Dundee Utd match preview & information
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Premier Sports Cup Second Round
Saturday 14th August 2021. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the Honest Men host Premiership side Dundee United in the second round of the Premier Sports Cup.
We have progressed from the group stage of the League Cup in five of the last six seasons but have been halted at the second round stage by top flight opponents on three occasions. David Hopkin will be looking to go one better and reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2018.
Dundee United begin life without striker Lawrence Shankland following the former Ayr man’s move to Belgian side Beerschot. The Scotland international scored 40 goals in 74 appearances for the Tannadice club, helping them to the Championship title in 2020.
Shankland was absent for Dundee United’s previous match: a stunning 1-0 victory over Rangers at Tannadice. Full-back Jamie Robson scored the only goal of the game that ended the Champions’ 40 game unbeaten run in the Premiership. United had opened the league campaign with a 2-0 defeat away to Aberdeen.
Thomas Courts was promoted to the role of Head Coach at Tannadice in the summer following the departure of Micky Mellon, who led the side to a ninth place finish last season. Courts, who previously managed Kelty Hearts, oversaw a perfect start to the Premier Sports Cup, recorded four wins out of four in the group stage, defeating his former club Kelty, Elgin City, East Fife and Arbroath.
Michael Moffat is a doubt with a calf injury, everyone else is fit and available.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins - 25
Draws - 13
Dundee United wins - 11
Dundee United have scored just once in their last eight visits to Somerset Park, a 6th minute Tope Obadeyi goal in a 1-0 win for the Tangerines in October 2016. Their previous win in Ayr was the last meeting between the sides in the League Cup, a 3-0 victory in 1986.
The last meeting of the sides saw leaders Dundee United travel to play third placed Ayr in the Championship in March last year. The Honest Men held the Tangerines to a 0-0 draw at Somerset, giving Robbie Neilson’s side a 16 point advantage over Inverness at the top of the table. Just one more match was possible before the league was halted and Dundee United declared champions.
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Andrew McWilliam
Fourth Official - Duncan Williams
Entry to the match is by ticket only. There will be no cash gate.
Tickets are available to purchase online up until kick-off. Supporters purchasing their ticket from the club shop are asked to do so well in advance. Please note the club shop will stop selling match at tickets at 1pm.
Concessions - £8
Saturday’s will NOT be available to stream online as clubs are not permitted to sell PPV for matches at this stage of the competition.
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A face covering should be worn on arrival, passing through the turnstiles and while queuing and being served at the kiosks. There is no requirement to wear it while watching the match in the terracing or while seated in the Stand.
For all supporters, please bring your match ticket pdf either printed or shown on your phone and present it at the Turnstile to be permitted entry to the Stadium.
Entry to the Stadium for Ayr United supporters will be as follows:
Zone 1 – Centre Stand and East Stand tickets – Please enter through Turnstiles 11 or 12.
Zone 2 - Somerset Road End tickets – Please enter through Turnstiles 17,18 or 21.
Zone 3 - North Terrace tickets – Please enter through Turnstiles 25 or 27.
Entry to the Stadium for Dundee United supporters will be as follows:
Zone 5 – Railway End terracing – Please enter through Turnstile 2 or 5.
Zone 1 – West Stand – Please enter through Turnstile 10.
Zone 4 is not in operation for this match.
The Turnstile scanners will only scan tickets for the correct Zone so please make sure to go to the Zone that you purchased a ticket for.
All the food kiosks and catering for Ayr United supporters are open and the catering unit for Dundee United supporters is also open.
After the match, it will be staggered zonal departures, please listen out for the p.a. announcements.