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Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Palmerston. Att. 2,041
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Mark Connolly (48)

Team Managers
Allan Johnston Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
1. Robby McCrorie
2. Scott Mercer
3. Kevin Holt
4. Lee Kilday
5. Darren Brownlie
7. Connor Murray
15. Darren Lyon
17. Abdul Osman
25. Michael Paton
9. Jack Hamilton
11. Stephen Dobbie
Benji Siegrist .1
Liam Smith .2
Mark Connolly .5
Adrián Sporle .3
Paul Watson .44
Jamie Robson .17
Calum Butcher .18
Declan Glass .21
Nicky Clark .10
Louis Appéré .27
Lawrence Shankland .24

20. Jack Leighfield
18. Callum Semple
21. Ross Irving
22. Ewan Gourlay
Deniz Mehmet .13
Mark Reynolds .6
Ross Graham .29
Logan Chalmers .20
Chris Mochrie .40
Adam King .25
Cammy Smith .11

Callum Semple for Michael Paton (90)
Ross Irving for Jack Hamilton (68)
Adam King for Calum Butcher (61)
Mark Reynolds for Mark Connolly (76)
Cammy Smith for Declan Glass (90)

Scott Mercer (12)
Michael Paton (45)
Calum Butcher (37)
Adam King (82)
Benji Siegrist (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Colin Steven (Referee)

Match Report

For United’s first game of the new decade, there were three changes in the line-up from the side that drew with Dundee. Mark Connolly came in for Mark Reynolds who dropped down to the bench thereby missing his first league game of the season with Calum Butcher taking over the captain’s armband. With Harkes out injured, Adrián Spörle, a sub in the derby, started for the first time in three months Academy Graduate Declan Glass – only just back from his loan spell with Cove Rangers was thrust into the action in place of the injured Paul McMullan. Three Academy graduates - Logan Chalmers, Ross Graham, and Chris Mochrie were on the bench. The hosts who were the last team to beat United also showed three changes with Darren Brownlie, Michael Paton and Jack Hamilton coming into the side that won 2-1 at Ayr United last week.

Queens threatened in the second minute with Stephen Dobbie cutting in from the left and curling in a shot which Benji Siegrist held comfortably. United immediately replied with a thunderous Spörle shot being deflected over for a corner from which Robby McCrorie punched a Connolly header. away from the head of Shankland. In what was an enterprising start by both sides, following a corner, Siegrist had to fist away a Brownlie header immediately afterwards. On ten minutes, Mercer was booked for clattering into Jamie Robson aft he played the ball up field. A hard driven low cross from Appéré was gratefully cleared for a corner with Lawrence Shankland set to strike. Connolly headed over a Nicky Clark free-kick on 16 minutes and, six minutes later, Shankland was on the end of Appéré’s through ball but the angle was too great and McRorie saved it at his near post. On the 29 minute mark, Glass had an angled prodded effort on target but it lacked sufficient power to trouble the keeper. Ten minutes from the end of the first period, Butcher was booked for a late challenge on Abdul Osman. But four minutes later, Queens came closest to breaking the deadlock. Hamilton fired in a close-range effort from a Dobbie cut-back which was brilliantly blocked by Liam Smith allowing Siegrist to grab the loose ball. Just before the break, Paton became the third booking of the game for tripping Robson.

United opened the second half on the offensive as Shankland won possession, but the home side cleared the danger. And three minutes in United took the lead. Nicky Clark drilled over a corner from which Mark Connolly met to power home a header well out of McRorie’s reach to send the large contingent of Arabs into rapturous celebration. Five minutes later, McRorie prevented his side conceding a second when he tipped a Liam Smith first time screamer on to the outside of the post for a corner. There was a blow for United on the hour mark when Butcher had to be replaced with Adam King with Connolly taking the captain’s armband. Just before the midpoint of the half, coach Gordon Forrest was booked. And a minute later, the Doonhamers made their first substitution with Ross Irving replacing Hamilton. With United now dominating proceedings, Glass drilled a 20-yarder just past the far post. Quarter of an hour from the end, Connolly came off inured with Reynolds, the man he had replaced, taking over his position and the captaincy. Before play resumed, Queens skipper Dobbie was booked as was Reynolds soon afterwards following a foul by King. Though they had rarely threatened in the second half, Queens went close to equalising with six minutes left when Holt got his head to a cross from the right, but the ball drifted past the far post. As United tried to run the clock down, Siegrist was booked for time-wasting.

Match report written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at January 4th, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 23 - 61 -
Liam Smith23 24 - 24 -
Jamie Robson22 21 - 1172
Adrián Sporle24 101101
Mark Connolly28 121271
Paul Watson29 161455
Declan Glass19 1 - 111
Calum Butcher28 233695
Nicky Clark28 2175722
Lawrence Shankland24 23212321
Louis Appéré20 254294
Mark Reynolds (sub)32 24 - 42 -
Adam King (sub)24 10 - 10 -
Cammy Smith (sub)24 121477

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at January 4th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 20 16 1 3 +29 49
2. Inverness CT 20 11 2 7 +7 35
3. Ayr Utd 20 10 1 9 +3 31
4. Dundee 20 8 5 7 -2 29
5. Dunfermline 20 7 4 9 +2 25
6. QOS 19 7 4 8 -1 25
7. Arbroath 20 7 4 9 -4 25
8. Partick Th 20 6 4 10 -9 22
9. Morton 19 7 1 11 -12 22
10. Alloa Athletic 20 4 6 10 -13 18

League results since United's last match
28th December 2019
Ayr Utd1-2QOS
Dunfermline1-3Alloa Athletic
Inverness CT0-1Arbroath
Morton1-2Partick Th
4th January 2020
Alloa Athletic1-1Partick Th
Dundee0-2Inverness CT
Dunfermline0-1Ayr Utd
QOS0-1Dundee Utd