Ayr and Kilmarnock enjoy rare coming together in semi-final derby | Ewan Murray

27 January 2012 11:53
Many will be surprised how intense the League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park will be, but not those from AyrshireNot only does absence make hearts grow fonder, it can apparently intensify rivalry. Even at their respective football peaks, Ayr United and Kilmarnock weren't accustomed to frequent competitive meetings. As Kilmarnock became champions of Scotland, in 1965, Ayr were forced to re-apply for membership of the league after finishing last but one in the Second Division. Ayr's supporters, that said, take great delight in highlighting a 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock in the Ayrshire Cup final just days after that title had been secured.Almost a decade later, it was Kilmarnock who toiled in a lower tier as Ayr enjoyed their most heady days in the top flight. It is little wonder, then, that Saturday's League Cup semi-final between these old foes is billed as the most significant Ayrshire derby ever. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian