Falkirk vs. Ayr United
Irn-Bru Cup Fourth Round
Friday 7th October 2016, Kick-off 7.45pm
This evening Ayr United face Falkirk at Somerset Park in the Irn-Bru Cup, with a place in the Quarter-Finals awaiting the victors. United were held to 0-0 draw against Dunfermline on Saturday and will be looking for revenge against a Falkirk team Ian McCall’s side will unlucky to lose to a fortnight ago.
A late Tom Walsh equaliser for St Mirren in Paisley last Saturday ended a run of five consecutive wins for Falkirk, a run which of course included Ayr’s 2-0 defeat at the Falkirk Stadium. It has earned Peter Houston the manager of the month award for September.
The Bairns progressed to this stage of the competition with a resounding 6-1 win at home to Elgin City. Falkirk have won the Challenge Cup on four occasions, more than any other side.
Team News: Jamie Thomas was in line to start the match however he was called up for Wales under 21s on Thursday and flies to Armenia today. Everyone at the club wishes Jamie well for his international call up. Kevin Nisbet is cup tied. Craig Moore, Jamie Adams and Paddy Boyle miss out through injury.
Ian says: “We have had one defeat in our last six matches and that was against Falkirk with what I felt was probably our best performance of the season. I have heard a few negative comments about this competition however I love it and if we get another round or two the fans will really start to get excited. What’s not to like about a cup tie under the lights at Somerset Park on a Friday night. Hopefully we get a good crowd.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins – 23
Tonight is the third meeting between the sides in the Challenge Cup, with all three matches at Somerset Park.
Last meeting: the last meeting between Ayr United and Falkirk was at Somerset Park also in the League Challenge Cup, in August 2013. Rory Loy’s goal on the hour mark cancelled out Craig Malcolm’s first half opener before a Scott Shepherd goal in extra-time saw Falkirk progress.
Falkirk were also winners when the sides met in the same competition in July 2004. Andy Lawrie, John O’Neill and Darryl Duffy netted in the second-half for the Bairn, for whom Neil Scally made a late substitute appearance, replacing Ryan McStay.
On this day: in 2000 Ayr beat Raith Rovers 3-1 at Starks Park courtesy of a Glynn Hurst double and Paddy Connolly. United have won 7 of 12 matches played on October 7th.
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Alasdair Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Joseph Lawson
Adult – £12
Conc – £6
PLEASE NOTE THE ALLY MACLEOD HOSPITALITY SUITE IS CLOSED TO SUPPORTERS DUE TO A WEDDING TAKING PLACE.