Match Preview Ayr United vs. Edinburgh City Betfred Cup Group G Saturday 23rd July 2016. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United welcome SPFL new boys Edinburgh City to Somerset Park as they play their penultimate Betfred Cup Group G match. After Jack Baird’s last-gasp winner for St. Mirren on Tuesday night denied the Honest Men one point and the chance of a bonus second, Ian McCall’s side will need to pick up all three points if they are to have a chance of progressing to the next round.
Edinburgh City kicked off their Betfred Cup adventure on Wednesday night when they hosted Livingston at Meadowbank Stadium. Unfortunately for Greg Jardine’s side, Livi proved too strong on the night, recording a 3-0 victory.
Also in Group G on Saturday, St. Mirren travel to face Hamilton Accies.
Team News: Alan Forrest and Michael Rose are unavailable through injury. Jamie Adams is suspended. Jamie Thomas comes into the squad as will Andy O’Connell if his clearance comes through in time.
Ian says: “We won’t be favourites for many games this season so it will be a different type of match for us. I am really looking forward to it, our leagues are too small so we tend to play the same teams regularly so to play someone different is great for us and for the fans. We have had them watched so we have an idea of what to expect however the game is at Somerset and, as I always keep going back to, when at Somerset Park we want to win and tomorrow will be no different.”
The Opposition: The original Edinburgh City was founded in 1928 and played in the Scottish Football League between 1931 and 1949. They subsequently joined the Edinburgh & District Junior League where they competed for six years before a dispute with the local council over the lease of their ground saw football activities end in 1955.
In 1986 the Edinburgh City name returned to competitive action when Postal United, formed in 1966, adopted the name. Attempts to join the SFL following the demise of Airdrionians in 2002 and Gretna in 2008 were unsuccessful but as founder members of the Lowland League they were Champions in 2015 and 2016 and gained promotion to the Scottish Professional Football League in May by defeating East Stirlingshire in a playoff.
Head-to-Head: Ayr United have faced Edinburgh City on four previous occasions, winning all four matches
18/01/1933 – Edinburgh City 1, Ayr United 3 (Scottish Cup)
22/08/1936 – Ayr United 3, Edinburgh City 2 (League)
14/11/1936 – Edinburgh City 1, Ayr United 4 (League)
11/12/2004 – Ayr United 3, Edinburgh City 0 (Scottish Cup)
Andy Ferguson, Darren Henderson and Willie Lyle from the penalty spot were the scorers when the clubs last met.
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2 – Matthew MacDermid
Adult – £12
Concessions – £6
Latest Betfred Odds
Ayr – 4/11, Draw 18/5, Edinburgh City – 15/2