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Championship – Ayr Make Premiership Play Offs

The 2018-19 season saw Ayr United compete in the Ladbrokes Championship after promotion as Champions of League 1 on the final2019-20 Ayr Utd Retro Season day of the 2017-18 season.

During this season, Ayr also competed in the William Hill Scottish Cup, losing to Auchinleck Talbot in the Fourth Round, the Betfred Cup, going out in the Quarter Finals at Ibrox to Rangers and the IRN-BRU Cup at Hampden Park against Queen’s Park in the First Round

Following promotion to the Championship, Ayr boss, Ian McCall had retained much of the League winning side of the previous season, while adding a few new faces to the squad in the form of Daniel Harvie from Aberdeen, Andy Murdoch from Greenock Morton and Liam Smith from Hearts as well as Goalkeeper, Ross Doohan on loan from Celtic.

Ross Docherty was selected as Club Captain for the second season, but missed the start of the season through an injury that kept him out of the end of the previous one.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Issued

Comments

30/06/2018

Forfar Athletic

A

Friendly

0-1

No Issue

03/07/2018

Stranraer

A

Friendly

3-1

No Issue

07/07/2018

AFC Fylde

H

Friendly

2-1

No Issue

Inverclyde, Largs

14/07/2018

Morton

H

Scottish League Cup – Group E

3-1

1,586

Yes

21/07/2018

Albion Rovers

A

Scottish League Cup – Group E

2-0

519

No Issue

24/07/2018

Stenhousemuir

H

Scottish League Cup – Group E

5-0

1,227

Yes

28/07/2018

Partick Thistle

A

Scottish League Cup – Group E

2-0

2,871

Yes

04/08/2018

Partick Thistle

H

Championship

2-0

3,249

Yes

11/08/2018

Inverness C T

A

Championship

0-0

2,376

Yes

14/08/2018

Queens Park

A

Irn Bru Challenge Cup

0-0

834

Yes

Ayr lose 4-2 on penalties

19/08/2018

Dundee

A

Scottish League Cup – 2nd Round

3-0

3,151

Yes

25/08/2018

Dunfermline Athletic

H

Championship

4-1

2,597

Yes

01/09/2018

Queen of the South

A

Championship

0-5

2,498

Yes

15/09/2018

Falkirk

H

Championship

3-2

2,250

Yes

22/09/2018

Alloa Athletic

A

Championship

2-0

949

Yes

26/09/2018

Rangers

A

Scottish League Cup – Quarter Final

4-0

35,042

Yes

29/09/2018

Morton

A

Championship

5-1

2,273

Yes

06/10/2018

Dundee United

H

Championship

2-0

2,621

Yes

20/10/2018

Ross County

A

Championship

1-2

3,140

Yes

27/10/2018

Partick Thistle

A

Championship

1-0

3,491

Yes

30/10/2018

Alloa Athletic

H

Championship

3-0

1,742

Yes

03/11/2018

Falkirk

A

Championship

1-0

4,310

Yes

10/11/2018

Queen of the South

H

Championship

1-1

2,539

Yes

17/11/2018

Morton

H

Championship

0-0

2,346

Yes

4/10/2018

Beith Juniors

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Round

3-0

1,780

Yes

30/11/2018

Dundee United

A

Championship

5-0

6,097

Yes

07/12/2018

Inverness C T

H

Championship

Postponed

15/12/2018

Ross County

H

Championship

3-3

2,030

Yes

22/12/2018

Dunfermline Athletic

A

Championship

0-0

4,916

Yes

29/12/2018

Queen of the South

A

Championship

1-1

2,349

Yes

05/01/2019

Falkirk

H

Championship

0-1

2,729

Yes

12/01/2019

Inverness C T

A

Championship

0-1

2,283

Yes

19/01/2019

Auchinleck Talbot

A

Scottish Cup – 4th Round

0-1

3,100

Yes

25/01/2019

Dundee United

H

Championship

1-0

2,232

Yes

29/01/2018

Inverness C T

H

Championship

2-3

1,559

No Issue

Programme for 7th December used

02/02/2019

Alloa Athletic

A

Championship

3-1

957

Yes

16/02/2019

Morton

A

Championship

0-0

2,335

Yes

23/02/2019

Dunfermline Athletic

H

Championship

0-1

2,202

Yes

26/02/2019

Ross County

A

Championship

2-3

3,489

Yes

02/03/2019

Partick Thistle

H

Championship

Postponed

08/03/2019

Falkirk

A

Championship

0-2

4,344

Yes

16/03/2019

Queen of the South

H

Championship

Postponed

23/03/2019

Morton

H

Championship

Postponed

29/03/2019

Dunfermline Athletic

A

Championship

1-0

4,671

Yes

02/04/2019

Morton

H

Championship

1-1

1,802

Yes

06/04/2019

Inverness C T

H

Championship

0-1

1,566

Yes

09/04/2019

Queen of the South

H

Championship

1-0

1,582

Yes

12/04/2019

Dundee United

A

Championship

1-2

4,392

Yes

19/04/2019

Ross County

H

Championship

1-3

3,489

Yes

Combined Programme

23/04/2019

Partick Thistle

H

Championship

0-1

2,429

Yes

27/04/2019

Partick Thistle

A

Championship

2-1

3,855

Yes

04/05/2019

Alloa Athletic

H

Championship

1-1

1,665

Yes

07/05/2019

Inverness C T

H

Premiership Play Off Quarter Final – 1st Leg

1-3

2,171

Yes

11/05/2019

Inverness C T

A

Premiership Play Off Quarter Final – 2nd Leg

1-1

2,323

Yes

Pos

Team

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

GA

Promotion, qualification or relegation

1

Ross County

36

21

8

7

63

34

71

0.9

Promotion to Premiership

2

Dundee United

36

19

8

9

49

40

65

0.8

                                               Qualification to Championship play-offs

3

Inverness Caledonian Th

36

14

14

8

48

40

56

0.9

4

Ayr United

36

15

9

12

50

38

54

0.9

5

Morton

36

11

13

12

36

45

46

0.8

 

6

Partick Thistle

36

12

7

17

43

52

43

1.0

 

7

Dunfermline Athletic

36

11

8

17

33

40

41

0.8

 

8

Alloa Athletic

36

10

9

17

39

53

39

1.0

 

9

Queen of the South

36

9

11

16

41

48

38

1.1

Qualification for League 1 play-offs

10

Falkirk

36

9

11

16

37

49

38

1.0

Relegation to League 1

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