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Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

SPFL Championship

Tuesday 29th December 2020. Kick-off 6pm

Tomorrow night (Tuesday), the Honest Men return to Somerset Park to face Greenock Morton in the Championship. On the back of two defeats either side of Christmas, Mark Kerr’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways to remain in touch with the battle for the promotion play-offs.

 

Losses at Arbroath and Heart of Midlothian have seen the Honest Men slide out of the top four over Christmas; United currently sit a point behind Dundee in fourth and Morton in fifth, with third place Raith Rovers a further point ahead.

 

Opposition: Morton travel to Somerset Park looking for a third consecutive win following the resignation of manager David Hopkin at the start of December. Anton McElhone, supported by senior players, Chris Millar, Jim McAlister and Brian McLean, remains in interim charge and will be looking to build on wins at Dunfermline and at home to Queen of the South.

 

Ayr United Football Academy graduate Craig McGuffie grabbed the winner at East End Park for the Ton in a 2-1 win before a Kalvin Orsi double saw them see off Queen of the South at home. Morton’s Boxing Day match at home to Inverness was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Cappielow.

 

Team News: Innes Cameron misses out through injury.

Mark says: “Saturday at Tynecastle was a hard one to take, for a large part of the game we had a good shape and had done really well to get in the lead. It was incredibly frustrating to then stop doing everything we had been doing right. Tomorrow is a really big game for us, we had it pinpointed as a huge game for us as we want to put right what happened at Cappielow the last time we were there. We know the last couple of games have not been good enough and we can’t wait to get back out there and do everything we can to get the three points.”

 

League Form:

 

Ayr United: WWDLL

Greenock Morton: LDLWW

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 63

Draws – 35

Greenock Morton wins – 51

 

The Honest Men have played more league games against Morton than any other Scottish club and Tuesday is the 150th league meeting between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: Greenock Morton fought back from two goals down to snatch all three points in the last meeting between the sides at the end of October. A Lewis Strapp own goal and Cammy Smith strike either side of half-time and a red card for United’s Aaron Muirhead put United ahead but three goals in five minutes from Gary Oliver, Cameron Blues and Strapp handed the Ton an unlikely win.

 

Morton also came from behind to win their last visit to Somerset Park, in February. Nicky Cadden scored the winner for Morton after Connor Malley and Kalvin Orsi traded first-half goals.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Birrell

 

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