Ayr United’s season kicks off on Saturday with a trip to Cumbernauld to face Clyde in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup. Read on for our preview of the game:
United hope to pitch most of their new faces straight into action at Broadwood.
Peter Murphy, Jon Paul McGovern, Ryan Donnelly and Nicky Devlin are all expected to start for the Honest Men.
McKinlay is extremely doubtful from the knock he sustained against Crusaders, while Mikey Donald should be fit to overcome a calf strain picked up in the friendly win against Hurlford.
Martyn Campbell is suspended and is the only player ruled out of the travelling party.
“The game will have added spice with Barry Ferguson coming in at Clyde.
“And it’s a cup that potentially means more to teams this year with the likes of Rangers, Hibs and Hearts waiting in the next round.
“People expect us to win in this situation but it’s never that easy.
“Our only aim is to go up there with the right attitude and put in a performance to match.”
This is the 24th season of the Challenge Cup. The competition was first held during the 1990–91 season as the B&Q Centenary Cup to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Scottish Football League.
Ayr were runners-up in the first two seasons of the competition and have made four semi-final and eight quarter final appearances.
United have been knocked out of the competition nine times by a lower league side, including in four of the past six seasons. Nine is also the number of times the Honest Men have failed at the first hurdle.
Falkirk were the conquerors of both Ayr and Clyde in the Challenge Cup last season, United losing in the second round after beating Queen’s Park at Hampden.
Clyde ended last season fourth in League 2 but were defeated by East Fife on penalties in the play-off semi-final.
Head-to-Head (at Broadwood):
Ayr United wins: 3
Clyde wins: 6
United haven’t won at Broadwood in their last eight visits.
The sides have met twice before in the Challenge Cup. United defeated Clyde 2-0 at SomersetPark in the semi-final of the first edition of the competition in 1990 but the Bully Wee exacted revenge 16 years later, winning a quarter-final tie 1-0 at Broadwood. Current Ayr United goalie David Hutton was between the post for the home team in that game.
August 2012 – Ayr United ran out comfortable winners the last time the sides met despite the game being goalless at half-time. Goals from David Winters, Michael Moffat (2), Jonathan Tiffoney and David Sinclair (2) at SomersetPark earned the Honest Men a 6-1 win over Clyde in the first round of the League Cup.
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Assistant: Alan Mulvanny
Assistant: David Roome
Both sets of fans will be located in the Main Stand at Broadwood.
Kick off is at 3pm and extra-time and penalties will be played if required.
A supporters bus is leaving the River Cottage at 1pm. Seats cost £10. Phone Tam on 07585328685 or Jamie on 07792747354 for details.
The stadium is easily accessible via the M80 motorway.
From Glasgow or the south/west, exit the M80 at junction 4A (signposted Cumbernauld/Kilsyth) to the A8011. Keep left and follow the signs for Kirkintilloch. After a short distance you will reach the Back O’Hill Roundabout, continue through this and onto the Craiglinn Roundabout. Stay in the left lane and take the first exit from this roundabout, heading towards the away car park. Go through the small roundabout and then take the third exit at Broadwood Roundabout onto Atholl Drive. This road leads to the car park entrance.
From Edinburgh or the north/east, exit the M80 at junction 5 (signposted Airdrie/Kilsyth) to the A73. At the roundabout, take the third exit and then go through the next roundabout, following signs for Kirkintilloch. Continue to the Back O’Hill Roundabout and take the third exit onto the Craiglinn Roundabout. Stay in the left lane and take the first exit from this roundabout, heading towards the away car park. Go through the small roundabout and then take the third exit at Broadwood Roundabout onto Atholl Drive. This road leads to the car park entrance.
Car Parking: Matchday car parking is available to all supporters in the stadium’s away car park only, at a cost of £2 per vehicle.
The nearest train station to Broadwood is Croy. Trains from Glasgow Queen Street (also stopping at Bishopbriggs and Lenzie) depart twice hourly. Trains from the East depart Alloa (via Stirling and Larbert) and Edinburgh (via Falkirk) at regular intervals.
Croy station is exactly 1 mile from Broadwood, with a 15-20 minute walk. After leaving the station, turn right on the main road (B802) and continue up the hill for about half a mile until you reach the Balloch Roundabout. Continue to follow the pathway onto Smithstone Road on the right. Take the first left onto Craiglinn and continue through the housing estate for about a quarter of a mile. At the end of the road, a short path leads onto the B8048. Cross this road with care and turn left, quickly taking the first right onto a short access road. This leads to the stadium entrance via Ardgoil Drive.