1 - 0
1 - 0
Robbie Muirhead (13)
1. Radoslaw Cierzniak
5. Jarosław Fojut
16. Ryan McGowan
14. Callum Morris
3. Paul Dixon
4. John Souttar
24. Blair Spittal
21. Charlie Telfer
8. John Rankin
10. Robbie Muirhead
7. Nadir Çiftçi
26. Michal Szromnik
2. Seán Dillon
33. Euan Spark
23. Scott Smith
22. Aidan Connolly
43. Ali Coote
30. Henri Anier
Aidan Connolly for Blair Spittal (46)
Scott Smith for Robbie Muirhead (80)
Cammy Smith for Peter Pawlett (24)
David Goodwillie for Ryan Jack (63)
Kenny McLean for Andrew Considine (63)
Nadir Çiftçi (76)
Ryan McGowan (85)
Mark Reynolds (88)
Willo Flood (90)
John Beaton (Referee)
United made only one change to the starting eleven that last week lost to Celtic, Nadir Ciftci returning from suspension and Chris Erskine dropping out of the match day squad after picking up a knock against the reigning Scottish Champions.
An extremely open and fast paced start to the proceedings saw Blair Spittal given an opportunity to open the scoring with just three minutes on the clock. Robbie Muirhead sprayed a pass inside the box for the midfielder whose goal bound strike was blocked clear by the Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds. Aberdeen could have have taken the lead just three minutes later when Premiership top goalscorer Adam Rooney and defender Ash Taylor passed up golden opportunities for the Dons. Johnny Hayes’s wide freekick met the head of the clinical striker but his header was well parried by Rado Cierzniak, who was also quick off his line to deny Taylor from the close range rebound. Despite the away side beginning to stamp their authority on the game with Andrew Considine and Nial McGinn both creating reasonable opportunities, it was United who took the lead through a wonderfully engineered move with John Souttar the orchestrator. Souttar, the recently switched midfielder, received the ball just inside the United half before looking up and delivering a sensational lofted pass over the Dons defence and into Robbie Muirhead, who struck a well connected half-volley into the back of the net.
Only three minutes after the break, Muirhead again troubled the Aberdeen defence after clever movement saw him receive the ball inside the box with time, however his acute angled shot rifled against the palms of the Dons keeper Brown. As the second period continued the fast paced tempo of the match halted with a succession of niggly fouls interrupting the flow of the game. Aberdeen did however continue to look a threat whilst on the break and were close to scoring when a deflected McGinn cross almost crept underneath the crossbar but Cierzniak held strong. With only six minutes remaining Aberdeen were inches away from leveling when Hayes again delivered a dangerous free kick, the curling cross evading both Taylor and substitute David Goodwillie right in front of goal.
“We put our bodies on the line. Aberdeen put us under pressure and we blocked the shots. I'd like to have got a second goal to calm everything down.It was a fantastic game. You have to give Aberdeen credit for how they have pushed Celtic. They possess a lot of threats and I thought we handled them well. It's a massive three points for us and it's still there for us to chase third spot."
“A great relief to win and to keep a clean sheet. We rode our luck at times but nice to see us hold out. In Robbie Muirhead, we may have another star in the making. Now we must push on and go for third place.”
Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer
|Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)||32||41||-||132||-|
|Scott Smith (sub)||19||3||-||5||-|
|Aidan Connolly (sub)||19||20||2||22||2|
No league table has been added for this season.