Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 27th February 2016.
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to the Excelsior Stadium looking to strengthen their position in the promotion play-offs – and ensure they keep pace with leaders Dunfermline and Peterhead at the start of a run of four fixtures in 11 days.
Since taking over from Gary Bollan in December, Eddie Wolecki-Black has picked up 11 points from a possible 27, one of which came last weekend at home to Stranraer. That result was enough to lift Airdrie into the final play-off spot, athough fourth spot was recaptured by their Lanarkshire rivals Albion Rovers on Tuesday night. Ayr can open up a 12 point gap over the Diamonds with a win.
Team News: Jamie Adams is still injured – everyone else is available. Ross McCrorie joins the squad.
Ian says: “We are looking to go on a run of good results now that we are getting players back. Last week wasn’t the best of performances however we should have won more comfortably than we did. For the first time in a while the weather conditions should be fine tomorrow and the surface will be decent. We were here earlier in the season and won although I felt we were lucky to get the win so we will be looking for the same result and a better performance.”
Ayr United wins – 10
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 9
The 27 meetings between the sides have seen a total of 18 red cards.
Last Meeting: United have won both meetings between the sides this season, going half-way to rebalancing four defeats against the Diamonds last terms. In November, Jordan Preston and Michael Donald gave Ayr a first-half lead before an Alan Trouten penalty and red-card for ‘Onians’ defender Chris O’Neil sealed the victory.
The Honest Men’s last trip to the Excelsior Stadium the previous month saw Liam Watt give the home side an early lead but Craig Moore equalised just before half-time and Brian Gilmour gave Ayr the win with a long-range effort Airdrie ‘keeper Neil Parry would no doubt rather forget.
On this day: in 2008 the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park. A goal and man down at half-time in the Wednesday night fixture following Kevin McDonald’s strike and Chris Robertson’s red card, an Eddie Forrest equaliser ensured the points were shared.
The match was just the second meeting between Ayr and the club (then called Airdrie United) and the first since the ‘original’ Diamonds played their last ever fixture at the same ground six years previously.
Referee – Mike Roncone
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie McMullan
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry
Child (under 16) £7
Parent & Child £20