Ayr United vs. Hibernian
Saturday 5th November 2016
On Saturday, Ayr United take on Scottish Cup holders Hibernian with a bumper crowd expected at Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to bounce back from last gasp defeat at Morton last weekend and extend their fine run of home form: United are unbeaten in their last six at Somerset Park but will face a Hibs side who are yet to taste defeat away from home this season.
League leaders Hibernian were 2-0 winners at home to struggling St Mirren last Saturday with Martin Boyle and Grant Holt grabbing first-half goals. Neil Lennon’s side are unbeaten in the league since Ayr’s victory at Easter Road, picking up nine points from a possible 18 but were defeated at home by St. Mirren in the Irn-Bru Cup.
Team News: Craig Moore is out. Brian Gilmour had a virus last week however he trained on Thursday so should be ok and Kevin Nisbet had to come off with a slight hamstring problem so he is doubtful.
Ian says: “Its just a great game to look forward to. We fought so hard last season to make sure that we were involved in games like this. There should be a big crowd and a great atmosphere but we aren’t just turning up for the atmosphere, we believe we can take something from the match and that’s what we will be going all out to do. We want to stay tight in that pack above us.
Head-to-Head (League matches at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 15
Draws – 11
Hibernian wins – 14
Saturday is the 99th meeting between the sides in all competitions.
Last meeting: Ayr’s shock 2-1 victory at Easter Road in September is still fresh in the memory and was the Honest Men’s first league win over Hibernian for more than 38 years. The last league meeting between the sides at Somerset Park was in February 1999 when a Stephen Crawford hat-trick earned the capital side all three points despite Ian Ferguson’s opener from the spot.
The win put Hibs well on their way to the First Division title that season, while Ayr finished in 3rd place.
On this day: in 1927, Ayr beat Third Lanark 6-2 at Somerset Park.
Referee – Kevin Clancy
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – David Doig
Adult – £17
Concession – £10
Child u16 years – £5