Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Saturday 25th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United will look to complete a Highland double when Inverness Caledonian Thistle are the visitors to Somerset Park. Mark Kerr’s side are aiming to build on back-to-back 1-0 wins, at Dunfermline Athletic and at home to Premiership side Ross County in the Scottish Cup seven days ago.
Opponents: Inverness edged through to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup last Saturday with a 3-2 win at Alloa. Charlie Trafford’s 86th minute strike saw the Highlanders book a place in the next round where they will play Livingston. The Wasps had twice equalised, after goals from Aaron Doran and Jordan White had put the visitors ahead.
In the league, second placed Caley have a four point advantage over the Honest Men in the table. Since defeating United at the start of October, Inverness has won two, at home to Dunfermline and away to Dundee, and lost two, at Partick Thistle and home to Arbroath.
John Robertson has lost central defender Coll Donaldson to neighbours Ross County in the transfer window, while winger Mitch Curry has returned to Middlesbrough. Lewis Toshney has signed after spell with Falkirk.
Team News:. Craig Moore, Andy Geggan and Andy Murdoch miss out. Grant Gillespie is added to the squad.
Mark says: :”We don’t need reminding that we don’t have the greatest recent record against Inverness, it is just another game and another opportunity to pick up points and continue this wee run we are on. We know what Inverness are all about. They are extremely well organised, everyone knows their jobs and they play good football at times as well. It’s a challenge that we are looking forward to and we’ve been working had on a plan all week to get the best out of the players tomorrow afternoon. The last couple of games have proved that we are able to mix it up now and win games a different way.”
Ayr United: DWLLW
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 12
Inverness wins – 18
Six of of United’s seven wins over Inverness have come at Somerset Park, the most recent in our run to the League Cup semi-final in 2011, where Eddie Malone netted the only goal.
Previous Meeting: Inverness have won both previous meetings this season by two goals to nil. James Vincent and Shaun Rooney netted at Somerset Park in October; Jordan White and Miles Storey were the goal scorer two months later at the Caledonian Stadium.
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – Daniel McFarlane
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson
Adult – £18
Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)
U18’s – £6
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