Dundee Utd 0
Arbroath 0 (3-4 on pens)
Challenge Cup (1st Round)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0
(3-4 on pens.)

Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, September 7th, 2019
Tannadice Park. Att. 2,568
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
13. Deniz Mehmet
17. Jamie Robson
2. Liam Smith
3. Adrián Sporle
44. Paul Watson
8. Peter Pawlett
23. Ian Harkes
25. Adam King
27. Louis Appéré
10. Nicky Clark
11. Cammy Smith
Derek Gaston .21
Jason Thomson .2
Ricky Little .4
Thomas O'Brien .5
Ben Stirling .19
Mark Whatley .6
David Gold .7
Michael McKenna .8
Omar Kader .12
Steven Doris .9
Luke Donnelly .15

1. Benji Siegrist
6. Mark Reynolds
18. Calum Butcher
12. Sam Stanton
40. Chris Mochrie
7. Paul McMullan
24. Lawrence Shankland
Darren Jamieson .1
Colin Hamilton .3
Bobby Linn .11
Greig Spence .14
Robert Wilson .17
James Murphy .18

Lawrence Shankland for Louis Appéré (70)
Paul McMullan for Cammy Smith (70)
Sam Stanton for Peter Pawlett (82)
Bobby Linn for Omar Kader (68)
James Murphy for David Gold (68)
Greig Spence for Steven Doris (73)

Peter Pawlett (45)
Michael McKenna (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Roncone (Referee)
Jordan Stokoe & David Dunne (Assistants)
John McKendrick (Fourth Official)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

There were no less than seven changes to the Tangerines’ team which demolished Dundee with only Liam Smith, skipper for the day, plus Peter Pawlett, Jamie Robson and Louis Appéré in the starting line-up. Ian Harkes and Nicky Clark started after finishing the derby.

Apart from an early scare when keeper Deniz Mehmet was put under pressure when he tried to dribble his way out of trouble, the first ten minutes produced little of note. On 12 minutes, the visitors felt they should have had a penalty when Michael McKenna went down in the box under a challenge from Jamie Robson, playing in central defence. At the other end a minute later, Ian Harkes was on the end of a Peter Pawlett free-kick but directed his header just over. We had to wait until the 28th minute for the first shot on target, Harkes curling a 20-yarder straight at Derek Garston from Pawlett’s pass. Pawlett was booked for a late challenge on Jason Thomson just before a lacklustre half ended.

There was greater tempo at the start of the second period and three minutes in a Pawlett pile-driver bounced off Gaston. The ball was chipped back into the middle by Cammy Smith and an appeal for handball by a Red Lichties’ defender fell on deaf ears. Appéré was then denied by Gaston diving at his feet when through on goal after 50 minutes and the striker had another chance shortly afterwards, but Gaston saved his angled effort from 8 yards. Arbroath’s Michael Mckenna picked up the second booking of the game for bringing down Appéré. From the free-kick, Gaston made a terrific one handed save to keep out Nicky Clark’s effort from 30-yards, and from the ensuing corner, only more Gaston heroics kept out Appéré’s close range header. Midway through the half, the visitors made a double substitution bring on Bobby Linn and James Murphy. And two minutes later, Robbie Neilson did likewise, Lawrence Shankland and Paul McMullan taking the place of Appéré and Cammy Smith. With 15 minutes to go, substitute Murphy squandered a good opening, firing past when well-placed. With eight minutes left, Sam Stanton replaced Pawlett. The Angus side came close to preventing penalties by snatching a winner when Greig Spence with a shot on the turn hit the near post at the end of the 90 minutes. Just before the end of the three minutes of added time, Clark headed over a McMullan corner.

Match report written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at September 7th, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
Deniz Mehmet (GK)26 2 - 15 -
Paul Watson28 31325
Liam Smith23 8 - 8 -
Adrián Sporle24 4141
Jamie Robson21 8 - 1042
Adam King23 3 - 3 -
Peter Pawlett28 41213
Ian Harkes24 71272
Louis Appéré20 92132
Cammy Smith24 41397
Nicky Clark28 8 - 4415
Sam Stanton (sub)25 9 - 899
Lawrence Shankland (sub)24 910910
Paul McMullan (sub)23 9 - 9216

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at September 7th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 4 4 0 0 +10 12
2. Ayr Utd 4 3 0 1 +3 9
3. Inverness CT 4 2 1 1 +3 7
4. Arbroath 4 2 1 1 +1 7
5. Morton 4 2 0 2 -3 6
6. Dundee 4 1 2 1 -3 5
7. Alloa Athletic 4 1 1 2 -3 4
8. QOS 4 0 2 2 -2 2
9. Dunfermline 4 0 2 2 -3 2
10. Partick Th 4 0 1 3 -3 1

League results since United's last match
31st August 2019
Partick Th2-3Ayr Utd
QOS0-1Alloa Athletic

Manager's Programme Notes

Obviously, everyone was delighted with the outcome of the derby last week and the manner in which it was achieved. Clearly, it was a very good night for the Club and I think everyone on the tangerine side of the city thoroughly enjoyed It. But it is time to move on now and focus on the visit of Arbroath whom we welcome this afternoon. I know historically the Challenge Cup doesn't draw very big crowds but, hopefully, the fans will come along in good numbers. They have backed us incredibly well all season and we will be fielding a strong team. I do, however, intend to make a couple of changes. There are one or two who I feel can do with a wee rest whereas others need more game time. Certainly, there is no question of us treating Arbroath lightly. They have started the season well and had a good result last Saturday, defeating Dunfermline 1-0. Gordon Forrest was at the game and, as they don't have a huge squad, I don't anticipate them making many changes from last week. So, it will be a tough game, but one which we are determined to win to maintain our momentum. So, it will be a tough game, but one which we are determined to win to maintain our momentum.