Dundee Utd 2
Hamilton 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (SPL)
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,766
7:45 PM Kick-off

David Goodwillie (42)
Jon Daly (90)
Flávio Paixão (26)

Team Managers
Peter Houston
Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
1. Dušan Perniš
23. Keith Watson
17. Barry Douglas
2. Seán Dillon
21. Timothy van der Meulen
16. Morgaro Gomis
8. Scott Robertson
12. David Robertson
27. Johnny Russell
20. Andis Shala
25. David Goodwillie
Tomáš Černý
David Elebert
Gary McDonald
Jim McAlister
Mark Carrington
Ally Crawford
Jonathon Routledge
Simon Mensing
Dougie Imrie
Flávio Paixão
Mickaël Antoine-Curier

13. Steve Banks
19. Mihael Kovačević
43. Stuart Armstrong
14. Danny Swanson
32. Scott Allan
15. Prince Buaben
9. Jon Daly
Sean Murdoch
Andy Graham
Gavin Skelton
Grant Gillespie
Alex Neil
David Hopkirk
Nigel Hasselbaink

Prince Buaben for Andis Shala (52)
Danny Swanson for Morgaro Gomis (70)
Jon Daly for Scott Robertson (74)
Alex Neil for Mark Carrington (58)
Gavin Skelton for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (72)
David Hopkirk for Ally Crawford (90)

None. Gary McDonald (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)

Match Report

At the third time of asking United and the Accies contested their SPL clash that was originally scheduled for Boxing Day. The hosts lined up with attack in mind as Goodwillie, Russell and Shala all started. Danny Swanson dropped to the bench and Craig Conway missed out through injury so David Robertson lined up in the middle of the park.

It took almost 10 minutes for the game to spring in to life when a long ball from Pernis caught out a hesitant Routledge. Goodwillie latched on and fired in a shot that was deflected for United’s first corner of the evening. Two minutes later the vistors went close when former Aberdeen man Gary McDonald forced Pernis into a fine save from a 20 yard shot. With almost half of the opening period played the visitors almost took a shock lead when Antoine-Curier crossed to Mensing who then set up Paixao but somehow Douglas managed to clear off the goalline. However with 26 minutes on the clock the visitors did take a deserved lead. Dougie Imrie took a corner from the right and found Mensing at the back post who headed goalbound. With both Paixao and Scott Robertson challenging the ball was forced over the line with Flavio Paixao claiming the final touch. Four minutes later the Accies frontman almost doubled the advantage when he was sent through and with only Pernis to beat he shot narrowly wide of target. United had created very little in the opening period and it took until the 38 minute mark for them to look dangerous. A fine ball from Douglas allowed Russell to beat the offside trap and his cross looked perfect for Goodwillie only for Imrie to make a fine interception for Hamilton. With United looking a bit more like themselves they levelled things up on the stroke of half time. Douglas took a corner from the left that was flicked on by Van der Meulen. Eventually the ball landed at the feet of David Goodwillie and he lashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Hamilton’s Paixao looked lively all evening for the visitors and two minutes after the restart he again went close when he headed inches wide from an Antoine-Curier cross. Five minutes later United made the first change of the night when Buaben replaced the hard working Shala. Both sides were creating and Scott Robertson was next when his fierce shot was blocked by the determined visitors defence. Hamilton’s club captain Alex Neil then came on for Carrington as Billy Reid searched for a much needed three points for his side. Just before the hour mark Goodwillie once again showed his class when he latched on to a pass from David Robertson but after skipping past the defence he smacked a shot just over the crossbar. There was then a flurry of substitutions when Skelton came on in place of Antoine-Curier for Hamilton and then Swanson replaced Gomis and the returning Daly swapped with Scott Robertson for United. United’s captain almost made a dream return with his first touch when a Douglas corner found the big Irishman but his effort went wide. With 15 minutes left on the clock United almost had a fortunate lead when a Goodwillie cross decevied Cerny and the Accies keeper had to track back and tip the ball over. The game then had a moment of controversy when Van der Meulen fouled Paixao at the edge of the area. The vistors bench and small army of fans felt the foul had taken place in the box but the referee awarded a free kick. McDonald was then cautioned for a blatant trip on Swanson. United’s three substitutes then combined. Swanson fed the ball to the feet of Daly who then set up Buaben but the United man shot over from 18 yards. With a minute of normal time left Billy Reid’s men went agonisingly close to scoring when Imrie set up Routledge who sent a sweeping shot just over the United crossbar. With time running out it looked like a draw was about a fair result but a moment of magic two minutes into injury time won it for United. Swanson picked out Goodwillie on the edge of the area and somehow the Scotland front-man managed to beat two defenders and set up Jon Daly who slotted the ball past Cerny to hand United an unlikely and welcome three points.

Squad Statistics (as at March 10th, 2011)

2010-11 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 33 - 58 -
Timothy van der Meulen21 5 - 5 -
Barry Douglas21 212212
Seán Dillon27 3411553
Keith Watson21 28 - 41 -
David Robertson24 25213318
Morgaro Gomis25 3111697
Scott Robertson25 31 - 735
Andis Shala22 121353
Johnny Russell20 223285
David Goodwillie21 331412034
Prince Buaben (sub)22 34313211
Danny Swanson (sub)24 1411018
Jon Daly (sub)28 27710531

League Table (as at March 10th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.