Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton
Betfred Cup – Group E
Tuesday 24th July 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
On Tuesday night, Ayr United face League 1 new boys Stenhousemuir at Somerset Park looking to maintain their 100% record in the Betfred Cup. A third win out of three could put us on the verge of qualification for the next round ahead of the last game of the group, away to Partick Thistle on Saturday.
Ian McCall made four changes for the weekend trip to face Albion Rovers and is likely to shuffle the pack once more as he seeks to give as all his first team squad game time. Cliftonhill’s scorched park contributed to poor spectacle but the Honest Men were well worth the 2-0 victory in Coatbridge.
Stenhousemuir will complete their group stage fixtures tomorrow night having already played three matches in the competition. Brown Ferguson’s side picked up at resounding 4-0 at home to Albion Rovers a week ago but were defeated 2-0 on the opening weekend by Partick Thistle and lost out by the same scoreline to Morton at Cappielow on Saturday.
Team News: Ross Docherty returns to the match day squad, however, Craig Moore misses out though illness.
Ian says: “We are looking forward to getting back to Somerset after our performance there against Morton. The pitch wasn’t great on Saturday and the performance was similar, we never really got going despite being pretty comfortable. We will be looking to get our third win in a row however we know it will be difficult, we have had Stenny watched and they are a decent side. Back at Somerset though we know if we play the way we can we should be able to get the three points which will put us in a good position in the group.”
The Warriors finished in fourth position in League 2 last season – 22 points behind second-placed Peterhead – but clinched promotion via the play-offs at the expense of the Blue Toon with a narrow 2-1 aggregate win in the final. Former Ayr United defender Mick Dunlop was the Warriors’ hero over the two games, scoring twice during the second-half of the first-leg at Ochilview.
Dunlop and brother Ross have since moved on but Ferguson has held on to top goalscorer Mark McGuigan. Morgyn Neill, who was Ian McCall first signing at Ayr when he joined on loan from Motherwell, has signed for the Warriors from Stranraer and Graeme Smith, also ex-Ayr, in Stenny’s new number one after five years with Brechin City. Attacking midfielder Sebastian Ross is one to look out for – the Scottish youth internationalist is on loan from Aberdeen, where was U20s player of the year last season.
Head to head:
Ayr United wins –41
Draws – 17
Stenhousemuir wins – 27
There have been five League Cup meetings between the sides, with United winning 3, one draw and one Stenny win.
The last matches between the two sides were during season 2015/16 in League 1. United won all four fixtures that season, scoring 14 goals. The Warriors lost 5-2 and 4-1 at Somerset Park.
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee 2 – George King
Adults – £10
Concessions (U21s, Over 65s and Students) – £5
GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS
- Away fans
o West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10
- Home fans
o Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile. In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate. They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.
o Turnstiles 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand. Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.
o For Somerset Road Terracing enter through turnstiles 17-21
o For North Terrace enter through turnstiles 25 and 26
All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.
Notice from Police Scotland:
Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable. One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches. These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated. Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby. Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches – and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction.