Ayr United made it two Somerset Park defeats in a matter of days as second half strikes from Max Anderson, Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi and Paul McGowan had Dundee sink the Honest Men 3-0.

James McPake’s side caught David Hopkin’s cold in the final 45 minutes as Anderson struck before Celtic loanee Afolabi rose from the bench to provide comfort, McGowan’s Goal of the Season contender moving the Dee joint-second in the Scottish Championship, creating a five-point gap on fifth-place Dunfermline.

Chances were at a premium in the first half. Dee striker Jason Cummings looked lively with the willingness to drop deep to receive the ball and was at the heart of everything for the visitors. Luke McCowan probably could’ve done better for Ayr as he found himself unmarked at the edge of the box to unleash a shot over the bar in a rare breakaway.

With nothing to separate the sides at the break, Dundee took until the 68th minute to open the scoring through Anderson. The bright spark of Cummings cut inside down the right, his shot blocked and there was Anderson on the half-turn from six yards out to find the net.

It wasn’t long until the visitors had a second, substitute Afolabi making an instant impact. Paul McMullan shot hit an Ayr defender and it broke to the Irish U21s international, who scored his fourth goal since arriving from Celtic.

The Celtic loanee netted.

The Celtic loanee netted. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

McPake’s men were not finished there as McGowan made it 3-0 late on with a spectacular effort to beat Viljami Sinisalo and wrap up the three points. Here are three things we learned from a big Scottish Championship result.

Somerset blow

A second home defeat in a few days without scoring will be a cause for concern for Hopkin as his side sit just the one point above the relegation play-off spots. With four games left, every game will need to be treated like a cup final, starting with another game at Somerset this Saturday against Dunfermline.

Second in sight for Dee

After two defeats to the Honest Men already this season, James McPake will have been pleased with the manner of this 3-0 victory which sees the Dee go back to Tayside tied on points with Raith Rovers in second. They are now five points clear of Dunfermline in fifth in the race for securing a play off spot, an arguably bigger boost.

Goal of the Season from McGowan

The experienced Dundee midfielder scored what his manager described as goal of the season with a beautiful third goal for the Dee. An all-round solid performance was capped off with the shot from the outside of the box via the outside of his foot to scoop the ball past Sinisalo in the Ayr goal.

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