Morton vs. Ayr United
Saturday 29th September 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, United get back to league business with a trip to Cappielow Park to face Greenock Morton. After a tough shift at Ibrox on Wednesday night, focus returns to the Championship where Ian McCall’s men will be looking retain top spot in the table.
Opponents: Former Finnish international Jonatan Johansson took over the reigns at Cappielow at the start of the month following Ray McKinnon’s shock departure to Falkirk. Johansson has brought in the experienced Peter Houston as his assistant and the new management duo oversaw their side’s 1-1 draw at home to Dunfermline Athletic last weekend; Scott Tiffoney scoring an equaliser in the 81st minute with the assistance of an error from Pars keeper Lee Robinson.
The draw, which followed on from a point at Tannadice the previous week, sees Morton occupy fifth place in the league table with nine points from their six games. They remain unbeaten at home having also drawn with Queen of the South and defeated Ross County at Cappielow.
Team News: Everyone is fit and available for selection.
Ian says: “We had a very tough game in midweek however everyone has came through it ok, we may look to freshen up the team for tomorrow and utilise the squad. It is a big game for us as we are at the top of the league and that gives that extra incentive to stay there. Morton will be a completely different side to the one we faced first game of the season and they have been in good form so we will need to be at our best to get anything.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 32
Greenock Morton wins – 49
Both teams have scored in the last seven meetings between the sides.
United have won just one of the last ten match-ups at Cappielow.
Last Meeting: Ayr and Morton met on the opening day of this season in the Betfred Cup. Despite Michael Tidser’s clever free-kick giving the visitors the lead at half-time, United ran out comfortable winners thanks to a second-half Lawrence Shankland hat-trick.
Shankland was also on the scoresheet in the last league meeting between the sides, while on loan to Morton from Aberdeen. His 38th minute strike at Cappielow was cancelled out by Craig Moore on the stroke of half-time as the teams played out a draw in April last year.
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2 – Willie Ferguson
Adult – £20
Concession (Over-65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15
Child (12 – 17) – £5
Child (Under-12) – £1
Ayr supporters will be accommodated in the covered terracing area of the cowshed, with limited seating available in the west stand section G.
Entry is via turnstiles at west side of the stadium at wee Dublin end.
Buses can drop off on east Hamilton street, facing west just past the Arnold Clark garage.
Thereafter they can park for free in the main carpark, accessed from the junction of Sinclair Street and the A8.
Bus drivers must ensure they leave the carpark at least 15 mins prior to the end of the game to pick up in east Hamilton street.
Searching will take place at turnstiles.