Preview Ayr UnitedSaturday, 10th Apr 2021
Scottish Championship (away) Saturday 10th April 2021, kick off 3.00pm at Somerset Park, behind closed doors
Dunfermline were leapfrogged by Inverness following their 4-1 win at Cappielow on Tuesday night while Dundee extended their lead over the Pars to five points with a 3-0 win away to Ayr United. Saturday’s game becomes seventh v fifth.
The two league matches between Dunfermline and Ayr United this season have failed to see a single goal.
The Ayr league record against Dunfermline is lost 48, won 31 and drawn 27 but of late it has improved with four wins in the last ten meetings.
Milestones v Ayr United (away)
Last League Victory | 03/12/19 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 25/08/18 | 1-4 | Championship
Best League Victory | 12/03/94 | 4-0 | First Division
Worst League Defeat | 07/04/51 | 0-8 | Div Two (old)
Last Goalless Draw | 07/11/20 | 0-0 | Championship
First Ever Meeting | 29/03/13 | 0-1 | Division Two
Ayr United 0-0 Dunfermline
Sat, 7th Nov 2020
Last time at Somerset Park
Ayr United 0 Dunfermline 0
Championship, Saturday 7th November 2020
Dunfermline met Ayr United hoping to continue the form that had taken them to the top of the table after the first three league games. No goals from either side meant Dunfermline lost their place at the top of the Championship table.
A neat series of slick exchanges after Mayo headed to Turner who passed to Fraser Murray and involved McInroy and then McManus who sent the ball left for Thomas but he was taken down on the edge of the box. To many it looked like the infringement was inside the box but referee Craig Napier gave a free kick that F Murray sent high over the wall and over the bar. Another two Dunfermline corners were taken by Thomas from the right with cries of handball as Houston got the second away.
Five minutes from the break Thomas came really close from a free kick taken 20 yards out, the ball just dropping outside the far post.
Thomas had a further good chance in the second half taking the direct route, brushing off a couple of defenders before making the keeper save his shot. At the other end Ayr sub Innes Cameron snapped a shot that went narrowly wide right.
The visitors finished with a final push, Thomas’ 89th minute free kick was defended out to Wilson whose shot from 23 yards out was held by the keeper. Then Thomas pumped another ball into the Ayr box and this time it was Dow’s header that went wide right. Wilson had a shot in added time but it was to finish all square for a point each.
AYR UNITED: Viljami Sinisalo: Jordan Houston, Jack Baird (c), Sam Roscoe, Patrick Reading: Joe Chalmers: Luke McCowan (Dario Zanatta 75), Andy Murdoch (Michael Miller 92), Cammy Smith, Michael Moffat: Bruce Anderson (Innes Cameron 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Hewitt, Mark McKenzie, Paul Smith, Ellis Hare-Reid (GK)
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Lewis Mayo, Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Steven Whittaker: Fraser Murray (Ryan Dow 61), Kyle Turner (Iain Wilson 74), Kerr McInroy, Dom Thomas: Declan McManus (Kevin O’Hara 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, Miller Fenton, Lucas Berry, Cammy Gill (GK)
Last Twelve League Meetings v Ayr United
Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve league matches, Ayr United four and four have been drawn. The Pars are undefeated in their last three visits to Somerset Park.
Date | H/A | F-A | W D L | League
23/01/21 | H | 0-0 | Championship
7/11/20 | A | 0-0 | D | Championship
04/01/20 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
03/12/19 | A | 1-0 | W | Championship
19/10/19 | H | 3-2 | W | Championship
29/03/19 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
23/02/19 | A | 1-0 | W | Championship
22/12/18 | H | 0-0 | D | Championship
25/08/18 | A | 1-4 | L | Championship
18/03/17 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
07/01/17 | A | 2-0 | W | Championship
03/12/16 | H | 1-1 | D | Championship
Dunfermline have won only once in their last six games and their away form in the Championship shows just one win in eleven, that one a 4-1 win over Alloa Athletic in October.
Ayr United have lost their last two games, both at home. They have drawn two and won two of their other six recent matches. Tuesday night saw Dundee reap revenge for Ayr’s win at Dens Park on 16th March.
Hearts (H) D 0-0
Raith Rovers (A) L 1-5
Dundee (A) L 2-3
Morton (A) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 0-1
Morton (H) W 1-0
Dundee (A) L 0-3
Clyde (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) D 2-2
Elgin City (A) W 4-0
Raith Rovers (H) D 1-1
Dundee (A) W 3-1
Current League Stats
League Position: 5th
League Points: 31
Goal Difference: +10
League Record: P22 W8 D7 L7 GF30 GA28
Last Six Match Form: WLDLLD
League Position: 7th
League Points: 26
Goal Difference: -2
League Record: P23 W6 D8 L9 GF28 GA30
Last Six Match Form: WDWDLL
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Hearts): Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Vytas Gašpuitis, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Scott Banks (Fraser Murray 79), Iain Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Dom Thomas: Kevin O’Hara (Ewan Henderson 84), Declan McManus (Lewis McCann 89).
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Kerr McInroy, Paul Allan, Cammy Gill (GK)
AYR UNITED (v Dundee): Viljami Sinisalo: Jordan Houston, Jack Baird (c), Corrie Ndaba, Patrick Reading: Aaron Muirhead: Josh Todd (Tom Walsh 54), Andy Murdoch (Jamie Barjonas 79), Joe Chalmers (Andre Wright 75), Luke McCowan (Michael Moffat 90): Mark McKenzie.
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Miller, Sam Roscoe-Byrne, Peter Urminsky (GK)
Other Championship Fixtures
Hearts v Alloa Athletic (Friday)
Dundee v Morton
Queen of the South v Inverness Caley Thistle
Raith Rovers v Arbroath
Remaining Dunfermline fixtures:-
10/04/21 - Ayr United (A)
13/04/21 - Dundee (H)
17/04/21 - Queen of the South (H)
24/04/21 - Arbroath (H)
30/04/21 - Alloa Athletic (A)
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