Match Preview v Ayr United

We have our third game of the Championship this weekend when we make the short trip to Ayr United. A side that over the years we have enjoyed a friendly rivalry, therefore it is fitting that it is the game we play closest to our first ever game 100 years ago. To mark the occasion we have been given clearance and will be playing in our Commemorative strip.

The games between us last season were close encounters with two draws and a win apiece. Queens got off to the best possible start with a 5 – 0 victory at Palmerston in the first meeting in September with Stephen Dobbie grabbing all the headlines with four of the goals. 

The games at Somerset and Palmerston in November and December ended in one all draws. While a Laurence Shankland penalty just before the half time interval was enough to win the game for Ayr in our last meeting in April. 

Manager Allan Johnston added “It is two weeks since our last competitive match due to the break for the Betfred League Cup. But although we didn’t have a scheduled fixture the players weren’t idol as the first team took on the reserves in a game to keep them match fit. 

We have taken a point from our opening two games against Arbroath and Dunfermline, but I feel we did enough in both games to actually win them with the chances we created, so we really want to start making more of them count and start picking up the three points rather than one. However, the Championship is such a competitive league that every team will be going out with the same intentions, that’s why every game you play is hard.

Having said that I believe we have the players who can create problems for other teams and we know that we can be a real threat going forward we just need to make sure we are fully focused for the full 90 minutes. 

The break came at a good time for us to give those with niggles a bit more time to recover. We should have some of them back in the squad for the trip to Somerset. Darren Lyon who joined us from Peterbourgh United will also be available for selection”.

Ticket Prices for Away fans are:

Adults: £18.00

Concessions: £12.00

Children: £6.00

These prices are the same for seating or standing.

Don’t forget that Ayr United have moved to a new system of access to Somerset Park for both home and away supporters. Turnstiles are now automated and entry will require either a bar code or a QR Code. No cash will be taken at the turnstiles on the day.

It will be possible to purchase a match ticket including a bar code from the club shop outside Somerset Park on match day but queues are likely, therefore if you are intending to purchase at the ground on arrival, we recommend you give yourself plenty of time to do so.

You can purchase your ticket in advance online directly via the Ayr United website on the following link:

You will be sent a confirmation email with a code which can either be printed out or simply stored on your phone for use on the day. We are advised that the code can be scanned directly from your phone.

Please note - There will be no tickets for the game for sale at Palmerston. These must be purchased direct from Ayr United, either in advance online or on the day from the Ayr Club Shop.

And a reminder supporters buses can drop passengers off in Craigie Road, beside the racecourse. They should then park at Dam Park, which from the drop off, is straight through the lights to the fire station r/a first left, parking on the right. They can also pick up in Craigie Road, after the game.  Disabled supporters can be dropped off in Somerset Road.

Kick off 3pm – Saturday.