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Ayr United vs. Dunfermline Athletic
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 12th December 2015

On Saturday, Somerset Park hosts a massive match in the race for the League 1 title when Dunfermline Athletic make a quick return to Ayrshire. Ian McCall’s side will be putting both their 14 match unbeaten run and unblemished home record on the line as they look to reestablish a three point lead over the Pars.

Dunfermline took advantage of Ayr sitting out the last round of League 1 fixtures to regain top spot with a 3-1 home win over bottom side Brechin City. Faissal El-Bakhtaoui, Michael Paton and David Hopkirk netted for the Fifers – extending their unbeaten run in the league to 10 games. Allan Johnston’s side lead by virtue of a better goal difference; the Pars holding a huge sixteen goal advantage.

Team News: Nicky Devlin is still unavailable, Jamie Adams is suspended and Craig Moore is 50/50

Ian says: “This is our third game against Dunfermline this season with the spoils being shared so far. We deservedly won at East End Park and the cup game here didn’t go our way however there was nothing in the match and the conditions made it near impossible to play any football. Weather forecast is much better for tomorrow which is good as we really need a good home support to get right behind us. We need there to be a great atmosphere from the start.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 15
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 19

Before winning at East End Park in September, United had recorded just two wins in 25 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

Last Meeting: The sides met in the Scottish Cup a fortnight ago with Dunfermline advancing following a narrow 1-0 victory. Former United midfielder Andy Geggan scored the only goal of the game, his fifth against the Honest Men since departing Somerset Park in 2012.

On this day: in 1992, Ayr defeated Dunfermline 1-0 at Somerset Park. The Pars have lost just one league match in 12 here since that match.

Match Officials:
Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee – David McKniff

Match Details:
Admission:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPs/u16s/Students) – £8
Parent & Child – £18