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Rovio for Pursiainen (46)
Keenanen for Pikkanen (46)
Laitinen for Keinanen (46)
Laine for Jantt (46)
Tuhkanen for Miettinen (46)
Kelham O'Hanlon for Ally Maxwell (46)
Dave Bowman for Rab Shannon (46)
Billy McKinlay for David Hannah (46)
Gordan Petrić for Maurice Malpas (46)
Paul Walker for Andy McLaren (46)
Robbie Winters for Paddy Connolly (46)
Scott Crabbe for Craig Brewster (46)
An encouraging start to the new season in the playing sense as United comfortably disposed of Kings in the Vainolanniemella, Kuopio. The match was in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Finnish Second Division side who just missed out on promotion last year, but they were no match for United side who could easily have won by more than the 3-0 final margin.
The Tangerines should have gone ahead midway through the first half when Paddy Connolly danced his way through the entire Kings defence only to strike the outside of the post from a very tight angle. On the half hour mark, Ally Maxwell made a fine one-handed save from Pitkanaen, but this was the only time the Tannadice rearguard was to be under threat. Seven minutes from the interval, Andy McLaren's cross from the right was only cleared as far as Roy McBain who cleverly picked his spot with a curling shot from just outside box. After starting with a line-up, all of whom will be free of suspension on the opening day of the season, United, as did Kings, made wholesale changes at the interval.
However, all it did was to make United's grip on proceedings even greater. Nine minutes into the second half, Andy McLaren scored the second when he ran in the rebound after his initial effort with his head from Roy McBain's cut-back had been parried by the keeper. Nine minutes from time, the Tangerines wrapped up the scoring when Robbie Winters chased a Gordan Petric header from a Kings goal kick and chested the ball down before lashing the ball home from 12 yards. Andy McLaren deservedly took the Man-of-the Match Award as United collected their first trophy under Billy Kirkwood.
No games played.