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Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 16th February 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United have the opportunity to return to the top of the Championship when they travel to take on Greenock Morton at Cappielow. Both sides sat out last weekend as the Scottish Cup took centre stage and return to action looking to boost their promotion hopes. United were 3-1 winners last time out at Alloa and travel to Inverclyde boosted by the return of Jamie Adams from injury. 

Elsewhere in the Championship on Saturday, Dundee United travel to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South, Inverness are at Dunfermline but Ross County are not in action; they take on East Fife in the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Cup tonight (Friday) at the Global Energy Stadium.

The Opposition: Greenock Morton still have aspirations of making the promotion play-offs and currently sit four points adrift of fourth placed Inverness. Recent results, however, have not helped their cause with Jonatan Johansson’s side taking just one point from their last three league matches.


An improved second-half performance and Tannadice and a Bob McHugh goal was not enough to overcome Dundee United a fortnight ago, while their last home game was a goalless draw with Dunfermline Athletic. Defeat at Alloa Athletic preceded a shock Scottish Cup exit at the hands of East Fife.

Goalkeeper Robby McCrorie and striker Andrew Dallas have joined the Ton on loan from Johansson’s former side Rangers, along with midfielders Greg Kiltie from Kilmarnock and Dylan Dykes of Ross County, with all four new recruits featuring against Dundee United.

League Form:

Ayr United – LLWLW

Greenock Morton – WWLDL

Team News:Alan Forrest, Mark Kerr and Andy Geggan miss out with injuries.

Ian says: “After a Saturday with no game we are really looking forward to getting back out there. The boys have been

working really hard and coming off the back of a good win at Alloa we want to keep up the momentum. Every game in this league is tough and Morton have their own reasons for needing the 3 points. Injuries are starting to clear up and with the new additions we are now looking very strong on the bench again. Hopefully our supporters get right behind us the way they did the last time at Cappielow.”

Head to Head (league):

Ayr United wins – 61

Draws – 33

Morton wins – 49

United have scored 99 league goals at Cappielow.

Last Match: Morton held Ayr to a goalless draw at Somerset Park in the last meeting between the sides, back in November in a match that saw striker Craig Moore sent-off. Earlier in the season, Moore netted two of four unanswered second-half goals for the Honest Men in a thumping 5-1 win at Cappielow. 

On this day: in 2013, United defeated Albion Rovers 5-2 at Somerset Park with Michael Moffat helping himself to a hat-trick. Michael Donald scored the Honest Men’s first and third goals with Robbie Winters notching twice for the Wee Rovers.

Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Macleod

Admission:

Adults – £20

Concessions (Over 65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15

Child (12-17) – £5

Child (u12) – £1

Advice for travelling support

For Ayr United fans travelling to Cappielow

  • There are no planned rail engineering works or road closures scheduled between Ayr and Greenock. Check www.scotrail.co.uk and www.trafficscotland.org for details.
  • The entry point for all away fans except wheelchair users are as follows: Enter via turnstiles at west side of the stadium (Wee Dublin End). Supporters buses can drop off on East Hamilton Street facing west just past the Arnold Clark showroom. The buses can uplift fans from there 15 minutes prior to end of game and continue to next roundabout (McDonalds) to return east.
  • Supporters will be accommodated in the covered west section of the terracing (standing only). There is also limited seating available in section G of the main stand. Both areas are accessed from west turnstiles.       
  • Prices for entry are Adult £20, Concession £15 (Over 65, student and 17 -20yrs. PROOF MUST BE SHOWN), Age 12-16yrs £5, Child under 12yrs £1 (must be accompanied by adult). Cash only at turnstile. No tickets available for away fans.
  • Wheelchair users pay but carer is free. 1 carer per wheelchair user unless there are special requirements for another carer. This is due to limited space.