Preview Ayr UnitedSaturday, 5th Feb 2022
cinch Championship (away) v Ayr United, Saturday 5th February 2022, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park
Dunfermline will return to Somerset Park on Saturday to face an Ayr United team that is now managed by former Pars fans favourite Lee Bullen. Given their league positions both sides will be equally keen to pick up crucial league points. Prior to Ayr’s match against Partick Thistle on Tuesday the clubs lay joint seventh on 22 points both with a goal difference of -15. Thistle’s 1-0 win over Ayr dented the Honest Men’s goal difference but there is all to play for in this the 24th match for both sides.
The Ayr league record against Dunfermline is lost 49, won 32 and drawn 28.
Milestones v Ayr United (away)
Last League Victory | 03/12/19 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 11/09/21 | 1-3 | 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
Last Time at Somerset Park
Ayr United 3-1 Dunfermline
Sat, 11th Sep 2021
Dunfermline failed to take any league points for the third successive league match. Their first half performance was better than the interval scoreline suggested but conceding soft goals cost them dearly.
Ayr scored from their first attack, Daire O’Connor raced away down the left with Jones in pursuit and when he cut the ball into the six yard box Tomi ADELOYE directed the ball past Fôn Williams. 1-0 and just 105 seconds on the clock.
Pars were then hit on the break in 25th minute when Reading’s cross was met by Cammy SALKELD and his header made it 2-0. Fortunately the Pars goals drought ended just three minutes later when TODOROV finished a fine Fifers move. A Dorran pass was touched on to O’Hara off Pybus and he set up Dow who cut in to smash a good effort on target. The big striker polished off the chance in off the right post after Dow’s shot had been stopped by the Ayr United keeper. 2-1
In 63 minutes the defence pressed the self destruct button and Bradley nipped in to steal the ball and he crossed into ADELOYE in front of goal. 3-1
AYR UNITED: Charlie Albinson: Nick McAllister (Markus Fjørtoft 60), Jack Baird, Sean McGinty (c), Patrick Reading: Cameron Salkeld (Mark McKenzie 86), Andy Murdoch, James Maxwell, Daire O`Connor, Steven Bradley (Michael Moffat 74), Tomi Adeloye.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Chalmers, Finn Ecrepont, Aidan McAdams (GK).
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Leon Jones (Craig Wighton 71), Paul Watson, Ross Graham: Aaron Comrie, Graham Dorrans (c), Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus, Ryan Dow (Kai Kennedy 62): Nikolay Todorov, Kevin O’Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Vytas Gašpuitis, Paul Allan, Dom Thomas, Deniz Mehmet (GK).
Last Twelve Meetings v Ayr United
Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve league matches, Ayr United four and four have been drawn. The Pars win in the last match is their only one in the last six matches between the teams.
Date | H/A | F-A | W D L | League
20/11/21 | H | 3-0 | W | Championship
11/09/21 | A | 1-3 | L | Championship
10/04/21 | A | 1-1 | D | Championship
23/01/21 | H | 0-0 | D | 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
Dunfermline are now undefeated in the last three and have registered three shut outs in the last five. Their two wins on the road in this Championship season have been at Inverness and Dumfries.
Ayr United have followed impressive back to back home wins over Raith Rovers and Arbroath with four games without a win. They have lost three of their last four matches.
Last six matches
Queen of the South (A) W 2-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Hamilton Academical (H) W 1-0
Morton (A) L 0-5
Raith Rovers (A) D 0-0
Arbroath (H) L 0-3
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1
Hamilton Academical (A) D 1-1
St Mirren (H) L 0-2
Morton (H) L 0-2
Arbroath (H) W 1-0
Raith Rovers (H) W 1-0
League Position: 7th
League Points: 22
Goal Difference: -15
Away League Record: P11 W2 D4 L5 GF10 GA18
Last Six Match Form: LDLWDW
League Position: 8th
League Points: 22
Goal Difference: -16
Home League Record: P12 W4 D4 L4 GF13 GA16
Last Six Match Form: WWLLDL
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South): Owain Fôn Williams (c): Aaron Comrie, Coll Donaldson, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus, Graham Dorrans (Bobby Kamwa 84), Joe Chalmers: Steven Lawless, Lewis McCann, Ryan Dow.
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin O’Hara, Rhys Breen, Paul Allan, Dom Thomas, Matthew Todd, Reece Cole, Leon Jones, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
AYR UNITED (v Partick Thistle): Aidan McAdams, Jordan Houston (Blaine Rowe 72), Jack Baird, Sean McGinty, Patrick Reading: Aaron Muirhead (Fraser Bryden 72): Mark McKenzie, Andy Murdoch, Ben Dempsey (Kerr McInroy 81), James Maxwell: Sam Ashford (Tomi Adeloye 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Daire O`Connor, Ryan Gondoh, Marcus Fjørtof, Finn Ecrepont, Charlie Albinson (GK)
Other Championship Fixtures
Arbroath v Kilmarnock (Friday)
Inverness Caley Thistle v Morton
Partick Thistle v Queen of the South
Raith Rovers v Hamilton Academical
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