Queen of the South vs. Ayr United
Saturday 9th November 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United make the journey down the A76 to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South at Palmerston Park. The Honest Men are buoyed by back-to-back victories over Greenock Morton and Partick Thistle which has seen them return to goalscoring form and remain on the coattails of league leaders Dundee United, who face city rivals Dundee at Dens Park tonight.
Palmerston has not been a happy hunting for Ayr United of late but Mark Kerr’s side will be looking for all three points heading into three-weeks without a fixture due to the international break and Scottish Cup.
Opponents: Queen of the South go into tomorrow’s match on the back of two 2-0 defeats; at home to Inverness a fortnight ago and at Dunfermline last Saturday. Allan Johnston’s side lie seventh in the league table with 13 points from their 12 games.
Despite their defeat at home to Inverness last time out, the Doonhamers – and Stephen Dobbie – remain a threat at home and were 4-0 winners over Dundee United last month.
Team News: Mark Kerr, Frank Ross, Jamie Adams, Kris Doolan and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries. Andy Geggan is suspended.
Mark says: “It is a huge game for us as we head into a two week break with no competitive game. We want to keep this run going, keep the momentum going and make sure we start the game quickly. We know that Queens have got players that can cause us problems so we have worked on that. The last couple of games we have created plenty and that is something we want to keep doing, the boys are confident but working extremely hard. No doubt we will have a good support down there and we want to send them into the break in good spirits.”
Ayr United: LLLWW
Queen of the South: WWDLL
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 38
Draws – 17
Queen of the South wins – 36
United are without a win in their last 14 visits to Palmerston Park, stretching back to August 2002.
The Honest Men overcame the Doonhamers at Somerset Park in the first meeting between the sides this season, in August. Midfielder Stephen Kelly scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
Three of the four meetings between the sides last season were also narrow encounters, with two 1-1 draws and a 1-0 win for United over Queen’s at Somerset Park in April. The Doonhamers were comprehensive 5-0 winners in the other fixture between the sides last season in Dumfries.
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean
Adults – £18
Concession (OAPs, students and 16-21) – £10
Under 16 – £5
Pre-School Kids – Free