Dundee Utd 3
Peterhead 2 (AET)
Challenge Cup (3rd Round)

Dundee Utd
3 - 2

Challenge Cup (3rd Round)
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 3,520
3:00 PM Kick-off

Charlie Telfer (1)
Nick van der Velden (34)
Tony Andreu (116)
Rory McAllister (28)
Rory McAllister (35)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Jim McInally

Starting Eleven
Luis Zwick
Frank van der Struijk
Paul Dixon
William Edjenguélé
Lewis Toshney
Willo Flood
Blair Spittal
Charlie Telfer
Scott Fraser
Nick van der Velden
Tony Andreu
Fraser Hobday
Scott Rumsby
Ryan Baptie
Scott Ross
Fiacre Kelleher
Ryan Strachan
Leighton McIntosh
Randy Kevin Dzierzawski
Stefan McCluskey
Rory McAllister
Scott Brown

Josh Donaldson
Coll Donaldson
Seán Dillon
Jamie Robson
Brad Smith
Graham Taylor
Simon Murray
Graeme Smith
Nicky Riley
Jamie Redman
Jordon Brown
Nathan Blockley
Steven Noble
Salim Nassor

Simon Murray for Scott Fraser (62)
Seán Dillon for Frank van der Struijk (63)
Coll Donaldson for William Edjenguélé (112)
Nathan Blockley for Scott Rumsby (56)
Nicky Riley for Ryan Strachan (70)
Jamie Redman for Leighton McIntosh (70)

Nick van der Velden (107)
Charlie Telfer (107)
Seán Dillon (117)
Scott Ross (12)
Ryan Baptie (61)
Stefan McCluskey (88)
Nicky Riley (111)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Nick Walsh (Referee)

Match Report

The 3520 inside Tannadice witnessed a start from United that was as bright as their shirts with Charlie Telfer giving them the lead after 59 seconds. Blair Spittal and new signing Tony Andreu played a neat one two before finding van der Velden who laid off to Charlie Telfer to fire a venomous 25 yard strike into the roof of the net which beat the goalie all ends up. On five minutes United nearly found themselves pegged back in calamitous circumstances. In what seemed an easy ball played long by Peterhead, Toshney and Zwick left it for each other and the ball made its way through to McAllister who wasn’t expecting the ball to come his way and luckily for United it hit the Peterhead front man and went out harmlessly for a goal kick. Both teams were moving the ball around with confidence without testing either goalie however that was to change on 29 minutes when Peterhead drew level. After a slack play from United, Ryan Baptie collected the ball just outside the United box and played the ball into Rory McAllister who steered the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards. On 36 minutes United edged in front again. Spittal picked up the ball on the edge of the Peterhead third and fed Nick van der Velden who cut inside the defender and drilled the ball low into the net with the Dutchman making it look easy, Hobday in the Peterhead goal didn’t even move. Joy turned to frustration almost immediately as only one minute later Peterhead were level. McIntosh showing great footwork made it to the byline and found Rory McAllister with a fantastic cross and the prolific front man flexed his neck muscles and buried his header past Zwick from 10 yards.

United had several chances to kill off their guests in the second half with substitute Murray hitting the woodwork with a rasping shot and a powerful header. Spittal also struck the woodwork in the second half and Peterhead had keeper Hobday to thank for taking the tie into extra time as he produced numerous saves especially from van der Velden.

With both teams putting so much into the 90 minutes extra time was a cautious affair, however it burst into life in the 103rd minute, van der Velden held the ball up well and released Dixon who drove into the box where he was met with a last ditch challenge. With the United man screaming for a penalty, referee Nick Walsh deemed it a fair challenge and instead awarded a corner. In the 116th minute of an entertaining match, debutant Tony Andreu won it for United. Blair Spittal was doing well down the right and his ball was nodded in at the near post for an assured finish, hopefully the first of many for the man who joined on deadline day.

Written by Bryan Orr

Squad Statistics (as at September 3rd, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Luis Zwick (GK)22 1 - 16 -
Frank van der Struijk31 1 - 1 -
Paul Dixon29 4 - 1995
William Edjenguélé29 1 - 1 -
Lewis Toshney24 9191
Willo Flood31 921617
Blair Spittal20 9 - 779
Charlie Telfer21 61395
Scott Fraser21 81453
Nick van der Velden34 8282
Tony Andreu28 1111
Seán Dillon (sub)33 7 - 3327
Coll Donaldson (sub)21 9 - 31 -
Simon Murray (sub)24 1053512

League Table (as at September 3rd, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 4 4 0 0 +8 12
2. Raith Rovers 4 3 1 0 +6 10
3. QOS 4 3 1 0 +6 10
4. DUNDEE UTD 4 1 2 1 +2 5
5. Dumbarton 4 1 1 2 -1 4
6. Falkirk 4 1 1 2 -2 4
7. Dunfermline 4 1 0 3 -3 3
8. Morton 4 0 3 1 -4 3
9. St Mirren 4 0 2 2 -4 2
10. Ayr Utd 4 0 1 3 -8 1

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we take a break from me league with our first taste of the Irn-Bru Cup as we welcome my old team-mate Jim McInally and his Peterhead team.
We go into this game on the back of last week's draw with Raith Rovers which, given how the game went, I regard as two points dropped. Having gone two goals up early doors, to end up only drawing was disappointment, because when you are in that position you really should certainly win the game.
Following our failure to maintain our early momentum, a little bit of slackness crept in and it cost us a goal. We were absolutely dominant for 30 minutes, but the first 10 minutes of the second half were pretty disappointing. And we should be battling harder than that and paid the price when another wonder strike grabs them a point.
As far as today's game is concerned, we must be looking for greater consistency of performance over the entire 90 minutes. Even although
Peterhead haven't had the best of starts to their league campaign, I am anticipating a difficult game.
This competition may not have as high a profile as the other two knock-out trophies, but we are in it and trying to win it.
At the time of writing, I am hopeful that Paul Dixon, having resumed training this week, will be in line to make a quicker than expected return from injury. In addition, both this week's new signings, defenders Frank van der
Struijk and William Edjenguele, will play a part in today's game.