Ayr United earned a big result away to Dundee, winning 3-1 at Dens Park to move three points off the Scottish Championship’s promotion play-off spots.

The visitors took the lead with 17 minutes gone after Luke McCowan purloined the ball from Paul McGowan on the right before finding Mark McKenzie, who guided a lovely shot from eight yards out past Adam Legzdins. 

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Hopkin’s side were ahead. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

McCowan also had an opportunity before half-time which just sailed over the top of Legzdins goal, the attacker showing an intent to go at the Dundee defence. 

United doubled their advantage four minutes after the restart with a lovely move which exposed the hosts defence, with Patrick Reading making a superb run down the left hand channel before finding McCowan in space. He did fantastically well by turning Christie Elliott inside before playing a lovely ball into the feet of Cammy Smith, slotting down the middle past the feet of Legzdins. 

Dundee almost reduced the deficit straight after with Jordan Marshall sending a good ball in from the left, Ayr only clearing it into the path of Danny Mullen, who sent a looping header towards goal which was cleared off the line by Corrie Ndaba. 

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The Ipswich loanee cleared off the line. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Ayr United made it 3-0 on 83 minutes thanks to a lovely strike by McKenzie from 25 yards, rifling the ball into the top left hand corner, giving Legzdins no chance and putting the icing on the cake for David Hopkin’s men. 

 

Dundee pulled one back as Paul McMullan won the ball before finding Osman Sow, who dispatched his shot into the far-right corner past Viljami Sinisalo but it was no more than consolation for James McPake’s side. Here are three things we learned from the game.

Hopkin off the mark

It only took five days for Hopkin to get his first win as Ayr United boss and he did it in superb fashion with a deserved victory, Dundee started proceedings the brighter side before an array of attacks swerved the game in Ayr’s direction, closely followed by McKenzie opener.

Good start. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Ayr looked a much-better side despite the limited time on the training ground for Hopkin, showing a good balance across the park in thwarting the pacey Dundee attack. The only disappointment was the goal conceded late on. 

McKenzie brace

McKenzie was an active figure for Ayr United with his brace getting the opener with a lovely finish before goal of the game towards the end via a thunderbolt strike. McKenzie, alongside McCowan and Cammy Smith, were very good for the visitors playing their part in this big result for Ayr. 

Disappointment for Dundee

The 2-0 win on Saturday over Arbroath is a distant memory for Dundee now. That result looked to rejuvenate Dundee’s season but it was followed up with a below-par performance. With the Championship approaching the business end of the season, there’s little to separate Dunfermline in 2nd to Arbroath in 9th

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Frustrating evening. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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