Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton
Saturday 10th September 2016.
On Saturday, Ayr United return to Championship action when Greenock Morton are the visitors to Somerset Park. United edged past Airdrieonians in the Irn-Bru Cup on Sunday and, after picking up their first league point of the season against St. Mirren last time out, will be looking to record their first league win against the Buddies’ Renfrewshire rivals.
Morton were bumped out of the Irn-Bru Cup at the weekend, losing 2-0 at the National Stadium to League 1 side Queen’s Park. Jim Duffy’s side have picked up three points from their opening four league matches, drawing at home to Dumbarton and Falkirk and away to St. Mirren.
Team News: Craig Moore is still out, everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “We feel that in the second half of the Dundee United game, the majority of the game against St Mirren and in stages last week that we are coming together as a team and getting up to speed. It was always going to take a period of time to adapt and come to terms with the difference in pace and in quality of the Championship however we are getting there. A win tomorrow would move us up a couple of places and bunch up the league and with a couple of hard away trips coming up we will be going all out for the win.”
The Opposition: Morton finished 5th in the Championship last season but were nearly 20 points behind Raith Rovers in the final play-off position.
Jim Duffy has assembled a young squad this season, with 26-year-old midfielder Ross Forbes the Ton’s oldest outfield player. He is likely to partner Michael Tidser in central the centre of the park with Tons’ attacking options ahead of the duo including summer signing Gary Oliver, on-loan Celtic forward Aidan Nesbitt and Jai Quitongo, son of Jose, whose three goals at the start of the season attracted a reported six-figure bid from Doncaster Rovers.
18-year-old forward Scott Tiffoney is the younger brother of former United defender Jonathan.
Ayr United wins – 59
Draws – 31
Greenock Morton wins – 47
The Honest Men are one strike short of 200 league goals against Morton.
The was little between the two sides when they went head-to-head in League 1 during season 2014/15. United were 1-0 winners in the first two encounters, in August 2014 at Somerset Park and the return fixture at Cappielow in October, with Ryan Donnelly and Scott McLaughlin respective the goalscorers.
Morgyn Neill and Peter McDonald traded first-half goals when the sides met at Somerset in January and the Honest Men were moments away from avoiding defeat in the final meeting of the season at Cappielow when, leading through a Jon-Paul McGovern free-kick, Ton scored two goals in stoppage time to snatch all three points in heartbreaking fashion.
On this day:
In 2011, Morton were 4-1 winners when the sides met at Cappielow. Ton scored goals in the 10th, 11th and 12th minutes to race to a 3 goal advantage before both teams scored penalties late on.
Referee – John McKendrick
Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer
Assistant Referee 2 – Stephen Graham
Admission: Adults £17, Concessions £10 and under 16s £5