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Inverness | Match Preview | 19/02/22
February 19, 2022

News /Game News

Inverness | Match Preview | 19/02/22

This weekend, Ayr United face the long trip north to take on an Inverness side who are without a win in eight games. The Honest Men were without a game last weekend and will be in action for the first time since their memorable 2-1 victory at Rugby Park ten days ago.

United travel to Inverness in high spirits after a win over fierce rivals Kilmarnock last Wednesday. Lee Bullen’s men got off to the worst possible start in the derby as Fraser Murray put the home side ahead after seven minutes. However, just seven minutes later, James Maxwell had Ayr level with a clever back heel leaving goalkeeper, Hemmings helpless. After Killie shaded the first half, the away side produced a second half performance of the highest quality and got their just rewards ten minutes from time when Paddy Reading riffled an effort into the bottom corner to send the travelling fans into raptures. Ayr could’ve added a few more to their tally but 2-1 was how the game finished on a memorable Ayrshire Derby evening.

Opposition

With no wins in their last 8, Inverness are clinging on to a play-off place thanks to their sensational early season form. Similar to Ayr, Caley Thistle are in action for the first time in ten days after a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to fellow promotion hopefuls, Partick Thistle. The Caley Jags occupy third place in the table and are six points behind leaders Arbroath after five draws and three defeats during their barren run. However, Billy Dodds will feel a victory this weekend could reignite their title challenge and will be hoping his men can recapture their early season form sooner rather than later. The home side have shown that there are goals in their ranks with their last victory a 6-1 rout away to Morton back on December 11th. Billy McKay has netted seven times so far this campaign and the front man is so often a thorn in United’s side.

Team News

Michael Hewitt remains out but everyone else is fit and available for selection.

The Manager Says:

“Spirits are high after a good result and a good performance but we need to go with a similar attitude and work ethic on Saturday. It’s a tough away game but we know that on our day we can give anyone a game. The players have a belief in each other and they’re pushing each other on which gives us a good strength and depth.”

Have a listen to what gaffer, Lee Bullen and derby goal scorer, James Maxwell have to say ahead of Saturday’s trip to Inverness on Black and White TV: https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/black-white-tv

Head to Head

Ayr United wins - 6
Draws - 13
Inverness wins – 17

United have struggled against Inverness recently and haven’t won any of the last five meetings between the sides. Ayr’s last victory against Inverness was a 1-0 win at Somerset Park in January 2020. Fans favourite Stephen Kelly found the net that day and earned his side an important three points. United haven’t won in Inverness since 2003.

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Somerset Park in November. Joe Chalmers close range finish cancelled out Sean Welsh’s opener before Michael Gardyne put Inverness in the lead going into half-time. However, United battled back and Paddy Reading was the hero again as he arrowed a low drive into the bottom corner to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Ayr lined up: McAdams, McAllister, Fjørtoft, Baird, Reading, Maxwell, Murdoch, Chalmers, McKenzie, Adeloye (O'Connor 76'), Afolabi

Match Officials

Referee – Kevin Clancy

Assistant Referee – David McGeachie

Assistant Referee – Colin Drummond

Live Coverage

Admission Details: Tickets are available online now:

Tickets are now available to purchase ONLINE HERE

Adult: £20

Over 65: £15

Student: £15

Under 18: £6 - Under 18 tickets are not available online but staff in the ticket office will be happy to assist. The Caledonian Stadium will be open until 4pm today and then 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Contact the ticket office on 01463 222880.

Tickets are available in sections G & H. We wish everyone heading north a safe journey to Inverness.

Live Streaming: The match will also be streamed live on ICTV for £15. A PPV pass can be purchased HERE who want to watch The Honest Men in action.