Hibernian 3
Dundee Utd 3
League (SPL)


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Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Easter Road. Att. 9,360
3:00 PM Kick-off

Garry O'Connor (22)
Scott Robertson (o.g.) (72)
Junior Agogo (74)
Jon Daly (28)
Danny Swanson (33)
Jon Daly (68)

Team Managers
Colin Calderwood Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Graham Stack
Ian Murray
Sean O'Hanlon
Paul Hanlon
Richard Towell
Isaiah Osbourne
David Wotherspoon
Victor Palsson
Garry O'Connor
Junior Agogo
Leigh Griffiths
Dušan Perniš .1
Keith Watson .12
Garry Kenneth .5
Paul Dixon .3
Gavin Gunning .18
Scott Robertson .8
John Rankin .11
Willo Flood .6
Danny Swanson .10
Jon Daly .9
Johnny Russell .15

Mark Brown
David Stephens
Callum Booth
Ivan Sproule
Lewis Stevenson
Lewis Horner
Akpo Sodje
Marc McCallum .25
Barry Douglas .14
Stuart Armstrong .16
Keanu Marsh-Brown .26
Gary Mackay-Steven .17
Lauri Dalla Valle .19
Ryan Dow .22

Ivan Sproule for David Wotherspoon (46)
Callum Booth for Leigh Griffiths (86)
David Stephens for Junior Agogo (90)
Barry Douglas for Johnny Russell (73)

Victor Palsson (17)
Ian Murray (56)
Jon Daly (66)
Paul Dixon (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)
George Drummond & John McCrossan (Assistants)
Craig Thomson (Fourth Official)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Following on from two wins on the bounce – at home to Inverness in the league and away to Airdrie United in the league cup – United travelled to Easter Road for an SPL clash with Colin Calderwood’s Hibernian. Peter Houston made four chances to his starting line-up from the 2-0 win at Airdrie midweek: in came Keith Watson, Scott Robertson, Jon Daly and Johnny Russell with Barry Douglas, Stuart Armstrong, Lauri Dalla Valle and Ryan Dow dropping to the bench. United were hoping to keep up their impressive record against Hibs having only lost one game in the last ten meetings between the two sides: that came a week before United’s Scottish Cup win in May 2010.

United started the match brightly and squandered two superb early opportunities. In the 7th minute Danny Swanson was presented with a great chance when John Rankin flicked the ball into his path but the United attacker miscued and screwed his shot wide from 18 yards. Rankin himself had a glorious chance to open the scoring when a poor attempted header back to his goalkeeper from Ian Murray sent the United midfielder through on goal but Rankin’s lob over Graham Stack landed agonisingly on the roof of the net. The home side punished United for their poor finishing when they took the lead in the 22nd minute: Garry O’Connor ran onto a ball in behind from David Wotherspoon before rounding Dusan Pernis and firing into the empty net from a tight angle. The response from Peter Houston’s side was quick and within six minutes United were level. Following a great interchange with Paul Dixon, John Rankin burst into the Hibs box and Graham Stack could only parry the midfielder’s shot into the path of the lurking Jon Daly who made no mistake from only a few yards out. Within four minutes United were in the lead: slack play in the centre of midfield from Hibs allowed John Rankin to gather possession and drive up-field before laying the ball off to Danny Swanson who calmly slotted the ball past Stack into his bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the box, 2-1 United.

After the break United continued to threaten the vulnerable home defence and Danny Swanson went close to scoring his second of the game when he jinked into the Hibs box, beating two defenders before firing a shot straight at Stack. Leigh Griffiths – a man that Arabs love to hate – tried to force Dusan Pernis into action but failed when he drilled a shot from the edge of the box harmlessly wide of the target. United then went onto extend their lead in the 68th minute: Paul Dixon whipped in a beautiful bouncing ball into the box from out wide on the left and Jon Daly was arriving late at the back post to score with a brilliant diving header, his second goal of the game. This third goal seemed to spark a Hibernian comeback: in the 72nd minute a corner fell nicely to Osbourne at the back post and his low drilled shot was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Scott Robertson. If that didn’t shock the United fans behind the goal enough, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing when Hibs drew level almost straight from the restart: Junior Agogo getting on the end of a through-ball from Garry O’Connor before curling a lovely low shot past Dusan Pernis, 3-3. Both goalkeepers were called into action in the closing stages with Graham Stack and Dusan Pernis smothering long-range efforts from John Rankin and Victor Palsson respectively but in the end the match finished all-square: a disappointing result for United considering that they had led 3-1 with only twenty minutes remaining.

Squad Statistics (as at September 24th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 12 - 83 -
Paul Dixon24 12 - 1142
Garry Kenneth24 11 - 1737
Gavin Gunning20 7171
Keith Watson21 91592
Scott Robertson26 8 - 935
Danny Swanson24 8311912
Willo Flood26 12 - 801
John Rankin28 12 - 12 -
Johnny Russell21 1015012
Jon Daly28 10712643
Barry Douglas (sub)22 71353

League Table (as at September 24th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.