Scottish Championship
Ayr2Dundee Utd0

Ayr United 2-0 Dundee United: Hosts move joint top

Daniel Harvie's opener sent Ayr on their way to victory
Daniel Harvie's opener sent Ayr on their way to victory

Striker Lawrence Shankland endured a miserable return to his former club as Ayr United ended Dundee United's winning start and joined them at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Daniel Harvie fired Ayr ahead and Alan Forrest's penalty clinched the points.

Nicky Clark and Cammy Smith hit the post for the visitors but Ayr were worthy winners.

United, above Ayr on goal difference, have now lost their last three trips to Somerset Park without scoring.

Shankland netted 63 goals in two seasons for Ayr before moving to Tannadice this summer but was kept quiet by his old team-mates.

Robbie Neilson's side have now suffered back-to-back defeats including their Challenge Cup exit at home to Arbroath last weekend.

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "At times we outplayed United and they couldn't get near us. They have one main player and we nullified him pretty comfortably. Some of our football was a joy to watch.

"The players were very up for it because there were comments from Dundee United when Lawrence went up there that he would get better coaching. They can feel free to send him down for a week and we'll get him coached properly again."

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson: "There was a penalty incident in the first half we should have got, but our performance before the break wasn't enough. The service to Lawrence wasn't good enough."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 6Geggan
  • 2Muirhead
  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 3HarvieBooked at 86mins
  • 4Kerr
  • 23Docherty
  • 30Kelly
  • 11McCowanSubstituted forHoustonat 86'minutes
  • 7MoffatBooked at 45mins
  • 10Forrest

Substitutes

  • 8Doolan
  • 14Houston
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 22McKenzie

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 19BrownSubstituted forHarkesat 66'minutes
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 7McMullan
  • 18Butcher
  • 12StantonSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 8PawlettSubstituted forClarkat 72'minutes
  • 27Appere
  • 24Shankland

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 10Clark
  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 23Harkes
  • 25King
  • 44Watson
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,167

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away13
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 2, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 2, Dundee United 0.

Attempt missed. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ross Docherty (Ayr United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

Paul McMullan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Sam Roscoe-Byrne.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Booking

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Paul McMullan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Jordan Houston replaces Luke McCowan.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Cameron Smith (Dundee United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Samuel Stanton.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Harvie.

Foul by Ross Docherty (Ayr United).

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 2, Dundee United 0. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Ayr United. Alan Forrest draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Liam Smith (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Harkes (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nicky Clark replaces Peter Pawlett.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Attempt missed. Ian Harkes (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Ayr United).

Louis Appere (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Louis Appere.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Ian Harkes replaces Troy Brown.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Louis Appere (Dundee United).

Foul by Luke McCowan (Ayr United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd5401146812
2Ayr5401105512
3Inverness CT531195410
4Arbroath52214318
5Dundee522179-28
6Morton5203913-46
7Queen of Sth512223-15
8Alloa511348-44
9Partick Thistle5023710-32
10Dunfermline502337-42
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