Ayr and Clyde aim to end winless runs

Ayr United v Clyde – Match by numbers

Ayr United take on Clyde for a place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals. The Honest Men last reached that stage in 2012, while Clyde have been waiting since 2005. Whatever happens, at least two non-Premiership teams will be in the draw for the next round making an appearance at the national stadium not outwith the realms of possibility.

5– The two sides have met five times before in the Scottish Cup and have never required a replay to decide the winner. Clyde won the first meeting, a third round tie at Shawfield, 8-3 in February 1953. The Bully Wee have been dominant against their Ayrshire rivals in the Cup, winning four of the five ties. The Honest Men’s only victory came at Shawfield in February 1972 when they won the third round tie 1-0. That tie remains the only time Clyde have failed to score against Ayr in a Scottish Cup match.

7– Clyde travel to Somerset Park having not won an away game since a 2-0 Scottish Cup second round win against Brora Rangers on October 22. They have picked up two draws on the road since, losing their other five. Coincidentally, Ayr haven’t won a home game since October 22 either. The 1-0 win against Queen of the South is their most recent league win. In the seven games since, they have drawn with Queen’s Park in the Scottish Cup and Dumbarton in the league losing the other five.

14– The teams last met in July 2014 at Broadwood in the Challenge Cup. Barry Ferguson’s first match in charge of Clyde ended with the League Two side upsetting League One Ayr after first half goals from Scott McManus and John Sweeney saw them record a 2-0 win. The Cumbernauld side have a decent recent record against the Ayrshire outfit, you have to go back to August 2012 for the Honest Men’s last win against Clyde, a 6-1 thumping at Somerset in first round of the League Cup. That was Ayr’s only win in the last 14 meetings, losing eight and drawing the other five.

17– Ayr have hosted their Lanarkshire rivals nine times since the turn of the Millennium, losing only twice. Of the other seven matches, Ayr won four with three ending in draws. The last Clyde victory came in May 2003 when Alan Kernaghan’s charges recorded a 3-0 win. That season, Clyde finished second in Division One with the Honest Men in sixth. Neither side has recorded a better finish since, however Clyde did end up second the following season but with less points.

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