Match Preview Ayr United vs. Airdrieonians Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 14th October 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the League 1 campaign resumes after the international break when Airdrieonians are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men are looking for a third consecutive victory as they look to close out the first quarter of the season in touch with leaders Raith Rovers.
It has been a tumultuous season for a young Diamonds squad with uncertainty over who was in charge of the side following the departure of Mark Wilson as head coach in June. However, the players have responded to adversity admirably and Airdrie have 10 points from their 8 league games, positioning them 7th in the table. Their 4-2 victory over Queen’s Park a fortnight ago was the first official match of Stevie Findlay’s tenure as first team coach, having previously overseen the U20s.
Team News: Jamie Adams misses out but otherwise Ian McCall has a full squad to pick from with Craig Moore, Alan Forrest and Robbie Crawford all available following injury.
Ian says: “After the break we can’t wait to get back out there. Training has been at a really high tempo and its good to have some of the injured players back in the squad. We won two in a row before the break and momentum is key, we are at home and we will look to get forward in numbers and get another 3 points in front of our supporters.”
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 12
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 10
The Diamonds have had the upper-hand in matches between the sides at Somerset Park since our first meeting with Airdrie (then United) in their current guise 10 years ago, with six wins to Ayr’s five.
Last Meeting: The sides met in September 2016 last season in the Challenge Cup. Alan Forrest and Craig McGuffie put United 2-1 up after Ryan Conroy opened the scoring; a Conrad Balatoni own goal meant the game went to extra-time but the defender atoned with the winner in the 97th minute.
The last league fixture between Ayr and Airdrie came at the end of the 2015/16 season at Somerset Park. The Diamonds recorded a 3-0 victory with goals from Alan Lithgow, Dylan Mackin and Sean Crighton as Ian McCall’s men had one eye on a midweek trip to Peterhead in the play-off semi-final first leg three days later.
On this day: in history Ayr have a 60% win rate but have not recorded a victory in the last five fixtures played on this date. Our most recent fixture on 14th October was in 2009 against Dundee. Craig Forsyth and Leigh Griffiths put the Dees 2-0 up in a Wednesday evening played under the lights at Somerset Park but goals from on loan Ryan McGowan and Ryan Stevenson earned a point for the Honest Men.
Referee – Steven Reid
Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle
Adult – £16 Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10 Under 18s – £5