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Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Friday 29th March 2019. Kick-off 7.05pm

On Friday night, Ayr United return to action as they take on Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. The Honest Men last played a Championship fixture 21 days ago and now face eight games in 30 days as they look to book a shot at promotion play-offs.

With second-placed Dundee United playing four times since our trip to Falkirk they have extended their advantage over Ian McCall’s men to 12 points. Inverness have also opened up a two point gap, albeit we have three and two games in hand respectively over the Terrors and Caley Jags.

Supporters not travelling to Fife can again catch us on television, with the match to be broadcast live on the BBC Scotland channel.

Opponents:Under Stevie Crawford Dunfermline have gone from one victory in nine to five wins in-a-row to propel themselves to the brink of the play-offs. However, they were defeated on Tuesday night by Dundee United meaning they remain three points behind Ayr in fifth place, having played two games more.

Three of the Pars five wins since mid-February ended 1-0 and goalkeeper Ryan Scully has conceded just three goals in eight games since switching from Morton in January.

Form:

Ayr United – WDLLL

Dunfermline Athletic – WWWWL


Team News: Jamie Adams is out with an injury to his knee. Everyone else is available.

Ian says: “It has been a strange schedule, no game for 21 days then 8 in the next 30 but we have had a break and absolutely cant wait to get back out there. The situation is very much in our own hands and we are not paying attention to anyone else. We have some players back from injury and it is great to have Alan Forrest fit and available again.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 36
Draws – 30
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 36

United are unbeaten in four of their last five visits to East End Park after a run of one win in 16.


Last Meeting:
A second-half Louis Longridge penalty gave the Pars all three points when the sides met at Somerset Park in February. That went some way to avenge the Fifer’s 4-1 defeat at Somerset Park in August, when goals from Alan Forrest (2), Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat were countered by a solitary Jackson Longridge strike.

In between those two fixtures was a goalless draw at East End Park, three days before Christmas.


On this day: In 1913, Ayr defeated Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – David Dunne

Fourth Official – Craig Napier

Admission:

Adults – £18
Concessions* – £12
Under 12s – £5

*Over 60s, Under 18s, Full Time Students, Disabled and Unemployed