Ayr United 3
Dundee 1
League (Championship)


Ayr United
3 - 1
Dundee 

League (Championship)
Friday, August 26th, 2022
Somerset Park
Attendance: 2,274

Goalscorers
Dipo Akinyemi (17)
Jordan Houston (62)
Dipo Akinyemi (67)
Rudden (4)

Team Managers
Lee Bullen
Gary Bower

Starting Eleven
21. Charlie Albinson
15. Alex Kirk
3. Patrick Reading
4. Frankie Musonda
2. Jordan Houston
10. Daire OConnor
6. Andy Murdoch
8. Ben Dempsey
22. Mark McKenzie
9. Dipo Akinyemi
23. Sam Ashford
30 Sharp
2 Kerr
4 French
5 Sweeney Booked at 90mins
3 Marshall
15 Mulligan
38 Grayson Substituted for Cameron at 70'minutes
10 McGowan Substituted for Robinson at 45'minutes
18 McMullan Substituted for Williamson at 69'minutes
20 Rudden Substituted for Ashcroft at 80'minutes
17 McCowan Substituted for McGhee at 32'minutes

Bench
25. Finn Ecrepont
5. Sean McGinty
29. David Bangala
11. Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
17. Nick McAllister
20. Michael Hewitt
31. Paul Smith
7. Michael Moffat
1 Legzdins
6 McGhee
11 McGinn
14 Ashcroft
16 Robinson
19 Robertson
22 Williamson
24 Anderson
25 Cameron

Substitutions
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson for Daire OConnor (78)
Michael Hewitt for Dipo Akinyemi (80)
Sean McGinty for Andy Murdoch (89)
None.

Cautions
Andy Murdoch
Sweeney

Red Cards
None. Sweeney
Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)


Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Two-goal Dipo Akinyemi inspired Ayr Utd as they stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship after coming from behind to beat Dundee.

Zak Rudden's close-range finish from Paul McMullan's cut-back within four minutes put the visitors ahead.

But Akinyemi bundled in a reply from Frankie Musonda's header soon after.

Jordan Houston fired his first senior goal after a one-two with Akinyemi, who then scored his sixth goal in four games with a beauty on the turn.

Reaction & as it happened
To compound Dundee's misery, captain Ryan Sweeney was sent off in the dying seconds after the centre-half was shown a second yellow card for dissent and midfielder Luke McCowan went off with what could be a serious injury.

Ayr's first two goals came against the run of play, while the hosts had goalkeeper Charlie Albinson to thank for saves from Rudden and Jordan McGhee with the scores level at 1-1.

However, that will be no consolation for pre-season favourites Dundee, who ended the game still in third place, now four adrift of an Ayr side who stretched their unbeaten run to five games and delivered the visitors' first away defeat in five.

The chasing pack get the chance to narrow that gap again with four more Championship fixtures on Saturday.

Ayr United manager Lee Bullen: "Absolutely ecstatic because, let's be right, if you finish above Dundee in the league this season, you're not going to be far off at least play-offs if not top of the table.

"They've got fantastic individual players, got a fantastic manager, but we matched them tonight and took our opportunities when they came with three fantastic goals on the back of a hiccup in the first two or three minutes."

Dundee manager Gary Bowyer: "Very disappointing. We had a wonderful start, but the first goal rocked us a little bit and knocked us off our stride a little bit.

"We are disappointed with the first goal - it looks like he has put it in with his arm. But I have no complaints second half - we were second best and apologies to the travelling Dundee fans."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at August 26th, 2022)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)25 7 - 18 -
Jordan Houston22 71511
Frankie Musonda24 9 - 9 -
Patrick Reading23 8 - 603
Alex Kirk19 5 - 5 -
Andy Murdoch - 91683
Daire OConnor25 9 - 341
Mark McKenzie22 8 - 562
Ben Dempsey22 91161
Dipo Akinyemi25 9797
Sam Ashford26 8 - 212
Sean McGinty (sub)29 81432
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (sub) - 7 - 7 -
Michael Hewitt (sub)21 5 - 17 -






League Table (as at August 26th, 2022)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Ayr United 5 3 2 0 11
2. Partick Thistle 4 2 1 1 7
3. Queen's Park 4 2 1 1 7
4. Dundee 5 2 1 2 7
5. Raith Rovers 4 2 0 2 6
6. ICT 4 1 2 1 5
7. Morton 4 1 2 1 5
8. Hamilton Academical 4 0 3 1 3
9. Cove Rangers 4 1 0 3 3
10. Arbroath 4 0 2 2 2