No de­but joy for Craw­ford as Clark goal seals vic­tory

The Herald on Sunday - - FOOTBALL -

SUB­STI­TUTE Nicky Clark struck late against his for­mer club to give Dundee United a 1-0 win and ruin Ste­vie Craw­ford’s first match as Dun­fermline man­ager.

The win moves United into joint se­cond with Ayr United, who have a game in hand.

Ste­wart Mur­doch forced an early save from Lee Robin­son with a tame header and Paul McMul­lan tried his luck from dis­tance but nei­ther side cre­ated much of sub­stance in a bar­ren first half.

James Vin­cent and Myles Hip­polyte both missed chances for Dun­fermline be­fore the break but Clark fi­nally set­tled it when he headed home at the near post from new­comer Ai­dan Nes­bitt’s cross with just nine min­utes left.

Ayr United slipped up 1-0 at In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle, who moved into the top five.

Aaron Do­ran should have put In­ver­ness in front when he had a clear open­ing but shot against the post from only six yards.

Jor­dan White missed a clear chance for In­ver­ness just be­fore half time when he rushed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy. White fi­nally broke the dead­lock af­ter 64 min­utes with a header into the far cor­ner.

Do­ran should have sealed it when he was through on goal and shot wide, but White’s goal proved suf­fi­cient.

Al­loa Ath­letic made it six matches with­out de­feat, com­ing from be­hind to beat Mor­ton 2-1.

Dario Zanatta had a chance for the home team in­side the first minute but Ryan Scully man­aged to get across his goal to save.

Scully had to prove him­self mo­ments later when the ball broke to Alan Trouten in the area but again he was equal to the task. But Mor­ton came back and Chris Mil­lar put them in front with a shot from just out­side the area.

Reghan Tu­milty al­most made it 2-0 in the open­ing minute of the se­cond half but Neil Parry saved well.

Al­loa were level mid­way through the se­cond half when Trouten was pulled down by Scully and he stepped up to fire home the equaliser from the penalty spot.

The home side won it through a bizarre own-goal from Kerr Wad­dell, who sliced the ball into his net af­ter a goal­mouth scram­ble.

“I don’t think any­one can say we didn’t de­serve to win that game,” said Al­loa man­ager Jim Good­win, “We were camped in their half in the se­cond half.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic re­sult and the play­ers de­serve all the credit.”

Mor­ton man­ager Jonatan Jo­hans­son said: “This is a poor re­sult for us. Our pass­ing was sloppy and we gave away a bad goal, then a ter­ri­ble goal to lose the match.”

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