Queen of the South | Match Preview
On Saturday, United head to Dumfries to face Queen of the South in yet another vital game for Jim Duffy and his men. The Honest Men have not won at Palmerston since August 2002 but with just a point separating the two sides, Ayr will be desperate to claim a precious victory on the road.
Ayr are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions but are without a league win since their last outing against Queens back on 16th October. However, United were left frustrated after taking just two points from games against Morton and Hamilton after feeling they deserved more from the fixtures. Tomi Adeloye grabbed a 1-1 draw with an emphatic second half header to cancel out Lewis Smith’s first half strike for Accies. Ayr currently occupy 7th place.
In similar fashion to their opponents, The Doonhamers have not registered a league win since October when they beat Dunfermline 1-0. They come into this fixture on the back of a thrilling 3-3 draw away to the same opponent’s last weekend. Queens took the lead three times only to be pegged back with the Pars finding an 88th minute equaliser to take a share of the points.
Despite languishing near the foot of the table, Lee Connolly has caught the eye for Queen of South after netting six times in the league so far and netted another stunning strike last weekend. Queens currently lie in 9th place – a point off the bottom.
Hewitt and Muirhead miss out through injury. Aidan McAdams and Jack Baird return to the squad.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins – 12
Draws – 10
Queen of the South wins - 20
In their last encounter, United were 2-1 winners against Queen of the South on 16th October 2021. Queens took the lead midway through the second half as Lee Connolly hit the back of the net. However, goals from Aaron Muirhead and James Maxwell turned the game on its head.
Ayr line up: McAdams, McAllister, Fjortoft, Baird, Reading, Salkeld (Bradley 61’), Muirhead, Murdoch, Maxwell, Adeloye (Moffat 89’), Afolabi (Chalmers 61’).
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2 – John Stewart
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