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Ayr United vs. Brechin City
League Cup – 1st Round, Saturday 1st August 2015

After easing into the second round of the Petrofac Cup versus Albion Rovers last weekend, Ayr United again face League 1 opposition at Somerset Park on Saturday when Brechin City are the opponents in the first round of the League Cup.

It has been a summer of upheaval at Glebe Park, following the departure of manager Ray McKinnon to Raith Rovers and key players Alan Trouten and Gerry McLauchlan who were, of course, snapped up by Ian McCall. Amongst new Brechin player-manager Darren Dods signings are former United full-back Jonathan Tiffoney, centre-back Ross Perry and veteran striker Dene Shields, who has returned to Scottish football after a spell in Malta.

Dod’s managerial début ended in defeat last weekend, with Peterhead running out 3-0 winners at Glebe Park.

Team News: Peter Murphy and Jamie Adams both have slight knocks and wont be risked. Craig Moore is suspended.

Ian says: “Some might have looked at our cup tie with Albion Rovers and thought it looked like a fairly unglamorous tie however the cup draw proved why we look at every game as important and Saturday is no different.

There were positives and negatives in the Albion game as you would expect from our first competitive run out however I do want us to move the ball quicker and that’s something we will be working on.

We now have two of Brechins standout players over the last 3 or 4 seasons so it will add a wee edge to the game and we are all looking forward to it. I keep saying it however this is our home and we look to win all our games here.

On Thursday night we had the best training session here since I have been involved. The players were all so sharp. Alan Forrest trained really well so will be on the bench on Saturday and we were delighted to get Craig Moore involved.”

Head-to-Head (cup competitions):
Ayr United wins – 6
Draws – 1
Brechin City wins – 2

Saturday will be the first League Cup meeting between the sides for exactly 50 years. United won the last tie at Glebe Park in August 1965 1-0.

City are unbeaten on their last five visits to Somerset Park.

Last Meeting: Ayr came back from a goal down to lead City 2-1 when the sides last met, in March this year at Somerset Park. Brian Gilmour and a Jon-Paul McGovern penalty countered Andy Jackson’s opener but the game ended all-square after Paul McLean’s 75th minute equaliser for the Hedgemen.

On this day: The Honest Men are unbeaten on this day in history, winning two and drawing two of their four fixtures on August 1st. Most recently, Ayr travelled to Forthbank in the League Cup in 2009, needing extra-time to defeat Stirling Albion who finished the game with 9 men. Willie Easton and Andy Aitken were the United scorers on the day.

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee – Ivan Stankovic
Assistant Referee – Chris McTiernan

Match Details:
Adults – £10
Concessions – £5

Season tickets are not valid for this game.