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Division 2 – Play Off Promotion for Ayr

The 2010/11 season was the 114th season of competitive football in Scotland and Ayr United’s 96th competitive season and the 100th season since the clubs formation.

The previous season saw Ayr United celebrate their centenary season and continued the festivities in to the following season which was in fact the 100th season in the clubs history. The club had to adjust to life back in the Second Division after a disastrous spell back in the First Division as manager, Brian Reid looked to build a squad to bounce straight back up again.

A very poor pre-season saw Ayr lose each of their four friendlies, including three home games and a very disappointing 4-0 defeat at Annan Athletic. In the competitive season United began in typical fashion, losing a cup match to lower division opposition. They did put Airdrie United out of the tn_Peterhead (h) 28 Aug 10Challenge cup with two late goals at New Broomfield before losing after extra time to third division Elgin City in the Highlands in the CIS Cup.

A bad home defeat to Brechin City began the Division 2 league campaign but Brian Reid’s side did secure a fine 2-0 victory over first division Cowdenbeath in the 2nd round of the Challenge Cup. Ayr managed to salvage a league point at Airdrie on 14th August before recording their first league win against a poor Dumbarton side at Somerset Park by 1-0 on 21st August. United’s lack of goal scoring ability was already proving costly as good performances did not turn into goals and vital wins.

A home draw on 28th August against Peterhead was only obtained from a penalty in 90 minutes. In the Challenge Cup quarter final once again United’s pressure was defeated by poor finishing losing by 2-1 to their 1st division opponents Partick Thistle. A severe blow was struck in the league the following week when United suffered a 4-1 loss to their then promotion rivals Alloa Athletic. Results weren’t going Ayr’s way despite good play however a 3-2 away win at tn_Livingston (h) 2 Oct 10East Fife in mid-September was a welcome win for the Honest Men. This was followed up with an excellent 2-0 home against Stenhousemuir and Ayr then recorded an important win in the league securing the points against previously unbeaten Livingston by 3-1 coming from 1-0 down on 2nd October.

Ayr once again faltered losing 4-1 to Forfar but bounced back again with successive wins against Alloa at Somerset Park by 2-1 and Peterhead away by 4-2. I last kick of the ball goal at home to Airdrie United confirmed not only Ayr’s superiority in that match but tn_Airdrie United (h) 6 Nov 10also their intention to challenge for a promotion place. Again when things looked rosy Ayr had an off day sinking to a 3-2 defeat against bottom of the table Dumbarton.

Sunnaybank Juniors came to Ayr on 20th November hoping for a cup shock but Ayr held firm and sank the Aberdeen men by 5-0 in the Scottish Cup. United picked up from where they left off after a serious of postponements due to the weather including a cup win over premier league Hibernian after two matches. Highlight was a 5-0 away over domed Airdrie United but Ayr were still only destined to finish in second place – and a slot in the new play-off system for promotion.

The icing on the cake was an ultimate win in the play-off beating Forfar Athletic and Brechin City in the semi-final and final respectively to secure promotion.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

07/07/10

Stranraer

H

Friendly

1-2

243

No

 

10/07/10

Motherwell

H

Friendly

1-2

899

No

 

14/07/10

St Mirren

H

Friendly

1-3

625

No

 

17/07/10

Annan Athletic

A

Friendly

0-4

412

No

 

24/07/10

Airdrie United

A

Challenge Cup – 1st Rnd

2-1

754

Yes

 

31/07/10

Elgin City

A

CIS Cup – 1st Rnd

2-3

594

Yes

 

07/08/10

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

0-2

1,212

Yes

 

10/08/10

Cowdenbeath

H

Challenge Cup – 2nd Rnd

2-0

566

Yes

 

14/08/10

Airdrie United

A

2nd Division

2-2

1,127

Yes

 

21/08/10

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

1-0

1,242

Yes

 

28/08/10

Peterhead

H

2nd Division

1-1

1,099

Yes

 

04/09/10

Partick Thistle

A

Challenge Cup – 3rd Rnd

1-2

1,831

Yes

 

11/09/10

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-4

847

Yes

 

18/09/10

East Fife

A

2nd Division

3-2

664

Yes

 

25/09/10

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

2-0

1,065

Yes

 

