Forfar Athletic 1
Dundee Utd 4
Friendly


Forfar Athletic 

1 - 4

Dundee Utd


Friendly
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
Station Park. Att. 1,079
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Tosh (60) Collin Samuel 
Steven Robb (11)
Craig Brewster (20)
Lee Miller (40)

Team Managers
George Shaw Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Murdoch
Lumsden
King
Trialist
Beith
Trialist
Lunan
Trialist
Tosh
Gribben
Trialist
Derek Stillie
Stuart Duff
Lee Mair
David McCracken
Alan Archibald
Mark Kerr
Steven Robb
Barry Robson
Craig Conway
Lee Miller
Craig Brewster

Bench
Keogh
Trialist
Donald
Dunn
Trialist
Wood
Euan McLean
Gregg Burnett
Willie Easton
Ross Gardiner
David Robertson
Barry Callaghan
David Goodwillie
Collin Samuel

Substitutions
None. Gregg Burnett for Craig Conway
Barry Callaghan for Lee Mair
Collin Samuel for Lee Miller (60)
David Goodwillie for Craig Brewster (60)
Ross Gardiner for Stuart Duff (70)
Willie Easton for Steven Robb (70)
David Robertson for Barry Robson (70)
Euan McLean for Derek Stillie (80)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials





Match Report


Craig Brewster named himself alongside Lee Miller in attack in a strong United line up which also featured Lee Mair who was making his first appearance of the pre-season. There was a place on the bench for Collin Samuel following his exertions at the World Cup with Trinidad and Tobago.

The home side were first to create a chance in the opening minute when a Gribben shot went wide of the United post. A minute later it was Forfar again and this time it was Beith who mis-fired causing Stillie no problem in the United goal. Eight minutes in, United had their first chance of the evening when player-boss Craig Brewster won the ball at the edge of the Forfar area but he screwed his shot wide of the target. Three minutes later the SPL side had the lead. A Miller header was excellently controlled by Brewster and he fed Craig Conway on the right. His inch perfect cross picked out Steven Robb who headed home from six yards out leaving Murdoch with no chance. Forfar then tried to hit back and following a sramble in the United box Beith mis-hit a shot which the United defence just managed to clear. 20 minutes in United doubled their advantage. Brewster won a corner for United on the left and from Conway’s resulting kick he picked out his unmarked manager who easily nodded home. United were now looking very sharp and there was good work involving Miller, Brewster and Robb but on this occasion the home side managed to clear to safety. Duff and Conway then combined on the right for United and with the former Ayr man in brilliant form he was unlucky to see his cross fail to find Brewster. Lee Miller was the next man to be involved but he seemed unfortunate to be ruled offside just as he prepared to shoot. Five minutes before the break United put the game beyond their Division Two hosts. Conway superbly won the ball in the middle of the park and he picked out Robson. The former Forfar man lofted the ball into the penalty area and Brewster headed against the upright. The ball landed perfectly at the feet of Miller and he stroked the ball into the empy net. On the stroke of half time, Murdoch made a great save from a long range effort from Mark Kerr. The first half belonged to United and in particular Craig Conway and the former Ayr man almost rounded off a brilliant performance when he cut in from the right but his low left foot shot scraped the outside of the post and went out for a goal kick.
The second period restarted and it was United who who looked the more likely to add to their tally. Twice in the first couple of minutes of the half Muroch did well to thwart Brewster. Firstly Miller played him in and as he tried to round the keeper the Forfar man robbed the ball from his feet. A minute later Conway and Brewster combined again but this time Murdoch brilliantly tipped his powerful shot round the post. It was the same two again after 51 minutes and after they exchanged passes the ball fell to Stuart Duff six yards out but he skied the ball over the crossbar. On the hour mark and against the run of play Forfar managed to pull a goal back. A long ball out of the home defence was missed by the United rearguard and Paul Tosh did well to control the ball on his chest and volley home from 18 yards out. At that point Miller and Brewster left the field for United being replaced by Collin Samuel and David Goodwillie. Forfar boss George Shaw also made two changes for the home side. Samuel almost made an immediate impact but he just failed to escape the offside trap. The home side then went very close to making a game of it but United’s McCracken managed to block an effort from Tosh. There were then further changes for United when youngsters Callaghan and Burnett came on for Mair and man of the match, Craig Conway. United then restored their three goal advantage in exceptional circumstances. Burnett crossed to Samuel who was twenty yards from goal. He chested the ball down and smacked home a thunderous shot leaving the keeper helpless. With twenty minutes left Easton, Gardiner and Robertson came on for Duff, Robb and United’s skipper, Barry Robson. The home side had a good effort through King but Stillie managed to tip the ball over. This was to be the United keeper’s last piece of action as Euan McLean was brought on in his place for the last ten minutes of the match. David Goodwillie then had an excellent chance to get his name on the scoresheet when Samuel set him up but he mis-timed his shot and the keeper managed to save. The final chance of the night again fell to a United younster but Callaghan’s snap shot was just wide.



Squad Statistics (as at July 19th, 2006)


2006-07 All Time
Age


League Table (as at July 19th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.