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Kilmarnock match preview
August 01, 2021

Latest News /Game News

Kilmarnock match preview

Kilmarnock vs. Ayr United

cinch Championship

Monday 2nd August 2021. Kick-off 7.45pm

On Monday evening, the Honest Men kick-off their league campaign with a trip to the BBSP Stadium for a long-awaited - and much anticipated - Ayrshire derby, the first league meeting between the sides for 28 years. 

 

With no travelling fans, United will need to overcome a partisan atmosphere at Rugby Park for the game which is being broadcast live on BBC Scotland.  

Opposition

Kilmarnock’s extended stay in the top flight ended in May with Dundee defeating  them 4-2 on aggregate in the Premiership play-off final. Former St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright, who took over from Alex Dyer in February, was unable to turn around the fortunes of the club and just two years after finishing third under Steve Clarke, Killie find themselves in the Championship.

 

With 23 players out of contract in the summer, only a handful of last season’s squad remain, most notably Rory McKenzie and the experienced Chris Burke. Innes Cameron, who spent an unsuccessful spell on loan at Somerset Park last year, has led the line for them so far this season.

 

Tommy Wright’s side progressed through their Premier Sports Cup group despite paying the penalty for fielding the suspended Daniel Armstrong in a 2-0 win over East Kilbride. Killie also defeated Clyde and Stranraer 2-1 and Morton on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.

Team News

Everyone is fit and available. 

The Manager Says:

The first game of a League campaign is always something you look forward to and of course with the fixture list throwing up an Ayrshire derby to start it adds something extra. We are all well aware of what it means to the fans and although we are gutted there won't be a full away end it has given us a wee bit of extra motivation to get a result for them. Training has been excellent and for the first time everyone should be available which gives great competition for places.

Head to Head

Last Meeting: The rivals last met on the opening day of the 2017/18 season in the group stage of the Betfred Cup. A 39th minute Andy Geggan header in front of the travelling supporters in the Railway End at Somerset Park gave the Honest Men a well deserved win.

 

Team: Hart; Geggan, Boyle, Higgins, Rose (Gilmour); Crawford, Docherty, Adams, McDaid; Moffat, Moore.

Match Officials

Referee – Don Robertson

Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond

Fourth Official - Grant Irvine

Live Coverage

BBC Scotland’s coverage of the game commences at 7.30pm. 

 

HonestMen Picks:

Download the HonestMen Picks app on Apple or Android and predict Monday’s match action for a chance to top the live leaderboard and a share of the £100 (free entry) or £250 (£2 entry) prize pool.

 

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