02/10/10

Livingston

H

2nd Division

3-1

1,270

Yes

 

16/10/10

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-4

544

Yes

 

23/10/10

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

2-1

1,176

Yes

 

30/10/10

Peterhead

A

2nd Division

4-2

560

Yes

 

06/11/10

Airdrie United

H

2nd Division

1-0

1,439

Yes

 

13/11/10

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

2-3

811

Yes

 

20/11/10

Sunnybank Juniors

H

Scottish Cup 2nd Rnd

5-0

1,069

Yes

 

27/11/10

East Fife

H

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

04/12/10

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

11/12/10

Livingston

A

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

18/12/10

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

26/12/10

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

02/01/11

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

2-0

1,224

Yes

 

08/01/11

Hibernian

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

0-0

6,056

Yes

 

15/01/11

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-0

527

Yes

 

18/01/11

Hibernian

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd (replay)

1-0

3,826

Yes

 

22/01/11

Peterhead

H

2nd Division

2-2

1,226

Yes

 

29/01/11

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

4-3

1,181

Yes

 

05/02/11

St Mirren

H

Scottish Cup 4th Rnd

1-2

5,997

Yes

 

12/02/11

Livingston

H

2nd Division

0-3

1,614

Yes

 

19/02/11

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

23/02/11

East Fife

H

2nd Division

0-4

789

Yes

 

26/02/11

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

2-0

1,092

Yes

 

01/03/11

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

1-3

484

Yes

 

05/03/11

Airdrie United

A

2nd Division

5-0

966

Yes

 

12/03/11

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

1-0

1,049

Yes

 

19/03/11

Peterhead

A

2nd Division

2-1

536

Yes

 

23/03/11

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

0-1

909

Yes

 

26/03/11

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

1-2

568

Yes

 

29/03/11

East Fife

A

2nd Division

2-3

350

Yes

 

02/04/11

East Fife

H

2nd Division

1-1

976

Yes

 

05/04/11

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

2-3

341

Yes

 

09/04/11

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

3-1

851

Yes

 

12/04/11

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

3-0

394

Yes

 

16/04/11

Livingston

A

2nd Division

0-0

1,492

Yes

 

16/04/11

Livingston

A

2nd Division

2-3

904

Yes

 

23/04/11

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

2-1

830

Yes

 

30/04/11

Airdrie United

H

2nd Division

3-1

1,402

Yes

 

07/05/11

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

0-1

577

Yes

 

11/05/11

Forfar Athletic

A

P/O s/f 1st Leg

4-1

924

Yes

 

15/05/11

Forfar Athletic

H

P/O s/f 2nd Leg

3-3

1,198

Yes

 

18/05/11

Brechin City

H

P/O Final 1st Leg

1-1

2,020

Yes

 

22/05/11

Brechin City

A

P/O Final 2nd Leg

2-1

2,404

Yes

 

2nd

 

Pld

 

Home

 

Away

 

Overall

 

Pts

GD

2010/11

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Livingston

36

 

13

5

0

41

14

 

12

2

4

38

19

 

25

7

4

79

33

 

82

46

2

Ayr United

36

 

11

3

4

28

21

 

7

2

9

34

34

 

18

5

13

62

55

 

59

7

3

Forfar Athletic

36

 

10

5

3

32

22

 

7

3

8

18

26

 

17

8

11

50

48

 

59

2

4

Brechin City

36

 

9

3

6

35

26

 

6

9

3

28

19

 

15

12

9

63

45

 

57

18

5

East Fife

36

 

8

3

7

42

30

 

6

7

5

35

30

 

14

10

12

77

60

 

52

17

6

Airdrie United

36

 

5

7

6

24

29

 

8

2

8

28

31

 

13

9

14

52

60

 

48

-8

7

Dumbarton

36

 

7

3

8

33

29

 

4

4

10

19

41

 

11

7

18

52

70

 

40

-18

8

Stenhousemuir

36

 

7

3

8

28

26

 

3

5

10

18

33

 

10

8

18

46

59

 

38

-13

9

Alloa Athletic

36

 

5

6

7

27

31

 

4

3

11

22

40

 

9

9

18

49

71

 

36

-22

10

Peterhead

36

 

5

5

8

27

32

 

0

6

12

20

44

 

5

11

20

47

76

 

26

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