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Dundee Utd 0-5 Ayr Utd: Lawrence Shankland scores four in win

Lawrence Shankland heads in
Lawrence Shankland headed Ayr in front after three minutes

Lawrence Shankland took his tally to 26 goals in 23 games as a sparkling Ayr United dismantled an inept Dundee United to move five points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Shankland scored a header and tap-in before the break - both times he was unmarked - then rolled in a penalty and smart finish to complete the rout.

Substitute goalkeeper Matej Rakovan also denied Shankland twice but barged Michael Moffat to concede the spot kick, having been beaten by the striker for Ayr's third goal.

The win edges Ayr clear of Ross County, who visit Alloa on Saturday.

Ian McCall's side could have been usurped at the summit with a heavy defeat at Tannadice, but United were abject throughout.

They had won five of their six games under Robbie Neilson to move back into title contention, but a weak Paul McMullan header and a Fraser Aird volley over were their only real moments of promise.

Despite the humiliation, Neilson's side stay third, a point behind County and six adrift of the leaders.

'We're not top by luck' - reaction

Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland on BBC ALBA: "It's a great result for us. We got the first goal early and kicked on from there.

"When you get this far into the season and you're still top, it's not luck. We know we're a good side and coming to a place like this and winning 5-0 shows that.

"If we can keep goals out, we know we will score. Everybody would have expected Dundee United to run over the top of us tonight, but we weren't going to let that happen."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1SiegristSubstituted forRakovanat 13'minutes
  • 44Watson
  • 19BouhennaBooked at 59mins
  • 24Edjenguele
  • 3Booth
  • 33Aird
  • 8FyvieBooked at 73mins
  • 12StantonBooked at 46mins
  • 7McMullan
  • 11KingSubstituted forCurranat 45'minutes
  • 14Safranko

Substitutes

  • 2Murdoch
  • 4Frans
  • 9Curran
  • 16Smith
  • 17Robson
  • 20Rabitsch
  • 34Rakovan

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 15BellBooked at 44mins
  • 5Rose
  • 3HarvieSubstituted forEcrepontat 90'minutes
  • 11McDaid
  • 6GegganBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMcGuffieat 86'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 8CrawfordBooked at 61mins
  • 7Moffat
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 23Docherty
  • 25McCowan
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
6,097

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 0, Ayr United 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Ayr United 5.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Finn Ecrepont replaces Daniel Harvie.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 0, Ayr United 5. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Smith.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 0, Ayr United 4. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Matej Rakovan (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Ayr United. Michael Moffat draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Andrew Geggan.

Foul by Pavol Safranko (Dundee United).

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Pavol Safranko (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Michael Moffat (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Dundee United).

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 0, Ayr United 3. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Geggan.

Attempt missed. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee United).

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United).

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee United).

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Rachid Bouhenna.

Booking

Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United).

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

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United).

Foul by Craig Curran (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr15103230121833
2Ross County1484226101628
3Dundee Utd158342423127
4Inverness CT1441001913622
5Morton145541821-320
6Queen of Sth144642418618
7Dunfermline144371321-815
8Alloa142571121-1011
9Partick Thistle1431101225-1310
10Falkirk142210821-138
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