St Mirren match preview

Match Preview St. Mirren vs. Ayr United Betfred Cup Group G Tuesday 19th July 2016. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight, Ayr United travel to the Paisley 2021 Stadium to face St. Mirren in the second round of fixtures in Group G of the Betfred Cup. With both sides picking up 3 points on Saturday, a win for either side would but them in a strong position to qualify for the second round.

Alex Rae’s Buddies were made to work for their victory at the weekend despite former Motherwell striker David Clarkson opening the scoring at the Tony Macaroni Arena after just 13 minutes. Nicky Cadden and Dale Carrick put Livi ahead with just 22 minutes to go but Lewis Morgan levelled the scores in the 74th minute and Clarkson netted the winner in spectacular fashion seven minutes later.

Also in Group G this week, Edinburgh City host Livingston tomorrow night.

Team News: Andy O’Connell will not be involved as we are still awaiting the final part of his clearance to come through. Michael Rose is not available due to a slight problem with his hamstring and Jamie Thomas has tweaked his groin but should be available for Saturday.

Ian says: “It’s going to be a really tough game, we had them watched on Saturday and they are a big strong side with good players. St Mirren will be up there this season in the play off places so its a good test. We are nowhere near ready yet however Saturday showed that we have a unity, a togetherness and some real quality which will always give us a chance.”

Head-to-Head (League Cup): Ayr United wins – 9 Draws – 2 St. Mirren wins – 3

Last meeting: St Mirren stormed to a four goal lead after just 38 minutes when the sides last met, in the second round of the League Cup in 2012. Lewis Guy, Steven Thompson, Paul McGowan and a Kenny McLean penalty put the Buddies on easy street at St. Mirren Park. Michael Moffat netted before half-time; United favourite Gary Teale rounded off a 5-1 win for the home side who went on to lift the trophy.

The result revenged Ayr’s 1-0 win the previous season – Chris Smith heading the Honest Men into the semi-final with a late goal.

Match Officials:

Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Menzies

Admission:

Adult – £12

Over 65 – £6

Full-Time Student – £6

Under-18 – £6

Disabled – £6 (carer will gain admittance free of charge)