Dunfermline match preview & information

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dunfermline
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 1st October 2016
£5 entry for everyone.

It is football for a fiver on Saturday when Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors for what promises to be special occasion at Somerset Park. A bumper crowd is expected to pay tribute to former United Chairman Donald Cameron, who recently passed away after battling Alzheimer’s.

Ayr go into the game in sixth place, one point ahead of seventh placed Dunfermline, after going down 2-0 at Falkirk despite a strong showing against last season’s Championship runners-up.
Dunfermline’s 4-3 win over bottom side St. Mirren in front of the ALBA cameras last Saturday ended a run of five straight league defeats. The Pars are yet to pick up any points away from home this season, losing at Hibernian, Morton and Fife rivals Raith Rovers.

Team News:Craig Moore is still out, everyone else is available.

Ian says:”It should be a great occasion, our thoughts have been with Lachlan and his family and it’s a great gesture that they have made and hopefully it should mean a bumper crowd.

From the second half of the Dundee United game we have really came on and the performances since then have been good. We need to build on that and keep improving.

We have a good rivalry with Dunfermline after last season, all the games had an edge to them and I am sure tomorrow will be no different. We are all really looking forward to it, especially after coming away with no points from a good display last week.”

The Opposition: Dunfermline may have lost 30-goal forward Faissal El-Bakhtaoui in the summer but have recruited a host of attacking options. Strike duo Gavin Reilly (on loan from Hearts) and Nicky Clark (Rangers via Bury) – who shared 56 goals for Queen of the South when the Doonhamers won the Second Division in season 2012/13 – and former Falkirk and Hibs striker Farid El Alagui will be looking to fill the void following the French-Moroccan’s move to Dundee.

In addition, midfielder Kallum Higginbothom and defender Lee Ashcroft have made the switch from Rugby Park to Fife and highly-rated winger Paul McMullan is on loan from Celtic.
Along with El-Bakhtaoui, Josh Falkingham and Craig Reid were notable departures from the club following their promotion.

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 15
Dunfermline wins – 21
The Pars are unbeaten in their last nine visits to Somerset Park and have won the last five. United last beat Dunfermline at home in December 2009, Ryan Stevenson netting the only goal of the game.

Last meeting: Second-half goals from Faissal El-Bakhtaoui in the 62nd and 68th minute earned Allan Johnston’s men all three points when the sides met at Somerset Park in March.
On this day: Ayr United have a 33% win rate, last tasting victory against Dundee in 1991.

Match Officials:
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel McFarlane

CLAP BANNERS
The clap banners will be available to all our supporters when entering the turnstiles. They will also be available at the kiosks inside the ground and at the club shop.

There will be a minute’s silence immediately prior to the game kicking off for former chairman and honorary president Donald Cameron.

With the entry being £5 for everyone and a big crowd expected we would ask if at all possible you could bring the correct money.