Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Saturday 10th November 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United host Queen of the South in the first of two consecutive matches at Somerset Park, with the Championship’s last remaining 100% home record on the line. Ian McCall’s side have won all five home games in the league so far this season and boast a +11 goal difference after wins over Partick Thistle, Dunfermline, Dundee United, Falkirk and Alloa.
Last weekend saw the side consolidate our position at the top of the league table with a third win-to-nil in a week, overcoming bottom side Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium. That result coupled with Ross County’s draw in the Highland Derby means the Honest Men hold a 3 point advantage over the second-placed Staggies, with Dundee United a further four points adrift.
The Opposition: Queen of the South travel to Ayrshire on the back of two straight defeats, at home to Greenock Morton and away to Dundee United. Indeed, since defeating United at Palmerston Park at the start of September, Gary Naysmith’s side have picked up just two wins from eight Championship fixtures. That run of form means they occupy sixth place in the league table, 12 points behind the Honest Men.
Stephen Dobbie, as always, is the Doonhamers’ main threat. The veteran striker has 25 goals in 20 games in all competitions this season but is amidst a relative barren spell for him of late, with just one goal in his last five matches since hitting his fourth hat-trick of the season against Alloa a month ago.
Team News: Jamie Adams is out with an injury picked up in training. Andy Geggan misses out with illness. Everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “Of course a lot of people have been mentioning the word revenge however that’s certainly not how we are looking at it. We have been magnificent since that result and this is just another game that we want to go out and win, especially with it being at Somerset. There will also be plenty of people talking about Dobbie and Shankland however we have plenty of other threats. We are a third of the way through the season and three points clear and if we do as well in the middle third of the season then of course we will look at our aims.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 26
Draws – 13
Queen of the South wins – 33
The Honest Men need three more goals for 100 league goals against Queen of the South.
Last Meeting: United fans will need no reminder of the last meeting between the sides, which saw Stephen Dobie complete a hat-trick within 22 minutes of the kick-off and go on to a grab a fourth goal in a 5-0 victory. Gary Harkins was the other goalscorer on a day that went from bad to worse for the Honest Men when Daniel Harvie was sent off in second-half.
Queen of the South’s last visit to Somerset Park was in April 2017 and saw Dobbie again on the scoresheet, netting twice in the Doonhamers’ 2-0 victory.
On this date: in 1928, the Honest Men were involved in a TWELVE goal thriller at Firhill, defeating Partick Thistle 8-4. The match is unsurprisingly the highest scoring league game the club have been involved in.
Referee – John Beaton
Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond
Adults – £17
Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11
Under 18s – £6