Raith Rovers 

Ayr United

Stark’s Park

Saturday 9th September

Kick off: 3.00pm 


Admission Information:

Adults – £15

Student/jobseeker* – £10

Under 16/over 65/disabled* – £8

Under 16 accompanied by a full paying adult (or adult STH)* – £5

*Concession tickets must be purchased from the ticket office before entering the turnstiles. Proof of status will be required.

Aye United fans will be housed in the McDermid Stand. Away fans can purchase concession tickets from the ticket pod, which will open at 2pm.

The Raith Suite bar will be open from 12.30pm. Those who do not wish to sit in the Turnbull Hutton stand for the match must pre-purchase a ticket from the ticket office to enter the Raith Suite.

Match Preview: 

It’s a top-of-the-table contest in League One this Saturday, as first placed Raith Rovers host second placed Ayr United.

Barry Smith’s side go into the game a point clear of the Honest Men, and in sparkling form, with nine goals scored and none conceded in their last two games.

While Rovers remain unbeaten in the league so far, Ayr went down to their first loss a fortnight ago, losing 2-1 to Arbroath at Somerset Park, after a run of three straight wins.

Like Rovers, Ian McCall’s men have been in prolific form in the league, scoring 13 times in four League One fixtures, with Craig Moore the club’s top-marksman, with 10 to his credit in all competitions.

That positive early season form could in part be down to the club’s decision to move to full-time football in the summer, which has allowed the club to retain the bulk of last term’s squad, while adding a sprinkle of well known faces to the roster.

Michael Moffat and Andy Geggan were both brought in from Dunfermline, while the aforementioned Moore arrived permanently from Motherwell, after two previous loan spells with the Ayrshire side.

Also acquired from Motherwell was defender, David Ferguson, while right-back Craig Reid joined after leaving Peterhead.

Lastly, long-standing Queen of the South centre-half, Chris Higgins was signed after he left the Palmerston Park side.

It goes without saying that neither of these sides had successful seasons last time around, although the four meetings between the teams were generally incident packed.

The first was the most straightforward, with Ross Callachan and Ross Matthews securing an opening day 2-0 win, while the second, a 1-1 draw at Stark’s Park in November, saw Joel Coustrain blast Raith in front, before Kyle Benedictus was ordered off.

The third meeting was the most infamous, with Ryan Stevenson deputising in goals as Raith lost out 1-0, while the fourth and final fixture also saw Rovers experiencing goalkeeper troubles, with Pavol Penksa sent off in the first minute, although Rovers went on to win 2-1, thanks to goals from Jonny Court and Declan McManus.

Ayr actually hold the slight upper hand in the most recent meetings, with four wins from ten compared to Rovers three.

Saturday’s match referee will be Alan Muir.

Head-To-Head Home League Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 33 | Ayr United Wins: 17 | Draws: 22

Raith Rovers Goals: 132 | Ayr United Goals: 82

Current Form:

Raith Rovers: D-W-W-W-W-W

Ayr United: L-W-W-W-L-L

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 13 | Liam Buchanan 6 | Greig Spence 4

Ayr United: Craig Moore 10 | Declan McDaid 6 | Michael Moffat 4

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 17/20 | Ayr United: 31/10 | Draw: 11/4

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