Queen’s Park vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 27th January 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Glasgow to face Queen’s Park at the National Stadium. After success in the Scottish Cup last weekend, attention turns back to the league and keeping pressure on leaders Raith Rovers, who dropped three points last time out at Stranraer. United lie a point behind Rovers, who have a game in hand, and face a trip to Alloa Athletic.
Queen’s Park were not in action last weekend, having exited the Scottish Cup at the hands of Dunfermline Athletic in November. Their last competitive fixture ended in defeat away to Arbroath. That match following three consecutive 2-2 draws, at home to Albion Rovers and Stranraer and away at Alloa. The Spiders have won just once at Hampden Park in the league this season, versus East FIfe at the start of December.
Team News: Ross Docherty is out, he is still awaiting the result of a scan. Robbie Crawford is out however he has had the results of his scan and an operation is not required so he will return to training in a couple of weeks. Brian Gilmour is out with bruising on a bone in his foot. Chris Higgins is out for the season and Steven Bell is suspended. Mark Kerr is added to the squad.
Ian says: “It is never easy playing Queens Park, we were extremely fortunate to beat them at Hampden earlier in the season and they gave us a good game at Somerset in December. We played well at Kirkcaldy and followed that up with a good win in the Cup so we go there with confidence. There will be twists and turns in the run in, we have shown we can go on a long winning run and that’s exactly what we are looking to do again. Hopefully our away support give us the same backing they did at Raith and help us try and get the 3 points.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 59
Draws – 26
Queen’s Park wins – 34
Saturday will be the 50th league meeting between the sides at Hampden Park.
Last Meeting: The Honest Men eventually overcame the Spiders when the sides last met at the start of December. A Craig Moore penalty opened the scoring at Somerset Park in the 24th minute after Lawrence Shankland was felled. Connor McVey headed home a Queen’s Park corner to level the scores before half-time and a Craig Reid own goal put the visitors into the lead.
Declan McDaid and Alan Forrest came to United’s rescue, scoring in in the 79th and 88th minute respectively to ensure all three points remained in Ayrshire.
United were 2-0 winners at Hampden Park in September with goals from Jamie Adams and Lawrence Shankland against his old club.
On this day: in 1923, United defeated Rangers 2-0 at Somerset Park in the second round of the Scottish Cup in-front of a crowd of 15,853. The result ended the Ibrox club’s hopes of a league-and-cup double in their Golden Jubilee year.
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean
Adult – £14
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £5
Student/Unemployed – £3
Children (Under 16) – £3
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