Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 19th September 2015
The Honest Men are on the road again this weekend as they travel to Lanarkshire to face League 1’s other form side, Airdrieonians. United stretched their unbeaten run in the league to five games with a fine 2-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park and leap-frogged the Pars to join Forfar at the top of the table.
Airdrie enjoyed derby day success last time out, beating Albion Rovers 3-1 at Cliftonhill. The victory was the Diamonds’ fourth in-a-row in the league and sees Gary Bollan’s side sit fourth in the table, just a point behind the joint leaders.
Paddy Boyle and Ross Docherty were among the departures from the Excelsior Stadium in the summer as they swapped Airdrie for Ayr. New faces include former Ayr defender Alan Lithgow, Sean Crighton, who earned a league winners medal with Morton last season and forward David Cox, previously with Peterhead.
Team News: The squad is fully fit and everyone is available.
Ian says: “We have worked hard from last week as there is no point going to Dunfermline and winning if we don’t back it up with a good result. Obviously last week was a great result however there are still areas I feel we can improve and we have been working on that. Airdrie have won four games in a row which shows they are a good side and these games always have a wee edge to them. I am sure we will have a good backing as usual from the stands and we are going there looking to win the game.”
Head-to-Head (at the Excelsior Stadium):
Ayr United wins – 5
Draws – 4
Airdrieonians wins – 4
Airdrieonians have won the last five matches and Ayr have failed to score in the last three meetings between the sides.
United have been shown nine red cards in the last nine games against Airdrie.
Last Meeting: Bob McHugh scored a second-half double earned the Diamonds all three points when Ayr last travelled to the Excelsior, in April.
On this day: in 1998, Ayr thumped Stranraer 7-1 at Somerset Park. Gavin Friels opened the scoring for the visitors in the eighth minute but three goals in six minutes from Andy Walker, Glynn Hurst and Ian Ferguson put the Honest Men ahead at half-time. Fergie went on to complete a hat-trick in the second-half and John Robertson and another Andy Walker goal rounded off the scoring.
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee – John McCrossan
Assistant Referee – Ross Hardie
Child (under 16) £7
Parent & Child £20
The River Cottage Ayr United Travel Club are running a bus leaving at 12.15. Prices are £10 non members & £8 for members. To book contact Tam on 07585 328685 or Jamie on 07792747354.