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Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 25th February 2020. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), after a false start in Arbroath on Saturday, the Honest Men return to Championship action with Greenock Morton the visitors to Somerset Park. A waterlogged pitch put pay to the original fixture 10 days ago and, with United’s trip to Gayfield abandoned at half-time its over three weeks since our last league game.

Ayr can climb to second with a win against seventh placed Morton – if Inverness fail to beat Dunfermline at East End Park.

Opponents: Morton travel to Ayrshire without a defeat in their last six Championship outings – but have drawn their last four. On Saturday, Alloa Athletic came back from 1-0 and 4-2 down to hold David Hopkin’s side to a draw at Cappielow, scoring in the 85th and 90th minute to make it 4-4.

 

The Ton have the play-offs at both ends of the table on their minds going into the second-half of the season. David Hopkin’s side are currently six points behind United in fourth but have only a three point advantage over Queen of the South in ninth.

 

The game will see a 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 made his Morton debut as a late substitute against Alloa on Saturday.

 

Team News:Craig Moore, Andy Geggan, Andy Murdoch and Ross Docherty are all out with injuries. Steven Bell has recovered from illness and is back in the squad. Aaron Muirhead is still suspended after Saturdays abandonment.

Mark says: “Of course Saturday was hugely frustrating after we had worked so hard into that wind in the first half but we have moved on from that now. We haven’t completed a league game for a few weeks and we are desperate to get more points on the board. We have still managed to take confidence from Saturday despite the game not finishing as it is clear to see how hard everyone is working for each other. Tonight will be another very difficult game, they have a few players that we know very well and will cause us problems so we will need to be at our best to get a positive result.”

League Form:

Ayr United: LLWWD

Morton: WDDDD

 

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.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Stevenson

Assistant Referee 2 – Steven Traynor

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

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