Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Saturday 22nd December 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to face Dunfermline Athletic looking to hold on to the Christmas No. 1 spot in the Ladbrokes Championship.
It was ‘as you were’ last weekend when all five Championship ended with the points shared; our 3-3 draw at home to Ross County meant we passed up on the opportunity to open up a four point advantage over the Staggies with a game in hand but did extended our unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.
County are at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday, while third placed Dundee United host Falkirk.
The Opposition: The Pars find themselves in seventh place in the league table, four points adrift of Queen of the South in the final promotion play-off spot and six points clear of bottom side Falkirk.
Last Saturday saw Dunfermline and Queen of the South play out a goalless draw in difficult conditions at Palmerston Park. Alan Johnston’s side have just one victory from their last five league games, a 3-0 home win over Greenock Morton which ended a run of three consecutive defeats at East End Park.
Dunfermline’s top goalscorer in the Championship this season is Jackson Longridge with four goals while the ex-Ayr full back’s brother Louis and striker Andy Ryan both have five in all competitions.
Form Guide (League):
Ayr United – WDDWD
Dunfermline – LLWLD
Team News: Mark Kerr, Alan Forrest and Jamie Adams are still out. Everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “East End Park is a great place to go and play so we are all looking forward to it. Last week was extremely tough with the conditions being so poor in the second half and in the end we were happy enough with a point. Hopefully the conditions are better tomorrow and as always we will look to go there and attack and try get the three points. We know how difficult it will be though and hopefully we have a good support there getting right behind us.”
Head to Head:
wins – 36
Draws – 29
Dunfermline wins – 55
Saturday is the 99th league meeting between the sides; United have won just 11 of the previous 48 to be played at East End Park.
Last Match: The Honest Men comfortably saw off Dunfermline 4-1 in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset Park in August. An Alan Forrest double and Lawrence Shankland strike put United three ahead at the break; Jackson Longridge pulled one back for the Pars but Michael Moffat completed the scoring late on to seal a convincing win for Ian McCall’s side.
United’s last trip to Dunfermline ended in a rare win at East End Park; Ross Docherty credited with the only goal of the game.
On this day: Our last fixture played on December 22nd was in 1990 and saw United record a 2-0 win over Clydebank at Kilbowie
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Steven Traynor
Adults – £18
Concessions – £12 (Over 60s, Under 18s, Full Time Students, Disabled and Unemployed)
Under 12s – £5
The Ayr fans will be housed in the East stand, entry is by ticket, which can be purchased at ticket pods behind the East stand or club shop. The front section of the stand is a sterile area and Ayr fans will occupy the middle two sections.
Prices are Adult – £18
Concession – £12
U12s – £5
Disabled – £12, with carers free
Parking for buses and cars will be available in the area behind the North stand.
Charge – Buses £7
Cars £2 access to the car park is via Leys Park Road.