Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 23rd December 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the Honest Men close out 2017 with a trip to Lanarkshire to face Airdrieonians. United will be looking for a tenth straight victory and to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games, maintaining their position as Christmas number 1 in League 1.
Seventh place Airdrie took the lead at Hampden Park last weekend but were eventually held to a draw by Queen’s Park. The result gave the Diamonds a three match unbeaten run for the first time this season, having also held Raith Rovers to a draw and defeated Forfar Athletic, with both matches at home.
Stevie Findlay’s side have not tasted defeat in their last five league matches at the Excelsior Stadium but were knocked out the Scottish Cup by Highland League side Cove Rangers.
Team News: Robbie Crawford and Ross Docherty are out with injuries. Jamie Adams wont feature.
Ian says: “We know we are on a brilliant run at the moment but as ever our focus is only on one game at a time, not the fact we have a certain amount of wins in a row. Airdrie showed on TV a couple of weeks ago that they are a good side and there always seem to be something happening when we play each other. Again we have key players out however it gives other chances, Alan Forrest had done really well coming off the bench and got back into the starting line up last week and Brian Gilmour was excellent off the bench last week. Despite it being two days before Christmas I know we will have a good noisy support and we want to make sure every one of them enjoys their Christmas dinner!”
Head to head (at Airdrie):
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 4
Airdrieonians wins – 4
Last Meeting: The Diamonds are the last side to take points off Ayr when they held the Honest Men to a 2-2 draw at Somerset Park in October. Jordan McGregor put the visitors ahead in the first-half. A quick-fire Andy Geggan double saw Ayr take the lead but Willis Furtado made it 2-2 in the 65th minute and neither side was able to find a winner.
Ayr have won the last two fixtures at the Excelsior Stadium. Craig Moore scored on the stroke of half-time in both games, which were during season 2015/16.
On this day: in history Ayr have a 64% win rate. In 2008, goals from Neil McGowan, David Gormley and Bryan Prunty saw the Honest Men defeat Lochee United in a Scottish Cup replay at Somerset Park to set up a meeting with Kilmarnock in the next round.
Referee – Scott Millar
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – Euan Birch
Adult – £16
Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10
Under 16s – £7
Parent & Child – £20