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Arbroath | Match Preview | 19/03/22
March 19, 2022

News /Game News

Arbroath | Match Preview | 19/03/22

Arbroath is the destination this weekend for Ayr United as they seek to continue their recent purple patch on the road. However, Dick Campbell’s side are still very much in the race for the title and the importance of this match for both teams will not be lost.

United travel to Arbroath on the back of a disappointing derby defeat on Friday night as Killie raced in to a 3-0 lead with only 16 minutes on the clock. The Honest Men had Markus Fjortoft sent off before Kerr McInroy got one back and despite a valiant effort from ten man United, 3-1 was how it ended. As Ayr struggle to capture any home form, they are experiencing much better fortunes on their travels having won their last three outings on the road and breaking hoodoos in Raith, Inverness and Kilmarnock with historically hard to come by wins. Lee Bullen’s men lie 7th in the table but as the bottom five remains congested, United will be looking to claim a vital victory prior to crunch games against Morton and Hamilton.

Opposition

The hosts dropped out of top spot last weekend after a damaging 3-0 victory away to Inverness. That was only Arbroath’s fourth defeat of the season as Dick Campbell’s men have built a remarkable title challenge and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend. They trail Kilmarnock by just two points in what is set to be an exciting end to the season. Having scored 40 goals and only conceded 22 goals this season Arbroath have the second best goal difference in the league and boast the league’s top goal scorer in Michael McKenna. 

Team News

Michael Hewitt still side-lined. Fjortoft is suspended. Dario Viviani has been called up from our 18s squad and may feature on the bench.

The Manager Says:

“We knew playing the top two teams in a week would be tough but it was really disappointing that after a freak 15 minutes the game was finished against Killie. The mentality was good in the second half and that’s something we need to build on at Arbroath which is a tough place to go. We need to be ready for a physical battle with both teams looking to get back to winning ways after disappointing results last week.”

Have a listen to what Lee Bullen and Mark McKenzie have to say ahead of Saturday’s trip to Arbroath: https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/black-white-tv

Head to Head

Ayr United wins - 53
Draws - 21
Arbroath Wins – 30

The Honest Men have yet to suffer defeat to Arbroath this season with a win and two draws to their name. After being unbeaten in six visit’s to Gayfield, last season United were put to the sword by Arbroath on both their visits including a 4-0 thumping which left Ayr staring down the barrel of relegation.

Last Meeting: United claimed victory in the last meeting between the two back on 8th January. A James Maxwell goal was enough to secure victory for Ayr at Somerset Park in Lee Bullen’s first game in charge.

Ayr lined up: McAdams, Houston, Baird, McGinty, Reading, Muirhead, McKenzie (McAllister 94’), Chalmers, Murdoch, Maxwell (O’Connor 80’), Moffat (Bryden 77’)

Match Officials

Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee – Stuart Stevenson

Assistant Referee – Barry Reid

Live Coverage

Admission Details:  Tickets are now on sale and are available online only. There will be no cash gates in operation at Gayfield.

Prices are as follows: 

£19 - Adult

£12 - Concession (Over 65, Students, Juvenile, Disabled supporter (which includes Carer)

£22 - Parent & Child (U12)

£24 - Parent & Two Children (U12)

Tickets can be bought here: HTTPS://WWW.ARBROATHFC.CO.UK/AWAY-TICKETS/

 

Live Streaming: This match will be available to everyone else over the age of 18 for £13 over on arbroathfc.tv