Ayr Utd 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Championship)

Ayr Utd 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Somerset Park. Att. 1,674
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Mark Kerr Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Doohan
3. Daniel Harvie
5. Sam Roscoe
14. Jordan Houston
15. Steven Bell
2. Aaron Muirhead
4. Mark Kerr
10. Alan Forrest
11. Luke McCowan
30. Stephen Kelly
16. Aaron Drinan
Benji Siegrist .1
Mark Connolly .5
Mark Reynolds .6
Liam Smith .2
Paul Watson .44
Ian Harkes .23
Dillon Powers .4
Louis Appéré .27
Rakish Bingham .14
Paul McMullan .7
Lawrence Shankland .24

7. Michael Moffat
8. Connor Malley
12. Scott Toffoney
19. Ellis Hare-Reid
24. Leon Murphy
27. Paul Smith
28. Grant Gillespie
Deniz Mehmet .13
Kieran Freeman .22
Jamie Robson .17
Adrián Sporle .3
Declan Glass .21
Lewis Neilson .43
Peter Pawlett .8

Michael Moffat for Mark Kerr (46)
Connor Malley for Luke McCowan (58)
Scott Tiffoney for Alan Forrest (83)
Peter Pawlett for Rakish Bingham (65)
Jamie Robson for Paul McMullan (75)

Daniel Harvie (49)
Stephen Kelly (90)
Rakish Bingham (64)
Liam Smith (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Following last Saturday’s defeat at Dunfermline, Head Coach Robbie Neilson made two changes - Mark Reynolds and Paul McMullan were restored with Jamie Robson and Peter Pawlett dropping to the bench. Ayr had just one change from the side that won 2-0 at Alloa – Aaron Muirhead coming in for Connor Malley. Two former Tangerines were in the Somerset side, player/manager Mark Kerr and skipper Steven Bell. A third, Grant Gillespie, was on the bench.

United were playing a 4-4-2 formation and got off to an enterprising start with Ian Hakes heading a McMullan cross wide after five minutes. And they maintained the pressure with a real stramash in the box which ultimately resulted in Louis Appéré having a cross-cum-shot beaten away by keeper Ross Doohan. At the other end, Ayr won a corner from which Alan Forrest fired past the near post. And on 18 minutes, an Aaron Drinin header was easily plucked out of the air by Ben Siegrist. McMullan and Appéré swapped wings with the former looking very much in the mood with some mazy runs. On 26 minutes, Luke McCowan cut in from the right and drilled in a low shot which Siegrist saved comfortably. But the home side had started to take a grip of proceedings with Kell embarking on a good run, but fortunately his attempted finish was totally wayward. That spell of home pressure was broken when Rakish Bingham collected a pass from Reynolds and fired in a shot on the turn from 20 yards which drifted past the far post after 33 minutes. Still Ayr showed the greater threat on the counter-attack, Kelly screwing a shot wide four minutes from the interval. But with a couple of minutes of the half left, United fashioned their best chance. Harkes played in Appéré who rounded the keeper to get to the bye-line and deliver a cross which Daniel Harvie headed clear from the in-rushing McMullan. So an evenly contested first half ended goalless with neither side able to unlock the defences.

As United made a positive start to the second period, Ayr’s Harvie was booked four minutes after the restart. A fine free-kick delivery from Dillon Powers found Mark Connolly but the home defence managed to clear the danger. It wasn’t until just after the hour mark that Ayr had an effort on goal, but Kelly’s free-kick slipped a foot or so over the bar.
Bingham was booked for deliberate handball after 64 minutes and soon was subbed with Pawlett. On 66 minutes, Roscoe’s overhead kick wasn’t too far away but, a minute later, United had the clearest-cut opening so far. McMullan squared the ball to Harkes in space and the American, unfortunately, sliced his shot wide. With quarter of an hour left, McMullan cramped up and was replaced by Robson. The home side carved out a couple of chances with a Jordan Houston header followed by Dirnin’s long-range pile-driver. With time running out, Harvie blasted a shot wide of the post. Then, in the last minute, Drinin fired in a shot through a ruck of players which Siegrist gratefully held.

Written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at March 3rd, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 32 - 70 -
Mark Connolly28 211361
Mark Reynolds32 30 - 48 -
Liam Smith23 33 - 33 -
Paul Watson29 221515
Ian Harkes24 302503
Dillon Powers29 9 - 9 -
Louis Appéré20 326366
Rakish Bingham26 4 - 4 -
Paul McMullan24 28311119
Lawrence Shankland24 32283228
Jamie Robson (sub)22 29 - 1252
Peter Pawlett (sub)29 191363

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at March 3rd, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 27 18 4 5 +30 58
2. Inverness CT 25 13 3 9 +7 42
3. Ayr Utd 25 12 3 10 +5 39
4. Dundee 25 10 7 8 -1 37
5. Morton 27 10 5 12 -7 35
6. Dunfermline 25 10 4 11 +5 34
7. Arbroath 24 10 4 10 -2 34
8. Alloa Athletic 27 6 10 11 -12 28
9. QOS 26 7 6 13 -10 27
10. Partick Th 25 6 6 13 -15 24

League results since United's last match
3rd March 2020
Ayr Utd0-0Dundee Utd
Dundee0-0Alloa Athletic
Inverness CT3-2Morton
Partick Th0-0QOS