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Division 2 – United Struggle For Consistency or Passion

The 2012/13 season was the 116th season of competitive football in Scotland. The season began on 28 July 2012, with the start of the Challenge Cup The season was Ayr United’s 98th season of competitive football in the clubs history and saw Mark Roberts replace Brian Reid as manager at the start of the season in a player-manager role as the club adjusted to life back in the Second Division after relegation through the play-offs the previous season.

An inexperienced Mark Roberts began about leading the new club back up the league. A mixed-bag of pre-season results, including 1-1 draws in a closed door game at Queen’s Park, at home to Northern Irish side, Glentoran and at home English side, Bolton Wanderers as well as 4-0 win over Premier League side, Motherwell and a thumping 4-1 defeat at home to Partick Thistle.

An early defeat to East Stirling in the Ramsdens Cup was insignificant but a 6-1 win against Clyde in the league cup send hopes sky high for a good season.

Alas it wasn’t to be and results were not as hoped leaving United at the foot of the table. Some improvement helped the league position before Christmas. The small division of 10 clubs did not help as a few good wins put Ayr on the edge of the promotion play-offs but similarly a few defeats had them plunge into relegation trouble. A 5-1 defeat by Queen of the South enhanced Queens’ title challenge but sent Ayr hearts plummetting.

Ayr United welcomed Inverness Clachnacuddin to Somerset Park for the Third Round of the Scottish Cup, with the Highland League club proving stern-opposition as they took an early lead only for Michael Moffat to score two second half goals. The Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup saw Ayr United make another trip up to Station Park to face fellow Second Division side, Forfar Athletic and David Sinclair gave The Honest Men an early lead but his goal was later cancelled out by two second half Forfar goals saw Ayr exit the competition

At least by the time that United beat Albion Rovers 5-2 at Somerset Park in February it looked certain automatic relegation for the tn_Albion Rovers (h) 16 Feb 2013Coatbridge men. Further good results saw Ayr United once again flirting with promotion and four goals from striker Michael Moffat at Arbroath in March lightened hearts. The new manager was all things considered producing a competant and improving side.

Two bad 2-1 defeats at home against Stenhousemuir and Brechin City mitigated against Ayr entering a play off position by mid-March. However United conceded points too easily in the later stages of the season. The few wins that were obtained ensured that relegation was avoided, the win against Albion Rovers in April being the all important win, but even then the play off promotion places were on the horizon.

However losses were ensuring that this option was denied the Honest men. The season generally ‘died’ with United seemingly unable to offer anything that may constitute a serious challenge with many odd goal defeats that a little extra effort may have seen them win and attain promotion.

Ayr’s formed remained inconsistent throughout the rest of the season; with six wins including a 5-2 win at home to Albion Rovers in which Michael Moffat and a 4-1 win at Arbroath where Moffat got all four of Ayr’s goals, nine loses including a devastating 4-0 loss at Stenhousemuir that lead to Ayr losing the next and last two games of the season at home to Arbroath and Away to Forfar Athletic .The later games of the season were marred by indiscipline with Ayr having players sent off in almost every game.

Supporters clamboured for a beeter effort and ethos in the following season.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

14/07/2012

Motherwell

H

Friendly

4-0

825

Yes

Combined Programme

16/07/2012

Partick Thistle

H

Friendly

1-4

 

Yes

Combined Programme

18/07/2012

Bolton Wanderers

H

Friendly

1-1

 

Yes

Combined Programme

21/07/2012

Glentoran

H

Friendly

1-1

 

Yes

Combined Programme

28/07/2012

East Stirling

A

Ramsdens Cup

1-3

493

Yes

 

04/08/2012

Clyde

H

Scottish League Cup

6-1

1,022

Yes

 

11/08/2012

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

1-1

1,253

Yes

 

18/08/2012

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

2-4

714

Yes

 

25/08/2012

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

2-3

1,094

Yes

 

29/08/2012

St Mirren

A

Scottish League Cup

1-5

 

