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Dundee 1-3 Ayr United: First win for new manager Hopkin

Mark McKenzie broke his Ayr duck to send the visitors on their way to victory
Mark McKenzie broke his Ayr duck to send the visitors on their way to victory

Ayr United stunned Dundee at Dens Park to earn new manager David Hopkin a first Scottish Championship win at the second attempt.

Mark McKenzie, on his 32nd appearance, opened his Ayr account with a double either side of Cammy Smith's close-range strike early in the second half.

Dundee's Danny Mullen sent a header off the post at 2-0 before Osman Sow netted a late consolation.

The hosts remain in the top four on goal difference.

Ayr - beaten by Hearts in former Livingston and Morton boss Hopkin's debut - are three points clear of the relegation zone and three adrift of the promotion play-offs.

They repelled early pressure before taking the lead when Luke McCowan dispossessed Paul McGowan and teed up 20-year-old McKenzie.

Smith finished off great play by Patrick Reading to double the lead before McKenzie's superb strike put Ayr out of sight.

Sow was played in by Paul McMullan to reduce the deficit, but Dundee were condemned to a second home defeat of the season.

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 13Legzdins
  • 16Elliott
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 29Fisher
  • 23Marshall
  • 18McMullan
  • 24Anderson
  • 26AdamBooked at 45mins
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forSowat 54'minutes
  • 9MullenSubstituted forMcDaidat 54'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forAfolabiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 8Byrne
  • 11McDaid
  • 17Afolabi
  • 21Sow
  • 25Cameron

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1SinisaloBooked at 71mins
  • 2Houston
  • 30Baird
  • 17Ndaba
  • 3Reading
  • 11McCowanSubstituted forWalshat 86'minutes
  • 4Muirhead
  • 8MillerSubstituted forMoffatat 78'minutes
  • 14SmithSubstituted forMurdochat 70'minutes
  • 22McKenzieBooked at 65mins
  • 18Chalmers

Substitutes

  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 6Murdoch
  • 7Moffat
  • 10Walsh
  • 19Zanatta
  • 23McGavin
  • 29Urminsky
Referee:
Alan Newlands

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Ayr United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Ayr United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Declan McDaid (Dundee).

  4. Post update

    Jordan Houston (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Paul McMullan (Dundee).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Patrick Reading.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 1, Ayr United 3. Osman Sow (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Tom Walsh replaces Luke McCowan.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 0, Ayr United 3. Mark McKenzie (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Moffat.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Corrie Ndaba.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke McCowan (Ayr United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Michael Moffat replaces Michael Miller.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Declan McDaid (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Booking

    Viljami Sinisalo (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Andy Murdoch replaces Cammy Smith.

  18. Post update

    Max Anderson (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Reading (Ayr United).

  20. Post update

    Paul McMullan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts20143348212745
2Dunfermline188642719830
3Raith Rovers198563225729
4Dundee197663435-127
5Queen of Sth208393240-827
6Inverness CT205962623324
7Ayr206682524124
8Morton205781725-822
9Arbroath205691726-921
10Alloa2045112444-2017
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