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Division 1 – 3rd Place and a Swedish Tour Does Ayr

A pre-season tour of Sweden got the season off to a nice start although United one only one of their four matches.

However the competitive season was one that was dominated in the league by newly relegated Hibernian and meant that Ayr United were playing for a second place at best. Highlight was a 7-1 win over Stranraer at Ayr in September and a 5-0 victory against Hamilton Academical in December.

Two 2-1 defeats against top of the table rivals Falkirk and Clydebank in quick succession in April meant that Ayr had to settle for third place four points behind Falkirk.

A League Cup quarter final defeat by Rangers in September left centre stage to the Scottish Cup.

What a centre stage that was with Ayr knocking local rivals Kilmarnock out of the cup for the second successive season, this time by a staggering 3-0. Eventually Ayr secumbed to premier league Dundee United, but only after a second match and after United having missed a penalty in the later stages of the match at Somerset Park.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – AyrFirst

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

15/7/98

Vasalunds

A

Friendly

2-1

 

No

 

17/7/98

Djurgarden

A

Friendly

0-4

 

Yes

 

19/7/98

Cafe Opera

A

Friendly

0-0

 

No

 

23/7/98

Gelfe IF

A

Friendly

1-2

2,700

Yes

 

25/7/98

Walsall

H

Friendly

1-0

 

Yes

 

1/8/98

Queens Park

A

League Cup 2nd Rd

3-1

1, 016

Yes

 

4/8/98

Falkirk

A

1st Division

0-1

3, 052

Yes

 

8/8/98

St.Mirren

A

League Cup 3rd Rd

3-1

2, 556

Yes

 

15/8/98

Morton

H

1st Division

1-0

2, 329

Yes

 

18/8/98

Motherwell

A

League Cup 4th Rd

2-0

4, 893

Yes

 

22/8/98

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

0-0

2, 022

Yes

 

29/8/98

Hibernian

A

1st Division

2-4

9, 222

Yes

 

5/9/98

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

2-3

1, 917

Yes

 

8/9/98

Rangers

H

League Cup Quarter Final

0-2

11, 198

Yes

 

12/9/98

Clydebank

A

1st Division

1-0

569

Yes

 

19/9/98

Stranraer

H

1st Division

7-1

1, 917

Yes

 

26/9/98

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

1-2

2, 392

Yes

 

3/10/98

St.Mirren

A

1st Division

2-0

2, 673

Yes

 

11/10/98

Morton

A

1st Division

2-1

2, 156

Yes

 

17/10/98

Falkirk

H

1st Division

42

2, 731

Yes

 

24/10/98

Hibernian

H

1st Division

3-3

4, 684

Yes

 

31/10/98

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

3-1

1, 267

Yes

 

7/11/98

Stranraer

A

1st Division

1-0

1, 102

Yes

 

14/11/98

Clydebank

H

1st Division

4-1

2, 450

Yes

 

21/11/98

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

2-0

2, 632

Yes

 

28/11/98

St.Mirren

H

1st Division

1-1

3, 640

Yes

 

5/12/98

Falkirk

A

1st Division

0-3

4, 010

Yes

 

12/12/98

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

0-2

2, 245

Yes

 

19/12/98

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

5-0

2, 102

Yes

 

26/12/98

Hibernian

A

1st Division

0-3

14, 106

Yes

 

2/1/99

Stranraer

H

1st Division

4-0

2, 722

Yes

 

16/1/99

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

0-1

2, 387

Yes

 

23/1/99

Kilmarnock

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Round

3-0

10, 153

Yes

 

30/1/99

St.Mirren

A

1st Division

0-1

2, 670

Yes

 

6/2/99

Morton

H

1st Division

1-0

2, 222

Yes

 

13/2/99

Albion Rovers

H

Scottish Cup 4th Rd

1-0

3,229

Yes

 

20/2/99

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

4-2

1,888

Yes

 

27/2/99

Hibernian

H

1st Division

1-3

5,010

Yes

 

13/3/99

Dundee United

H

Scottish Cup 5th Rd

0-0

5,508

Yes

 

16/3/99

Dundee United

A

Scottish Cup 5th Rd Replay

1-2

7,313

Yes

 

20/3/99

St.Mirren

H

1st Division

2-2

2,436

Yes

 

24/3/99

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

2-0

749

Yes

 

3/4/99

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

2-0

1,800

Yes

 

10/4/99

Stranraer

A

1st Division

2-0

610

Yes

 

18/4/99

Clydebank

H

1st Division

0-0

2,113

Yes

 

24/4/99

Falkirk

H

1st Division

1-2

2,496

Yes

 

27/4/99

Clydebank

A

1st Division

1-2

197

Yes

 

1/5/99

Morton

A

1st Division

4-1

2,337

Yes

 

8/5/99

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

1-0

1,886

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25/4/99

Livingston (N)

N

Reserve League Cup Final

0-1

735

 Yes

 

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

1998/99

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Hibernian

36

 

16

1

1

45

13

 

12

4

2

39

20

 

28

5

3

84

33

 

89

51

2

Falkirk

36

 

9

5

4

28

18

 

11

1

6

32

20

 

20

6

10

60

38

 

66

22

3

Ayr United

36

 

8

4

6

38

23

 

11

1

6

28

19

 

19

5

12

66

42

 

62

24

4

Airdrieonians

36

 

6

2

10

17

29

 

12

3

3

25

14

 

18

5

13

42

43

 

59

-1

5

St. Mirren

36

 

10

2

6

26

25

 

4

8

6

16

18

 

14

10

12

42

43

 

52

-1

6

Greenock Morton

36

 

5

5

8

20

24

 

9

2

7

25

17

 

14

7

15

45

41

 

49

4

7

Clydebank

36

 

5

6

7

17

18

 

6

7

5

19

20

 

11

13

12

36

38

 

46

-2

8

Raith Rovers

36

 

5

5

8

19

27

 

3

6

9

18

30

 

8

11

17

37

57

 

35

-20

9

Hamilton Academical

36

 

3

5

10

13

26

 

3

5

10

17

36

 

6

10

20

30

62

 

28

-32

10

Stranraer

36

 

2

2

14

14

31

 

3

0

15

15

43

 

5

2

29

29

74

 

17

-45

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