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League (Division One)
Willie McLean (35)
1. Willie Fotheringham
2. Davie Raitt
3. David Thomson
4. Sam Irving
5. George Thompson
6. Dave Nicol
7. Jock Ross
8. Willie McLean
9. Johnny Bell
10. Walter Bird
11. Alec Troup
J. Binnid (Falkirk) (Referee)
Everything in the Dens Park garden was lovely on Saturday. The new and imposing grand stand was officially opened and comfortably packed, and as if to celebrate the occasion the Dark Blues gave their most pleasing display before their own crowd this season. Little wonder then that the afternoon passed pleasantly for the Dundee player and official alike.
No doubt a more pronounced success would have given greater satisfaction, but Dundee have often played less convincingly and won more comfortably than they did against Ayr United. That fault which is common to most teams deprived them of the results which their general play merited. Their inside forwards evinced little aptitude for placing the ball between the goalposts.
McLean's Goal - Compared with the matches against Airdrie and Third Lanark, the game was a good one to watch, containing a sufficient supply of nice football and incidents to maintain the interest of the on lookers.
Dundee were generally the aggressors, and gave the impression that they had the game well in hand, but Ayr showed such nippiness in attack and resource in defence that there was always an element of doubt surrounding the ultimate result.
Indeed, for a spell immediately after the interval the "Honest Men" dominated the play, and but for the craft and solidity of the home back division Dundee's one-goal lead might then have been wiped off. The all-important goal came ten minutes before the change of ends. A free kick near the left touchline was placed perfectly by Nicoll, the ball flying in front of Nesbit's goal to McLean, who with a timeous turn of his head placed the leather clear of Nesbit's right hand and into the net.
Troup the Star -The work of the Ayr team justified the good results which they have so far obtained. With J. J. Quinn leading the van, I should imagine they would be a particularly difficult team especially at Somerset Park to beat.
On Saturday, like Dundee, they suffered from indifferent leadership, for neither Cunningham nor Bell linked up their wings as they might have been expected to, nor did they give either goalkeeper undue cause for worry. Bell did one or two smart things in the first half, but these were isolated cases.
The man who accomplished most to brighten the game was Alec Troup, who appeared to have benefited by his rest.
In his elusive runs along the line he was seen at his best. One wonders in which department the Forfarian is most skilled. Certainly he has no superior in getting the ball under contol quickly. He is equally effective in his methods of beating his man and shooting for goal, but most of all I admire the beautiful accuracy of his squares.
Ross Does Well - Bird at times showed fine discretion in his distribution, and if he did not shine so brightly as usual in his efforts to score he was at least the pick of the inside trio.
I liked Ross. He did his work in a business-like way, and never shirked following up. With experience he should do well. McLean in his unorthodox manner played quite a profitable game. Despite his apparent keenness to create a favourable impression, Donald Slade did not worry Nicoll or Thomson unduly.
Best of the Ayr forwards were Low and McDougall, the ex-Dunfermline man, on the left, especially taking the eye.
Mid Line Stalwarts - Both sides were strong at half-back, Nicoll on the one side and McBain on the other being prominent. If Saturday's form can be taken as a criterion Nicoll has adapted himself to the wing position with remarkable success.
G. W. Thomson generally "got there," although he was prone to concentrate on defence. On the other hand, Irving without striking his best form was ever ready to thrust home an attack.
In addition to attending to Bell, McBain got through a great deal of work. In this respect Hogg also shone, his methods of dealing with high balls being particularly smart. The Dens Park habitue has good reason to be proud of the team's back division.
Thomson's craft and Raitt's dash again blended splendidly, and although Smith and McCloy performed their part well, they could not compare with the Dundee pair.
Of the goalkeepers, Nesbit was, on Saturday at least, the better. He clutched firmly and cleared well. Fotheringham kept his goal intact, and that, after all, is the main thing. but he fisted weakly on one occasion, and allowed a low shot to elude his grasp on another.
The latter mistake might easily have brought disaster.
Match report written by The Courier
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