Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 22nd April 2018. Kick-off 4.10pm
On Sunday, Clackmannanshire braces itself for a black and white invasion as a huge travelling support is set to back Ayr United against Alloa Athletic as the title race comes down to the final two matches. The Honest Men will be looking to bounce back after suffering a set-back last weekend, losing top-scorer Lawrence Shankland and all three points at home to Stranraer – a first defeat in ten games for Ian McCall’s men.
Raith Rovers won at Stranraer today so they are at the top of the table by one point.
Alloa will prove stern opponents and last weekend all but guaranteed a place in the promotion play-offs with an away win over Forfar Athletic. Jim Goodwin’s side have lost just one of their last six games but were defeated in their last home game, versus Stranraer.
Ian says: “Alloa are a good side and it took a last kick of the ball winner from Craig Moore the last time we played there. We will need to make a couple of changes but our away form has been good all season so we know we can get a result. It sounds like we are taking a huge support and if they could get right behind us, which I am sure they will, it could make a big difference.”
Head to head (at Recreation Park):
Ayr United wins – 25
Draws – 16
Alloa Athletic wins – 17
United have won just one of the last 8 meetings between the sides.
Last Meeting: Jim Goodwin’s side have taken four points back to Clackmannanshire from their two trips to Somerset Park this season. In February, all the scoring was done in the first 17 minutes of the game; Lawrence Shankland netting the first goal in the 10th minute but the Wasps countered through Jamie McCart and Ross Stewart.
A thrilling encounter in September ended 3-3, with Shankland again opening the scoring. A Craig Reid own goal levelled the game and the Wasps went ahead in the second-half through Kevin Cawley. Jamie Adams equalised but was then controversially adjudged to have handled in the box by referee Euan Anderson. Scott Taggart made no mistake from the spot but Alloa were unable to hold on to all three points, with Shankland getting a last gasp equaliser.
There was another late show in this season’s first encounter at the Indodrill Stadium. Michael Moffat’s header gave Ayr the early lead with Scott Taggart equalising in the 76th minute only for Craig Moore to had the Honest Men the win with a goal in stoppage time at the end of the game.
On this day: in 1976, Ayr defeated Celtic 2-1 at Celtic Park in the Premier Division.
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Liam Butler
Adults – £16
Senior Citizens (over 65) – £8
Juvenile (under 16) – £4
The Ayr buses and cars can park in Morrisons carpark(the one on the left).
There is plenty of on street parking available in the town for no charge.
Alloa request the Ayr supporters arrive early and enter via turnstiles 9,10,11,12 and 13. These gates include juvenile and concessions. 9 and 10 will close at kick off but the remaining three will remain open until 4-30pm
Wheelchair users in communal area below main stand
Flags should not be draped over trackside advertising but may be put over areas with no advertising and on back fence at Railway end.
Both clubs request that all supporters adhere to the ground regulations.