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Queen of the South | Match Preview | 26/02/22
February 25, 2022

News /Game News

Queen of the South | Match Preview | 26/02/22

Saturday 26th April, 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United play host to basement boys Queen of the South in the proverbial six pointer at Somerset Park. With only one defeat in their last five games, Lee Bullen’s men have put some daylight between themselves and Saturday’s opponents. However, Queens, led by Willie Gibson following the sacking of Allan Johnston will be eager to claim all three points and drag United back into the relegation dog fight.

Lee Bullen hailed the resilience that his side are showing after ending their highland hoodoo with a 2-1 win away to Inverness last weekend. Goals from Sean McGinty and Tomi Adeloye sent Ayr on their way to their first win in Inverness since 2003. David Carson was then sent off for the hosts who did manage to make the last 5 minutes nervy for the United faithful thanks to a late Lewis Nicholson cross finding the back of the net but The Honest Men held firm to secure a vital three points.

As skipper, Sean McGinty netted his first of the season, Adeloye was getting his name of the scoresheet for the 11th time this season only seconds after being introduced as he replaced Sam Ashford. Ayr are without a clean sheet in seven games and Saturday was the first time Ayr haven’t gone a goal down since the 8th of January in a 1-0 win at home to Arbroath. 

Opposition

Queen of the South lie at the foot of the table but are only three points adrift of Dunfermline going into Saturday’s game. The Doonhamers are without a win in seven games with their last victory coming on December 18th – at home to United. However, they arrive at Somerset Park after a 0-0 draw with league leaders Arbroath in a game they felt aggrieved not to have taken all three points. After parting with ways with Allan Johnston, Willie Gibson has been given the job until the end of the season with the task of retaining Queens Championship status and he will know how important three points on Saturday could be for his side.

Team News

Michael Hewitt remains side-lined. Everyone else is fit and available for selection.

The Manager Says:

“The morale in the group is great but we are fully aware of how important Saturday’s game is for both teams. We have to manage the expectations and the change in expectation after the last few games but there’s a real togetherness and resilience just now so we’re looking to build on that.” 

Watch what Lee Bullen and skipper, Sean McGinty had to say ahead of the game here: https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/black-white-tv/

Head to Head

Ayr United Wins - 29
Draws - 16
Queen of the South Wins – 37

United won the first battle between the two sides with a 2-1 win at Somerset Park. However, Queens were dominant in the previous fixture with a thumping 3-0 win at Palmerston in December. United have only lost one of the last seven meetings between the sides at Somerset Park.

Last Meeting: The last meeting between the two was one to forget for Ayr as they suffered a 3-0 defeat, spelling the end of Jim Duffy’s reign as manager.

Ayr lined up – McAdams, Houston, Baird, Fjørtoft, Reading, Muirhead, McKenzie (Bradley 83'), Murdoch, Chalmers (Maxwell 70'), O'Connor (Salkeld 70'), Afolabi

Match Officials

Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee – Andrew McWilliam

Live Coverage

Admission Details: Tickets are available now and can be purchased online below:

Tickets are available online now:

Home Fans: HTTPS://TICKETS.AYRUNITEDFC.CO.UK/PACKAGES/LZEMOKZMPW/E/EDEGKXA8QR

Tickets available for Centre Stand, East Stand and Family Stand (all seating) and North Terrace and Somerset Road End (terracing)

Away Fans: HTTPS://TICKETS.AYRUNITEDFC.CO.UK/PACKAGE_LINK/LZEMOKZMPW/QUEENOFTHESOUTHAWAY

Tickets for Away Fans are available for the West Stand (seating) and the Railway End (terracing behind the goal).

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the match as there is no option to pay at the turnstiles.

Away Fans must purchase online as there is no option to purchase tickets at Somerset Park. 

Live Streaming: The game is available to livestream for £18:

https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/live-streaming

Match Sponsor:

Ayrshire Medical Services.

Match Ball Sponsor:

Jordan Electrics.

Mascots:

Finlay Donovan & David Cooper.