Ross County match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Ross County

William Cup Scottish Cup – Fourth Round
Saturday 18th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United enter this year’s Scottish Cup with a fourth round tie at home to last season’s Championship winners, Ross County. Heavy rain saw United’s game at Dundee last weekend postponed meaning Mark Kerr’s side missed the opportunity to build on a battling win at Dunfermline ahead of facing Premiership opponents in the cup.

 

Opponents: Ross County travel to Somerset Park after a three-week break from competitive action. Their last game came on 29th December, a 1-1 draw at St. Johnstone. The Dingwall side have won only two of their last 14 Premiership games, against Kilmarnock and Hibernian at the Global Energy Stadium. Their last away win came at Motherwell in September but they will travel south well rested and as favourites to progress.

 

Management duo Stevie Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell moved this week to strengthen their squad, adding giant defender Coll Donaldson from neighbours Inverness Caledonian Thistle and midfielder Jordan Tillson, who makes the rather longer journey north from Exeter City. The Staggies’ are also boosted by the return of the influential Iain Vigurs, who made a scoring return against the Saints before the break after three-and-a-half months out with a foot injury.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Andy Geggan and Craig Moore are out with injuries.

Mark says: “The Scottish Cup is always exciting and everyone has been really looking forward to this competition. We know Ross County well from last season although they have made some additions to their squad. They will be well drilled and play with a lot of energy. However it is the Scottish Cup and we are at home, we know what we are capable of and we will be giving it everything to be in the hat for the next round.”

League Form:

Ayr United: DWLLW

Ross County: WWLLD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 7

Draws – 9

Ross County wins – 20

 

Ross County have lost just three times in 17 visits to Somerset Park with United’s last win over the Staggies at home coming in August 2002. In all competitions, County are unbeaten in the last 14 meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: United and County faced each other four times in the Championship last season, with the Honest Men falling short of maintaining a title challenge to the eventual Champions, taking just one point in a 3-3 draw at home. Brian Graham scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win in the last meeting between the sides, at Somerset Park in April 2019.

 

There has been just one meeting between the sides in the Scottish Cup and that resulted in a cup upset at the time. Third Division Ross County won 2-0 at Somerset Park in January 1996.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Andrew Dallas

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

Please note: Season Tickets & Half-Season Tickets are NOT valid for this match.

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

Click below to purchase tickets:

Home Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/78

Away Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/RCaway