Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers
Petrofac Training Cup – 1st Round, Saturday 25th July 2015
Season 2015/16 kicks-off in earnest on Saturday with the visit of Albion Rovers to Somerset Park in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup. Manager Ian McCall has overhauled the Honest Men during a busy summer, bringing in seven new faces, and will be looking for the team to start in style.
Albion Rovers player-manager Darren Young led the Coatbridge side to the League 2 title in his first season in charge at Cliftonhill and, despite losing a number of first team players, has seen his squad go unbeaten in four pre-season matches.
Among Young’s summer signings are striker Andrew Barrowman, Paul Willis, who spent a brief spell on loan with Ayr from Dunfermline in 2011, and pacy teenage forward Yamikani Misanjo from Rossvale Juniors. Former United defender Mick Dunlop and his brother Ross were mainstays in Albion’s defence last season.
Team News: Martyn Campbell is suspended and Alan Forrest will not be ready until next weeks game.
Ian says:”We are absolutely delighted to get around to the competitive games. Pre season is great to get the boys together and working hard however this is the real McCoy now and when the attitudes and work rates really step up. Ive heard people talk this cup down however I believe its a winnable trophy and we will be taking it very seriously. I am really looking forward to seeing our new signings play and most will be in the team. We want to set our stall out from the start, this is our home and we will no longer be easy to beat here. We want to win all our home games. I would ask the fans to take advantage of the reduction in entry fee and come and see the new players and give them your support.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 30
Draws – 7
Albion Rovers win – 9
Only one of the last 29 meetings between the sides has ended in a draw.
Last Meeting: Brothers David and Robbie Winters were on opposite sides when the Wee Rovers last visited Somerset Park in February 2013. 38-year-old Robbie netted twice for the visitors but it was younger brother who held the bragging rights after the Honest Men eased to a 5-2 win courtesy of a Michael Moffat hat-trick and double from Michael Donald. Two months later Ayr were 3-1 winners at Cliftonhill with Moffat again, Buchanan and McLaughlin on the scoresheet.
On this day: Six years ago to the day, the sides met at the same stage of the Challenge Cup, also at Somerset Park. Second half goals from Bobby Barr and David McFarlane saw Third Division Rovers defeat First Division United.
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee – Garry Doherty
Adults – £10
Concessions – £5
Season tickets are not valid for this game.