St Mirren match preview

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St. Mirren vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 1st April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United face St. Mirren for the sixth time this season – with a hugely important three points at stake. The Honest Men make the trip to Paisley looking for their first win against the Buddies this term, a result which would increase their advantage over Jack Ross’s side to seven points.

Bottom of the table since September, St. Mirren have given their survival hopes a huge boost in recent weeks, picking up 13 points from a possible 18 in their last six league matches. The Buddies have defeated Hibernian, Dundee United and drawn with Dunfermline Athletic in their last three at home.

St. Mirren were defeated 2-1 in the final of the Irn-Bru Cup last weekend, while Stephen Mallan and Lewis Morgan featured for Scotland U21s against Estonia at the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Dumbarton host Morton, Dunfermline are at home to Hibernian and Raith Rovers travel to face Falkirk.

Team News: Jamie Adams is out, everyone else is available.
Ian McCall says: “Another big game and one we are hugely looking forward to. Tuesday night is gone and we have focused on the positives and are only thinking about Saturday. I don’t care about any other results, we just need to go out and do our job. We will have a big noisy travelling support, the boys are fired up and ready to go and we can’t wait to get out there.”
Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 39
Draws – 38
St. Mirren wins –57
Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the sides.
Last meeting: Ayr make the journey to the Paisley 2021 Stadium for the fourth time this season – and are yet to defeat the Buddies in six games. St. Mirren recorded home wins in the League Cup and Challenge Cup earlier in the season and last time out in the Championship at Somerset Park in February when Lewis Morgan and John Sutton netted in the second-half.
The first two league meetings between the sides ended 1-1.
On this day: in 2006, the Honest Men defeated Stirling Albion 3-0 at Somerset Park despite having defender David Lowing sent-off after just 12 minutes. Jerome Vareille has already put United ahead, with Dougie Ramsay doubling the advantage in the 25th minute. A late David O’Brien own goal rounded off the scoring,
Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen

Adult – £20
OAP (Over 65) – £10
Unemployed – £10**
Child (under 18) – £10
Child (under 12)- £5
Wheelchair User – £10#
Carer – FREE
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Ayr United fans will occupy the West Stand.

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Dundee Utd match preview

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Dundee United vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 28th March 2017, Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United travel north to face Dundee United looking to extend their good run of form which has seen them win three of their last four games. Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over Dumbarton saw the Honest Men draw level on points with the Sons in 8th place and four points ahead of St Mirren. Three points would see Ian McCall’s side climb to seventh, above Dumbarton and Raith Rovers.

Dundee United lifted the Irn-Bru League Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over St. Mirren at Fir Park on Saturday but have seen their Championship form falter in recent weeks. Ray McKinnon’s side were top of league on Christmas Day, however, just one win in 10 league games since has seen them drop to 4th position, four points behind Morton and Falkirk.

The Tannadice side have lost just one home game season, a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hibernian earlier this month.

Team News: Declan McDaid and Jamie Adams wont travel, everyone else is available.

Ian McCall says: “We are on a good run of form even if at times it hasn’t been pretty. At this stage of the season its all about results and we have picked up a few recently. In our last game with Dundee United we outplayed them at Somerset even though we lost the match so we know we can get a result and we are going there to try and win.”

Head-to-Head (League competition):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 14
Dundee United wins –27

Ayr’s last league win over Dundee United came at Tannadice in April 1977 during a seven match unbeaten run in the Premier League which went a long way to ensuring the Honest Men avoided joining KIlmarnock in being relegated from the top flight.

Last meeting: Dundee United have won both meetings between the side this season to nil. It was 1-0 at Somerset Park in December when Tope Obadeyi netting a breakaway goal early in the game while the reverse fixture at Tannadice in August ended 3-0 to the home side. Simon Murray, Jamie Robson and Willo Flood were on the scoresheet for the Terrors.

On this day: in 1953, Ayr United defeated Forfar Athletic 8-1 at Somerset Park with trialist Andy Torrance netting five goals in his only appearance for the club.

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2 – Scott Leslie

Adults – £20
Concessions – £10

Ayr fans will occupy the West Stand (‘The Shed’).

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Ayr Utd 2 Dumbarton 1

Ayr United 2 v 1 Dumbarton
The Honest Men earned a crucial three points, in their fight for Championship survival, with a 2-1 victory over relegation rivals Dumbarton at Somerset Park. United fought back, after a Robert Thomson opener, through goals from Farid El Alagui and Robbie Crawford to seal the win.

The first chance of the match fell to the home side on 16 mins. Rose drove forward with the ball before passing the ball across to Forrest who’s first time shot inside the box was palmed away by Martin. El Alagui’s header from the resultant corner went harmlessly wide.

One minute later and Dumbarton had a chance of their own. A misplaced header by Meggatt fell to Gallagher whose half volley was well saved by Fleming and Thomson’s shot from the rebound was blocked by Devlin.

