St. Mirren vs. Ayr United
Saturday 19th November 2016
It is the Honest Men versus the Bairns on Saturday when Falkirk are the visitors to Somerset Park. United will be looking to get back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats, including last Saturday’s reverse in the Irn-Bru Cup at St. Mirren.
Falkirk held league leaders Hibernian to a draw at Easter Road in the Championship last weekend, despite going down to 10 men in the 25th minute. Peter Houston’s side took the lead in the 78th minute through John Baird but were unable to hold on to an unlikely victory.
It was a second consecutive draw for the Bairns after they required a late Lee Miller goal to take a point at home to Morton a fortnight ago – and a fourth match without a win, results which have seen them drop from third to fifth in the standings.
Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Ross Docherty and Brian Gilmour are out. Mikey Donald is 50/50.
Ian says: “We have huge motivation for this game after a few losses in a row and the chance to be 1 point behind Falkirk in the league with a victory. Falkirk will be up there at the end of the season so it would be a significant result. We have a few injuries for the first time this season which is a great opportunity for some of the other boys to come in and play well and stake a claim for a starting place. We have had some really top performances in training this week and everyone is raring to go.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 29
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins – 23
Falkirk are without a win in their last five visits to Somerset Park.
Last meeting: Two late goals from Falkirk snatched all three points for the home side when the sides met in the league in September but an extra-time goal from Gary Harkins saw United win in the Challenge Cup last month. The last league meeting between the sides at Somerset Park was in March 2012, Andy Geggan scoring the only goal for Ayr in a 1-0 win.
On this day: Bad news: 19th November is the only date during the regular season on which Ayr United have never won a match. Indeed, the Honest Men have a dreadful record on this day in history, playing 17 games; drawing 4 and losing 13. The most recent fixture played on this date was in the Scottish Cup versus Montrose in 2011 which ended 2-2 at Somerset Park.
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff
Adult – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5