 W1 D4 L3 P7 W3 D2 L2

Andy Kirk celebrates

Ayr United`s seven home points have come from matches against Raith Rovers (3), Ross County, Dundee and Airdrie United.  Last Saturday they made the long trip to Banff to overcome Highland League, Deveronvale 1-0.

Dunfermline will be hoping to pick up another three points following successful away wins in Dumfries and Kirkcaldy.

   Recent League form this season - home / away
  Ayr United (home)  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline (away)
  Ross County D 1-1   Queen of the South W 2-1
  Queen of the South L 0-1   Raith Rovers W 2-1
  Inverness CT L 1-5   Inverness CT D 1-1
  Dundee D 2-2   Ross County D 0-0
  Raith Rovers W 1-0   Partick Thistle L 0-2
  Airdrie United D 1-1   Dundee L 0-1

Willie Gibson scores v Ayr United

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South): Chris Smith; Greg Ross, Neil McGregor (Chris Higgins 67), Andy Dowie, Austin McCann; Willie Gibson, Steven Bell, Alex Burke (c), David Graham (Nick Phinn 81); Steven McDougall (Andy Kirk 61), Graham Bayne.
SUBS:  Graeme Holmes, Greg Paterson (GK).

AYR UNITED (v Deveronvale): Craig Samson; Ryan McGowan, Neil McGowan, Kevin James, Billy Gibson,  Ryan Stevenson, Willie Easton, Kenny Connolly, Alistair Woodburn, Dean Keenan, Mark Roberts.
SUBS: Steve Grindlay, Ryan Borris, Chris Aitken, Andy Aitken, Kevin Cawley.

Referee will be Steve Conroy fresh from his SPL match at Celtic Park last Saturday.

C`mon Ye Pars!

SFA Youth Cup
Dunfermline v Rangers
Sunday 6th December 2009

Kick Off 2.00pm



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