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Preview Ayr United

Saturday, 21st Oct 2023

cinch Championship (home) v Ayr United, Saturday 21st October 2023, kick off 3.00pm at KDM Group East End Park

Following the postponement of the previous match against Arbroath, the second of back to back scheduled home game gives Dunfermline the opportunity to take points from Lee Bullen’s Ayr United.

Milestones v Ayr United (home)

Last League Victory | 16/04/22 | 2-1 | Championship

Last League Defeat | 04/01/20 | 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 | 23/01/21 | Championship

First League meeting | 30/11/1912 | 0-0 | Div Two (old)

Last time at East End Park

cinch Championship

With little more than ten minutes to go and a goal behind Dunfermline looked destined for the Championship play offs but two late goals totally transformed the story. Two substitutes made the impact and ensured the Pars moved into eighth place.

Ten minutes from half time Tomi Adeloye created the opportunity to be fouled in the box and won a penalty. He started the move with a clever pass out to the right for O’Connor whose return picked out the striker in the middle of the box. The decision was not disputed and Aaron MUIRHEAD stepped up to net. 0-1

A double substitution for Dunfermline, Dom Thomas and Joe Chalmers being replaced by Bobby Kamwa and Reece Cole.

Cole was to score the equaliser just ten minutes after coming on. Muirhead was yellow carded for his challenge on McCann and a free kick was awarded 20 yards out. Lawless and COLE stood over the ball before the later bent it around the four man wall to net in the bottom right. 1-1

Nikolay Todorov was thrown into the action in 84 minutes and he has an immediate impact scoring within two minutes. When McCann broke TODOROV was to his right and as soon as he saw the ball smashed it from 30 yards out, low into the Ayr net. East End Park erupted 2-1

DUNFERMLINE: Jakub Stolarczyk: Matthew Todd, Coll Donaldson (Lewis McCann HT), Efe Ambrose, Josh Edwards: Dan Pybus: Steven Lawless (c), Joe Chalmers (Reece Cole 69), Liam Polworth, Dom Thomas (Bobby Kamwa 69): Kevin O’Hara (Nikolay Todorov 84).
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Comrie, Ryan Dow, Rhys Breen, Leon Jones, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

AYR UNITED: Aidan McAdams: Jordan Houston (Markus Fjørtoft 77), Aaron Muirhead, Sean McGinty (c), Patrick Reading: Daire O`Connor (Mark McKenzie 77), Kerr McInroy, Andy Murdoch, James Maxwell: Sam Ashford, Tomi Adeloye.
SUBS NOT USED: Alex Kenyon, Jack Baird, Paul Smith, Max Guthrie, Fraser Ecremont, Ryan Gondoh, Charlie Albinson (GK).

Last Twelve Meetings v Ayr United

Dunfermline have won five of the last twelve league matches, Ayr United three and four have been drawn. The Pars have only won two of the last eight matches between the teams but those two were in the last three.

Date | H/A | F-A | W D L | League

16/04/22 | H | 2-1 | W | Championship
05/02/22 | A | 1-1 | D | Championship

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

07/11/20 | 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

Recent Form

Dunfermline and Ayr United both sat out the international weekend but while Dunfermline v Arbroath was postponed on the morning of the match.

Visitors Ayr United have only won two of their last six matches but both were away from home. They started the season well with four wins in six but then lost five matches on a row. Their win at Airdrie last time out serves a warning that they are back on form.

Dunfermline have only won two of their last six matches but they will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them convincingly defeat Morton in their last home game.

League Stats


League Position: 6th

League Points: 11

Goal Difference: +1

League Record: P7 W3 D2 L2 GF9 GA8

Last Six Match Form: LDLWWL


League Position: 8th

League Points: 9

Goal Difference: -6

League Record: P8 W3 D0 L5 GF11 GA17

Last Six Match Form: LLLWLW

Last six matches

Partick Thistle (A) L 0-3
Morton (H) W 3-1
Queen’s Park (A) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 1-1
Raith Rovers (H) L 0-1

Airdrieonians (A) W 2-1
Raith Rovers (H) L 1-2
Queen’s Park (A) W 5-2
Partick Thistle (H) L 0-4
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Arbroath (A) L 1-2

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle)
: Harry Sharp: Aaron Comrie, Sam Fisher, Ewan Otoo: Chris Hamilton (c): Michael O’Halloran, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Craig Wighton, Alex Jakubiak (Owen Moffat 53), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Liam Hoggan, Ewan McLeod, Jake Sutherland, Deniz Mehmet (GK), Max Little (GK).

AYR UNITED (v Airdrieonians): Charlie Albinson: Nick McAllister, George Stanger, Sean McGinty (c), Paddy Reading: Logan Chalmers (Scott Tomlinson 90), Jay Senga (Jack Young 72), Roy Syla, Jamie Murphy: Mark McKenzie (Akheem Rose 75), Anton Dowds
SUBS NOT USED: Elicha Ahui, Francis Amartey, Fraser Bryden, Finn Ecrepont, Paul Smith.

Frank Musonda was out injured.

Other cinch Championship fixtures

Airdrieonians v Queen’s Park (Friday)
Arbroath v Raith Rovers
Morton v Inverness Caley Thistle
Partick Thistle v Dundee United

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