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Dundee Utd 3-0 Ayr: Match Report

Dundee United ease past Ayr to collect first league win of season

Dundee United got their first Ladbrokes Championship win at the third attempt as they brushed aside Ayr 3-0.

Simon Murray, Jamie Robson and Willo Flood all scored as the Tangerines finally brought their Betfred Cup form into the league.

After Cammy Smith was fouled in the area in the 13th minute, Nick van der Velden saw his penalty saved by Greg Fleming but Murray was the quickest to react and headed in from close range.

Eight minutes before the interval Robson made it two by turning in Flood’s low cross.

And Flood sealed the points 14 minutes from time when he got on to the end of Tope Obadeyi’s cross to score his first goal for the club.

Source: PA

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Dundee Utd V Ayr at Tannadice Park : Match Preview

Dundee Utd V Ayr – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Duo miss out for United

Dundee United will be without Paul Dixon and Lewis Toshney against Ayr at Tannadice.

Both players are nursing knee injuries as United look to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat at Dumbarton.

Home manager Ray McKinnon said: “We did not see that result coming especially after playing so well when we beat Partick Thistle in the midweek beforehand. However, if we are to take a positive from the game it is that it is a reminder to everyone over how tough this league is.

“We will look to get going against Ayr and the game has a nice pinch of extra spice after their recent recruitment of Gary Harkins from Dundee.”

Ayr are again without Craig Moore, who has a head injury, with Somerset Park manager Ian McCall looking forward to returning to one of his former clubs.

He said: “It will be good to be at Tannadice again but more importantly a game like this one shows the players the rewards of working their socks off to get promoted last season.

“Dundee United are a big club in this league and their defeat to Dumbarton has made this game more difficult for us. However, we will look to win it and if we defend better than we have in our two league games so far then we have a chance.”

Source: PAR

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Dundee Utd 3-1 Partick: Match Report

Cammy Smith’s first-half hat-trick sees Dundee United progress

A first-half hat-trick by Cammy Smith sent Dundee United past Partick and into the Betfred Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win at Tannadice.

The 20-year-old attacker, on loan from Aberdeen, took less than half an hour to effectively decide the tie with two composed finishes and a penalty to leave the Ladbrokes Premiership side stunned.

Thistle’s Sean Welsh reduced the deficit from the penalty spot in the 64th minute to offer hope of a comeback but Ray McKinnon’s Championship side remained mostly in control against a side who had gone into the game full of confidence after winning their first five games of the season.

United came flying out the traps and when Scott Fraser played in Smith with 10 minutes gone it was with some ease that he fired the ball past Jags goalkeeper Ryan Scully, in for the injured Tomas Cerny.

After former United midfielder Chris Erskine cleared the crossbar with a drive at the other end, Smith made it 2-0 in the 27th minute when he raced onto a Tope Obadeyi flick, shrugged off the attentions of defender Callum Booth and slipped his shot past Scully and into the far corner.

He had to wait a further two minutes to get his third and it came after Scully had parried his powerful drive out to Blair Spittal.

The midfielder’s goal-bound shot struck the hand of Firhill defender Ziggy Gordon and after referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot, the Scotland Under-21 international slammed the ball past Scully.

United, pacey and purposeful, threatened every time they came forward and three minutes from the break, Obadeyi’s unorthodox shot from a Smith corner struck the bottom of the post.

Thistle substitute Ade Azeez, on for David Amoo, was foiled by United keeper Cammy Bell just before the break.

But, after Scully made a good save from Spittal’s curling shot in the 54th minute, the visitors were given some encouragement when Lewis Toshney was adjudged to have fouled Erskine in the box and Welsh despatched the penalty.

Thistle left gaps as they went looking for a second and in the 75th minute Scully had to race from his goal to thwart Obadeyi before diving to parry an effort from substitute Simon Murray, on for Smith, and in the end the home side deserved to go into Wednesday night’s draw.

Source: PA

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