It was the away side who went ahead through on 21 mins, counter-attacking after Ayr had pushed forward. The ball reached Vaughan, who beat the offside trap and drove into the box before skipping a couple of challenges and cutting the ball back to Thomson who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner for 0-1.

El Alagui was causing problems for the away side throughout the first half and had a header on 45 mins tipped just over the bar. Ayr were not to be denied for long and equalised from the next passage of play. An Alagui header from a corner was cleared off the line and Gilmour delivered the ball back into the box and again Alagui saw another header come off the bar before he fired the rebound high into the net for 1-1 on the stroke of half time.

Dumbarton almost went back in front 2 mins after the restart when Stanton met a flick on in the box however his shot at the back post dragged just past the right-hand post.

Ayr responded with a chance of their own one minute later when Gilmour met the ball in the box and chested it into the path of Boyle who saw his volley closed down and cleared.

On 51 mins Ayr went ahead. Crawford picked the ball up in midfield and passed to El Alagui who cleverly nutmegged Buchanan with a return pass and Crawford then evaded challenges in the box before unleashing an accurate strike into the bottom corner to turn the game on its head at 2-1.

Ayr were well on top in the opening stages of the second half and had another chance on 56 mins when Rose met the ball on the edge of the box with a half volley however he failed to control the shot and it went well over the bar.

66 mins gone and Meggatt met a Gilmour corner from the right and his header was deflected inches wide of the lost. Moments later and Balatoni just missed a ball at the back post from another exquisite Gilmour delivery.

Forrest had a chance to kill the game on 68 mins. He broke from the halfway line and raced forward, outpacing the following defenders, but had his shot well saved by Martin in a one-on-one situation.

It got from bad to worse for Dumbarton on 70 mins when substitute Fleming was given his marching orders for a crunching challenge from behind on Docherty.

The away side almost hauled themselves level despite being a man down on 77 mins. Stanton’s driven ball across the box was met by Thomson at the back post and his shot was spectacularly saved by Fleming from close range.

The final chance of the match fell to Buchanan on 82 mins. The defender’s header from point blank range was again superbly saved by Fleming as Ayr held on for the three points.

Ayr now travel to Tannadice on Tuesday evening to face Dundee United as they search for more vital points.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, Crawford, Forrest, El Alagui, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Murphy, Moore, Harkins, Cairney, Wardrope, McGuffie.

Martin, Doherty, Buchanan, Carswell, Gallagher, Thomson, Stanton, Barr, Smith, Stirling, Vaughan. Substitutes Ewings (GK), Lang, Fleming, Prior, Nade.

Referee: Craig Charleston
Attendance: 1608
Match Report: AUmedia

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Dumbarton match preview

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Ayr United vs. Dumbarton
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 25th March 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United host to a huge match in the battle for Championship safety, with Dumbarton making the trip to Somerset Park. A win for Ian McCall’s men will see them draw level on points with the Sons and extend their advantage over bottom side St. Mirren, who play in the the Irn-Bru Cup final this weekend – to four points.

United’s long overdue victory over Dunfermline Athletic last time out, coupled with wins for St. Mirren and Raith Rovers, mean that there are just five points separating the bottom half of the Championship table. Elsewhere this weekend the Pars face on form Morton at Cappielow and Raith Rovers host Queen of the South.

Dumbarton held Championship leaders Hibs to a 2-2 draw last Saturday, twice going ahead Christian Nade and Robert Thomson. The Sons have lost just one of their last seven matches but will be without on loan duo Daniel Harvie and Ross McCrorie, who are on international duty with the Scotland U19s.

Team News: Jamie Adams and Declan McDaid are out with injuries.

Ian McCall says: “I will say this for every match but it is pretty clear how big a game it is tomorrow. A win moves us further clear of St Mirren and will bring us much closer to the teams above us so there is a huge incentive for us to get a result. I was so proud of the team last weekend. It was like the walking wounded but the level of desire, passion and determination they showed was incredible, and that’s exactly what we will be looking for every match from here on in.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 44
Draws – 10
Dumbarton wins –19

The Sons are without a win in their last six visits to Somerset Park, stretching back to October 2004 when John Dillon scored the only goal late in the game.

Last meeting: There have been 15 goals in the three matches between the sides this season and over a third of Ayr’s Championship goals have come against the Sons this term. Two of those goal came in the stoppage time when the sides last met, at the Rock last month. After Ross Docherty was sent off before the half-hour mark, a Sam Stanton double in the second-half looked to have put Stephen Aitken’s in an unassailable position but a Michael Rose free-kick and Craig Moore penalty saw the Honest Men earn a point.

On this day: in 2006, Ayr travelled to Cappielow to face a Morton side in second place in Division 2. The match saw United end an eleven match run without a win with an emphatic 4-0 victory in Greenock, Paul Weaver, Keiran McAnespie and a Gareth Wardlaw double putting the Ton to the sword.

Saturday will be the club’s 500th competitive fixture in the month of March.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer
Assistant Referee 2 – Steven Strang

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