MATCH PREVIEW: Ayr United

MATCH PREVIEW: Ayr United

Greenock_Morton_FC_logo

Ayr United versus MORTON

Saturday 15 February 2020
Somerset Park, Ayr
Kick-off 3.00pm

by Ewan Boyle

Scene Setter

In what should be the Ton’s final trip to Somerset Park this year, Morton travel to Ayr for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Championship fixture for the second time this season.

Sitting 7th in the league, David Hopkin’s men have been in good form in the last few weeks with an unbeaten league run in 2020 continuing after last week’s 2-2 draw with Queen of the South.

This is the third time this season which the sides have met and the Ton will be aiming to get their first win over the Honest Men this season.

Current Connections

Former Morton midfield maestro Andy Murdoch has been at Ayr since 2018 however an injury rules him out for the duration of the season. The 24-year-old played around 75 times and scored 4 goals for the Ton as he was part of the team who made the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park against Aberdeen which ended in a 2-0 defeat.

At the same time as former Morton manager Jim Duffy brought Murdoch on board, he also secured the loan signing of goalkeeper Ross Doohan. Doohan was brought in as cover two seasons ago for the Ton.

Gaffer’s Thoughts

“I think Ayr are probably the most attacking team in the league with Alan Forrest and Craig Moffat and they’re a team that have been together for a while.

“We need to go and defend and make sure we cope with this threat well when we play on Saturday.

“You always want to try and get the new boys on the pitch and playing but when you’ve got players playing as well as Nicky Cadden and Aidan Nesbitt it’s difficult.to drop these players.”

Head to Head

Sat 16 Feb 2019: Morton 0-0 Ayr United (Ladbrokes Championship)

Tue 2 Apr 2019: Ayr United 1-1 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 3 Aug 2019: Ayr United 4-2 Morton (Ladbrokes Championship)

Sat 27 Oct 2019: Morton 2-3 Ayr United (Ladbrokes Championship

Last Time Round

Morton’s unbeaten run at home in the 2019/20 season came to an end in the previous  as Ayr United ran out as winners in the match at Cappielow after a 5-goal thriller.

The opening goal of the game fell on 47 minutes when Morton fbroke the deadlock as a stramash in the Inverness box resulted in Bob McHugh hitting the post which was knocked out to Jack Baird who was able to find the net from close range to send the Ton ahead.

It was not long before Ayr United got their equaliser when Craig Moore remained cool in the opposition box and slotted the ball over Sam Ramsbottom for the goal on 50 minutes.

The Honest Men would be the ones to take the lead next in the game when Greenock-born Luke McCowan had a sensational effort fly into the top bag on 21 minutes from long range to put Ayr ahead.

But the game continued to be end-to-end from there as Morton got an equaliser shortly after McCowan’s goal when a mistake from Aaron Muirhead set up Bob McHugh with the chance to run alone through on goal on 61 minutes and slot the ball under Ayr goalkeeper Ross Doohan.

However, to the disappointment of the Morton fans, it was Ayr who would seal the victory at Cappielow when a great save from Sam Ramsbottom was palmed out to Craig McGuffie who’s shot took a big deflection and sailed into the net on 78 minutes.

Officials

Referee: Bobby Madden

Assistant one: Stuart Stevenson

Assistant two: Colin McAlpine

Fan File

Admission prices are:

Adult | Ticket: £18
Concession (Over 65, Student, and Under 21s) | Ticket: £12
Child (Under-18)* | Ticket: £6

There is an option to buy tickets online ahead of Saturday’s game where you can purchase them at the link here: https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/AYRvsMorton

If you buy tickets online, you will receive your e-ticket upon purchase and must show your ticket at the turnstile at the stadium.

There is no cash gates available at Somerset Park. Tickets must be bought before going to the Turnstile. Tickets can be bought either online or on match day, they can be bought from the Lottery Office.

Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

Please click the link to purchase your tickets – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/AYRvsMorton

Away supporters will be accommodated in the Railway End and the West Stand.

Enter through the following turnstiles:

Railway End – Turnstiles 3 & 5

West Stand – Turnstile 9 & 10

There are engineering works occurring between Paisley Gilmour Street and Kilwinning on the trains with replacement buses available so expect extended travel times.

Supporters buses are as follows:

Port Glasgow Morton Supporters Club will leave the Sutherland Bar at 1pm.

Gourock Morton Supporters Club will leave the Royalle Club at 12:15pm with a charge of £13 per person

image: Gary Bradley