Livingston Task for Ayr

Last updated : 07 August 2007 By Honestman
Ayr United take on Livingston at Almondvale Stadium tonight in the Challenge Cup, he first time the clubs have met there since 20th March 2001.

Ever since Meadowbank Thistle became Livingston at the start of season 1995/96,  Ayr have struggled to beat them at their neat little all seater Almondvale Stadium. 

United did not play them in season 1995/96 and lost 1-0 and 2-1 in season 1996/97 - a season when Ayr and Livvy tustled for the second division title which finally settled at Somerset Park.

With Livingston failing even to get promoted Ayr again did not play them, but rivalry was renewed in season 1999/2000,this time as first division teams.

That season brought even worse results with Ayr suffering 4-1 and 3-1 defeats, with the honest men not even winning at home. Season 2000/01 was to prove another top of the table clash between the two and Livingston established themselves firmly at the top with wins and a draw at Ayr.

A 2-0 defeat for Ayr at Livingston on 9th September 2000 was disappointing.  It was 20th March 2001 before United finally recorded their first ever win.  Ayr had gradually taken control of the game, and deservedly opened the scoring in the 40th minute.

A cross from the silvery right boot of Gary Teale was only half headed away by John Anderson, and Eddie Annand lashed a powerful right-footed volley past Ian McCaldon into the top corner of the net and right in front of the United support.

Another win is needed to kick start United's season.