Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Ayr United

Saturday, 4th Jan 2020

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Saturday 4th January 2020, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park

Dunfermline’s first match of 2020 will be at home against Ayr United. It will be fifth v fourth and that might have been different had the sides managed to pick up any points in their last two matches.

The Fifers have won both matches between the clubs on the two occasions that they have met this season, albeit with just a one goal winning margin.

Milestones v Ayr United (home)

Last League Victory | 19/10/19 | 3-2 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 29/03/19 | 0-1 | Championship
Best League Victory | 10/12/94 | 6-0 | First Division
Worst League Defeat | 13/10/73 | 0-4 | Div One (old)
Last Goalless League match | 22/12/18 | Championship
First League meeting | 30/11/1912 | Div Two (old)

Last time at East End Park
Championship, Saturday 19th October 2019
Dunfermline 3 Ayr United 2

This was a match in which Lee Ashcroft managed to score at both ends. Greg Kiltie opened the scoring just before the half hour mark. Good play between Ryan Dow and Kevin Nisbet allowed the latter to pick out KILTIE who dragged the ball left away from the committed Ross Doohan to tuck away the opener from close range 1-0.

A goalmouth scramble ended with Ashcroft putting through his own goal two minutes before the break. There had been an intensifying threat from the Ayr from the start of the second half and in 57 minutes Alan FORREST cut into the top corner of the Pars box and despite Aaron Comrie’s best attempts, the 23 year old hit an unstoppable effort into the far side of the Pars net. 1-2

Just six minutes later an equaliser had East End rocking. It came from a fantastic Lee ASHCROFT volley from 25 yards out. 2-2.

Then six minutes from the end Kiltie played a superb ball into the right side of the Ayr box where sub Andy RYAN evaded the offside trap to find the far corner and make it 3-2.

DUNFERMLINE: Cammy Gill: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow, Paul Paton (c), Harry Cochrane (Josh Coley 51), Kyle Turner (Tom Beadling, 79): Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet (Andy Ryan 61).
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Danny Devine, Stuart Morrison, Ryan Scully (GK)

AYR UNITED: Ross Doohan: Andy Geggan, Aaron Muirhead, Sam Roscoe, Daniel Harvie: Ross Docherty (c), Mark Kerr (Jordan Houston HT), Stephen Kelly, Luke McCowan (Kris Doohlan 82), Michael Moffat, Alan Forrest.
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Moore, Craig McGuffie, Finn Ecrepont, Mark McKenzie, Ellis Hare-Reid (GK)

Dunfermline have won three of the last four meetings against Ayr United. In the last twelve fixtures Dunfermline have won six, drawn three and lost three.

Last Twelve League Meetings v Ayr United

Date | H/A | F-A | W D L | League
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
01/10/16 | A | 0-0 | D | Championship
12/03/16 | A | 2-0 | W | League One
13/02/16 | H | 3-2 | W | League One

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won three of their last six matches, Ayr United have won only one of their last six. The Pars have lost their last three matches and Ayr their last two.

Alloa Athletic (H) L 1-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-2
Dundee (A) L 3-4
Morton (H) W 3-1
Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 5-1

Queen of the South (H) L 1-2
Dundee United (A) L 0-4
Alloa Athletic (H) W 2-1
Arbroath (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-2
Dunfermline (H) L 0-1

Current League Stats

League Position: 5th
League Points: 25
Goal Difference: +3
League Record: P19 W7 D4 L7 GF29 GA26
Last Six League Match Form: WWWLLL

League Position: 4th
League Points: 28
Goal Difference: +2
League Record: P19 W9 D1 L9 GF32 GA30
Last Six League Match Form: LLDWLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Alloa Athletic)
: Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards (Lewis McCann 76): Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner (Matt Todd 87), Joe Thomson (Anthony McDonald 65): Ryan Dow, Kevin Nisbet, Greg Kiltie.
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Tom Lang, Harry Cochrane, Cammy Gill (GK)

AYR UNITED (v Queen of the South): Ross Doohan: Andy Geggan, Aaron Muirhead, Jordan Houston, Daniel Harvie: Alan Forrest (Ross Docherty (73), Luke McCowan (Craig McGuffie 85), Steven Bell, Stephen Kelly, Michael Moffat (Mark McKenzie 73), Craig Moore.
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Roscoe, Finn Ecrepont, Kris Doohlan, Ellis Hare-Reid (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures

Alloa Athletic v Partick Thistle
Arbroath v Morton
Dundee v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Queen of the South v Dundee United

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