Tonight, Ayr United travel to the Indodrill Stadium looking to book a place in the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round. A home tie against Hibernian awaits for the winner, a match that would evoke memories of United’s success against the Hibees in competition in the 2010/11 season where Mark Roberts scored a memorable goal in a replay at Somerset Park.
Barry Smith’s side recorded their first win in eight games at the weekend, with a 1-0 home win against Livingston. Liam Buchanan scored his fifth goal in six matches and the former United striker will again be one to watch tonight.
Read on for our match preview:
Marko says: “Its always good getting a break from the league and tonight is no different. We don’t have our troubles to seek with all the injuries and we may need to take a risk tonight to give ourselves the best possible chance of going through. Alloa are the favourites now with home advantage and they had a good result at the weekend however we know the prize at the end of it and we would love a shot at Hibs at Somerset in front of what would be a great crowd.”
Team news: Martyn Campbell, Mikey Donald, Peter Murphy and Robbie Crawford are out. Kevin Rutkiewicz is not eligible to play. Kevin McKinlay, Craig Beattie, Paul Slane, Brian Gilmour and Scott McLaughlin are all major doubts.
Head-to-Head (at Recreation Park): Ayr United wins – 24 Draws – 16 Alloa Athletic wins – 16
The Honest Men and the Wasps have met three times in the Scottish Cup at Recreation Park. Alloa were 2-1 winners in 1939 and again 1982 but United recorded a 3-0 win in 1998 thanks to an Ian Ferguson hat-trick.
Last Meeting: United’s last trip to Recreation Park was in February 2013. Goals from Liam Buchanan and Neil McGregor twice put Ayr ahead but a last minute Ben Gordon goal tied the game at 2-2, after Buchanan was controversially sent off twelve minutes before time. The Honest Men’s last midweek trip to Clackmannanshire saw striker Stephen Whalen score a hat-trick in a 3-2 win in March 2003.
On this day: Ayr United have played 15 times on 11th November, winning five times. The Honest Men faced Dundee in the final of the B&Q Centenary Cup on this date in 1990, losing out 3-2 after extra-time.
Match Officials: Referee: Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Lawson Assistant Referee 2: Colin McDonald
Match & Travel Info: Adults £16, Senior Citizens £8 and juveniles (under 16s) £8. There are no student or unemployed discounts.