Dundee vs. Ayr United
Betfred Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 18th August 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United will look to make it into the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup when they take on Premiership side Dundee at Dens Park. Having taken the opportunity to rotate his squad for Tuesday’s Irn-Bru Cup tie against Queen’s Park – which saw the Honest Men disappointingly defeated on penalties at Hampden Park – Ian McCall will be looking for his side to continue their impressive early season form which has seen them reach the second round of the competition as one of the seeded teams for the second season.
The Opposition: Dundee conceded just one goal in the group stages of the Betfred Cup but that wasn’t enough to top Group D ahead of Dunfermline Athletic after the Dees were defeated 1-0 at East End Park. Former United defender Jackson Longridge scored a second minute winner for the Pars, with both sides recording comfortable victories over Stirling Albion, Peterhead and Brechin City.
Neil McCann’s side have opened up their Premiership campaign with two defeats. A late Danny Mullen goal earned St. Mirren a 2-1 victory as they raised the Championship flag in Paisley a fortnight ago, while their first home game in the league was decided by a second-half Gary Mackay-Steven penalty for Aberdeen.
The Dundee squad has been strengthened over the summer with the signings of Senegalese striker Jean-Alassane Mendy from Belgian football; Frenchmen Elton Ngwatala, who spent three years at Kidderminster Harriers before arriving at Dens Park, and Karl Madianga – all three of whom have already found the net this season. Former Totttenham, QPR and Liverpool defender Steven Caulker – who was capped for England in 2012 – remains a Dundee player despite reported interest from a number of clubs at home and abroad while midfielder Glen Kamara, a Finnish international who started his career with Arsenal, is also highly rated.
Team News: Chris Higgins is out. Everyone else fit and available.
Ian says: “Its a game we are really looking forward to. We’ve had a good start to the season, have plenty of momentum and will look to continue that. Dundee are an established Premiership side with a lot of quality players so it will be extremely difficult for us but they will know that we can cause teams problems going forward. We took a great support to Inverness and I fully expect they will turn up in their numbers again and create a great atmosphere.”
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 25
Dundee wins – 60
United have failed to win in their last 11 visits to Dens Park, stretching back to season 1991/92 when they recorded victories in both the Challenge and League Cup. A 4-2 win for the Honest Men after extra time at Dens Park in August 1991 is the most recent of 11 occasions the sides have met in the League Cup, with United’s only other win also coming away from home in 1975.
Last Meeting: The last meeting between Ayr and Dundee saw the Honest Men upset the odds at Somerset Park, thanks in no small part to a goal-of-the-season effort from striker Keigan Parker. With United battling against relegation, injuries to John Robertson and Adam Dodd within the first 20 minutes of the game saw youngsters Steven Hutchinson and Jackson Longridge summoned from the bench for their debuts.
At that point Ryan Conroy had already fired Dundee – celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1962 title – ahead on 14 minutes. Keigan Parker equalised with a superb free-kick only for Dundee to quickly regain the lead when Steven Milne headed home with 20 minutes to go.
United were not to be deterred, however, and Parker’s second, an overhead kick, levelled the score again on 84 minutes before Ross Robertson pounced from close range to snatch the win a minute from the end.
Referee – John Beaton
Assistant Referee 1 – Drew Kirkland
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official – Barry Cook
Adults – £18
Over 65s and Full Time Students – £12
Under 18s – £6
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