Ryan McGuffie (16 mins)
Nicholas Clark (55 mins)
The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Second
, Nov 24, 2012
Ground: Palmerston Park , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 1,953
Duo miss out for Doonhamers Table-topping Queen of the South will be without the injured pair of Ian McShane and Kevin Smith as they look to complete a hat-trick of wins over promotion-chasing sides when Ayr visit.
The Doonhamers have seen off Arbroath and Forfar in their last two games to move nine points clear, and manager Allan Johnston is telling his men that they cannot afford to relax against the Honest Men.
Johnston said: "There will be a good crowd here for a derby encounter and Ayr's results have improved a lot since we played them last.
"They have good strikers in Mark Roberts, Michael Moffat and Darian MacKinnon so we will need to play well to keep things progressing as we would like." Ayr have defender Darren Brownlie back after injury but John Robertson has failed to recover from a knee injury.
The Honest Men, who have won five out of their last seven games are also without the banned Ryan McStay and injured trio Martyn Campbell, Anthony Marenghi and Michael McGowan.
However, kick-off cannot come quick enough for player/manager Mark Roberts, who said: "This game will have a real edge to it as we are going well and they have been great all season but this is not a game to be scared of, this is a game to go and be enjoyed.
Queen of South vs Ayr
Last modified 18:03 24/11/12
Doonhammers double maintains winning streak Queen of the South recorded their fifth straight victory in all competitions with a 2-0 win at home to Ayr.
Michael Moffat almost gave the visitors the lead after 15 minutes, but Doonhammers goalkeeper Lee Robinson beat away his left-footed effort.
Just a minute later, the table-toppers were ahead, as experienced defender Ryan McGuffie got on the end of Chris Mitchell's pin-point free-kick to head home his second goal in as many games.
Allan Johnston's side were inches away from doubling their advantage after 26 minutes, when Nicholas Clark headed Derek Young's cross narrowly over the bar.
The former Peterhead man was not to be denied however, and he tapped in his 13th goal of the season ten minutes after the break to extend the hosts' lead.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|7||Daniel Carmichael(sub 82)|
|9||Derek Lyle(sub 83)|
|10||Nicholas Clark(sub 83)|
|14||Gavin Reilly(sub 83)|
|16||Daniel Orsi(sub 83)|
|17||David Hopkirk(sub 82)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|8||Aaron Wyllie(sub 78)|
|11||Darian Mackinnon(sub 62)|
|14||David Winters(sub 62)|
|16||Mark Shankland(sub 78)|
|Team||Queen of South||Ayr|