Match Preview v Morton

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Cappielow to face Jim Duffy’s Greenock Morton. The Honest Men have seen their form slump in recent weeks with four defeats in their last five matches but can climb above their opponents into third position with a win.
Morton have been proven a formidable opponent at home this season, winning all four of the League 1 matches and conceding only two goals but a failure to pick up results away from home mean they have just a two point advantage over United. Last weekend they cruised to a 2-0 victory over bottom side Stirling Albion at Cappielow.
Read on for our match preview:

Team News: Brian Gilmour will have a fitness test and other than that everyone will be fit.

Marko says: “We are expecting a tight game as it was on the first game of the season however we are going with a fully fit squad which we have rarely had recently. We know when we get all these guys back we are going to win games and go on a run. I will be expecting the boys to play at the same tempo as the second half on Friday night when we caused Dunfermline problems.

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 58
Draws – 30
Greenock Morton wins – 46
United have lost in their last five matches away to Morton.
Last Meeting: Ayr were the victors when the two sides met on the opening day of the league campaign at the start of August. Ryan Donnelly netted with eleven minutes of the match remaining and Ton’s Jordan Allan was sent-off.
The Honest Men’s last visit to Cappielow was on the 2nd January 2012, where, despite an early Michael Moffat goal, the home side recorded a 3-1 win with goals from David O’Brien, Archie Campbell and Paul Di Giacomo.
Stats:
– Ayr United finished the first quarter of this season with the same points tally and in the same position as at the same point last season.
– Despite defeat to Dunfermline last Friday, Ayr have the best head-to-head record against teams in the top-half of the table, picking up 9 points from 12. Morton have managed just 1 win against League 1’s top five.
– Morton’s Thomas O’Ware is a former pupil of QueenMargaret Academy in Ayr. Nominally a defender, O’Ware has also played in midfield and up-front this season.

On this day: United have played 14 times on this date in history, most recently in 2008. Raith Rovers were the opponents at Starks Park where a last minute Graham Weir goal snatched a 3-2 win for the home team. David Gormley and Scott Walker were on the scoresheet for the Honest Men. Ayr’s last victory on 18th October was against Dumbarton in 1980.

Match Officials:
Referee – Calum Murray
Assistant Referee 1 – Steven Reid
Assistant Referee 2 – William Wilson

Match Info:
Adults – £15
Concessions – £10
Parent & Child – £15
Under 16’s – £3
Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Concession prices are available to supporters over 65 years old, students in full time education and those who are registered as unemployed. Proof of entitlement must be shown at the turnstile when requested otherwise the full adult price will be due.

Ayr United supporters will be accommodated within the Main Stand and should enter the ground at the turnstiles on East Hamilton Street.

Wheelchair spaces cost £10 which includes admission for a carer or assistant if required. Places are limited, however they can be booked in advance by contacting us on 01475 723571 or by email toadmin@gmfc.net.

Car parking is available adjacent to the ground at a cost of £3 per car. The nearest train station to Cappielow is Cartsdyke, which is 5 minutes walk from the ground.

We would once again remind all supporters that the James Watt Dock Marina, located on the opposite side of East Hamilton Street to the ground, is private property and parking in this area is strictly reserved for Marina patrons only.