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St. Mirren vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 1st April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United face St. Mirren for the sixth time this season – with a hugely important three points at stake. The Honest Men make the trip to Paisley looking for their first win against the Buddies this term, a result which would increase their advantage over Jack Ross’s side to seven points.

Bottom of the table since September, St. Mirren have given their survival hopes a huge boost in recent weeks, picking up 13 points from a possible 18 in their last six league matches. The Buddies have defeated Hibernian, Dundee United and drawn with Dunfermline Athletic in their last three at home.

St. Mirren were defeated 2-1 in the final of the Irn-Bru Cup last weekend, while Stephen Mallan and Lewis Morgan featured for Scotland U21s against Estonia at the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Dumbarton host Morton, Dunfermline are at home to Hibernian and Raith Rovers travel to face Falkirk.

Team News: Jamie Adams is out, everyone else is available.
Ian McCall says: “Another big game and one we are hugely looking forward to. Tuesday night is gone and we have focused on the positives and are only thinking about Saturday. I don’t care about any other results, we just need to go out and do our job. We will have a big noisy travelling support, the boys are fired up and ready to go and we can’t wait to get out there.”
Head-to-Head (all competitions):
Ayr United wins – 39
Draws – 38
St. Mirren wins –57
Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the sides.
Last meeting: Ayr make the journey to the Paisley 2021 Stadium for the fourth time this season – and are yet to defeat the Buddies in six games. St. Mirren recorded home wins in the League Cup and Challenge Cup earlier in the season and last time out in the Championship at Somerset Park in February when Lewis Morgan and John Sutton netted in the second-half.
The first two league meetings between the sides ended 1-1.
On this day: in 2006, the Honest Men defeated Stirling Albion 3-0 at Somerset Park despite having defender David Lowing sent-off after just 12 minutes. Jerome Vareille has already put United ahead, with Dougie Ramsay doubling the advantage in the 25th minute. A late David O’Brien own goal rounded off the scoring,
Match Officials:
Referee – Gavin Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen

Admission:
Adult – £20
OAP (Over 65) – £10
Unemployed – £10**
Child (under 18) – £10
Child (under 12)- £5
Wheelchair User – £10#
Carer – FREE
** Proof of unemployed status must be shown when purchasing a match day ticket. Proof must be dated within the last three months.

# – The ‘Wheelchair user’ ticket is only available to purchase directly from the Ticket Office.cProof must be provided for anyone requiring a carer. To be entitled to a carer ticket you must be in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Ayr United fans will occupy the West Stand.