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Ayr United 1
League (First Division)

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Ayr Utd 

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 18th, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 8,104
3:00 PM Kick-off

James Grady (pen.) 
Shepard (5)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Robbie Raeside
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. Brian Grant
8. Russell Kelly
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand

12. Steve McCormick
14. Craig Tully
15. Gavin Rae

Steve McCormick for Robbie Raeside (46)
Craig Tully for Iain Anderson (77)
Gavin Rae for Russell Kelly (83)
Dick for Finnbogasson (38)
Henderson for Duthie (47)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Bissett (Inverness) (Referee)
Ian Elmslie (Portlethen) & Alistair Burt (Cupar) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee's party took place as scheduled at Dens Park, but without that vital spark which would have completed the celebrations.

The reason was an Ayr side determined to ease their relegation worries with a victory.

Gordon Dalziel's men may have failed in that quest, but certainly put the wind up. their hosts, and the Dark Blues' fans.

It took the visitors only five minutes to prove they had not been invited to the "party" to stand in the wings.

A long, diagonal ball from Miller found on-loan midfielder Shepherd on an overlap in the home danger area.

The Leeds United youngster found his way through a Raeside challenge to volley home from 10 yards.

That strike stunned the hosts and. with over 8000 fans determined to roar their favourites back into contention, Jocky Scott's side were stung into action.

A Grady volley and an Annand header came close to levelling matters inside the first half hour. But when Annand's next nod from Anderson's corner kick rattled off the cross-bar, the home side struck gold.

The referee noticed an off-the-ball nudge on Grady and the striker punished the visitors by netting the resultant spot kick.

And things got even worse for Ayr with keeper Finnbogasson had to go off after damaging an ankle in the penalty incident.

Midfielder John Robertson took over between the sticks.

The second half proved to be similarly one-way traffic terms of home possession.

However, it still took an excellent Douglas save to deny Ferguson's powerful header after Findlay's free kick.

Dundee were presented with a golden opportunity when Annand was downed in the area by Millen.

The referee again pointed to the spot, but this time Grady was not so fortunate his penalty was palmed to safety by Robertson.

Dundee Douglas; Smith, Kelly (Rae 83), Adamczuk, Irvine, Raeside (McCormick 45). Anderson (Tully 77), Grant, Annand, Grady, Melnally

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at April 18th, 1998)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 41 - 41 -
Barry Smith24 4111061
Russell Kelly - 192192
Robbie Raeside - 121566
Brian Irvine - 411411
Brian Grant - 6 - 6 -
Dariusz Adamczuck - 3911023
Jim McInally - 381493
Iain Anderson - 41612117
Eddie Annand - 40144516
James Grady27 41184118
Craig Tully (sub)22 16 - 46 -
Gavin Rae (sub)20 4 - 322
Steve McCormick (sub)28 166166

League Table (as at April 18th, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Since I last penned this column, we have had three good results which has culminated in us winning the Championship which is a great achievement by the players. And the support in all three games has been superb, especially the number of you who travelled to Starks Park last weekend. The vocal backing was tremendous and greatly appreciated by myself and the players.

In our last home outing against Stirling, we maintained our good home form. That was thanks mainly to a good first half performance because after the break we took our foot off the pedal to allow Stirling back in the game. but held on to secure victory.

It was a different type of game at Broadwood. We knew we would have to battle hard hard against Airdrie, but overcame them to secure three more vital points.

Then it was on to Raith Rovers who were determined to prevent us getting the point we needed for the title. They were really up for the game and started strongly, but we weathered the storm. After losing the goal we came right back into the game, stepping up the pace and getting the equaliser. Indeed, but for Jim Grady hitting the bar, we might well have taken all three points, but that didn't spoil what was a marvellous day out as we secured the First Division title with four games still remaining!

That means this afternoon is party. time for the fans and hopefully we will be presented with the League Championship trophy at the end of the match.

But before the players can join in any festivities they have a job in hand secure three more points against Ayr United. Our visitors will be desperate to spoil the party as they are still very much in the thick of the battle against relegation.

I hope therefore that the vocal support which has been in evidence so much in the last few weeks will continue this afternoon as we want to celebrate in style with another home win even although the title has already been secured.