Ayr United vs. Brechin City
League 1, Saturday 15th August 2015
On Saturday, Ayr United look to bounce back from their shock opening day defeat at the hands of Albion Rovers when Brechin City are the visitors to Somerset Park.
After defeat in the League Cup here a fortnight ago, Brechin were routed 6-1 in their opening league game, at home to Dunfermline. New signing David Weatherston netted a late consolation for Darren Dods’s side.
Team News: Martyn Campbell will be rested. Craig Moore, Nicky Devlin, Gerry McLauchlan and Alan Forrest will all start the match.
Ian says:”With so many games coming up it is essential that we rotate certain members of the squad to ensure everyone stays fit. The priority in the next 3 weeks for us is the 4 league games.
Saturday was very much a wake up call for us. After beating Albion pretty comfortably at home they ran out 3-0 winners just two weeks later. Now we have a very similar scenario with Brechin. I am expecting a big reaction from everyone however Brechin will also be looking for that after their result last week. We will look to be at it from the start and hopefully we get a good crowd behind us.”
Head-to-Head (League games at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 20
Draws – 7
Brechin City wins – 13
Former Brechin boss Ray McKinnon was unbeaten on five visits to Somerset Park in charge of the Hedgemen, winning three and drawing two. City’s last league defeat in Ayrshire was Jim Weir’s last in charge, a 3-0 loss in September 2012. Michael Moffat, Marc Twaddle and David Sinclair netted for the Honest Men, who played for 75 minutes with 10 men following Austin McCann’s ordering off.
Last Meeting: Fans don’t need to look too far back to remember the last meeting between the side – a 2-0 win for the Honest Men a fortnight ago. Last season, Brechin had the better of the four games between the side, earning seven points including four at Somerset Park.
On this day: in 2000 Ayr travelled to Glebe Park to face Brechin City in the first round of the Challenge Cup. United had invested heavily in the summer, recruiting John Hughes, Paul Lovering, Pat McGinlay and Eddie Annand among others but crashed out of the competition, losing 3-1. A Neil Duffy own goal and Blair Sturrock strike put City two-up, Pat McGinlay countered but Roddy Grant, on loan at Somersert Park the previous season, completed the scoring.
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee – Mark McLean
Assistant Referee – Daniel McFarlane
Adults – £15
Concessions* – £8
Parent & Child – £18
* Senior Citizens, Students (with Student ID) and U16s
Brechin supporters can receive £2 off the gate price by showing their 2015/16 season ticket. Adults only