Arbroath 1
Dundee Utd 1 (3-5 on pens)
League Cup (Group C - North)


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Dundee Utd

League Cup (Group C - North)
Friday, July 15th, 2016
Gayfield Park. Att. 3,124
7:45 PM Kick-off

Colin Hamilton (90) Henri Anier (84)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Robbie Mutch
Mark Whatley
Gary Phillips
Ricky Little
Colin Hamilton
Ryan McCord
Omar Kader
Martin Scott
Bryan Prunty
Steven Doris
Bobby Linn
Cammy Bell
Stewart Murdoch
Lewis Toshney
Paul Dixon
Harry Souttar
Coll Donaldson
Charlie Telfer
Blair Spittal
Scott Fraser
Simon Murray
Tope Obadeyi

Gavin Malin
Michael Dunlop
David Gold
Liam Callaghan
Josh Thomson
Kane Hester
Ricky Gomes
Luis Zwick
Seán Dillon
Jamie Robson
Ali Coote
Justin Johnson
Cammy Smith
Henri Anier

Josh Thomson for Ryan McCord (46)
David Gold for Bryan Prunty (75)
Liam Callaghan for Bobby Linn (86)
Justin Johnson for Blair Spittal (68)
Cammy Smith for Tope Obadeyi (68)
Henri Anier for Simon Murray (81)

Ryan McCord (34) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Ray McKinnon’s managerial reign at Dundee United began with a group phase visit to Arbroath for the newly formatted League Cup competition - now known as the Betfred Cup. McKinnon’s new-look side featured summer signings Cammy Bell in goal, Lewis Toshney, Stewart Murdoch and Tope Obadeyi, but there was no place for Willo Flood, who was still recovering from a knock he picked up for Aberdeen days before his return to Tannadice. On-loan Dons striker Cammy Smith had to settle for a place on the bench. Former United youth Ryan McCord was in the Arbroath line-up.

Arbroath created a glorious chance to take the lead in the 15th minute, when Bobby Linn split the United defence leaving Steven Doris with just Bell to beat, but the new keeper rushed from his line to save with his feet. United then pushed for the opener, with Murdoch trying his luck with a long-range effort that went narrowly past the post. In the 20th minute Obadeyi cut inside and saw his left-foot drive parried by on-loan Aberdeen keeper Robbie Mutch, and the keeper did well to save at the feet of Simon Murray from the rebound. Prunty missed a golden chance for Arbroath at the back post on the half hour mark, and with five minuted to go before half time, Paul Dixon squared for Murray, but the former Arbroath man's effort was blocked by Mutch, and Scott Fraser sent the rebound over the bar.

Just after the break, Charlie Telfer had a snap-shot which was again blocked by the Arbroath defence, and in the 52nd minute Murray again saw an effort saved by Mutch. Murray finally got the better of Mutch midway through the second half, but his 25 yard strike struck the post. With the new concept of a draw going to penalties for an extra point in the group phase, the second hald began to fizzle out and a shoot-out seemed inevitable. However, with six minutes to go, substitutes Cammy Bell and Henri Anier combined, and the Estonian striker drove home from 15 yards after being put through on goal. But the drama wasn't finished, and in the final minute Colin Hamilton bundled the ball home on the goal-line for a point, and the first ever bonus penalty shoot-out.

Charlie Telfer, Coll Donaldson and Paul Dixon all scored from the spot for United, with Arbroath's Steven Doris, Mark Whatley also finding the net. With the score at 3-2 to United, Arbroath's Liam Callaghan saw his effort saved by Cammy Bell, and Harry Souttar put United 4-2 up. Colin Hamilton kept the Lichties in it with their fourth kick, but Scott Fraser fired in the final penalty for a 5-3 win.

Written by Bryan Orr

Squad Statistics (as at July 15th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)29 1 - 1 -
Coll Donaldson21 1 - 23 -
Lewis Toshney24 1 - 1 -
Harry Souttar17 1 - 31
Stewart Murdoch26 1 - 1 -
Paul Dixon29 1 - 1965
Charlie Telfer21 1 - 344
Scott Fraser21 1 - 382
Blair Spittal20 1 - 699
Tope Obadeyi26 1 - 1 -
Simon Murray24 1 - 267
Justin Johnson (sub)19 1 - 51
Cammy Smith (sub)20 1 - 1 -
Henri Anier (sub)25 11265

League Table (as at July 15th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

League results since United's last match