Ayr United vs. Dunfermline Athletic
William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round
Saturday 28th November 2015
On Saturday, League 1’s title rivals go head-to-head when Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park but it’s a place in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup – not three points – at stake.
Ayr opened up a three point advantage over the Pars at the weekend after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Albion Rovers. Alan Johnston’s side have lost just twice since United’s win at East End Park in September, after extra-time against Dundee United in the League Cup and 4-0 away to St Mirren in the Challenge Cup. Albion’s equaliser on Saturday came after six consecutive clean sheets in the league.
Dunfermline were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Stranraer last season in a fourth round replay at East End Park while United crashed out in the third round to Alloa Athletic, drawing 1-1 at Somerset Park but losing heavily in the replay, 4-0. Ayr are unbeaten in 11 of their last 13 Scottish Cup matches at home
Team News: Nicky Devlin, Peter Murphy, Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore are all out for this match.
Ian says: “Its the tie of the round, theres no question about that and it should be a great cup tie. Last week was the best we have played yet and unfortunately we have had a few problems since then. We have capable replacements for the boys that are injured and are really looking forward to the game. I am really looking forward to a cup tie at Somerset Park with a noisy home support.”
Head-to-Head (Scottish Cup):
Ayr United wins – 3
Draws – 2
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 4
In four Scottish Cup ties between the sides at Somerset Park there have been 9 goals.
Last Meeting: Ayr United beat Dunfermline at East End Park in September, the last meeting between the side, courtesy of goals from Alan Forrest and Jordan Preston. The Pars, however, are unbeaten in their last six visits to Somerset Park, including a Scottish Cup Fifth Round tie in 2013. That match ended one-all, Michael Donald cancelling out Andy Geggan’s opener for the visitors. A Ryan Thomson goal on the hour mark saw the Fifers progress in the replay five days later.
On this day: United’s last two matches on this date were also in cup competition. In 2009 the Honest Men made the long journey north to Banff, winning 1-0 at Princess Royal Park courtesy of a Ryan Stevenson goal. In 2001, Ayr progressed to the League Cup semi-final with a thumping 5-1 win at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Ross Tokely opened the scoring for the Highlanders after just 9 minutes but goals from James Grady, Eddie Annand (2), John Robertson and Pat McGinlay earned the victory.
Referee – Kevin Clancy
Assistant Referee – Graeme Stewart
Assistant Referee – Colin Pensom
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18
A reminder that Season Tickets are not valid for this game.