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Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 13th February 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to league leaders Dunfermline looking prevent the Pars opening up a 13 point lead over the Honest Men. Ian McCall’s side were brushed aside by on form Peterhead at Somerset Park last weekend and travel to Fife outside the top two in the table for the first time since the end of August.

Allan Johnston’s side were 3-0 winners last weekend. Faissal El-Bakhtaoui netted his 20th goal of the season at Ochilview, with the victory over Stenhousemuir rounded off by a second-half Andy Geggan double. The Pars are unbeaten in their last 10 games on the road – but were defeated in their last match at East End Park. Airdrieonians’ 1-0 Friday night win was only Dunfermline’s second this season.

Ayr and Dunfermline in fact have near identical records at home in the league this season, both with 7 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. The Honest Men have 26 home goals to Dunfermline’s 24, but the Fifers have conceded 4 fewer goals.

Team News: Paddy Boyle returns to the squad, Ross Docherty has resumed light training however won’t be ready for this match.

Ian says:”East End Park is a great place to play football and we know we can win there which gives us confidence. We will be going there looking for the win and hopefully will have a big noisy travelling right behind us.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 27
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 52

The Honest Men’s win in August ended a run of 5 consecutive defeats at East End Park.

Last Meeting: The aggregate score between the two sides this season is 3-3, albeit the Pars have two wins to United’s one. Andy Geggan netted the only goal at Somerset Park at the end of November to knock Ayr out of the Scottish Cup and a fortnight later the Fifers were 2-1 winners in the league despite having Joe Cardle sent-off. Michael Moffat and Gerry McLauchlan traded first half goals before David Hopkirk scored the winner for the 10-men.

In August, Ayr shocked the Dunfermline, leaving East End Park with a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Alan Forrest and Jordan Preston.

On this day: Ayr United have a 58% win rate, winning 7 of 12 fixtures on this date. Our last three games on 13th February have ended in 1-0 victories, most recently in 1999 when Albion Rovers were defeated at Somerset Park, Gary Teale netting the only goal of the Scottish Cup tie.

Match Officials:
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Stevenson
Assistant Referee 2 – Stephen Mitchell

Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions – £10
u12s – £5