Dundee 4
Ayr United 0
League (First Division)

4 - 0
Ayr Utd 

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 15th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,921
3:00 PM Kick-off

James Grady (2)
James Grady (15)
Eddie Annand (36)
Russell Kelly (38)

Team Managers
John McCormack
Gordon Dalziel

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. Russell Kelly
8. Lee Maddison
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
H. Smith
Ally Graham

12. Jerry O'Driscoll
14. John Elliot
15. Darren Magee
T. Smith

Jerry O'Driscoll for Eddie Annand (70)
John Elliot for James Grady (70)
Darren Magee for Russell Kelly (80)
T. Smith for Hood (46)
Henderson for Mainge (46)
Ferguson for Graham (71)

None. Ally Graham

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Sandy Roy (Westhill) (Referee)
Gordon Middleton (Bridge of Don) & Derek Horan (Kirkrcaldy) (Assistants)

Match Report

The Dark Blues went back to the top of the First Division with a quick-on the-draw demolition of their visitors.

Four well-taken goals before half-time told the tale of a Dundee outfit determined to atone for their last disappointing home game against Partick.

There was no chance of a repeat yesterday after Grady's quick-fire double inside 15 minutes.

Gordon Dalziel's Ayr, despite big money captures Bowman and Dick, were disappointingly found wanting in the face of a tide of powerful home. attacks.

Diminutive Grady ghosted in at the far post to nod in Anderson's inviting corner for number one.

It was Anderson again who carved out the second for Grady with a surging run and cutback from the right, leaving the striker with a simple finish.

A flurry of further home attacks signalled more danger for the visitors.

The third goal came after Annand curled a 25-yarder past Henry Smith.

Then Kelly got in on the scoring act two minutes later.

In midfield, McInally created the opening with an inch-perfect cross and Kelly did the rest with a powerful six yard header.

Ayr came back into it in the second. half, but the damage was already done. Just one player was booked, Ayr's Ally Graham following an off-the-ball clash with McInally.

Dundee Douglas; B. Smith, Maddison, Adamczuk, Irvine, Rogers, Anderson, Kelly (Magee 80), Annand (O'Driscoll 70), Grady (Elliot 70), Melnally.

Match report written by Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 15th, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 16 - 16 -
Lee Maddison25 101101
Dave Rogers - 161161
Russell Kelly - 7272
Barry Smith23 161811
Brian Irvine - 16 - 16 -
Dariusz Adamczuck - 16 - 792
Jim McInally - 161273
Iain Anderson - 1639614
Eddie Annand - 166218
James Grady26 164164
Darren Magee (sub) - 12 - 14 -
Jerry O'Driscoll (sub) - 1124114
John Elliot (sub)17 132182

League Table (as at November 15th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It goes without saying that everyone connected with Dundee Football Club was very disappointed with the outcome of our last home game against Partick Thistle and we are only too well aware that there must be an improvement in performances at Dens Park.

And I fully appreciate that we did not give our own supporters vale for money.

But if we are to achieve our goal of promotion, we need the backing of the fans, even more so when, as in the Partick match, things were not going well.

We do need to add new and better quality personnel to our playing pool, but until this comes about, we will soldier on and a look at the league table confirms that we are not doing too bad a job.

Last week's result against. Raith Rovers, one of chief rivals for promotion, endorsed our cause with a thoroughly workmanlike display. Indeed, we seem to be playing better away from home. Part of that could well be down to the tremendous support we are getting on our travels. At Raith, the fans got right behind us from the first whistle and with that great backing throughout the game, even although we were reduced to ten men, we still went on to emerge with all three points.

But it is no good securing excellent results away from home if we undo that good work. by dropping unnecessary points at home. As l have said before, everyone needs to pull together, if we are to secure a place in next season's Premier Division.

Ayr United came up as Second Division Champions and, like Hamilton the other promoted club, have done well. Manager Gordon Dalziel has rung the changes in his side and will, as is the case with every side in this Division, prove strong opposition, making your backing from the stands all the more important, as we look to earn a victory which could see us go back ahead of Hamilton at the head of the table.