Ayr United 2
Dundee 2
League (Division One)

Ayr Utd 

2 - 2


League (Division One)
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
Somerset Park
Attendance: 1,710
7:45 PM Kick-off

Ryan McGowan (73)
Ryan Stevenson (86)
Craig Forsyth (13)
Leigh Griffiths (60)

Team Managers
Billy Reid Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. Martyn Campbell
3. Ryan McGowan
4. Dean Keenan
5. Neil McGowan
6. Billy Gibson
7. Chris Aitken
8. Kenny Connolly
9. Ryan Borris
10. Ryan Stevenson
11. Mark Roberts
Tony Bullock .1
Eric Paton .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
David Cowan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Gary Harkins .6
Maroš Klimpl .7
Brian Kerr .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Sean Higgins .11

12. Stephen Grindlay
14. Alistair Woodburn
15. Brian Prunty
16. Kevin Cawley
17. David Gormley
Derek Soutar .12
Jim Laughlan .14
Paul McHale .15
Pat Clarke .16
Colin McMenamin .17

David Gormley for Kenneth Connolly (62) Paul McHale for Sean Higgins (84)

Dean Keenan (19)
Billy Gibson (88)
Maroš Klimpl (82)
Leigh Griffiths (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's hunt for an away league win continued after they could only come away from Somerset Park with a point despite holding a two goal lead with quarter of an hour remaining.

Craig Forsyth gave Dundee the lead after neat play from Leigh Griffiths and a cross field pass from Sean Higgins saw the young winger in acres of space and he held his nerve to slot the ball past former Dee Craig Samson in the Ayr goal.

Ayr put the pressure on before half time but found Tony Bullock in form, the keeper making two fine saves from Ryan Stevenson free kicks. After the break it was Dundee who found the net again.

Gary Harkins drifted in from the right and effortlessly picked out Griffiths who seemed to have all the time in the world before placing the ball into the net.

That should have been game over but when a quick corner saw Ryan McGowan head home with fifteen minutes left the home side had all the momentum and took advantage when Ryan Stevenson also headed beyond Bullock late on.

Dundee traveled to Ayr with the chance to go top of the league for the first time this season. Three points would see The Dees move up and also hit Jocky Scott's target of 18 points for the first quarter of the season.

Jocky made one change to the side that defeated Partick Thistle at the weekend with the rested Craig Forsyth coming back into the starting line up and Richie Hart dropping out completely.

The match had a slow start with a searching cross from Higgins looking to pick out Griffiths the nearest either side came to troubling the goal but Ayr's defence saw the The first real shot on goal saw Ayr's defence again called into action.

A Gary Harkins free kick was headed down by Forsyth and defender Gary Mackenzie turned it towards goal but the Ayr back line held strong and a clearance off the line was followed by Ayr again clearing the danger.

The home side's first shot on goal came through Mark Roberts who struck a shot wide. Minutes later Dundee had the lead through Forsyth. Griffiths got the ball under pressure from tivo Ayr men on the half way line and after flicking it through to Higgins his strike partner only had to look up and play it into the path of Forsyth who ran through and had time to control before slotting the ball home.

Ayr almost hit back right away through Ryan Stevenson driven free kicks. His first caught Bullock unaware but the Dundee keeper still managed to turn it over but after the comer resulted in another free kick on the edge of the area Stevenson stepped up again. Bullock this time was fully aware as he pushed the ball over with a terrific save.

Leigh Griffiths had a couple of efforts at goal but it was Ayr who ended the half on the front foot with Mark Roberts and Ryan Stevenson both having shots on goal before the break.

The second half started as slow as the first period had but Ayr were almost level with the first shot on goal when McGowan's shot skipped up off the deck and came back off the post. Dundee first chance of the half came when. Eric Paton curled a free kick just over the bar but the next chance would see Dundee double their lead.

Gary Harkins drifted in from the right and played a one two with Forsyth before picking Griffiths out with a sublime ball into the box. Griffiths controlled before slotting it past Samson and completed a fine Dundee move with a goal.

Forsyth had a couple of half chances to finish the game off for good soon after but couldn't find the net again when a Paton cross landed right in front of him at the back post for the best of those chances.

The home side then pulled one back out of nothing which tumed the game on it's head. A quick corner gave McGowan then chance to head towards goal with only his own team mate Stevenson anywhere near him. Both claimed the goal but it was McGowan who was credited with bringing Ayr back into the match.

McGowan was again on the end of a cross minutes later but it was inches wide of Bullock's goal before Forsyth was again in on goal.

A Harkins pass saw him in behind and despite Samson getting a hand to his shot it looped up in the air and had to be cleared off the line before Higgins had an over head effort which ended up in the stand.

Dundee threw on Paul McHale to try and hold onto the lead but when a superb overhead cross found Stevenson free in the box the player who Bullock had denied first half made no mistake heading past him to eam Ayr a hard fought point.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 14th, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)37 15 - 15 -
Maroš Klimpl29 7 - 7 -
Eddie Malone24 141803
Gary Mackenzie23 11 - 931
David Cowan27 8 - 44 -
Eric Paton31 14 - 484
Craig Forsyth20 103143
Gary Harkins24 157157
Brian Kerr28 13 - 13 -
Leigh Griffiths19 14101410
Sean Higgins24 123123
Paul McHale (sub)28 12 - 814

League Table (as at October 14th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.