Ross County 0
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premiership)

Ross County 

0 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
GlobalEnergy Stadium. Att. 3,564
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Paul Paton (10)
Billy Mckay (71)
Ryan Dow (76)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Scott Fox
Marcus Fraser
Andrew Davies
Paul Quinn
Christopher McLaughlin
Jackson Irvine
Ian McShane
Martin Woods
Michael Gardyne
Liam Boyce
Alex Schalk
Eiji Kawashima .1
Gavin Gunning .19
Paul Dixon .3
Coll Donaldson .28
Mark Durnan .17
John Rankin .8
Blair Spittal .20
Paul Paton .6
Scott Fraser .22
Billy Mckay .7
Edward Ofere .9

Gary Woods
Stewart Murdoch
Scott Boyd
David Goodwillie
Chris Robertson
Jonathan Franks
Brian Graham
Luis Zwick .51
Kyle Knoyle .12
Seán Dillon .2
Chris Erskine .11
Simon Murray .15
Florent Sinama Pongolle .54
Ryan Dow .14

Jonathan Franks for Ian McShane (46)
David Goodwillie for Alex Schalk (65)
Brian Graham for Liam Boyce (65)
Ryan Dow for Edward Ofere (62)
Kyle Knoyle for Blair Spittal (82)
Chris Erskine for Billy Mckay (87)

Alex Schalk (17)
Martin Woods (61)
Gavin Gunning (17)
Coll Donaldson (30)
Billy Mckay (72)
Ryan Dow (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United kicked off in the sunshine at the Global Energy Stadium, defending the goal housing their 405 travelling fans. With barely a minute on the clock, United were first to threaten. From a Paton free-kick, Donaldson rose to meet the ball but headed just over. Soon after there was an off the ball incident when Paul Quinn fell clutching his face. Ofere was the closest United player but despite howls of derision from the County fans, the unsighted referee opted to award a drop kick. Quinn again was in the thick of it in 8 minutes when he headed just over amid claims his shirt was being pulled. His protests were waved away. A minute later United went in front. A corner from Scott Fraser was nodded back beyond Scott Fox in the County goal and into the net by captain for the day, Paul Paton. Tempers flared again on the quarter hour mark when Gunning and Schalk grappled on the half way line. There looked to be a clash of heads between the pair and both were given a caution. The United defender made a more productive contribution midway through the first half when he smashed a volley inches wide after good trickery from Scott Fraser to set him up. As the first half progressed, the game deteriorated on a pitch that was cutting up badly. Kawashima was forced to rush out to clear a dangerous ball after 30 minutes but collided with Gunning in the process. The big defender looked to have picked up a back injury but was running freely again after a few minutes. County began to get a foothold in the game as the interval edged closer. Jackson Irvine headed just wide from a corner and then Gunning brilliantly cut out a through ball from the same player that would have left County with a one on one opening. Andrew Davies was next to go close when he got in a free header from a Gardyne corner but it soared just over the bar. There was time for one last United chance prior to half time when goal scoring hero Paul Paton chested down a loose ball at the edge of the box and fired a rasping drive just off target.

Before many of the fans were back in their seats, United almost doubled their lead. An audacious lob from Billy Mckay had Fox scrambling back to his goal but with the ‘keeper helpless, the ball flashed just past the post. Dixon was coming more into the game on the left side and he almost set up Fraser to score. A great run and cross to the back post was met by Fraser, but the midfielder could not convert. The 62nd minute marked a pivotal moment in the game as Ryan Dow replaced Ofere. Mckay moved up front on his own and Dow tucked in behind him. Almost immediately Dow was in thick of the action, setting up Fraser who elected to shoot over when there were better options waiting at the back post. With twenty minutes remaining United went further ahead. Dow was released on the left side and his ball into the box found its way to an unmarked Mckay who had time to side foot home in front of the travelling tangerine army. Within seconds County were back up the park and after a goal mouth scramble, they hit the bar before United cleared. With fifteen minutes left, United put the game to bed with substitute Ryan Dow nodding home. Donaldson had a powerful header parried up in the air by Fox, but Dow was on hand to head over the line. The third goal knocked the stuffing out of County and was a case of playing out time for United. They had one last change to nick another when Rankin tried his luck with a long-range effort but it was straight at Fox. At full time, there were great scenes of celebration as the United players saluted the travelling fans and they were given a rapturous reception as they left the field.

Formation: 3-4-1-2
Captain: Paul Paton
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Paul Paton

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Written by Graeme Webster

Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)32 9 - 9 -
Mark Durnan23 272272
Paul Dixon29 20 - 1835
Gavin Gunning25 14 - 11310
Coll Donaldson20 14 - 14 -
John Rankin32 28219413
Scott Fraser20 262272
Blair Spittal20 307599
Paul Paton28 82856
Billy Mckay27 23102310
Edward Ofere29 4 - 4 -
Kyle Knoyle (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Chris Erskine (sub)29 1416410
Ryan Dow (sub)24 12110312

League Table (as at February 27th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 27 19 5 3 +48 62
2. Aberdeen 27 17 5 5 +16 56
3. Hearts 26 13 8 5 +21 47
4. St Johnstone 27 10 6 11 -2 36
5. Ross County 28 11 3 14 -4 36
6. Dundee 27 8 11 8 -2 35
7. Inverness CT 26 8 9 9 -3 33
8. Motherwell 28 9 5 14 -11 32
9. Partick Th 25 8 7 10 -6 31
10. Hamilton 28 7 9 12 -16 30
11. Kilmarnock 28 7 7 14 -20 28
12. DUNDEE UTD 27 5 5 17 -21 17

League results since United's last match
23rd February 2016
Partick Th2-0St Johnstone
26th February 2016
27th February 2016
Aberdeen1-1St Johnstone
Dundee1-1Inverness CT
Motherwell3-1Partick Th
Ross County0-3Dundee Utd