Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton
Saturday 15th February 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, we return to Championship action when Greenock Morton are the visitors to Somerset Park. With play-off rivals Inverness, Dundee and Dunfermline all inactive this weekend due to the semi-finals of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup, Mark Kerr’s side will be looking to move into second place in the league table and extend their advantage over the chasing pack.
Opponents: Morton make the short journey to Ayrshire without a defeat in their last five Championship outings. David Hopkin’s side have taken nine points from a possible 15. Last weekend they followed up back-to-back 1-1 draws against both Dundee sides with a 2-2 draw at home to Queen of the South.
The Ton sit in seventh position in the table and will have the play-offs at both ends of the table on their minds in the second-half of the season. David Hopkin’s side are currently five points adrift of fourth placed Dundee but have only a three point advantage over on form Alloa in ninth.
The game will see a quick return to Somerset Park for Craig McGuffie and Kris Doolan, who both made the switch to Cappielow last month. Two of McGuffie’s three goals for the Honest Men this season have come in this fixture. The 22 year-old is yet to make his debut for the Ton.
Team News: Aaron Muirhead is suspended. Craig Moore, Andy Murdoch, Ross Docherty and Andy Geggan miss out through injury.
Mark says: “A lot will depend on the weather tomorrow so hopefully the forecast is wrong and we get decent conditions for the game. We’ve got a busy spell of games coming up and the good thing now is that with the recent additions we have a squad that can cope with it, and we still have important players to come back. We have the ability to change things up now when needed, and it gives a real incentive to anyone coming into the team, play well and keep your place.”
Ayr United: LLWWD
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 63
Draws – 35
Morton wins – 49
United are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run against Morton in all competitions.
Previous Meeting: Two meetings between the sides this season have yielded 11 goals – and six points for the Honest Men. Morton kicked off the Championship season with a trip to Somerset Park but an early Michael Moffat goal and second-half strikes from Luke McCowan and Alan Forrest put the Honest Men 3-0 up. Goals from Reghan Tumilty and Nicky Cadden in the 73rd and 79th minute threatened a comeback before Craig McGuffie rounded off the scoring in the final minute.
A goalless first-half in difficult conditions at Cappielow at the end of October was the unlikely precursor to a second 45 minutes that could have seen either side take all three points. Defender Jack Baird opened the scoring for the home side in the 50th minute before goals from Craig Moore and put the Honest Men ahead. Bob McHugh’s scrambled effort levelled the scores once more before Craig McGuffie forced the ball home to give Mark Kerr his first win in charge.
Referee – Bobby Madden
Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Stevenson
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine
Adult – £18
Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)
U18’s – £6
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