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Dundee United 2-1 Ayr United

Mark Durnan scores
Mark Durnan got the hosts' winner at Tannadice

Dundee United claimed their first Championship win since 4 February and moved back to within a point of second place by beating Ayr United.

Simon Murray struck from a difficult angle to put the Tangerines ahead midway through the first half.

However, Ayr won a penalty when Tony Andreu fouled Brian Gilmour and Gary Harkins converted.

Mark Durnan edged the hosts back into the lead, sending a left-foot shot past Greg Fleming.

The Tannadice side had won the Challenge Cup on Saturday with victory over St Mirren and the defeat of Ayr gets their push for promotion back on track.

However, Ray McKinnon's side trail leaders Hibernian by 11 points and are one behind Morton, who have a game in hand.

Falkirk, who are ahead of Morton on goal difference, have played a game more than Hibs and the Tangerines.

McKinnon's men also have a game in hand and an 11-point advantage over Queen of the South.

The sides finishing second, third and fourth will enter the Premiership play-offs, which culminate in a two-legged final between one of the Championship sides and the team finishing second bottom of the top flight.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 8Murdoch
  • 4Durnan
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 24Robson
  • 16Flood
  • 12Telfer
  • 11NichollsSubstituted forCooteat 70'minutes
  • 19Andreu
  • 9MurraySubstituted forKuateat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Mikkelsen

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 17Kuate
  • 20van der Struijk
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 23van der Velden

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2DevlinBooked at 87mins
  • 18MeggattBooked at 64mins
  • 22Balatoni
  • 3Boyle
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forMcGuffieat 85'minutes
  • 4Gilmour
  • 5Rose
  • 23DochertyBooked at 85mins
  • 12HarkinsSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 61'minutes
  • 9MooreSubstituted forForrestat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 10Forrest
  • 14Cairney
  • 15El Alagui
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope
  • 21McGuffie
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
4,661

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 2, Ayr United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Ayr United 1.

Attempt blocked. Craig McGuffie (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Wato Kuate replaces Simon Murray.

Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daryll Meggatt.

Booking

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Ayr United).

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Robbie Crawford.

Attempt missed. Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Robbie Crawford.

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Alistair Coote (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 2, Ayr United 1. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Willo Flood following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Robbie Crawford.

Foul by Farid El Alagui (Ayr United).

William Edjenguele (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ross Docherty.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Craig Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Alex Nicholls.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United).

Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Mikkelsen (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryll Meggatt (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Alex Nicholls (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 28th March 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian291610346202658
2Falkirk30139849341548
3Morton28139639281148
4Dundee Utd2913884032847
5Queen of Sth3099123742-536
6Dunfermline29811103738-135
7Raith Rovers3089132941-1233
8Dumbarton30710134049-931
9Ayr30710132947-1831
10St Mirren2969143146-1527
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