Morton match preview

Match Preview
Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 29th October 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tomorrow night Ayr United travel to Cappielow to take on Greenock Morton looking to get back to winning ways. It is a quick turnaround for new management team Mark Kerr and Assistant Michael McArdle after Friday’s night loss to Dundee, a third defeat on the spin for the Honest Men.

Despite a poor run of form, we remain second in the table, three points behind leaders Dundee United ahead of a full midweek fixture list in the Championship; Dundee United are at home to Partick Thistle; Inverness, a point behind Ayr in third, make the long journey south to Dumfries to play Queen of the South. Dundee are at the Indodrill to face Alloa Athletic.

 

Opponents: Morton go into tomorrow tonight’s game on the back of a 2-1 win over Inverness at Cappielow on Saturday. Bob McHugh netted a double to halt a run of three games without a win, which included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Dundee United at Tannadice.

David Hopkins’ side are unbeaten at home this season, with Dunfermline the only one of five teams to leave Cappielow with a point. Five defeats in five away from home, however, mean that Morton lie in seventh place in the table.

 

Team News: Frank Ross, Andrew Murdoch, Mark Kerr and Jamie Adams all miss out through injury.

Mark says: “We were at the Morton game on Saturday and we know how they will set up. First things first and we need to match them all over the park and deal with the specific threats they will pose. We will need to pass the ball better than we did on Friday, the first 25 minutes was good and we played some good football then the game was broken up and we struggled to get any real momentum. We need to make sure we get back to taking the chances we are creating.”

Form:

Ayr United: WWLLL

Dundee: WLDLW

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 62

Draws – 35

Morton wins – 49

 

United are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting:

There were six goals in the first meeting between the sides this season, at Somerset Park at the start of August. Michael Moffat got Ayr off to the perfect start with a goal in the 9th minute and second-half strikes from Luke McCowan and Alan Forrest put us three goals to the good. Goals in Reghan Tumilty and Nicky Cadden threatened a Ton comeback but Craig McGuffie secured all three points with a last minute fourth for the Honest Men.

 

In the four encounters last season in the Championship, Ayr chalked up a 5-1 win at Cappielow early in the season, with the next three games ending in a draw.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Elliott Husband Powton

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concession (Over-65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15

Child (12 – 17) – £10

Child (Under-12) – £1