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Ayr United vs. Queen of the South

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 28th December 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United bring 2019 to a close with a home fixture against Queen of the South. Despite a strong first-half showing at Tannadice Park seven days ago, the Honest Men were comprehensively defeated by runaway league leaders Dundee United and will be looking to bring in the new year with all three points here against the Doonhamers.


Opponents: Queen of the South travel to Somerset Park on the back of a 2-0 win over Arbroath last weekend. Dan Pybus put Queens ahead in the first-half and the points were secured with a late Ricky Little own goal. Allan Johnston’s side lie six points adrift of the promotion play-offs in sixth place but have a game in hand on the sides around them.


Team News:. Andy Murdoch and Jamie Adams are out with injuries. Mark Kerr serves a one match suspension.

Mark says:”We are hugely focused on finishing the year on a high. Queens have been on a decent run and have some top players but we need to start the game the way we did last week, we need to be more clinical in the final third. Of course we need to ensure that we eradicate individual errors, it’s a really big game for us and one we are hugely looking forward to.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LLDWL

Queen of the South: WLWLW


Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 38

Draws – 17

Queen of the South wins – 37


United have scored exactly one goal in the last five matches between the sides (2 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat)


Previous Meeting:

Queen of the South were 3-1 winners at Palmerston Park in the last meeting between the sides, last month. Left-back Kevin Holt opened the scoring in the 18th minute with Michael Moffat equalising 20 minutes later but the Doonhamers went on to dominate the second-half, scoring through Connor Murray and Gary Oliver. United’s woes were exacerbated when forward Luke McCowan was shown a straight red card.


It was the Honest Men who took all three points at Somerset Park in August, Stephen Kelly with the only goal of the game.


Match Officials:
Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Stewart

Assistant Referee 2 – George King



Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6


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