Raith Rovers 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Championship)

Raith Rovers 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Starks Park. Att. 4,361
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None. Tony Andreu (missed pen.) (75)

Team Managers
Gary Locke Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Kevin Cuthbert
Kevin McHattie
Jean-Yves Mvoto
Kyle Benedictus
Iain Davidson
Ross Callachan
Rudi Skácel
Jordan Thompson
Christopher Johnston
Bobby Barr
Declan McManus
Cammy Bell .1
William Edjenguélé .14
Lewis Toshney .6
Jamie Robson .24
Mark Durnan .4
Blair Spittal .7
Charlie Telfer .12
Willo Flood .16
Scott Fraser .10
Tony Andreu .19
Tope Obadeyi .11

Ross Matthews
Mark Stewart
Lewis Vaughan
Joel Coustrain
Scott Roberts
Conor Brennan
Robbie Crawford
Luis Zwick .21
Seán Dillon .2
Coll Donaldson .5
Stewart Murdoch .8
Nick van der Velden .23
Simon Murray .9
Cammy Smith .15

Mark Stewart for Rudi Skácel (71)
Lewis Vaughan for Declan McManus (83)
Joel Coustrain for Bobby Barr (90)
Seán Dillon for Tope Obadeyi (57)
Simon Murray for Charlie Telfer (64)

Jordan Thompson (29)
Kyle Benedictus (76)
Declan McManus (81)
Lewis Toshney (24)
Mark Durnan (56)

Red Cards
None. Lewis Toshney (55)

Match Officials

Steven Kirkland (Referee)
Alan Macfadyen & Alastair Mather (Assistants)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

2,458 United fans made the trip south to Starks Park filling up the away end and creating an excellent atmosphere. McKinnon stuck with the line up from the game against Ayr United and, having recovered from a knee injury, Simon Murray was the only change on the bench. Following Rovers’ defeat to bottom of the league St Mirren the previous week, defender Kyle Benedictus came back after a one game suspension.

Both teams started slowly but as the game got going so did the scrappy tackles. The first chance of the game fell to the hosts but the ball was caught easily by Cammy Bell. United registered their first shot in the sixth minute with Obadeyi firing it wide from 20 yards out. At the other end of the park, Raith were awarded a free kick after a tackle by Edjenguélé. The free kick was headed away by the United defence creating what seemed to be a promising counter attack for United. Obadeyi ran down the left wing but struggled to find Fraser and the ball returned to Raith. United were rewarded with a free kick 25 yards outside the box and Spittal was chosen to take it. He curved it round the wall but it went straight towards the keeper in the middle of the goal. As the first half progressed it began to get a bit scrappy with a foul on Fraser on the right wing. United were subsequently given a free kick which Durnan took and after a scramble in the box it hit off Tony Andreu and out for a goal kick. Raith had the last and possibly the closest chance of the half when the ball bounces off McManus’s chest and onto the cross bar. The United defence dealt with it well and this brought the first half to a close.

Once again the half started slowly with the first clear chance occurring in the 52nd minute with Jordan Thompson’s shot going over the bar. United’s defence was put to the test in the next few minutes but Edjenguélé found a gap in Raith’s defence and ran through their half and on into the home team’s penalty box where his shot went over the bar. Ten minutes into the second half Toshney (already on a yellow) made a rash tackle on Barr and much to the delight of the home fans was sent off with another yellow card. Durnan is also given a yellow card for dissent. Since United were only playing with 10 men and one defender short, McKinnon brings on Dillon as the first substitution of the game. With the advantage of an extra man, Raith begin to pile the pressure on United with a shot deflecting off a United defender and going out for a corner. The corner comes in high and gets headed straight towards Cammy Bell. As the final half hour of the game set in, Spittal had a series of shots that were either saved or cleared. This began to excite the Tangerine Army and got them singing in full voice. With the away crowd behind them, momentum seemed to be with United but they were unable to get past the home team’s defence.

Soon after Simon Murray was brought down in the box and United were given a penalty. Andreu stepped up to take it and it went off the keeper’s palm for a corner. The game picked up pace in the final 10 minutes with both teams having chances on goal but nothing ever came from any chances.

Match report written by Alasdair Marnoch

Squad Statistics (as at December 17th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)30 23 - 23 -
Mark Durnan24 183516
William Edjenguélé29 162162
Lewis Toshney24 191191
Jamie Robson18 151161
Blair Spittal20 20 - 889
Scott Fraser21 223595
Charlie Telfer21 191525
Tony Andreu28 159159
Willo Flood31 2021727
Tope Obadeyi27 212212
Seán Dillon (sub)33 12 - 3377
Simon Murray (sub)24 2484915

League Table (as at December 17th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 17 10 5 2 +20 35
2. DUNDEE UTD 17 10 5 2 +13 35
3. Falkirk 17 7 5 5 +4 26
4. Morton 16 6 6 4 +5 24
5. Raith Rovers 16 6 6 4 +4 24
6. QOS 17 5 5 7 -6 20
7. Dunfermline 17 4 5 8 -7 17
8. Dumbarton 17 4 5 8 -8 17
9. Ayr Utd 17 4 5 8 -10 17
10. St Mirren 17 2 5 10 -15 11

League results since United's last match
17th December 2016
Raith Rovers0-0Dundee Utd
St Mirren1-1Ayr Utd