Dundee United 2
Ayr United 1
League (Championship)

Dundee United 

2 - 1

Ayr United

League (Championship)
Friday, April 12th, 2019
Attendance: 4,392

Safranko (63);
McMullan (74)
Steven Bell (24)

Team Managers
Unknown. Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
1 Siegrist
44 Watson
55 Connolly
30 Reynolds
3 Booth
47 Harkes
18 Butcher
7 McMullan
50 Pawlett
17 Robson
9 Sow
Ross Doohan .1
Michael Rose
Daniel Harvie .3
Steven Bell
Liam Smith
Robbie Crawford .8
Andy Murdoch
Declan McDaid .11
Andrew Geggan .6
Michael Moffat .7
Lawrence Shankland .17

8 Fyvie
10 Clark
14 Safranko
15 Nesbitt
16 Smith
34 Laidlaw
49 Seaman
Ellis Hare Reid
Ross Docherty .23
Calvin Miller
Mark Kerr
Alan Forrest .10
Nicky Cadden
Luke McCowan

None. Mark Kerr for Andrew Geggan (45)
Calvin Miller for Michael Moffat (67)
Ross Docherty for Steven Bell (85)

Sow Michael Rose
Daniel Harvie
Robbie Crawford

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee United edged closer to securing second spot in the Scottish Championship - and kept alive their slim title hopes - by coming from behind to beat Ayr United at Tannadice.

Steven Bell's looping header had the visitors in front in the first half.

But with Ayr eyeing a win that would have moved them within three points of United with a game in hand, substitute Pavol Safranko volleyed United level.

Then, Paul McMullan capitalised on slack defending to give United the win.

Ayr goalkeeper Ross Doohan's scuffed clearance landed at the forward's feet and he drove into the box and punished the mistake.

It means that if Ross County beat Partick Thistle on Saturday, the Dingwall side would be eight points clear at the top with nine left to play for.

United, meanwhile, have strengthened their grip on second place, given they are now nine clear of third-placed Ayr, albeit having played a game more.

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "It was a tough game, and a very important game for us. It gives us a cushion in second but we're still looking at that top place as well.

"Safranko's a good finisher and we've got good competition up there now, with McMullan, [Osman] Sow, [Nicky] Clark and Matty Smith as well."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "I think the crucial thing was this being our fifth game in 13 days.

"I credit Dundee United a touch but we ran out of legs, simple as that. In the first half at times they couldn't get near us."

Match report written by BBC

Squad Statistics (as at April 12th, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
Ross Doohan (GK)20 41 - 41 -
Michael Rose - 392462
Liam Smith - 33 - 33 -
Steven Bell34 322322
Daniel Harvie20 38 - 38 -
Robbie Crawford24 38 - 431
Andrew Geggan31 272342
Declan McDaid - 374447
Andy Murdoch - 391391
Lawrence Shankland23 38334137
Michael Moffat34 38104512
Mark Kerr (sub) - 24 - 24 -
Ross Docherty (sub)26 201261
Calvin Miller (sub) - 9 - 9 -

League Table (as at April 12th, 2019)

No league table has been added for this season.