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Division 1 – Relegation as United Celebrate Centenary Season

The 2009/10 season was the 113th season of competitive football in Scotland and was Ayr United’s 95th competitive season and the clubsAUFC_Centenery_badge_small 99th season in total in the clubs history.

Having been promoted the previous season, United begin their Centenary Season in Scotland’s first division with high hopes of at least surviving in the higher division.

United began the season in traditional fashion, losing to a 3rd division club in the early cup competition – 2-0 by Albion Rovers. United had a good win against 2nd division Stirling Albion away in extra time.

Ayr’s long awaited return to the 1st division saw them draw 1-1 in an exciting home match against Partick Thistle and United looked strong at Inverness the following week. However turned sour on the Honestmen and a bad 2-0 home defeat against potential relegation rivals Morton was followed by another 2-0 away defeat to a high flying Queen of the South. Sandwiched between these two league defeats was another 2-0 reverse, this time at home to premier league St Mirren in the cup.

No goals in four matches had to change as the season moved into September.

On 12th September Ayr expected to record their first win against Airdrie United who they had beaten in the promotion play off only a few months earlier. However Ayr could only managed a disappointing 1-1 draw and followed this up with a 2-1 defeat at Dingwall. Raith Rovers were next. United’s fellow promotion partners were top of the league when they visited Somersaet park on 26th September. Despite this United managed to dominate the match and record a morale boosting 1-0 win.

The good form didnt continue and Ayr lost 3-1 to Dunfermline on 10th October although they fought back from 2-0 down to produce a super 2-2 draw at home to Dundee on 14th October. A 2-0 defeat at Partick was followed by a disaterous 5-1 loss at home to Inverness. Aidrie United then rubbed salt into the wounds with a 3-1 win at Broomfield.

Ayr United were bottom of the league when they lost 1-0 at home to Queen of the South. However two consecute draws, 1-1 at home to Ross County and 0-0 away to Raith Rovers meant that Ayr had moved ahead of Airdrie by the time the Scottish Cup match at Highgland league club Deveronvale came around. A 1-0 win against the Highlanders boosted confidence and that was bolstered by a superb 1-0 home league win against Dunfermline. There was a difficult trip to Dundee who were top of the league and unbeaten on 12th December 2009. Not suprisingly United lost 3-1 but this was after going 1-0 up and playing extremely well maintaining optimism that survival in division 1 could be possible.

The big freeze meant that Ayr did not play another match until the Scottish Cup tie on 18th January 2010 against Brechin City which the Honest men won by 1-0. When league duty returned Ayr United lost two consecutive without even scoring a goal. Ayr bowed out of the Scottish Cup on 6th February after a hard fought 2-1 defeat at Dens Park.

However, with league points vital for 1st division survival, Ayr recorded a sensational 1-0 win at East End Park winning 1-0 for their first away win of the season. It was also only their third league win, co-incidentally nall against Fife teams, against Raith and home and away against the Pars. United travlled to Inverness the following week with a very bad record at that venue. 2-1 up at half time United were leading 3-2 until Caley were awarded a penalty in the last minute of the match to draw level at 3-3.

A vital 2-0 win over Morton on 6th March meant that Ayr had one their last three home matches, albeit they stretched back to mid December due to many postponements in a long hard winter. Neverthless there was a chance that Ayr could snatch that important 8th place in the league to ensure league survival. On 11th March a 1-0 for Ayr at home to Partick Thistle made it three wins out of four for Ayr and it took them out the bottom two for the first time since September.

United’s unbeaten run continued with two 1-1 draws. The first away to relegation rivals Airdrie United saw Ayr lose a 92nd minute equaliser from Airdrie. However, they secured an excellent 1-1 draw against table toppers Dundee on 17th March. Ayr’s revival continued when they went seven matches unbeaten scoring a superb 3-0 win over high flyers Queen of the South on 20th March 2010.

With four wins and four draws in eight matches United had hoisted themselves into a position to escape relegation. Having caught the pack Ayr then lost four out of four including a bad 2-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Raith Rovers.

A 1-0 away against Partick Thistle in April once again gave United hope with four matches to go. However, it was not to be and Ayr lost all four remaining league matches. Three goals in as many minutes at Somerset Park against Airdrie saw United trail by 3-1 down mid way through the second half with Airdrie eventually winning by 4-1. This was a set back against fellow relegation rivals with a match against promoted Inverness to come up.

This matchy could not have been more disasterous for Ayr, losing 7-0 to the new champions. Not only did Ayr lost the points but their goal deficit was now worse than their other relegation rivals. United’s third home match in a row against Cup finalists Ross County also saw Ayr leave the field with nothing, losing by 1-0.

It came down to the last match of the season away to relegation threatened Morton. Ayr had to win this match and hope that Airdrie did not win. United went 1-0 up through McKay in 20 minites and with Airdrie behind optimism abounded. Howver United’s leaky defence was breached again with two late Morton goals which meant relegation for Ayr in their centenary season..

