Ayr United 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Somerset Park
Attendance: 2,049
Referee: Willie Collum
Ayr United Dundee Utd

None. Tope Obadeyi (6)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Greg Fleming
Nicky Devlin
Daryll Meggat
Rab Crawford
Alan Forrest
Gary Harkins
Paul Cairney
Jamie Adams
Ross Docherty
Conrad Balatoni
Scott McKenna
Cammy Bell
Jamie Robson
Mark Durnan
William Edjenguélé
Lewis Toshney
Blair Spittal
Charlie Telfer
Willo Flood
Scott Fraser
Tony Andreu
Tope Obadeyi

Jordan Hart
Brian Gilmour
Michael Rose
Craig McGuffie
Paddy Boyle
Andy O'Connell
Kevin Nisbet
Luis Zwick
Stewart Murdoch
Coll Donaldson
Seán Dillon
Nick van der Velden
Scott Allardice
Cammy Smith

Andy O'Connell for Jamie Adams (64)
Kevin Nisbet for Paul Cairney (73)
Brian Gilmour for Rab Crawford (81)
Cammy Smith for Tope Obadeyi (62)
Nick van der Velden for Willo Flood (69)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 22 apps -
Jamie Robson 15 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 50 apps6 goals
William Edjenguélé 15 apps2 goals
Lewis Toshney 18 apps1 goal
Blair Spittal 87 apps9 goals
Charlie Telfer 51 apps5 goals
Willo Flood 171 apps7 goals
Scott Fraser 58 apps5 goals
Tony Andreu 14 apps9 goals
Tope Obadeyi 20 apps2 goals
Nick van der Velden (sub) 21 apps3 goals
Cammy Smith (sub) 20 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (18 years 361 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (31 years 252 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 136 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (18 years 259 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 3 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 170 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Mark Durnan played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

There was almost an early breakthrough for United. A Blair Spittal shot was deflected for a corner and Mark Durnan almost squeezed home Scott Fraser’s delivery. At the other end a late challenge by Jamie Robson on Rab Crawford earned the United full-back a lecture from the ref and Gary Harkins was on the end of the resultant free-kick, but his volley from close range was blocked. And in the aftermath, Charlie Telfer played the played the ball up to Tope Obadeyi who embarked on a run of over half the length of the pitch before rounding the keeper and steering the ball in form an acute angle for the opener. The home side reacted very positively to this setback and with Harkins and Nicky Devlin, in particular, causing problems. On 14 minutes only Lewis Toshney’s block on a Harkins shot prevented an equaliser, and a minute later, Cairney fired inches over. Having survived that spell of intense pressure, the game settled down, but Ayr continued to press forward with United relying on hitting on the counter attack. A mazy Alan Forest run almost unlocked the Tannadice rearguard, but a combination of Telfer and Robson eventually crowded him on. Eight minutes from the interval, the United goal had an amazing escape. Right-back Nicky Devlin drove in a low cross which Crawford met almost right on the line, only for Toshney to somehow divert the ball up and over the bar. The half came to a close with United having to defend deeply to hang on to their narrow advantage.

United made a bright start to the second period with Tony Andreu, Blair Spittal and Charlie Telfer all involved in some neat interplay culminating in Jamie Robson meeting a Willo Flood cross but unable to get enough purchase on his header. Seven minutes into the second period, Tony Andreu fired just wide from outside the box with United now much more on the front foot. Just after the hour mark, Manager Ray McKinnon took off goalscorer Obadeyi with Cammy Smith coming on as his direct replacement up top. With chances few and far between at either end, both sides made changes. In United’s case, Nick van der Velden taking over from Fraser. Underling the lack of goalmouth action a scuffed Spittal shot from the edge of the box was the first on target in the second half. It took the combined efforts of Cammy Bell and William Edjenguélé to clear the danger as Ayr stepped up their efforts in pursuit of a leveller. Ayr pressed hard in the closing stages but Willo Flood heading a dangerous clear was as close as the home side came to salvaging a point.

Match report written by Peter Rundo

Photography by DUFC Official

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 16 10 4 2 28 8 20 34
2. UNITED 16 10 4 2 25 12 13 34
3. Falkirk 16 7 5 4 23 18 5 26
4. Morton 15 6 5 4 22 17 5 23
5. Raith Rovers 15 6 5 4 19 15 4 23
6. Queen of the South 16 5 4 7 20 26 -6 19
7. Dunfermline 16 4 4 8 19 26 -7 16
8. Ayr United 16 4 4 8 13 23 -10 16
9. Dumbarton 16 3 5 8 14 23 -9 14
10. St Mirren 16 2 4 10 15 30 -15 10
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