One-hundred percent Ayr United travel to Rugby Park on Tuesday evening looking to shock old adversaries Kilmarnock. The Honest Men are riding high at the top of League 1 with three wins out of three and go into the match against the Premiership side full of confidence.
Like Ayr, Killie were 2-0 winners at home on Saturday, Allan Johnston’s side picking up all three points against Motherwell. It was a second consecutive victory which places them fourth in the league table, with seven points from four games.
Read on for our match preview:
Marko says: “Normally with derbies form goes out the window however after four wins on the spin its different this time. Our boys have confidence and momentum and they know what they can produce. We know we have to turn up and compete and we’ll do that.”
“Our fans have a huge part to play tomorrow. I know that they will give us incredible backing and its one of these games where our fans will be making themselves heard from the warm up. I cant explain how massive that is for our players to hear that before heading back into the dressing room to get ready for the match.”
Team news: Full squad to choose from.
Head-to-Head (League Cup):
Ayr United wins – 5
Draws – 5
Kilmarnock – 6
Eight Ayrshire derbies in the League Cup have been played at Rugby Park, each side winning four of them. United won the last such encounter 1-0 in August 1996 courtesy of a Robert Connor goal.
Last Meeting: 25,057 fans were at Hampden Park to witness the last meeting between the sides, which came in the semi-final of the League Cup in January 2012. The Honest Men took Killie to extra-time but were undone by a Dean Shiels goal in the 109th minute. United lined-up: Cuthbert; Tiffoney, Malone, Robertson, Smith; Geggan, Trouten (Tomsett – 113), McKernan (Dodd – 75), McGowan; Moffat; Wardlaw (Roberts – 60).
– United have begun a league season with wins in their first three games for the first time since 1991/92;
– It’s 20 years since Killie last defeated Ayr in a cup tie without the need for extra-time or a replay. The Honest Men have won four of six ties between the team since, but lost the last two.
– Ayr are unbeaten in over half of their meetings with Premier League opponents since 1996. Our record reads: P39, W15, D7, L17.
On this day: Ayr United and Kilmarnock faced each other on the 26th August 1978 in Division One. The game at Somerset Park ended 0-0. United have a 40.91% win rate on this date.
Referee: Craig Thomson
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew McWilliam
Fourth Official: Euan Anderson
Match Info: Tickets will be on sale at the Ayr United club shop until 4pm Tuesday 26th.