Friday, August 19, 2011

Dundee 1 Ayr United 1, Dens Park, First Division, 13-August-2011

Dundee had to settle for a 1-1 draw on Saturday against new promoted Ayr United. There was a starting place for Nicky Riley, and Savo Milne started for the first time in the league.

Ayr started well and scored after 14 minutes when Moffat headed home with a free header after the Dundee defence looked flat footed. Dundee were knocking the ball about well and looked good coming forward, and forced a few corners where Ayr defended well.  Then Nicky Riley had a great chance when put through but he shot straight at the keeper and the chance was gone. Jamie McCluskey was causing all kinds of problems for Ayr's defence and it was no surprise when his shot came back of the bar Jake Hyde on on hand to tap in to level the score with 30 minutes gone.

Second half and Dundee did push Ayr back a bit, but the good balls into the box were wasted. McIntosh came on for Hyde as Dundee looked for the winning goal and Leighton should have scored but the Ayr keeper made a fine save to tip his shot onto the bar. Ayr did have have chances too, but lucky for us Rab Douglas made a couple of good saves.

So a draw in the end is not too bad, 19 months since we last lost at Dens in the League. I thought we played well first half but lack a bit of height and strength in the midfield area. Next up is Livingston away which will be a test as they have been scoring goals.

Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Lockwood, McKeown, Weston, Riley, O'Donnell, Chisholm, McCluskey, Hyde (Mcintosh 57), Milne. Subs Not Used: Gibson, Benedictis, McGregor, Conroy.

Att: 4,686

Ref: S.O'Reilly