Match Preview Dumbarton vs. Ayr United Betfred Cup Group E Tuesday 18th July 2016. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United travel to the newly named Your Radio 103FM Stadium to face Dumbarton. The Honest Men will be looking to make it two wins out of two in Betfred Cup group stages after Friday night’s famous Ayrshire Derby victory at Somerset Park.
Dumbarton sat out the weekend’s round of fixtures, instead taking on neighbours Clydebank in a friendly. A 2-1 win for the Sons ensured they completed pre-season unbeaten, having also drawn with Albion Rovers and defeated Partick Thistle.
Former Ayr ‘keeper Alan Martin heads up a number of departures from the Rock over the summer along with top goalscorer Robert Thomson, Andy Stirling, Mark Docherty, Gregor Buchanan and Darren Barr. Manager Stephen Aitken has recruited former Rangers goalie Scott Gallacher, Queen of the South defender Andrew Dowie and Chris Johnstone, Mark Stewart and Craig Barr, all from Raith Rovers.
Elsewhere in Group E, table toppers Clyde take on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
Ian says: “Craig Reid is still out and we are hoping he will be back for the Clyde match. Alan Forrest still has the knock that he took before the Kilmarnock game so he won’t make tonight but he will also be back for the Clyde match and Michael Rose is going to miss the next 5 or 6 games which is really unfortunate for him as he has been looking excellent.
Tonight is going to be a completely different game and we need to be aware of that. There wont be anything like the atmosphere we had on Friday however the game is just as important for us as a win will put us in a very strong position in the group. Hopefully we take a good support and they get right behind us.”
Head-to-Head (League Cup): Ayr United wins – 15 Draws – 2 Dumbarton wins – 4
The Sons have won just one of the last 10 meetings between the sides in league competition but won the last League Cup match. A last minute Steven Bonar goal knocked Ayr out the competition at Somerset Park in September 2003.
Last Meeting: Ian McCall’s men were unbeaten in the four meetings between the sides last season, winning twice, and the fixture averaged 4.5 goals per game. The last meeting between the sides was a Somerset Park in March where goals from Robbie Crawford and Farid El Alagui cancelled out Robert Thomson’s opener for Dumbarton, who had Gary Fleming sent off.
United’s trip to Dumbarton ended in dramatic fashion, with a Michael Rose free-kick and Craig Moore penalty in injury time snatching a 2-2 draw for the Honest Men after Ross Docherty saw red in the first half.
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen
Adults – £15
Concessions – £9
Parent & Child (U12) – £20
Dumbarton – 6/5, Draw 5/2, Ayr – 2/1