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Ayr 1-0 Dundee United: Moore goal sends hosts top of Championship

Craig Moore's early strike put Ayr top of the Championship
Craig Moore's early strike put Ayr top of the Championship

Craig Moore's early strike earned Ayr victory over Dundee United and moved them top of the Scottish Championship.

Latching on to a knockdown from Andy Murdoch, Moore smashed home from close range after just four minutes.

It is a first win in seven games for Ian McCall's side, who go above Ross County on goal difference, while Dundee United remain third, three points back.

The visitors rarely threatened and had Morgaro Gomis sent off in the final minute after a second yellow card.

The stormy conditions at Somerset Park made passing football almost impossible, and there were few chances.

Murdoch scuffed an effort wide after the break and Michael Moffat's shot was cleared off the line.

Ayr's top scorer Lawrence Shankland made his return from a calf injury as a second-half substitute, having not featured since the end of December.

Dundee United's only clear chance fell to Aidan Nesbitt, but he struck straight at Ross Doohan from inside the box, ultimately consigning Robbie Neilson's side to a sixth league defeat of the season.

'We didn't deserve to get anything' - reaction

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We've played Dundee United three times and beat them three times. It's a good group of players. If we get all the players back fit for the run in, we've got half a chance, who knows.

On speculation surrounding Shankland, McCall said: "Lawrence will be training Sunday, training Monday and in the squad for Tuesday. There's no likelihood of any deal."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "Credit to Ayr they handled the conditions better. We didn't deserve to get anything from the game tonight.

"I just didn't think we competed the way we need to in this league to get promoted. We still need to improve this squad."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27SmithBooked at 44mins
  • 15Bell
  • 5RoseBooked at 28mins
  • 3Harvie
  • 18Murdoch
  • 8Crawford
  • 23Docherty
  • 11McDaid
  • 7MoffatBooked at 90mins
  • 9MooreSubstituted forShanklandat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 17Shankland
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 20Hilton
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 25McCowan
  • 30Muirhead

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 49Seaman
  • 19Bouhenna
  • 4Frans
  • 3Booth
  • 13GomisBooked at 89mins
  • 8FyvieSubstituted forHarkesat 60'minutes
  • 7McMullan
  • 25Smith
  • 12StantonSubstituted forClarkat 60'minutes
  • 14SafrankoSubstituted forNesbittat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Clark
  • 11King
  • 15Nesbitt
  • 17Robson
  • 34Laidlaw
  • 44Watson
  • 47Harkes
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,232

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Dundee United 0.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Steven Bell.

Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Michael Moffat (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) for a bad foul.

Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United).

Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

Attempt saved. Aidan Nesbitt (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Rachid Bouhenna.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Pavol Safranko.

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Morgaro Gomis.

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

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Attempt saved. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United).

Frederic Frans (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Booth (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Lawrence Shankland replaces Craig Moore.

Attempt missed. Frederic Frans (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Declan McDaid.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nicky Clark replaces Samuel Stanton.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Ian Harkes replaces Fraser Fyvie.

Attempt missed. Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Seaman (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

Callum Booth (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr21116435181739
2Ross County21116435201539
3Dundee Utd2210663130136
4Queen of Sth2179533231030
5Inverness CT2061132722529
6Morton217772430-628
7Dunfermline216692228-624
8Alloa215882330-723
9Falkirk2145121832-1417
10Partick Thistle2144131934-1516
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