Ayr United welcome Forfar Athletic to Somerset Park on Saturday for an early season top-of-the-table clash. The Honest Men boast League 1’s only one hundred percent record after wins against Morton and Stirling while Forfar sit second. The Loons drew 1-1 at Stair Park on the opening day of the season and followed that up with a 2-0 win over title favourites Dunfermline on Saturday.
Read on for our match preview:
Marko says: “We’ve got off to a great start but its all about keeping that going now. I wouldn’t say ive been surprised, because I always knew we had the quality of player to compete. But we’ve certainly been comfortable in our games and we are not going to get carried away this early. We have Peter Murphy back this week and Kevin McKinlay looked nice and solid up at Stirling.”
Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 8
Forfar Athletic – 7
Ayr and Forfar faced each other four times in League 1 last season, with both sides picking up six points.
Forfar Athletic have won the last two meetings between the sides. In April, United lost 4-2 at Station Park, conceding after just two minutes. A Michael Moffat penalty on the hour mark made in 3-1 and Brian Gilmour scored a late equaliser. Team: Hutton; Pope, McGowan, Campbell, Lithgow; Forrest, Gilmour, McLaughlin, Donald; Moffat, Malcolm.
– Forfar’s Dale Hilson made over 100 appearances for the Loons in three loans spells from Dundee United. The forward signed a permanent deal at Station Park in the summer.
– The Loons’ boss Dick Campbell is the longest serving manager in Scottish football. Campbell was appointed in May 2008.
On this day:
United are unbeaten in their last four matches played on August 23rd, the last game being a 2-2 draw away to Stirling Albion in 2008. Overall The Honest Men’s record on this date is P20, W8, D5, L7.
Referee: Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1: Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2: Colin Pensom
Adults – £15
OAPs, u16 and students – £8
Parent & Child – £18 (please enter via Gate 13)