Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Ayr United

League - Championship
Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,427
Referee: Greg Aitken
Dundee Utd  Ayr United

Simon Murray (13)
Jamie Robson (37)
Willo Flood (76)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Jamie Robson
Coll Donaldson
Lewis Toshney
Seán Dillon
Willo Flood
Scott Fraser
Nick van der Velden
Stewart Murdoch
Simon Murray
Cammy Smith
Greg Fleming
Nicky Devlin
Paddy Murphy
Jamie Adams
Paddy Boyle
Robbie Crawford
Paul Cairney
Ross Docherty
Alan Forrest
Gary Harkins
Kevin Nesbit

Luis Zwick
Mark Durnan
Brad Smith
Blair Spittal
Charlie Telfer
Ali Coote
Tope Obadeyi
Jordan Hart
Michael Rose
Darryl Meggatt
Jamie Thomas
Craig McGuffie
Brian Gilmour
Andy O'Connell

Blair Spittal for Scott Fraser (63)
Tope Obadeyi for Cammy Smith (63)
Charlie Telfer for Willo Flood (79)
Jamie Thomas for Robbie Crawford (47)
Brian Gilmour for Alan Forrest (47)
Kevin Nesbit for Craig McGuffie (78)

Willo Flood (24)
Simon Murray (70)
Ross Docherty (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 8 apps -
Seán Dillon 330 apps7 goals
Jamie Robson 6 apps1 goal
Coll Donaldson 29 apps -
Lewis Toshney 7 apps1 goal
Willo Flood 159 apps6 goals
Scott Fraser 43 apps3 goals
Nick van der Velden 6 apps1 goal
Stewart Murdoch 8 apps1 goal
Simon Murray 33 apps12 goals
Cammy Smith 7 apps4 goals
Charlie Telfer (sub) 38 apps4 goals
Blair Spittal (sub) 75 apps9 goals
Tope Obadeyi (sub) 8 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (18 years 249 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (34 years 256 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 22 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 75 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (34 years 256 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 139 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Jamie Robson scored his first goal for the Club.

The hosts welcomed Ayr United to Tannadice in what was their first visit on League business since 1978. Another healthy crowd of just under 6500 was in attendance as the Tangerines looked to secure their first win of the season at the third attempt, following a much criticised performance during their 1-0 defeat at Dumbarton the previous week.

They certainly opened the game looking intent on making up for that display with Scott Fraser, Cammy Smith and Jamie Robson all prominent as they probed the Ayr defence. They came close to the breakthrough inside 10 minutes when Fraser forced Greg Fleming into a good save after a purposeful run into the box. From one of several corners during this spell Coll Donaldson then got a header on target which Fleming was again equal to. The opener wasn’t far away however and it came for United in 13 minutes. Fraser had claimed a handball earlier in the move which was waved on before Smith was then tripped in the box by Paddy Boyle leaving referee Greg Aitken with an easy decision to award the penalty. After a battle for the ball with Simon Murray, Nick van der Velden won the right to take the spot kick but his weak effort was parried out by Fleming. It was somewhat ironic therefore that Murray was first to react as he nodded the rebound into the corner of the net for his 5th goal of the season in all competitions. There were further opportunities for United which were all passed up with the visitors offering little in return in terms of attacking threat. The closest they came was shortly after the opener when Gary Harkins hit a decent shot from 20 yards which was comfortably turned away by Cammy Bell. United deservedly doubled their lead in 37 minutes with Willo Flood heavily involved in the move. A clever exchange of passes with van der Velden set the midfield man free in the area and his cut back was cleared to Robson around 8 yards out. The youngster struck first time into the net underneath Fleming to notch his first goal for the club in just his sixth appearance. As a reflection of the opening 45 minutes it was a more than deserved lead for the Tangerines with the only concern being that they weren't completely out of sight already.

While the opening period had seen plenty of chances and Ayr keeper Fleming keeping the score down, it was a far more subdued affair after the teams returned from the interval. As the half wore on Ayr starting to gain confidence but despite earning several corners their main hope of scoring seemed to be if one of their efforts from distance were to find the postage stamp. Ex Dundee man Harkins was a more noticeable figure by now and was doing his best to get his side back into the game with his team mates at times not quite on his wavelength. In 63 minutes a more scarce foray into the visiting box provided another good shout for a penalty as Murray appeared to be tripped after being played in by Smith but Aitken waved play on. Any danger however of a nervy finish for the home side evaporated with 14 minutes to go when they made it 3-0. Moments after coming on Tope Obedayi made short work of his marker before firing in a cross which Flood stabbed home from inside the 6 yard box. That first league win was secured and the hope for all connected with United was that this would now spark the kind of winning run required to see them mount a challenge for promotion.

Captain: Sean Dillon
Man of the Match: Jamie Robson

Manager View:
"If you had said to me before the game we would have a 3-0 win I would have been happy with that. We had a really good first half so I'm very pleased with that. The second half we have to give credit to Ayr United who came back into the game and made it difficult for us. There is no divine right to win games in this league. Everybody has quality in their teams and you have to be at it for 90 minutes."

Fan View:
"Whilst it was good to see the players create plenty of chances in the opening half it really should have been more than a 2-0 lead going into the break. The second half was very flat which perhaps to an extent this was understandable after last week's result and with no wins on the board before today. The major hope now is that they start to improve each week which they will need to do, starting with Raith next weekend.

Match report written by Ally Stewart


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Raith Rovers 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
2. Hibernian 3 3 0 0 6 2 4 9
3. Queen of the South 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 7
4. UNITED 3 1 1 1 4 2 2 4
5. Dumbarton 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
6. Morton 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
7. Dunfermline 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3
8. Falkirk 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1
9. St Mirren 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1
10. Ayr United 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0
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