Airdrieonians vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 7th April 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, the Honest Men travel to the Excelsior Stadium to face Airdireonians in what could be a pivotal afternoon in the League 1 title race. With just four games remaining, United hold a three point advantage over challengers Raith Rovers and boast a superior goal difference. Ayr look set to be roared on by a huge travelling support in Lanarkshire, while Raith journey to face Arbroath at Gayfield.
Old foes Airdrie are sure to provide tough opponents for Ian McCall’s men; the Diamonds have lost only twice in the league at home, conceding just 15 goals, and are the only League 1 side to have kept a clean sheet against United this season.
Stevie Findlay’s side sit in seventh place in the table, 11 points clear of relegation threatened Albion Roves and Queen’s Park. They are without a win in their last four games, following back-to-back 2-2 draws versus Alloa, a 2-1 defeat at home to Raith and a goalless draw at Hampden Park last Saturday.
Team News: Michael Moffat is suspended. Chris Higgins and Ross Docherty are out with injuries.
Ian says: “We have worked extremely hard to get into this position and we don’t need to be told how important every game is at this stage. We had a very difficult game here last time however our team was not as strong that day so I expect a much better performance. There is no question we will have a big support and they will get right behind us so it is a game we are really looking forward to.”
Head to head (at Airdrie):
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 4
Airdrieonians wins – 5
Last Meeting: United ended up 3-0 winners in the last meeting between the sides at Somerset Park in February. Andy Geggan opened the scoring in the 50th minute with United’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions; Lawrence Shankland then added a late double, the first of which coming from the penalty spot.
Ayr’s last trip to the Excelsior Stadium was in December – and was a particularly disappointing afternoon. Goals from Cameron Russell and David Brownlie put the home side two ahead in 26 minutes and try as they might United could not find a way back into the game. The loss ended a run of nine consecutive wins for Ayr and a 13 match unbeaten stretch.
Earlier in the season the Diamonds 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.
On this day: in history Ayr have a 50% win rate, including an 8-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic in 1951.
Referee – Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1 – David Doig
Assistant Referee 2 – Tony Fullerton
Adult – £16
Concessions (OAP, students & 18-21 year olds) – £10
Under 16s – £7
Parent & Child – £20
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