Dundee Utd 4
Ayr Utd 0
League (Championship)


Dundee Utd
4 - 0
Ayr Utd 

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,744
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Sam Stanton (42)
Lawrence Shankland (pen.) (57)
Nicky Clark (61)
Ian Harkes (87)
None.

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
Mark Kerr

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
17. Jamie Robson
2. Liam Smith
6. Mark Reynolds
44. Paul Watson
18. Calum Butcher
23. Ian Harkes
12. Sam Stanton
24. Lawrence Shankland
10. Nicky Clark
7. Paul McMullan
Ross Doohan .1
Aaron Muirhead .2
Daniel Harvie .3
Jordan Houston .14
Steven Bell .15
Mark Kerr .4
Alan Forrest .10
Luke McCowan .11
Ross Docherty .23
Stephen Kelly .30
Craig Moore .30

Bench
13. Deniz Mehmet
3. Adrián Sporle
5. Mark Connolly
19. Troy Brown
25. Adam King
11. Cammy Smith
27. Louis Appéré
Ellis Hare-Reid .19
Sam Roscoe-Byrne .5
Andy Geegan .6
Michael Moffat .7
Craig McGuffie .12
Finn Ecrepont .21
Mark McKenzie .22

Substitutions
Louis Appéré for Paul McMullan (71)
Mark Connolly for Mark Reynolds (71)
Adam King for Calum Butcher (77)
Craig McGuffie for Luke McCowan (48)
Andy Geggan for Ross Docherty (69)
Michael Moffat for Craig Moore (73)

Cautions
Calum Butcher (74)
Mark Kerr (56)
Craig Moore (72)

Red Cards
None. Mark Kerr (56)
Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)


Match Report


The visitors made most of the early running however only a Stephen Kelly shot from outside the box which Benjamin Siegrist saved comfortably came from this initial spell of pressure. Siegrist was made to work harder in the 12th minute doing well to turn a curling shot from Daniel Harvie around the post. As a frustrating half for United wore on Robbie Neilson would have been keen to regroup for the second half, however his side then unexpectedly broke the deadlock on 42 minutes. A tactical change saw McMullan move to the left, and he pressured Ayr defender Steven Bell into giving up possession before driving on into the box. The winger waited for the run of Sam Stanton who poked home a low cross from close range beyond Ross Doohan. That made it three goals in four games for a midfielder enjoying a great run of form.

In contrast to the first half the hosts hit the front foot from the restart and increased their lead in the 57th minute. After an attack was abruptly ended when Kerr took Stanton’s feet from under him whilst in the act of shooting, referee Greg Aitken instantly awarded the penalty. Kerr then failed to keep his frustrations under control as he continued his vent towards the referee. This resulted in a red card for the player manager before Lawrence Shankland resumed the game by launching the penalty kick high into the top corner. Four minutes later the game was put beyond the visitors when McMullan neatly played in Shankland whose cut back to Nicky Clark was stroked first time into the net. With 15 minutes left sub Louis Appéré appeared to be pulled down from behind inside the box but this time Aitken waved away claims for a penalty. In the 81st minute Appéré turned and crossed for Shankland who glanced his header wide before the last goal of the afternoon arrived in the 87th minute. The excellent Stanton for the umpteenth time of the game hung out a leg to win possession before Ian Harkes took on a long range shot which found the bottom left corner.

Match report written by DUFC Official



Squad Statistics (as at December 21st, 2019)


2019-20 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 21 - 59 -
Paul Watson29 141435
Mark Reynolds32 22 - 40 -
Liam Smith23 22 - 22 -
Jamie Robson22 19 - 1152
Calum Butcher28 213675
Ian Harkes24 212413
Sam Stanton25 22310212
Paul McMullan23 22310519
Nicky Clark28 1965521
Lawrence Shankland24 21212121
Mark Connolly (sub)28 11 - 26 -
Adam King (sub)24 9 - 9 -
Louis Appéré (sub)20 234274


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at December 21st, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 3 3 0 0 +8 9
2. Arbroath 3 2 0 1 +3 6
3. Ayr Utd 2 1 0 1 +1 3
4. Dunfermline 2 1 0 1 +1 3
5. Alloa Athletic 2 1 0 1 0 3
6. Morton 3 1 0 2 -1 3
7. Dundee 2 1 0 1 -1 3
8. Partick Th 2 1 0 1 -2 3
9. QOS 3 1 0 2 -3 3
10. Inverness CT 2 0 0 2 -6 0