Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton
Saturday 17th November 2018. Kick-off 3pm
Ayr United manager Ian McCall has urged the Somerset Park faithful to turn up the noise on Saturday when Morton are the visitors for a match the gaffer says is as big as he can remember. McCall is hoping his side will be roared on to three points that would see the Honest Men open up a seven point advantage at the top of the table, with Ross County playing in the Irn-Bru Cup this weekend and Dundee United not in action until Tuesday night when they host Alloa Athletic.
United extended their lead at the top of the table last weekend but lost their 100% record at Somerset Park after being held to a draw by Queen of the South. The Honest Men, however, still boast the best home record in the division and will be looking to maintain an unbeaten run that stretches back to April.
The Opposition: Two second-half penalties handed Alloa Athletic all three points against Morton last weekend as Jonatan Johansson’s side fell to a disappointing home defeat; that result on the back of a thumping 5-1 win over Partick Thistle the previous week. Morton find themselves in fifth position in the league table, three points behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle who occupy the final promotion play-off spot.
Ayr United – LWWWD
Morton – WLWWL
Team News: Jamie Adams is out with an injury picked up in training. Everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “For us to go seven points clear at the top of the league would be remarkable but it is certainly our aim to do just that, especially with the game being at Somerset. It certainly won’t be easy as Morton have just beaten Partick and Queen of the South. I was disappointed to only take a point on Saturday however that disappointment will disappear if we take 3 points on Saturday. We lost a poor goal on Saturday but after the three clean sheets prior to that I won’t be too hard on them.”
Head to head (League at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 38
Draws – 15
Greenock Morton wins – 18
Last Meeting: Ayr benefited from a Michael Tidser penalty miss to go on to demolish the Ton 5-1 at Cappielow when the sides met at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland put United ahead in the 19th minute but a lapse in concentration allowed Charlie Telfer to disposes Robbie Crawford and equalise before half-time. United went on to score four goals in 16 second-half minutes after Ross Doohan conceded then saved Tidser’s spot kick, with Shankland again, Craig Moore (x2) and Declan McDaid on the scoresheet.
Morton’s last trip to Somerset Park in the league also ended in a comprehensive away win. A Ross Forbes double plus a strike from Gary Oliver put the Ton three goals ahead after just half-an-hour on a rain-lashed evening in January 2017. Jamie Adams pulled one back before half-time but Oliver added a second to make it 4-1.
On this date: United have won their last two fixtures played on November 17th, beating Stranraer 2-1 in 2012 at Somerset Park and St. Mirren 1-0 in 2001 at Love Street. Both games saw late winners for the Honest Men; Michael Moffat adding his second of the game in the 90th minute against Stranraer after Michael Moore had given the Blues a first-half lead while it was Pat McGinlay with the only goal late on in Paisley.
Referee – Willie Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe
Adults – £17
Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11
Under 18s – £6