Ayr United vs. Dunfermline Athletic
Saturday 23rd February 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park in another huge match as the Championship season heads towards the finishing straight. Ian McCall’s side kept a 12th clean sheet in 24 league games last week but were unable to find a winning goal against Morton at Cappielow. With Ross County in Irn-Bru Cup action, we missed the opportunity to return to the top of the table but did close the gap to the Highlanders to 2 points, with Dundee United a point behind.
The Staggies travel to Glasgow to face Partick Thistle this Saturday, while Dundee United take on Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium.
Opponents:Dunfermline picked up a vital three points at home to Inverness last Saturday, Stevie Crawford’s first win since taking over from Alan Johnston as manager last month. With Partick Thistle and Falkirk putting together a run of results to lift themselves off the foot of the table, The Pars find themselves nervously looking over their shoulder and currently lie five points clear of tenth place.
Young Aberdeen striker Bruce Anderson has given Dunfermline’s attacking options a fillip since his switch from Pittodrie on loan and the 20 year-old will be one to watch. There has also been a change between the posts with keeper Ryan Scully taking the gloves following his switch from Morton.
Ayr United – LWLWD
Dunfermline Athletic – DLDLW
Team News: Alan Forrest and Andy Geggan are out with injuries however are progressing well. Craig Moore injured his ankle ligaments in training during the week and will be missing for at least four weeks.
Ian says: “The fact a draw away to Morton last week has been considered a poor result just shows how far we have come in such a short space of time. Our own players expect to win games and that stands us in good stead for the run in. We are delighted to have Mark Kerr back available for the first team and he will be a crucial player for us for the rest of the season, unfortunately on the other hand Craig Moore took a bad one in training and will miss at least a month. Dunfermline had a good result last week and will be coming here looking to build on that and finish the season strongly, we know we will need to be at our best.”
Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 16
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 22
Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between Ayr and Dunfermline; after 11 wins in 13 games between 2010 and 2016, the Pars have just one win in the last six encounters, a 2-0 win at Somerset Park in January 2017 in which Andy Geggan and Nicky Clark scored for the visitors.
Last Meeting: It was 0-0 at East End Park when the sides last met, three days before Christmas in what was an instantly forgettable match. More memorable was United’s 4-1 win at Somerset Park earlier in August, when goals from Alan Forrest (2), Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat were countered by a solitary Jackson Longridge strike.
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – David Doig
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff
Adults – £17
Concessions – £11
Under 18s – £6