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Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 19th October 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Championship football resumes after the international break with Ayr United
making the trip to face Dunfermline Athletic.


It is a chance to get back on track for the Honest Men, who fell to just their second league
defeat of the season last time out against Inverness. That defeat, coupled with Alloa
Athletic’s victory over Dundee United, meant Ayr missed the opportunity to open up a three
point advantage over the Tangerines. Ayr and Dundee United remain locked at the top of the
Championship table on 18 points, with Inverness a further two points behind.


Interim management team Sandy Stewart, Mark Kerr and Kenny Brannigan will again be in
charge for the game at East End Park ahead of the announcement of a permanent
managerial appointment early next week.


Opponents : Alloa’s win over Dundee United a fortnight ago saw Dunfermline fall to ninth
place in the league table, after the Pars were held to a 1-1 draw at Greenock Morton. Andy
Ryan’s 87th minute goal looked to have secured all three points for Stevie Crawford’s side
but a late, late Jim McAllister goal earned the Ton a draw.


McAllister’s late goal denied Dunfermline just a second win in their last 16 league fixtures,
stretching back to last season. The Pars last home win in the league was over seven months
ago, in which time they have taken just two points from a possible 24. Holding on to a lead
has proven difficult for the Fife side this campaign; they have been ahead in five games this
season but gone on to win just one – a 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Kevin Nisbet – who scored 34 goals for Raith Rovers last season – is Dunfermline’s main
attacking threat, alongside Greg Kiltie. The on loan Kilmarnock forward scored against
United last season while on loan at Morton. Young midfielder Kyle Turner has also
impressed since his summer switch from Stranraer.

Team News : Jamie Adams, Steven Bell, Andy Murdoch and Frank Ross are out with injuries.


Sandy says : We would have liked a game last weekend after losing against Inverness so we are really looking forward to getting out there and getting back on a good run again. Training has been excellent and the boys have worked extremely hard. Of course the result was disappointing last time out but we had plenty of chances, the kind of which we have been putting away recently. We know we have plenty of goals in us but we also know how difficult every game in this league is.

Form :
Ayr United: WWWWL
Dunfermline: LLWDD

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 37
Draws – 30
Dunfermline wins – 56
United are unbeaten in their last four visits to East End Pak.

Previous Meeting :
Declan McDaid’s first-half strike was enough to earn the Honest Men all three points when
the sides last met, at East End Park in March.

Ayr United: Doohan, Smith , Harvie, Rose , Bell; Kerr, Murdoch, McDaid (Docherty), Crawford;
Shankland (Miller) , Moffat.
Dunfermline: Scully, Williamson, J. Longridge , Ashcroft, Devine; Vincent (Todd), Beadling,
Thomson ( Craigen ), Higginbotham (El-Bakhtaoui); L. Longridge, Anderson .
( Players in italics are no longer with the club )

Match Officials :
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Derek Kirkland
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

Admission :
Adults – £20
Concessions – £14
Under 12 – £6