Match Preview Queen’s Park vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 23rd September 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Hampden Park to face Queen’s Park. The Honest Men remain in second place in the table after former Queen’s Park striker Lawrence Shankland’s late strike against Alloa last weekend rescued a point and are one of three teams who are six points behind leaders Raith Rovers. Another high-scoring match involving Ian McCall’s men means United’s six league games this season have averaged 4.67 goals.
Queen’s Park picked up their first league win of the season a fortnight ago when Ross Millen’s penalty earned the Spiders all three points at East Fife. Last Saturday, however, they were brought back down to earth when Raith put five goals past them with no reply at the National Stadium. Gus McPherson’s side occupy ninth place in League 1, a point ahead of bottom side Forfar, who dispensed with manager Gary Bollan this week.
Team News: Chris Higgins comes back into the squad. Craig Moore, Paddy Boyle, Robbie Crawford and Alan Forrest are still out.
Ian says: “We were hoping to have at least a couple of the injured boys back however we do have Chris Higgins back and Jamie & Doc have both had an extra weeks training. We need to defend better and stop conceding goals as we do look very dangerous going forward. It is extremely frustrating to have taken 1 point from the last two games when I felt it should have been a lot more. Queens Park haven’t been in the best of form however they are a good side and it will be a difficult match. Hopefully we take a good number of fans through to Glasgow and they get right behind us.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 42
Draws – 23
Queen’s Park wins – 31
United have lost just one of the last 23 meetings between the sides, a record stretching back to 1982.
Last Meeting: Ayr United and Queen’s Park met last season in the Scottish Cup. After a goalless draw at Somerset Park in January, United edged through to the Fifth Round at Hampden Park in the replay. Paul Woods put the Spiders ahead in the 4th minute and Gus McPherson’s side scored again before half-time through Bryan Wharton after had Craig Moore equalised. A Conrad Balatoni goal in the 83rd minute forced the game into extra-time during which Sean Burns was sent-off for the home side. Greg Fleming then once again showed his penalty saving prowess, denying Wharton and Gregor Fotheringham from the spot to send the Honest Men through on penalties.
The last league game between the sides was at Somerset Park in 2009 and ended 1-1 after Ryan Borris equalised Steven Odenewo’s goal.
On this day: in history Ayr have a 55.56% win rate and have won their last four matches played on this date, most recently away to Brechin in 2006 when Paul Weaver and Jerome Vareille netted for the Honest Men at Glebe Park.
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe
Adult – £14
Senior Citizen (over 65)- £5
Child (under 16) – £3
Student/Unemployed – £3