Match Preview Stranraer vs. Ayr United Ladbrokes League 1 Saturday 19th August 2017. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel down the A77 to take on Stranraer at Stair Park. Ian McCall’s men will be looking to continue the form which has seen them score 28 goals in eight games in all competitions this season and retain the only 100% record in League 1.
Stranraer defeated Clyde in their Irn-Bru Cup tie on Tuesday night at Broadwood but needed extra-time to edge past the Bully Wee. The Blues came back from two-goals down thanks to a Scott Agnew penalty and an own goal during 90 minutes before Ryan Wallace’s extra-time winner. The Blues started their league campaign with a 1-0 home victory over East Fife – their first win of the season after losing all four games in a tough Betfred Cup group – but were vanquished 3-0 by Raith Rovers at Starks Park last weekend.
Boss Stephen Farrell, who took over from Brian Reid in January with the Blues struggling at the foot of League 1, has added former Kilmarnock and Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill to squad this summer along with winger Grant Anderson and striker Stephen Okoh, who scored 14 goals in 23 appearances for English Isthmian League side Lewes last season. Departures from Stair Park in the summer included Willie Gibson and ex-Ayr men Craig Malcolm and Craig Pettigrew.
Team News: Jamie Adams is out and everyone else is available.
Ian says: “Every game provides a different test and going to Stranraer is never easy. It is an extremely tough place to go and it will be a battle from start to finish. We have confidence just now however the players keep working even harder week on week and training is top class every day. We want to keep this run going and stay at the top of the league. This is one of these games where I am sure we will take a huge away support and when they get right behind us it makes a huge difference.”
Head to head (at Stair Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 5
Stranraer wins – 17
Few Ayr United fans will forget the last meeting between the sides, although in truth it was not a classic. With the sides level after the first leg of the Championship play-off in May 2016, courtesy of Ross Docherty’s last minute equaliser at Stair Park, a nervy and goalless 120 minutes at Somerset Park meant the tie went to extra-time. Three Greg Fleming saves and an Andy Graham penalty later and United had clinched promotion on a scorching afternoon at Somerset Park.
On this day:
Seventeen years ago, United defeated Airdrieonians 3-1 at Somerset Park in the First Division. Glynn Hurst equalised after Argentinian striker Martin Prest opened the scoring for the Diamonds; a second-half Pat McGinlay double secured all three points for the Honest Men.
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie McMullan
Assistant Referee 2 – Tony Fullerton
Adults – £15 Concession (65+) – £10 Secondary School – £5 Primary School – FREE