Yes

 

01/09/2012

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

0-2

772

Yes

 

15/09/2012

Queen of the South

H

2nd Division

2-4

1,373

Yes

 

22/09/2012

East Fife

A

2nd Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

29/09/2012

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

3-0

993

Yes

 

06/10/2012

Albion Rovers

H

2nd Division

2-1

1,023

Yes

 

20/10/2012

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

0-1

595

Yes

 

27/10/2012

Arbroath

H

2nd Division

2-0

1,062

Yes

 

03/11/2012

Inverness Clachnacuddin

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

2-1

1,032

Yes

 

10/11/2012

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

1-1

586

Yes

 

17/11/2012

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

2-1

1,006

Yes

 

24/11/2012

Queen of the South

A

2nd Division

0-2

1,953

Yes

 

01/12/2012

Forfar Athletic

A

Scottish Cup 4th Rnd

1-2

505

Yes

 

15/12/2012

East Fife

H

2nd Division

2-3

943

Yes

 

26/12/2012

Albion Rovers

A

2nd Division

0-2

509

Yes

 

29/12/2012

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

0-0

927

Yes

 

02/01/2013

Queen of the South

H

2nd Division

1-5

1,216

Yes

 

05/01/2013

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

1-0

803

Yes

 

12/01/2013

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-2

479

Yes

 

19/1/2013

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

26/01/2013

East Fife

A

2nd Division

3-3

514

Yes

 

09/02/2013

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

2-2

521

Yes

 

16/02/2013

Albion Rovers

H

2nd Division

5-2

1,064

Yes

 

19/02/2013

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

1-2

412

Yes

 

23/02/2013

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

2-1

1,008

Yes

 

26/02/2013

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

1-2

821

No

Programme from 19th Jan used

02/03/2013

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

4-1

651

Yes

 

05/03/2013

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

1-2

631

Yes

 

09/03/2013

Queen of the South

A

2nd Division

0-2

1,471

Yes

 

16/03/2013

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

2-1

1,022

Yes

 

23/03/2013

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

1-2

427

Yes

 

30/03/2013

East Fife

H

2nd Division

2-1

956

Yes

 

06/04/2013

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

0-2

898

Yes

 

13/04/2013

Albion Rovers

A

2nd Division

3-1

475

Yes

 

20/04/2013

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

0-4

497

Yes

 

27/04/2013

Arbroath

H

2nd Division

0-1

834

Yes

 

04/05/2013

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-2

622

Yes

 

 

2nd Division

Pld

 

Home

 

Away

 

Overall

 

Pts

GD

2012/13

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Queen of the South

36

 

15

3

0

41

9

 

14

2

2

51

14

 

29

5

2

92

23

 

92

69

2

Alloa Athletic

36

 

9

4

5

31

19

 

11

3

4

31

16

 

20

7

9

62

35

 

67

27

3

Brechin City

36

 

12

1

5

44

30

 

7

3

8

28

29

 

19

4

13

72

59

 

61

13

4

Forfar Athletic

36

 

10

2

6

39

38

 

7

1

10

28

36

 

17

3

16

67

74

 

54

-7

5

Arbroath

36

 

9

4

5

28

22

 

6

3

9

19

35

 

15

7

14

47

57

 

52

-10

6

Stenhousemuir

36

 

8

5

5

27

22

 

4

8

6

32

37

 

12

13

11

59

59

 

49

0

7

Ayr United

36

 

8

2

8

30

30

 

4

3

11

23

35

 

12

5

19

53

65

 

41

-12

8

Stranraer

36

 

7

4

7

27

33

 

3

3

12

16

38

 

10

7

19

43

71

 

37

-28

9

East Fife

36

 

5

4

9

25

28

 

3

4

11

25

37

 

8

8

20

50

65

 

32

-15

10

Albion Rovers

36

 

5

2

11

28

39

 

2

1

15

17

43

 

7

3

26

45

82

 

24

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