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Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 29th October 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to take on Greenock Morton and will be looking to extend their good run of form. Last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Queen of the South saw the Honest Men keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet and earn a fourth league win in six matches – no other Championship side has picked up more points from their last six games. The result saw Ayr move two points ahead of Morton into sixth place.

For the home side it is a return to league duty after competing in their first national semi-final for 37 years last weekend. Jim Duffy’s side put in a spirited performance but were eventually edged out 2-0 by Aberdeen at Hampden. Ton went into the semi-final on the back of a thumping 5-0 away win over Queen of the South. Their last home match was a 1-0 win over Raith Rovers and the Greenock side are yet to lose at Cappielow this season.

Team News: Craig Moore is out and Mick Wardrope is doubtful.

Ian says:”it’s a match between two form teams and with the run we’ve been on we are looking forward to every match. The players are full of confidence just now and they are training very well. We know that a win would take us close to the top 4 and that would be special after the first 3 games. The big difference in this league is that there are no easy games, any mistakes are punished and we are still the underdogs in pretty much every match.

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 31
Morton wins – 47

Ayr have take just three points from their last seven visits to Cappielow.

Last meeting: The meeting between the sides this season was at Somerset Park seven weeks ago. United went ahead after a goalless first half courtesy of Paul Cairney and Alan Forrest. Despite Morton having Mark Russell sent-off in the 74th minute, a late goal from Ross Forbes made for a nervy finish but the Honest Men held on for all three points.
On this day: in 2011, Ayr came back from two goals down at half-time to defeat Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park. Paul Currie and Greig Spence put the home side ahead at the break but goals from Michael Moffat, John Robertson and, in the last minute, Chris Smith earned United all three points. It was the second time in a week defender Smith had scored the winner – four days previously his header against St. Mirren saw the Honest Men win through to the League Cup semi-final.

Match Officials:
Referee – Mat Northcroft
Assistant Referee 1 – Andy Milne
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Ayr supporters will be in the away section of the main stand which can be accessed from the Sinclair St end of the ground.

Adult – £18
Concession – £15 (oaps, students, 16-18)
Child 12-16 years – £5
Child U12 – FREE ENTRY if accompanied with an adult.