Date: 13 August 2011
Venue: Dens Park
Competition: League - SFL1
had to endure a highly frustrating afternoon at Dens today, when they dropped
two points against a stuffy, hard working and determined
Steven Milne was passed fit and replaced Leighton McIntosh. Nicky Riley also started in place of Ryan Conroy.
and Riley were prominent in the early stages as Dundee took charge, but the
outstanding player on the park was Jamie McCluskey who gave
it was Ayr who took the lead with the sort of soft goal that the
kept their heads and pushed
McCluskey was beating his man time and again on the left, but the equaliser arrived when he switched briefly to the right.
A spell of patient passing ended with Milne laying the ball off for McCluskey to bend a shot with the outside of his foot from 22 yards over Cuthbert. It
looked a goal all the way, but the ball clipped the underside of the bar and came out
for Jake HYDE to shoot home and give
rest of the first half was largely a matter of Dundee feeding McCluskey so he
could terrorise the Ayr defence, but
the second half
Leighton McIntosh replaced Jake Hyde 10 minutes into the second half, and looked far more comfortable and effective than when he was carrying a knock last week in Glasfgow.
play by Riley and McCluskey gave McIntosh the chance to shoot from 15 yards. He
battered his shot off the crossbar, and
this was a disappointing and infuriatingly frustrating game for the Dark Blue
support, there was plenty to admire in
one moment of slackness was one moment too many, and so Dundee have to settle
for one point and the knowledge that they played much better than last week when they took three
barely deserved three points from Partick Thistle.
Dundee will play worse this season and win, but today they possibly lacked a bit of experience, and indeed experience of playing together. Patience and hard work will see this team improve.
And still on the bright side, that’s 19 (NINETEEN) months undefeated in the league at Dens.
Riley, O’Donnell, Chisholm, McCluskey
Hyde (McIntosh 56), Milne
Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Benedictus, McGregor, Conroy
Goal; Hyde (30)
Armstrong, John Robertson, Campbell, Smith
Moffar, Geggan, McKernon, McGowan
Wardlaw (Ross Robertson 78), Roberts
Unused subs: McWilliams, Burke, Tiffoney
Goal; Moffat 14
Bookings; Armstrong, McKernon
Referee; Stevie O’Reilly
Report: James Christie