Ayrshire derby

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Ayrshire derby
Both sets of fans hold up card displays as the teams line up before the 2012 Scottish League Cup Semi-final at Hampden Park
TeamsAyr United, Kilmarnock FC
First meeting14 September 1910
StadiumsRugby Park, Somerset Park
Meetings total138[1][a]
Most winsKilmarnock (56)[1][a]
Location of the two teams' stadia
Ayr United

The Ayrshire Derby refers to matches between the two senior Scottish football sides based in Ayrshire: Ayr United and Kilmarnock.

The first match was held on 14 September 1910, in the same year that Ayr United were formed; this game was the final of the Ayrshire League in the 1909–10 season, and finished in a 4–4 draw.[2] Ayr United were the first of the clubs to record a win the following season; the six most recent meetings took place in national cup competitions because Kilmarnock have played in a higher division than Ayr since 1993. Up until 1998, both clubs competed in a local cup competition, the Ayrshire Cup, which also involved local junior sides.[3]

The current record for Ayrshire derby games in major competitions stands at 56 wins for Kilmarnock and 48 for Ayr United.[1]

The term Ayrshire Derby has also been used to refer to Scottish Cup matches involving two teams from the county, most recently in the 2018–19 fourth round when Auchinleck Talbot played Ayr United.[4]

Results table[edit]

National competitions[edit]

As of July 2018[1]

Competition[b] GP AYR D KIL AYRG KILG
Scottish Football League[c] 109 39 27 43 145 184
Scottish Cup 10 3 2 5 12 16
Scottish League Cup 18 6 5 7 17 21
Scottish Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1
Total 138 48 34 56 174 222

Table only includes matches between Kilmarnock and Ayr United from 1910. Major fixtures involving Ayr's predecessor clubs are shown below:

Defunct local competitions[edit]

Ayrshire Cup (1930–1998)[3] 70 26 11 33 93 123
Ayrshire League (1910–1911)[2] 4 2 1 1 10 8
Ayr Charity Cup (1928–1939)[10] 11 5 4 2 28 15
Kilmarnock Charity Cup (1928–1939)[11] 11 5 1 5 24 33
West Sound Trophy (2003–2005)[12] 3 0 1 2 2 7
Total 99 38 18 43 157 186
  1. ^ a b National competitions only
  2. ^ Does not include minor or wartime tournaments such as the Scottish War Emergency Cup
  3. ^ Includes all divisions and versions of main league system (they never met during the Scottish Premier League era, nor since the advent of the Scottish Professional Football League

Recent matches[edit]

Ayr United1–0Kilmarnock
Geggan Goal 39' Report
Attendance: 6,417
Referee: John Beaton

Second Round
Kilmarnock1–0Ayr United
Rory McKenzie (69) Report
Attendance: 8,877
Referee: Craig Thompson

Semi Final
Ayr United0–1 (a.e.t.)Kilmarnock
[13] Dean Shiels (109)
Attendance: 25,057
Referee: Steven McLean

Fourth round (replay)
Kilmarnock3–1Ayr United
Simon Ford (50, 80)
Mehdi Taouil (76)
Fernandez Red card 69'
Report Bryan Prunty (13)
Attendance: 11,563

Fourth round
Ayr United2–2Kilmarnock
Dean Keenan (15)
Alex Williams (90)
Report Manuel Pascali (9)
Craig Bryson (54)
Attendance: 9,280

Ayr United3–0Kilmarnock
Andrew Lyons (29)
Andy Walker (81 pen, 83 pen)[14]
Attendance: 10,153

Ayr United2–0Kilmarnock
Jim Dick (83)
Ian Ferguson (85)
Attendance: 9,286

In January 2009, the two clubs met for the first time in over seven years, they were drawn together in the Scottish Cup at Somerset Park. The game finished 2–2, Kilmarnock twice taking the lead and Ayr United equalising twice, with the final goal of the game scored by substitute Ayr striker Alex Williams in injury time. Ayr keeper Stephen Grindlay also saved a penalty kick from Kilmarnock's Allan Russell. In the replay at Rugby Park, Ayr United took the lead with a goal from Bryan Prunty, which television replays confirmed had involved the use of his hand. However, Kilmarnock won the tie 3–1 with goals from Simon Ford (twice) and Moroccan Medhi Taouil; this was Kilmarnock's first victory in the derby in a senior competition for seventeen years.

The previous meeting was a Scottish League Cup tie in October 2001. Ayr United had midfielder Paul Sheerin sent off early in the second half, playing the rest of the 90 minutes and extra time with ten men. However, no goals were scored in open play, and Ayr United won 5–4, with Chris Innes of Kilmarnock missing the vital spot-kick. Prior to that, Ayr United recorded 3–0 and 2–0 wins in the Scottish Cup in 1997–98 and 1998–99, the former bringing to an end Kilmarnock's reign as the cup holders. In the 1998–99 match, Andy Walker scored two penalties, the second of them being chipped over the Kilmarnock goalkeeper Gordon Marshall.[14]

2011–12 League Cup Semi-Final[edit]

On 28 January 2012, Ayr United and Kilmarnock met at Hampden Park for the League Cup semi-final. Kilmarnock won 1–0 thanks to a 109th-minute goal from Dean Shiels;[13] this was the first time that the Ayrshire derby had taken place in the semi-finals of a major competition[15] and it was also the first derby to be played at a neutral venue. The game also achieved the highest recorded post-World War II crowd of any Ayrshire derby with 25,057 people travelling to Hampden (Kilmarnock versus Ayr United on 19 March 1938 had a crowd of 27,442).


The last league meeting between the sides was on 20 March 1993 at Rugby Park, finishing in a 1–1 draw. Since then, Kilmarnock have played in the Scottish Premier League and Ayr in the First or Second Divisions. By contrast, in the late 1970s Ayr United played in the then-top tier of Scottish league football with Kilmarnock in the division below.

Ayrshire Cup[edit]

The two clubs have both won this local competition on many occasions, but the last time it was contested was in 1998, when Kilmarnock won 4–2 at Rugby Park after trailing 2–0 at half time; this match was made even more special with Kilmarnock left back Dylan Kerr jumping into the Moffat Stand to celebrate his superb strike to make it 3–2. The trophy has been won by Kilmarnock on 42 occasions and by Ayr United on 27.

Other matches[edit]

Between 2003 and 2005, a series of annual one-off friendly matches were held in October, sponsored by a local commercial radio station and named the West Sound Trophy.[12] Kilmarnock won the first match at Rugby Park 1–0; the following year at Somerset Park Ayr United won on penalties, having earlier been 2–0 behind; and in the final match Kilmarnock won 4–0 at home.


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  13. ^ a b "Ayr United 0–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Ayrshire Derby: Ayr United's Andy Walker scored the most famous penalty ever seen at Somerset Park to seal legendary 3-0 Scottish Cup win". Daily Record. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Ayrshire's bitter derby reaches Hampden". When Saturday Comes. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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