Match Preview - Ayr United vs Queen's Park

Last updated : 10 August 2007 By Andyboy
While Queen's have tasted success over Brechin City and Alloa Athletic in the past week, it hasn't went quite as well for new Ayr United boss Neil Watt. Following on from Saturday's 2-0 opening day loss to Ross County, The Honest Men were stuffed 5-0 by Livingston in CIS Cup action at Almondvale Stadium and there is no doubt that Watt will be desperate to get off the mark in his first home game in charge tomorrow.

It will be the first meeting of the clubs competetively since season 1998/99 when Queen's were beaten 3-1 by Ayr at Hampden in an early season Scottish League Cup tie. David Graham netted Queen's goal that day. Only one man remains in the Queen's squad since that day, big defender Damiano Agostini, then in his first spell in the club.

It will be a big day for two Spiders stars, both winger Stuart McGrady and defender Mick Dunlop played at Somerset in the past and they will be hoping to record a victory over their old employers tomorrow. One man who may not get a great reception at 3.00pm tomorrow is current boss Billy Stark, who was both player and assistant manager at Ayr's arch rivals Kilmarnock in the early 1990s.

Queen's will be at almost full strength ahead of the match, though striker Robert Dunn will be missing due to a calf injury. There were doubts over Paul Cairney's fitness earlier in the week, but he managed 90 minutes against Alloa and will be available while Steven Reilly who missed both of last week's matches will be out with the hamstring injury he picked up in Germany.

Probable Queen's Park Line Up: Mark Cairns, Paul Paton, Mick Dunlop, Richard Sinclair, Damiano Agostini, Alan Trouten, Stuart Kettlewell, Paul Cairney, Paul Ronald, Stephen Canning, Mark Ferry