Raith Rovers 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Championship)

Raith Rovers 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Starks Park. Att. 2,192
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig Barr (41)
Ryan Hardie (49)
Simon Murray (81)

Team Managers
John Hughes Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Pavol Penksa
Jason Thomson
Craig Barr
Jean-Yves Mvoto
Kyle Benedictus
Christopher Johnston
Ross Matthews
Ross Callachan
Jordan Thompson
Ryan Hardie
Declan McManus
Cammy Bell .1
Mark Durnan .4
Jamie Robson .24
William Edjenguélé .14
Lewis Toshney .6
Frank van der Struijk .20
Stewart Murdoch .8
Willo Flood .16
Tony Andreu .19
Simon Murray .9
Thomas Mikkelsen .18

Kevin McHattie
Bobby Barr
Scott Roberts
Rudi Sk
Brett Long .31
Coll Donaldson .5
Paul Dixon .3
Alex Nicholls .11
Charlie Telfer .12
Ali Coote .22
Nick van der Velden .23

None. Alex Nicholls for Frank van der Struijk (56)
Nick van der Velden for Thomas Mikkelsen (60)
Ali Coote for Stewart Murdoch (68)

Jason Thomson
Craig Barr
Declan McManus (56)
Stewart Murdoch (41)
William Edjenguélé (90)
Simon Murray (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Jim Burns & Alastair Mather (Assistants)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United started the first ten minutes as the stronger of the two teams with little defensive errors from the Tangerines. Bell wasn’t troubled once and United produced some good deliveries into the box. The positive start came to a halt after a mix up between Murdoch and Flood resulted in Ryan Hardie going one on one with Bell. Fortunately Bell did well to get his hands to Hardie’s shot and it went out for a corner. This incident seemed to have knocked United’s confidence with the Rovers having another good chance at goal just a minute later. After a sketchy few minutes United started to play with a more positive style once again but getting a number of passes called offside. The first half ended badly for United with Stewart Murdoch going in the referee’s book for a rash tackle outside the box. Raith took full advantage of this and the free kick met the head of Craig Barr and hit the back of the net.

The second half started the way that the first half ended with Durnan giving away a free kick on the half way line for a hand ball giving Raith another set piece opportunity and Ryan Hardie doubled Raith’s lead with a shot from his left boot going in. As the final third of the match came around Murray got the ball inside the Raith box but was instantly swarmed by Raith’s defence which forced him to offload the ball to Andreu who miss hit the ball sending it over the cross bar. Raith continued to dominate with United giving them too much space allowing them to counter attack. The ball was brought to just outside the box where it was fired wide of the post for Bell to take a goal kick. As the game seemed to be over as the last ten minutes approached Willo Flood was gifted the ball from 30 yards out which the keeper palmed away to Murray who put the ball out over the cross bar. This seemed to restore some confidence in the United side as after a scramble in the box Simon Murray miraculously found the bottom left corner through a penalty box rife with Raith’s defenders.

Match report written by Alasdair Marnoch

Squad Statistics (as at March 18th, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)30 34 - 34 -
Jamie Robson19 181191
Mark Durnan24 304637
Lewis Toshney24 261261
Stewart Murdoch26 181181
William Edjenguélé29 282282
Frank van der Struijk31 20 - 20 -
Willo Flood31 3221847
Tony Andreu28 27162716
Thomas Mikkelsen27 112112
Simon Murray25 36126119
Nick van der Velden (sub)35 293293
Ali Coote (sub)18 8 - 12 -
Alex Nicholls (sub)29 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at March 18th, 2017)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 28 15 10 3 +25 55
2. Falkirk 29 13 9 7 +16 48
3. Morton 27 13 9 5 +12 48
4. DUNDEE UTD 28 12 8 8 +7 44
5. QOS 29 9 8 12 -5 35
6. Dunfermline 28 7 11 10 -2 32
7. Raith Rovers 29 8 8 13 -12 32
8. Dumbarton 29 7 10 12 -8 31
9. Ayr Utd 28 6 10 12 -18 28
10. St Mirren 29 6 9 14 -15 27

League results since United's last match
18th March 2017
Dunfermline0-1Ayr Utd
QOS0-2St Mirren
Raith Rovers2-1Dundee Utd