Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Saturday 10th December 2016
On Saturday, Ayr United host Dundee United in the Ladbrokes Championship – the first time the two clubs have faced each other in the league at Somerset Park for over 38 years. Back-to-back draws see Ayr occupy seventh place in the league table, two points behind Queen of the South and with a two point advantage over Dumbarton, who travel to Easter Road. Dunfermline, a further point behind, are at home to Morton.
Dundee United joined Hibs at the top of the league last Friday night with a one-nil home win over the Edinburgh side at Tannadice. The ‘Terrors’ are unbeaten in their last 11 games – winning nine – and have gone over 400 minutes since conceding. Manager Ray McKinnon has a good record at Somerset – unbeaten in five games as manager of Brechin City between 2012 and 2015; his only defeat came when in charge of Dundee Juniors Lochee United in a Scottish Cup replay in 2008.
Team News: Craig Moore is out. The rest of the squad is fully fit and available. Paul Cairney returns from a two match suspension.
Ian says: “Earlier in the season when we went to Tannadice we were poor in the first half but in the second half we were much improved and that was the start of us going on a good run. I feel Dundee United and Hibs will probably start to stretch away in the league however that doesn’t mean that we can’t beat either of them as we have already shown at Easter Road. These are the games everyone should be looking forward to and I really hope we have a good crowd inside Somerset and that our fans get right behind the boys.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 11
Dundee United wins – 10
Last meeting: The first meeting between this sides this season was back in August and saw the Tangerines run out 3-0 winners. The home side were awarded a penalty within the first 15 minutes of the game and although Greg Fleming saved Nick Van der Velden’s spot kick, Simon Murray was on hand to knock the ball home. Jamie Robson and Willo Flood added goals either side of half-time.
Dundee United’s last match at Somerset Park was a Scottish Cup Quarter-Final replay in March 2002. Ayr shocked their Premier League opponents 2-0 with goals from Scott Crabbe and Paul Sheerin.
On this day: in 1927, Ayr beat Dundee United 3-1 at Tannadice. The Honest Men’s most recent fixture on this date was a thrilling Scottish Cup second-round tie against Morton at Somerset Park in 2005. After a goalless first-half, Gareth Wardlaw and a quick-fire Chris Robertson double put United ahead, but Ton hit back twice to set up a nervous last 10 minutes which saw three red cards; Paul Weaver seeing red for Ayr in the final minute.
Referee – William Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Derek Crothers
Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5
GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS
• Away fans
o West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10
o Railway End (Terracing) – Turnstiles 2-6
o Parent and child(ren) can go through turnstile 5 together.
• Home fans
o Season tickets are valid through ANY turnstile.
o Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile. In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate. They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.
o Students must provide their Student ID when using a Season Ticket or paying at the gate
o Due to larger away crowds this season, gates 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand. Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.