Brechin City vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round
Saturday 26th November 2016
The Road to Hampden starts on Saturday, with Ayr United making the journey north to face Brechin City at Glebe Park. United ended a four match losing run with a point in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday night – but felt aggrieved not to take all three points.
Brechin City occupy third place in League 1, two points behind leaders Livingston but have lost to both Livi and second-placed Airdrie in recent weeks. The Hedgemen were inactive last weekend after their home game against Albion Rovers fell victim to a frozen pitch.
Skipper Paul McLean will miss the game through suspension after he was sent off in City’s last fixture, a 1-0 defeat at the Excelsior Stadium. Manager Darren Dods can, however, call upon young Hearts striker Robbie Buchanan who has joined the Angus club on loan. He joins former Honest Men Alan Trouten and Ross Caldwell among Dod’s attacking options.
Team News: Paul Cairney is out with a two match suspension. Kevin Nisbet and Scott McKenna are both unavailable and Craig Moore is out.
Ian says:”Brechin have been doing really well in the league and we have been there enough in recent times to know just how difficult a place it is to go. The good thing is that we have important players back from injury and they all go straight into the squad (Jamie Adams, Brian Gilmour and Ross Docherty). We played very well on Tuesday night and the important thing now is to continue that. Its a really important game, we want a cup run and are very focused on getting into the next round draw.”
Ayr United wins – 50
Draws – 17
Brechin City wins – 34
United have won just one of their last 8 trips to Glebe Park.
Last meeting: The sides have met in the Scottish Cup just once before; United winning a fourth round tie 1-0 at Somerset Park in January 2010 thanks to a 3rd minute Mark Roberts goal.
On this day: in 1955, Ayr put eight goals past East Stirlingshire in an 8-1 home win.
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon McLean
Adult – £13,
Concession – £7
Parent & Child – £16