Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Saturday 24th August 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United return to action when Queen of the South are the visitors to Somerset Park.
It is a fortnight since the Honest Men’s last game, with us and Queens both without a match last weekend having been knocked out of the Betfred Cup at the group stage. United’s performance in a narrow defeat away to Dundee merited more but proved the team will be competitive in the Championship again this season. The manager is looking for his players – and the fans – to play their part in making Somerset Park a fortress this season, starting with Saturday’s visit from Dumfries.
Opponents: Queen of the South will wear a special commemorative jersey tomorrow as the club celebrates its 100th anniversary. Queen of the South United – as they were initially named – were formed in March 1919, the amalgamation of three clubs: Dumfries F.C., 5th Kings Own Scottish Borderers and the Arrol-Johnston Car Company works team. The newly formed club’s first ever game took place on 16th August 1919 versus Sanquhar side Nithsdale Wanderers, a challenge match that ended 2-2.
One-hundred years later, the modern day Doonhamers have started the 2019/20 season with two draws in the league; it was goalless at Arbroath on the opening day of the campaign and 1-1 against Dunfermline a fortnight ago; Gary Oliver equalising in the second-half after Kyle Turner’s early opener for the Pars.
Oliver is one of a number of new faces recruited by manager Allan Johnston over the summer. The striker will be hoping to fill the boots of Lyndon Dykes who has moved to Livingston. Oliver has been joined at Palmerston by former Morton team-mates Lee Kiday and Robby McCrorie; former Hamilton Accies midfielder Darren Lyon and forward Faissal El Bakhtaoui. Michael Paton has returned to his former club, also via Dunfermline.
Prolific striker Stephen Dobbie has missed the last three matches with a hamstring tear but is expected to make his return.
Team News: Craig Moore and Frank Ross are out with injuries.
Ian says: We have had what feels like a long break since our last game at Dundee and we are really looking forward to getting back out there. Our last performance was good and it has certainly given us plenty to build on. We are always looking to make Somerset a fortress and we played very well here in the game against Morton so a fast start will be crucial for us.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 38
Draws – 17
Queen of the South wins – 37
Both teams took five points from the four fixtures between the sides last season. The most recent fixture came at the start of April and saw a first-half Lawrence Shankland penalty earn the Honest Men all three points. Team: Doohan; Smith, Harvie, Bell, Rose; Kerr, Crawford, Geggan (Murdoch), Cadden (McDaid); Miller (Moore) Shankland.
On this day: in 2002, Ayr travelled to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South. Goals either side of half-time from Mark Campbell and James Grady gave United a two-goal lead at Palmerston and we held on to all three points despite Steve Bowey’s late consolation for the home side.
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson
Adults – £18
Concessions – £12
Under 18s – £6