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League 1- Last Day Champions!

The 2017-18 season was the 103rd competitive league season competed by Ayr United and saw them win the League 1 title.

The 2017-18 season saw Ayr United win their first League Championship in 21 years on the last day after defeating Albion Rovers at Somerset Park and Alloa Athletic held Raith Rovers to a draw at Starks Park.

This was also the first season in over 80 years that Ayr won a title at home too.

“The League season began with a lot of goals away to Albion Rovers when Ayr won 5-1, with Craig Moore getting the first hat-trick of the season. This was followed by victories at home to Forfar Athletic and away to Stranraer.

Ayr’s first league defeat came on home soil when Arbroath came from behind to win 2-1, this was followed by Ayr’s first away loss of the season when title rivals Raith Rovers with Lawrence Shankland scoring the opening goal on his debut for the club, however Raith went on to score two more and win 2-1. Following the defeat to Raith,

Ayr went on to go 13 games unbeaten in all competitions ending with a defeat away to Airdrieonians just before Christmas.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Issued

Comments

29/06/2017

Partick Thistle

A

Friendly

5-1

 

No Issue

Behind closed doors

04/07/2017

Morton

A

Friendly

4-1

 

No Issue

Behind closed doors

08/07/2017

Motherwell

H

Friendly

0-2

 

No Issue

Behind closed doors

14/07/2017

Kilmarnock

H

Scottish League Cup – Group E

1-0

6,417

Yes

 

18/07/2017

Dumbarton

A

Scottish League Cup – Group E

3-1

615

Yes

 

25/07/2017

Clyde

H

Scottish League Cup – Group E

5-1

1,501

No Issue

 

29/07/2017

Annan Athletic

A

Scottish League Cup – Group E

6-1

659

Yes

 

05/08/2017

Albion Rovers

A

League 1

5-1

806

Yes

 

08/08/2017

Hibernian

A

Scottish League Cup – 2nd Round

0-5

8,135

Yes

 

12/08/2017

Forfar Athletic

H

League 1

3-0

1,399

Yes

 

16/08/2017

East Stirlingshire

A

Challenge Cup – 1st Rnd

5-1

274

Yes

 

19/08/2017

Stranraer

A

League 1

4-3

1,070

Yes

 

26/08/2017

Arbroath

H

League 1

1-2

1,569

Yes

 

29/08/2017

Montrose

H

Challenge Cup – 2nd Rnd

1-2 aet

906

No Issue

 

29/08/2017

Raith Rovers

A

League 1

1-2

2,286

Yes

 

16/09/2017

Alloa Athletic

H

League 1

3-3

1,306

Yes

 

23/09/2017

Queens Park

A

League 1

2-0

1,051

Yes

 

30/09/2017

East Fife

H

League 1

3-0

1,382

Yes

 

14/10/2017

Airdrieonians

H

League 1

2-2

1,513

Yes

 

21/10/2017

Forfar Athletic

A

League 1

5-0

664

Yes

 

28/10/2017

Stranraer

H

League 1

2-0

1,437

Yes

 

04/11/2017

Arbroath

A

League 1

4-1

922

Yes

 

14/11/2017

Raith Rovers

H

League 1

3-0

2,040

Yes

 

18/11/2017

Banks O’Dee

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

6-2

469

Yes

 

25/11/2017

Alloa Athletic

A

League 1

2-1

854

Yes

 

02/12/2017

Albion Rovers

H

League 1

3-2

1,426

Yes

 

09/12/2017

Queens Park

H

League 1

3-2

1,320

Yes

 

16/12/2017

East Fife

A

League 1

4-1

637

Yes

 

23/12/2017

Airdrieonians

A

League 1

0-2

1,113

Yes

 

16/12/2017

Forfar Athletic

H

League 1

2-3

1,477

Yes

 

03/01/2018

Stranraer

A

League 1

5-1

1,143

Yes

 

06/01/2018

Arbroath

H

League 1

1-2

1,436

Yes

 

13/01/2018

Raith Rovers

A

League 1

1-1

3,094

Yes

 

20/01/2018

Arbroath

H

Scottish Cup – 4th Rnd

4-1

1,151

Yes

 

27/01/2018

Queens Park

A

League 1

4-1

1,123

Yes

 

03/02/2018

Alloa Athletic

H

League 1

1-2

1,139

Yes

 

03/02/2018

Rangers

H

Scottish Cup – 5th Rnd

1-6

9,346

Yes

 

17/02/2018

East Fife

H

League 1

3-0

1,170

Yes

 

24/02/2018

Airdrieonians

H

League 1

3-0

1,456

Yes

 

10/03/2018

Raith Rovers

H

League 1

3-0

2,126

Yes

 

14/03/2018

Arbroath

A

League 1

1-1

663

Yes

 

17/03/2018

Forfar Athletic

A

League 1

2-0

629

Yes

 

20/03/2018

Albion Rovers

A

League 1

3-2

652

Yes

 

24/03/2018

Queens Park

H

League 1

4-0

1,600

Yes

 

31/03/2018

East Fife

A

League 1

3-2

759

Yes

 

07/04/2018

Airdrieonians

H

League 1

2-1

1,125

Yes

 

14/04/2018

Stranraer

H

League 1

1-2

2,323

Yes

 

22/04/2018

Alloa Athletic

A

League 1

1-2

1,759

Yes

 

28/04/2018

Albion Rovers

H

League 1

2-0

2,441

Yes

Ayr United promoted

Pos

Teams

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Promotion, qualification or relegation

1

Ayr United (C, P)

36

24

4

8

92

42

+50

76

Promotion to Championship

2

Raith Rovers

36

22

9

5

68

32

+36

75

Qualification to Championship play-offs

3

Alloa Athletic ( P)

36

17

9

10

56

43

+13

60

4

Arbroath

36

17

8

11

70

51

+19

59

5

Stranraer

36

16

5

15

58

66

-8

53

6

East Fife

36

13

3

20

49

67

-18

42

7

Airdrieonians

36

10

11

15

46

60

-14

41

8

Forfar Athletic

36

11

5

20

40

65

-25

38

9

Queen’s Park (R)

36

7

10

19

42

72

-30

31

Qualification to League One play-offs

10

Albion Rovers (R)

36

8

6

22

57

80

-23

30

Relegation to League Two

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