Dundee Utd 1
QOS 1
League (Championship)


Dundee Utd
1 - 1
QOS 

League (Championship)
Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,058
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Nick van der Velden (58)
Mark Millar (40)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Gavin Skelton

Starting Eleven
1. Cammy Bell
4. Mark Durnan
8. Stewart Murdoch
2. Seán Dillon
5. Coll Donaldson
24. Jamie Robson
16. Willo Flood
23. Nick van der Velden
15. Cammy Smith
9. Simon Murray
11. Tope Obadeyi
Lee Robinson
Jamie Hamill
Andy Dowie
Chris Higgins
Jordan Marshall
Grant Anderson
Mark Millar
Kyle Jacobs
Lyndon Dykes
Dale Hilson
Derek Lyle

Bench
21. Luis Zwick
25. Jassem Sukar
32. Harry Souttar
7. Blair Spittal
12. Charlie Telfer
17. Justin Johnson
20. Henri Anier
Steven Rigg
Robbie Thomson
Darren Brownlie
Callum Tapping
Jake Pickard
Dean Brotherston
Stephen Dobbie

Substitutions
Henri Anier for Simon Murray (69)
Justin Johnson for Nick van der Velden (76)
Darren Brownlie for Chris Higgins (24)
Stephen Dobbie for Derek Lyle (55)
Callum Tapping for Dale Hilson (78)

Cautions
Simon Murray (39)
Dale Hilson (63)
Jamie Hamill (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)



Ticket stub / Admission info

Photography by DUFC Official
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Match Report


Dundee United started their Championship campaign with a frustrating draw against an enterprising Queen of the South. The home side made one change from the victory over Dunfermline, with Sean Dillon and Cammy Smith replacing the injured Lewis Toshney and the suspended Scott Fraser. Before kick-off, there was a ceremony inside the Eddie Thompson Stand to mark the opening of the Derek Robertson Concourse, named after the late director.

The away side had the better of things early on, with United looking a little lethargic in the early stages. Kyle Jacobs had the first serious shot of the match on 26 minutes, with Cammy Bell saving his 25-yard strike. The hosts finally had an attempt at goal on 32 minutes when Nick Van der Velden floated a freekick in from the left. The Dutchman’s cross was a good one and reached the head of Mark Durnan, only for goalie Lee Robinson to save. Tope Obadeyi threatened to liven things up on 38 minutes when he showed great pace to run down the right and cut the ball back, but there were no takers in the middle. Five minutes before half time, Lyndon Dykes, who had shown flashes of strength and pace down the left, suddenly powered unopposed into the United penalty box. His fierce shot was parried by Cammy Bell, but it fell kindly for former United midfielder Mark Millar, who stroked the ball home from ten yards out to give Queens a deserved lead.

A jolt of energy and a good deal more directness was required if United were going to get back into this game and the second half saw a huge improvement. Obedayi showed some decent acceleration with a couple of runs which lifted the home fans, who were badly in need of something to lift them by this stage. The equaliser, when it came on 58 minutes, had a style and panache entirely out of keeping with the game. The ball was played across the box by Stewart Murdoch and landed at the feet of Nick Van der Velden at the back post. Showing incredible skill and composure, he first flicked the ball into the air with his right foot, then his left, before drilling a half volley past Lee Robinson in the Queens goal. The goal seemed to galvanise United, and for the first time since the game started they began to dominate possession. Suddenly United had Queens under siege and Obedayi , who Queens right back Jamie Hamill will probably have nightmares about for weeks to come, so nearly delivered as he cracked in a shot which Robinson somehow managed to flick on to his near post. Moments later the visitors’ keeper was clawing away another vicious effort from Cammy Smith. Van der Velden shredded the away defence down the left flank and Smith managed to screw the resulting cut-back wide of the target when it looked almost impossible to miss. The visitors somehow clung on though and Stephen Dobbie almost turned the clock back with a classic piece of back-post poaching, his close range shot somehow deflected over the bar by Bell in what was the final chance of the game, leaving both sides with a point apiece.

Match report written by Derek Keilloh



Squad Statistics (as at August 6th, 2016)


2016-17 All Time
Age
Cammy Bell (GK)29 5 - 5 -
Stewart Murdoch26 5151
Coll Donaldson21 4 - 26 -
Mark Durnan23 4 - 373
Seán Dillon33 3 - 3287
Jamie Robson18 2 - 3 -
Nick van der Velden34 4141
Willo Flood31 4 - 1565
Cammy Smith20 4141
Simon Murray24 543011
Tope Obadeyi26 5 - 5 -
Justin Johnson (sub)19 2 - 61
Henri Anier (sub)25 52306


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at August 6th, 2016)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Raith Rovers 1 1 0 0 +2 3
2. Dunfermline 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Hibernian 1 1 0 0 +1 3
4. United 1 0 1 0 0 1
5. Morton 1 0 1 0 0 1
6. QOS 1 0 1 0 0 1
7. St Mirren 1 0 1 0 0 1
8. Dumbarton 1 0 0 1 -1 0
9. Falkirk 1 0 0 1 -1 0
10. Ayr Utd 1 0 0 1 -2 0