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Ross County vs. Ayr United
League Cup, 2nd Round – Tuesday 25th August 2015

Ayr United’s busy start to the season continues as we make the 215 mile journey to Dingwall to face Ross County in the second round of the League Cup. United defeated Brechin City 2-0 in the first round and will be looking to reach the third round for just the second time since 2005.

Ross County have already enjoyed success against Ayrshire opposition this week, easing to a 4-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park with all three goals coming in the first-half. The win, the club’s biggest ever in the top flight, takes the Staggies’ points tally to seven from five games and sees Jim McIntyre’s side lie fifth in the league table.

Team News: Peter Murphy and Martyn Campbell are not travelling.

Ian says: “Saturday against Forfar is the big game for us however that wont stop us going their to win in the same way we did against Rangers. I know the management team at Ross County very well and they have a good side right now and are doing well in the Premiership. We have players in our squad that can cause a lot of problems as we showed in the second half against Rangers and as with every game we play in we will be looking to win it.”

Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 8
Ross County wins – 16

There has been one meeting between the sides in the League Cup – at the same stage of the competition 10 years ago. On that occasion, Second Division Ayr defeated First Division County 2-1 at Victoria Park on the 23rd August 2005. Stuart Boyd opened the scoring in just the sixth minute for the Honest Men but a Martyn Campbell own goal levelled the scoring 14 minutes later. Ayr’s winner was scored in the 31st minute by Jerome Vareille.

The Ayr team that night was: McGeown; McKinstray, Robertson, Campbell, McLaughlin, Essler (Casey); Logan, Weaver, Ramsay; Boyd (Reid), Varielle (Cashmore).

Last Meeting: An Alan Trouten equaliser was not enough to earn relegation troubled Ayr a point the last time the sides met, in April 2012. After a goalless first-half at Somerset Park, Michael Gardyne had put the Staggies ahead and goals from Colin McMenamin and Sam Morrow earned the eventual Champions all three points.

United’s last trip to Victoria Park will best be remembered for Liam Tomsett’s long-range effort in the snow which earned the Honest Men a hard earned draw.

On this day: in 2007 Ayr United comfortably defeated Berwick Rangers at Somerset Park 4-0 with goals from Ryan Stevenson, Alex Williams and two from Michael Moore.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee – Andy Milne
Assistant Referee – Anthony Cooper
Fourth Official – Alan Muir

Match Details:
Adult – £12
Concessions – £6