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Ayr United vs. St. Johnstone

William Cup Scottish Cup – Fifth Round
Saturday 8th February 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United welcome Premiership side St. Johnstone to Somerset Park with a place in the quater-finals of the Scottish Cup at stake. The Honest Men are unbeaten in their last four matches, with three wins and draw on Friday night at Partick Thistle.


Opponents: St. Johnstone have endured a punishing schedule since coming back from the Premiership’s winter break but travel to Ayrshire buoyed by an impressive victory in midweek. After a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Morton in the last round of the Scottish Cup, Tommy Wright’s men have played five league games in the space of two weeks, picking up seven points from a possible 15.


Wednesday saw Saints follow up a 3-3 draw at home to Hearts on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie. Ali McCann scored the only goal of the game having also scored against Hearts, with Stevie May also on the scoresheet. The Saints currently occupy eighth place in the league table, three points adrift of the ‘top six’ with a game in hand.


The January transfer window saw Wright lose winger Matty Kennedy to the Dons but he has added centre-back Jamie McCart from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, midfielder Matt Butcher on loan from Bournemouth and winger Isaiah Jones, a teammate of Connor Malley’s at Middlesbrough.


Team News: Andy Murdoch, Andy Geggan, Craig Moore and Ross Docherty are all out through injury.

Mark says: “It’s a great stage for some of our players to go out and prove themselves. We have already beaten a team from the Premiership so have shown that we can handle that level. St Johnstone are a very good side, they are in good form and will be very tough to beat. Tommy Wright will know all about us and will have his players full briefed on what to expect at Somerset Park. They will come here extremely well prepared but so are we, we have been working on our own game plan all week on how we think we can go about winning the game. We are hoping for a big Scottish Cup atmosphere inside our old ground.”

League Form:

Ayr United: LLWWD

St Johnstone: LWLDW


Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 44

Draws – 28

St. Johnstone wins – 50


United’s only win over St. Johnstone in eight Scottish Cup meetings between the sides came at Somerset Park in January 1925.


The Saints are unbeaten in their eight trips to Somerset, a run that stretches back to August 1991.


Previous Meeting: The Honest Men faced last the Saints when the clubs were paired in the third round of the Scottish Cup in 2007. Second Division Ayr held SPL-chasing St. Johnstone to a goalless draw at McDairmid Park, but is was the Perth side who progressed after extra-time in the replay. Ryan Stevenson cancelled out Jason Scotland’s fifth minute opener, with Peter MacDonald scoring the decisive goal in the 24th minute of extra-time.


Ayr: McGeown, Forrest, Campbell (Weaver), Robertson (Pettigrew), Lowing; Caddis Casey, Dunn Stevenson; Vareille (Strain), Wardlaw.


St. Johnstone: Cuthbert, Stanic, James, Mensing, Lawrie: Sheerin (McLaren), McInnes, Hardie (Jackson), McManus, MacDonald, J Scotland


Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Dougie Potter

Assistant Referee 2 – Gary Hilland

Fourth Official – Greg Aitken



Adult – £18

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

U18’s – £6


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