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Ayr United vs Forfar Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th December 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United will look to bounce back from their first defeat in 15 weeks when bottom of the table Forfar Athletic are visitors to Somerset Park for the final match of 2017. Despite the Honest Men taking 24 points from a possible 27, challengers Raith Rovers are still in touch with Ian McCall’s side, five points behind with two games in hand following recent results. Rovers host Stranraer on Saturday before a Fife derby versus East Fife on Wednesday.

Forfar travel to Ayrshire on the back of six straight defeats and three points adrift at the foot of the table following a 3-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Queen’s Park last weekend. The Loons have drawn a blank in their last three games.

Team News: Robbie Crawford is definitely out and Ross Docherty has a 50/50 chance.

Ian says: “It’s good to be back at Somerset to close out the year, especially after a poor result last week. We have put in a lot of work since then and we are starting to get some of the injuries clearing up. Every game in this league is difficult and we need to get a better balance back in the side. We are always going to create chances, despite losing last week we still missed big chances at important times that could have had a huge impact on the game. We are still in a good position in the league and are fully focused on getting 3 points and getting on another run.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 35

Draws – 9

Forfar Athletic wins – 7


The Loons are without a win in their last five visits to Somerset Park.


Last Meeting: Michael Moffat scored the 100th goal of his senior career when the clubs last met in October – and went on to score a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over the Loons at Station Park. Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore were also on the scoresheet in the comfortable victory, the first of United’s nine game winning streak which ended last Saturday.


Earlier in the season, Ayr were 3-0 winners over Forfar, then under the management of Gary Bollan, at Somerset Park. Moore, McDaid and Crawford the scorers.


On this day: in 2008, United defeated Brechin City 1-0 at Glebe Park with Bryan Prunty scoring the only goal of the game. Ayr have played 13 fixtures of the 30th December, only one of which has been won or lost by more than one goal.


Match Officials:

Referee – Grant Irvine

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen



Adult – £16

Concession (OAPs, Students, 18-21) – £10
Child (Under 18) – £5
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