Dundee v Ayr called off after floodlights fail

AYR United manager Brian Reid saw the lights go out on his side’s relegation fight last night after a floodlight failure saw their clash with Dundee called off 15 minutes before kick-off

Reid’s side were left in the dark after a problem with the control box saw the lights fail as they tried to warm up, with around 120 fans already in the ground. But, despite failing to kick a ball after making a 230-mile round trip to Dens Park, Reid believes his injury-ravaged squad got lucky. Reid said: “I feel for the fans who have paid money to get here but in some ways it was a blessing in disguise for us. We only had 14 or 15 players and couldn’t even fill our bench. We’re not blaming Dundee, these things happen.”

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Dundee operations manager Jim Thomson said: “Our floodlights are only 12 years old and we’ve never had a problem until tonight. The control box failed and there was no guarantee we could fix the problem quickly. Rather than have fans sitting in a dark ground for an hour we took the decision to call it off.”