Ayr United vs. Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Tuesday 1st March 2016. Kick-off 7.45pm.
Ayr United will look to make it three wins in succession tonight (Tuesday) when Cowdenbeath are the visitors to Somerset Park. Craig Moore’s ninth goal of the season earned Ian McCall’s side the win at Airdrie at the weekend while a professional defensive display ensured the Honest Men kept their first clean sheet since mid-November.
Striker Ross Caldwell opened the scoring for Cowdenbeath against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview on Saturday with his first goal for the club since switching from the Honest Men in January. Declan Byrne doubled Cowdenbeath’s advantage only for a quick-fire Colin McMenamin double to level the scores – all four goals coming in a 10 minute second-half spell. Colin Nish’s side weren’t to be denied their first league win in since beating Ayr in December, however, and Lewis Milne made it 3-2 in the 79th minutes.
Prior to Saturday, Cowden had taken just one point from a possible 21. They occupy 8th spot in the League 1 table, three ahead of Forfar in the relegation play-off spot. The Loons take on bottom side and Angus rivals Brechin City tonight.
Team News: Jamie Adams remains sidelined though is close to a return. Everyone else is fit. Ross Docherty is in line to start his first match since the 12th of December.
Ian says:”Saturday certainly wasn’t our best performance this season although we should have won more comfortably than we did. Again we didn’t make the most of certain good situations. Cowdenbeath were on a poor run however they had a great result on Saturday and they will come here full of confidence now. They comfortably beat us in our last match and back at Somerset we want to make it three wins in a row in front of our own supporters.”
Ayr United wins – 50
Draws – 17
Cowdenbeath wins – 33
Only two of the 41 league matches between the sides at Somerset Park have ended in a draw. It was 0-0 in October 1950 and more recently, in March 2008, it ended 1-1 courtesy of a last minute Willie Easton equaliser.
Last Meeting: Both meetings between the sides this season have ended in comprehensive victories for the home side. Ayr’s biggest win of the campaign came against the FIfers in October, when Jordan Preston’s first minute goal paved the way for a 5-0 home win.
Between Christmas and New Year, another early goal for the Honest Men at Central Park put them ahead but Ross Caldwell’s goal was cancelled out minutes later by Dean Brett. The Blue Brazil were 3-1 up at the break and went on to win 4-2.
On this day: have drawn their last 3 games 1-1, in 2002, 1985 and 1974. The most recent of those three fixtures was away to Inverness when Scott Crabbe scored a second-half equaliser. The game was current United first-team coach Neil Scally’s last starting appearance for the club before moving to Dumbarton.
Referee – Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – Steven Strang
Admission: £15 adults, £8 concessions & £18 parent and child