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Comments

Att

Programme Issued

11/07/2009

SV Wacker Burghausen

N

Friendly

3-0

Venue- Bischofshofen, Austria

 

No Issue

15/07/2009

Unirea Urziceni

H

Friendly

1-2

 

970

No Issue

18/07/2009

St. Mirren

H

Friendly

0-1

 

1,183

No Issue

20/07/2009

St. Johnstone

H

Friendly

0-2

 

581

No Issue

25/07/2009

Albion Rovers

H

Challenge Cup

0-2

 

979

No Issue

01/08/2009

Stirling Albion

A

Scottish League Cup – 1st Rnd

2-1 aet

 

802

Yes

08/08/2009

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

1-1

 

3,078

Yes

15/08/2009

Inverness C T

A

1st Division

0-0

 

3,247

Yes

22/08/2009

Morton

H

1st Division

0-2

 

2,304

Yes

26/08/2009

St. Mirren

H

Scottish League Cup – 2nd Round

0-2

 

1,652

Yes

29/08/2009

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

0-2

 

3,034

Yes

12/09/2009

Airdrie United

H

1st Division

1-1

 

1,718

Yes

19/09/2009

Ross County

A

1st Division

1-2

 

1,885

Yes

26/09/2009

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

1-0

 

1,783

Yes

10/10/2009

Dunfermline Athletic

A

1st Division

1-3

 

2,460

Yes

14/10/2009

Dundee

H

1st Division

2-2

 

1,710

Yes

17/10/2009

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

0-2

 

3,055

Yes

24/10/2009

Inverness C T

H

1st Division

1-5

 

1,609

Yes

31/10/2009

Airdrie United

A

1st Division

1-3

 

1,184

Yes

07/11/2009

Queen of the South

H

1st Division

0-1

 

2,453

Yes

14/11/2009

Ross County

H

1st Division

1-1

 

1,236

Yes

21/11/2009

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

0-0

 

1,460

Yes

28/11/2009

Deveronvale

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

1-0

 

192

Yes

05/12/2009

Dunfermline Athletic

H

1st Division

1-0

 

1,625

Yes

12/12/2009

Dundee

A

1st Division

1-3

 

4,323

Yes

19/12/2009

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

Postponed

 

 

Yes

26/12/2009

Morton

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

 

Yes

02/01/2010

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

 

Yes

16/01/2010

Airdrie United

H

1st Division

Postponed

 

 

Yes

18/01/2010

Brechin City

H

Scottish Cup – 4th Rnd

1-0

 

1,139

Yes

23/01/2010

Ross County

A

1st Division

0-1

 

1,935

Yes

06/02/2010

Dundee

A

Scottish Cup – 5th Rnd

1-2

 

2,852

Yes

13/02/2010

Dundee

H

1st Division

Postponed

 

 

Yes

16/02/2010

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

0-3

 

1,721

Yes

20/02/2010

Dunfermline Athletic

A

1st Division

1-0

 

2,429

Yes

27/02/2010

Inverness C T

A

1st Division

3-3

 

2,843

Yes

01/03/2010

Airdrie United

H

1st Division

Postponed

Programme from 16th January used with insert

No Issue

06/03/2010

Morton

H

1st Division

2-0

 

2,145

Yes

11/03/2010

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

1-0

Programme from 19th December used with insert

1,505

No Issue

13/03/2010

Airdrie United

A

1st Division

1-1

 

1,122

Yes

17/03/2010

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-1

Programme from 13th February used with insert

1,326

No Issue

20/03/2010

Queen of the South

H

1st Division

3-0

 

2,139

Yes

27/03/2010

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

1-1

 

1,872

Yes

30/03/2010

Morton

A

1st Division

0-1

 

1,289

Yes

03/04/2010

Dundee

A

1st Division

0-3

 

4,270

Yes

07/04/2010

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

0-2

 

1,376

Yes

10/04/2010

Dunfermline Athletic

H

1st Division

1-2

 

1,347

Yes

17/04/2010

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

1-0

 

1,877

Yes

21/04/2010

Airdrie United

H

1st Division

1-4

Programme from 16th January used with insert

1,400

No Issue

24/04/2010

Inverness C T

H

1st Division

0-7

 

1,804

Yes

28/04/2010

Ross County

H

1st Division

0-1

 

1,247

Yes

01/05/2010

Morton

A

1st Division

2-2

Ayr United relegated

1,874

Yes

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

2009/10

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

36

 

11

4

3

36

20

 

10

6

2

36

12

 

21

10

5

72

32

 

73

40

2

Dundee

36

 

12

4

2

30

13

 

4

9

5

18

21

 

16

13

7

48

34

 

61

14

3

Dunfermline Athletic

36

 

9

3

6

31

23

 

8

4

6

23

21

 

17

7

12

54

44

 

58

10

4

Queen of the South

36

 

10

4

4

30

15

 

5

7

6

23

25

 

15

11

10

53

40

 

56

13

5

Ross County

36

 

9

6

3

28

20

 

6

5

7

18

24

 

15

11

10

46

44

 

56

2

6

Partick Thistle

36

 

9

3

6

23

15

 

5

3

10

20

25

 

14

6

16

43

40

 

48

3

7

Raith Rovers

36

 

6

6

6

20

19

 

5

3

10

16

28

 

11

9

16

36

47

 

42

-11

8

Greenock Morton

36

 

6

4

8

21

24

 

5

0

13

19

41

 

11

4

21

40

65

 

37

-25

9

Airdrie United

36

 

5

6

7

25

22

 

3

3

12

16

34

 

8

9

19

41

56

 

33

-15

10

Ayr United

36

 

5

5

8

17

30

 

2

5

11

12

30

 

7

10

19

29

60

 

31

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