Dundee Utd 2
Dumbarton 1
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Championship)
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,979
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gregor Buchanan (o.g.) (53)
William Edjenguélé (66)
Robert Thomson (73)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
1. Cammy Bell
5. Coll Donaldson
20. Frank van der Struijk
14. William Edjenguélé
3. Paul Dixon
23. Nick van der Velden
16. Willo Flood
19. Tony Andreu
10. Scott Fraser
12. Charlie Telfer
11. Tope Obadeyi
Alan Martin
Mark Docherty
Joe Thomson
Gregor Buchanan
Josh Todd
Garry Fleming
Robert Thomson
Sam Stanton
Daniel Harvie
Darren Barr
David Smith

21. Luis Zwick
2. Seán Dillon
27. Brad Smith
22. Ali Coote
35. Scott Allardice
15. Cammy Smith
9. Simon Murray
Jamie Ewings
Craig Pettigrew
Ryan Stevenson
Donald McCallum
Frazer Wright
Andrew Stirling

Ali Coote for Tope Obadeyi (88)
Andy Stirling for Josh Todd (67)
Ryan Stevenson for Garry Fleming (81)
Donald McCallum for Joe Thomson (88)

Willo Flood (32)
William Edjenguélé (56)
Nick van der Velden (82)
Darren Barr (27)
Garry Fleming (37)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
John McCrossan & Simon MacLean (Assistants)

Match Report

The first half burst into life on seven minutes with a chance that could have given the home team take the lead. A brilliant ball over the top from Flood was taken down with ease by Van der Velden whose square ball was met by Fraser from ten yards however his goal bound effort was touched onto the post by Martin in the Dumbarton goal. With rebound also falling to the goalkeeper, United couldn’t take advantage. Dumbarton’s first chance of the match came on 17 minutes. A long throw from the left by Harvie eventually feel to Garry Fleming three yards out however Bell got down brilliantly to save with Dixon thumping the ball clear to ensure the rebound was also dealt with. On 23 minutes Bell was at it again, this time he somehow managed to tip Thomson’s header round the post for a corner. On 27 minutes it was Martin’s turn to take the plaudits. After Van der Velden was brought down 25 yards from goal Scott Fraser up stepped to try his luck however Martin’s agility was up to the test with the keeper tipping the goal bound effort over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner Docherty was alert enough to block Donaldson’s header on the line. Less than three minutes later Martin was at it again this time getting down brilliantly to block a fizzing volley from Van der Velden. With the last chance of the first half Fraser showed excellent skill and close control to burst into the box and beat the Dumbarton defence however his pull back was cleared just as Tony Andreu shaped to shoot.

United continued to dominate possession and remained patient in their attempts to break down a stubborn Dumbarton defence. Their patience was rewarded on the 53rd minute. Fraser whipped in a wicked corner kick in from the right and the unfortunate Mark Docherty bulleted a header past the unfortunate Martin. On 66 minutes United made it 2-0 with the goal again coming from a Fraser Corner. After finding Flood in space the Irishman’s header was initially saved by Martin however William Edjenguélé was on hand to smash the ball into the net from point blank range for his second goal since joining the Club. On 73 minutes Dumbarton were given a lifeline in strange circumstances with Robert Thomson bundling the ball under Bell from close range. Everyone in Tannadice was expecting the offside flag to go up however Assistant referee Simon MacLean, who had dropped his flag, simply picked it up and ran to the half way line and the goal stood. Although the goal gave Dumbarton a foothold in the game the result was never in doubt and despite dominating possession United could not find a killer third goal.

Squad Statistics (as at October 22nd, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)30 16 - 16 -
Paul Dixon29 11 - 2065
Frank van der Struijk31 8 - 8 -
Coll Donaldson21 13 - 35 -
William Edjenguélé29 9292
Willo Flood31 1321657
Scott Fraser21 152524
Tony Andreu28 8787
Nick van der Velden34 153153
Charlie Telfer21 121455
Tope Obadeyi26 161161
Ali Coote (sub)18 3 - 7 -

League Table (as at October 22nd, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 10 6 3 1 +10 21
2. DUNDEE UTD 10 5 3 2 +6 18
3. QOS 10 5 3 2 +4 18
4. Raith Rovers 10 5 2 3 +4 17
5. Falkirk 10 5 2 3 +3 17
6. Ayr Utd 10 4 2 4 -4 14
7. Morton 9 3 3 3 +1 12
8. Dunfermline 10 2 1 7 -8 7
9. Dumbarton 10 1 3 6 -7 6
10. St Mirren 9 0 4 5 -9 4

League results since United's last match
22nd October 2016
Ayr Utd1-0QOS
Dundee Utd2-1Dumbarton
Falkirk2-4Raith Rovers