On Saturday, Ian McCall takes charge of Ayr United for the first time at Somerset Park when Greenock Morton are the visitors. A number of new faces are expected as the Honest Men look to record a hat-trick of victories over the Ton this season.
Morton came from 1-0 down to beat Stenhousemuir 3-2 last weekend at Ochilview, with all five goals coming in the second-half. The three points lifted Ton above Forfar Athletic into second position in the table. Jim Duffy has moved to strengthen his squad in recent weeks, signing goalkeeper Grant Adam and strikers Ross Caldwell and Peter McDonald. Ross Forbes has joined from Dunfermline with Andrew Barrowman heading in the opposite direction.
Read on for our match preview:
Ian says: “Its a great home game for us to start with. Ayr and Morton are two of the real traditional Scottish football clubs. Like ourselves Morton also have a good fanbase and will bring a few down. We have different targets. At the moment they are looking to win the league whereas we are looking to start winning games again and getting away from the bottom. I am very much looking forward to it and I am really hoping for the team to backed by a large noisy home support, that will make a big difference. We have had Morton watched however this is our home game so its about what we do.”
Team news: Peter Murphy, Martyn Campbell and Craig Beattie are out. Craig Murray joins the squad and we are hopeful of one more addition before Saturday.
Ayr are looking to end a run of nine matches at home – and 12 matches overall – without a win.
Morton have won their last two games on the road, their only victories in their last seven.
Head-to-Head (League at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 37 Draws – 14 Morton wins – 17
It is seven games between the sides at Somerset Park since both teams scored in the same match.
Last Meeting: Ayr have two 1-0 wins over Morton this season. Captain Scott McLaughlin scored against his former club at Cappielow in October and Ryan Donnelly was the match winner on the opening day of the league season at Somerset Park.
On this day: Ayr United have played seven matches at Somerset Park on this date in history, scoring 29 goals – an average of over four-per-game. In 1931, the Honest Men beat Clackmannan 11-2 and recorded an 8-2 victory over Montrose in 1959.
Match Officials: Referee: Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1: John McCrossan Assistant Referee 2: Lloyd Wilson
Adults – £15
OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8
Parent & Child Gate – £18