Edinburgh City match preview
Ayr United vs Edinburgh City
Premier Sports Cup - Group E
Tuesday 13th July 2021. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tomorrow night (Tuesday), we are delighted to welcome fans back to Somerset Park for the first time since March 2020, with Edinburgh City the visitors for our opening home game of the season. After Saturday’s goalless draw with Albion Rovers, which saw the League 2 side pick up the bonus point in the penalty shoot out, United will need to take all three points if they are to progress from the group stage of the League Cup for the fifth time in six seasons.
Elsewhere in Group E, Falkirk host Albion Rovers.
Former Scotland international Gary Naysmith brings his Edinburgh City side to Somerset Park on the back of a narrow defeat at home to Hamilton Accies on Friday night. Calum Smith scored in the first-half for the recently relegated Accies while City were temporarily down to 10-men with defender Stephen Bronskey receiving treatment.
Bronsky - who faced United while at Elgin City last season - is one of a number of summer signings made by ex-East Fife and Queen of the South boss Naysmith, who took over the reins at the Citizens in March. Other new faces at Edinburgh’s temporary home at Ainslie Park before their return to Meadowbank include former United youngster James Hilton, who is no stranger to a League Cup upset at Somerset Park during his time with hometown club Stranraer.
City ended last season in second place, albeit well behind League 2 champions Cove Rangers. After getting past Elgin City the play-off semi-final, they fell to Jim Duffy’s Dumbarton in the final. After losing the home leg 3-1, a 1-0 win at the Rock wasn’t enough to earn promotion - the Sons instead holding on to their League 1 status.
Markus Fjortoft, Joe Chalmers and Nick McAllister miss out through injury. Michael Moffat has tested positive for COVID therefore is isolating for 10 days. Everyone at the Club wishes Michael all the best for a quick recovery.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins: 5
Edinburgh City wins: 0
The Honest Men faced the ‘original’ Edinburgh City three times in the 1930s, defeating the capital city club 3-1 in the Scottish Cup at Powderhall Stadium in 1933 before completing a league double in 1936, recording a 3-2 win at Somerset Park in August and a 4-1 win at City’s new home, City Park, in November that year. The club would eventually withdraw from the Scottish Football League and then football altogether in 1955 due to a dispute over the lease of their home ground.
East of Scotland League Postal United, formed in 1966, adopted the Edinburgh City name in 1986 and the ‘new’ club have twice faced United. In 2004, Andy Ferguson, Gareth Wardlaw and Willie Lyle scored in a Sottish Cup tie 2004. Following the Citizens’ promotion to the SPFL in 2016, the sides met in the League Cup group stage that same year - just their second match as an SPFL club.
Last Meeting: Brain Gillmour scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute in the last meeting between Ayr and Edinburgh City, five years ago at Somerset Park.
Team: Hart, Devlin, Boyle, Murphy, Meggatt; Crawford, Docherty, Gilmour (Cairney), McGuffie (Wardrope); O’Connell (Donald), Thomas.
Referee – Lloyd Wilson
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Scott Anderson
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