Match Preview
Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 22nd April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Greenock in the search of three vital points with just three games of the Championship season remaining. Even a win will not be enough to lift the Honest Men off the bottom of the table but, depending on other results, could be crucial to United’s survival hopes. Ian McCall’s side have fared better on the road this season, but have lost their last two away from home.

Morton have suffered a slump in form in recent weeks but need just two points from their remaining games to secure a play-off berth and still have second place in sight, lying three points behind Falkirk. The Ton have taken only two points from their last six games and have lost to United’s relegation rivals Raith, St. Mirren and Dumbarton this month. A 4-1 reverse at home to Renfrewshire rivals St. Mirren was particularly galling but was only their second reverse at Cappielow this season,

Elsewhere in the bottom-half of the Championship on Saturday, Dumbarton and St. Mirren travel to Dumfries and Dundee respectively, while Raith Rovers must wait until Wednesday to face Champions Hibernian.

Team News: Paddy Boyle comes back into the squad after suspension. Conrad Balatoni is also back after injury. Robbie Crawford will miss out but should be ok for next Saturday.

Ian McCall says: “I felt that we at least got a bit of pride back with a good performance last Saturday and were unlucky not to get the three points. We need the same desire and passion tomorrow and we know we are going to be roared on by an extremely noisy away support which will help. we have trained well this week, the boys are confident and we are really looking forward to it. There are still 9 points to play for however our sole focus right now is picking up 3 on Saturday.”

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 31
Morton wins –49

Ton have won seven of the last eight matches between the side at Cappielow.
Last meeting: Morton stormed to an early 3-0 lead at a rain lashed Somerset Park when the sides last met, at the end of December. Ross Forbes scored in the 11th and 19th minute in front of the BBC Alba cameras, with Gary Oliver making it 3 on the half-hour. Jamie Adams pulled one back for the Honest Men before half-time but Gary Oliver finished the scoring when he made in 4-1.

The first two fixtures of the season ended 2-1 to the home side: Ayr won at Somerset Park in September with Alan Forrest and Paul Cairney scoring before Mark Russell was sent off and Forbes claimed a consolation but it was Morton who picked up all three points in the reverse fixture, late goals from Tom O’Ware and Gary Oliver cancelling out Kevin Nisbet’s opener.
On this day: in 1978, Ayr defeated Hibernian 2-0 in the Premier League.

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – Alasdair Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Admission:
Adult – £18
Concession – £15
Child 12-16 years – £5
Child U12 – FREE ENTRY

Ayr fans will enter via the turnstiles at East Hamilton Street, next to Arnold Clark and will be in covered end of Cowshed, Standing. Toilets and fast food available. Also available to Ayr supporters is Main Stand section.

All enter via East Hamilton St and exit via East Hamilton Street

Disabled access via Main Gate in Sinclair Street. Disabled area is a shared area.

Buses drop off at Arnold Clark, then head west on A8 to McDonald roundabout. U Turn head east on A8 to Sinclair Street and park in car park. DO NOT DROP OFF IN CAR PARK. Buses free. Cars 3 pounds.

10 mins before end of game supporters buses to return to drop off and uplift passengers

Strict entry conditions- under the influence- refusal. Pyros-arrest if detected
Zero tolerance as regards abuse towards stewards or staff
Banners can be displayed at direction of stewards. Must be presented for inspection prior to entry
Drums permitted- inspected prior to entry- clear skin drums only

1 mins applause at kick off- GMFC have suffered the loss of 2 people close to the heart of the club in the last 10 days. 1 staff member and a Supporters Club Official.

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