Ayr United vs. Ross County
Friday 19th April 2019. Kick-off 7.05pm
Tonight (Friday), Ayr United can clinch a Premiership play-off slot when league leaders Ross County make the long journey south to Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s men hold a nine point advantage over fifth placed Dunfermline, who have just three games left to play so need just a point to guarantee a shot at promotion.
Opponents:Ross County sit on the brink of clinching the Championship title, six points ahead of second-placed Dundee United with nine points left to play for. The Champions-elect were held to a goalless draw at home to Partick Thistle at the weekend but struck a potentially crucial blow in the fight for the title a fortnight ago, when Jamie Lindsay netted a last minute equaliser against the Tannadice side, a result they followed up with a 1-0 win over Dunfermline. .
Ayr United – WDLWL
Ross County – LWDWD
Team News: Steven Bell, Craig Moore and Jamie Adams miss out with injury.
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 9
Ross County wins – 19
The Staggies have a 54% win rate against the Honest Men and are unbeaten in the last 13 meetings between the sides. United are looking to avoid a repeat of 2009/10 and 2011/12 – the last two seasons the teams shared a league – where they took just one point from a possible 12 versus the Dingwall club.
Last Meeting: United twice levelled the scores at Victoria Park in the last meeting between the sides; Lawrence Shankland and Andy Murdoch responding to Billy McKay’s goals either side of half-time. The Northern Irish internationalist, however, went on to complete his hat-trick just two minutes after Murdoch made it 2-2, giving the Staggies all three points. The winner came at a cost for the 20-goal striker – a broken arm suffered in the process of scoring means he is ruled out from the remainder of the season.
The first fixture at Somerset Park between the sides this season was a similarly dramatic encounter; County took an early lead through Josh Mullin only to see a quick fire Lawrence Shankland double and goal from Andy Geggan put the Honest Men 3-1 up at the break. Ayr couldn’t hold on to the lead though and a second-half Billy McKay penalty and Don Cowie goal meant the points were shared.
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson
Fourth Official – John McKendrick
Adults – £17
Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11
Under 18s – £6