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18s v Dundee | 18/03/22 | Match Report
March 22, 2022

News /Announcements

18s v Dundee | 18/03/22 | Match Report

By Karen Malcom

On Friday night (16/03/22), Ayr United Under 18s travelled to Dundee but lost 3-2 in their CAS Under 18 League fixture.

Derren Fairns started in between the sticks for the Honest Men with a defence of Aaron Weir, Jack Pryce, Lewis Allan and CJ Johnston in front of him.

Scott Tomlinson was moved to right-wing rather than midfield, where he predominately plays. John West started in midfield on the back of his impressive substitute appearance against Inverness CT last time out.

Dundee took the lead after 25 mins. As Dundee moved forward, there were shouts for offside, but the referee waved play on. With the ball inside the box, CJ Johnston's attempt to win the ball brought the Dundee man down, and the referee pointed to the spot. Dundee's no. 6 stepped up and put the ball into the bottom left corner.

Ayr got their equaliser in the 37th min when Dario Viviani struck the ball from 20 yards out on the right and buried it in the back of the net. A brilliant goal from Viviani.

Ayr suffered a blow on the 45 min mark when Dundee retook the lead.

A Dundee effort was denied by a great save by United keeper Derren Fairns, but cruelly, it deflected off of Jack Pryce was unfortunate to see the ball hit off of him and into the net to give the home side the lead going into halftime.

United switched things about at halftime with Scott Tomlinson moving into midfield and Dario Viviani taking Tomlinson's place on the right-wing.

Ayr's first substitution came on 54 mins when Brook Dreghorn replaced Aaron Weir. This substitution saw Lewis Allan move to right-back and John West replace Allan at centre back. Dylan O'Kane moved into midfield, and Dreghorn took O'Kane's place on the left-wing.

Dundee got another goal in the 61st min when their no. 9's effort, from just inside the box, went in at the bottom left corner to give his team a 3-1 lead.

Ayr made another substitution in the 67th min when Harry Simpson replaced John West. Simpson took up position in midfield while captain Mackenzie Connelly moved to centre back.

United nearly got a goal back a minute later when Scott Tomlinson's effort from the edge of the box was denied by a great save from the Dundee keeper at his top left corner.

Ayr made a triple substitution on 72 mins when keeper Derren Fairns, Max Guthrie and Dario Viviani were replaced by keeper Morgan Stirling, Jonathan McPhee and Ryan Kennedy. Kennedy took Viviani's place on the right-wing while McPhee took over the striker's role from Guthrie.

On 85 mins, Ayr were denied a penalty when a Lewis Allan cross into the box appeared to be handled by a Dundee player, but, to the frustration of United, the referee took no action.

Ayr grabbed a goal back on the 90 min mark when Brook Dreghorn crossed the ball into the box from the left, and Jonathan McPhee tapped it into the net from a few yards out.

Ayr continued to push for an equaliser in stoppage time but unfortunately ran out of time.

A disappointing result for the Honest Men, but this team showed real spirit, continuing to push right until the end.

Dario Viviani not only scored a fantastic goal but was on the bench for the Ayr United first team against Arbroath the next day. An outstanding achievement, and well deserved, after his excellent performances Under 18s recently.

 

Ayr United

Fairns, Weir, Johnston, Connelly, Pryce, Allan, Tomlinson, West, Guthrie, Viviani, O’Kane

Substitutes: Stirling (GK), Dreghorn, Kennedy, McPhee, Simpson

 

Half Time

Dundee 2 Ayr United 1

Full Time

Dundee 3 Ayr United 2

 

Ayr United Goals

Dario Viviani

Jonathan McPhee