Dundee Utd 1
St Johnstone 1
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1
St Johnstone 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 1st, 2020
Tannadice Park (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nicky Clark (pen.) (6)
Liam Craig (55)

Team Managers
Micky Mellon
Callum Davidson

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
2. Liam Smith
6. Mark Reynolds
17. Jamie Robson
5. Mark Connolly
23. Ian Harkes
30. Lewis Neilson
8. Peter Pawlett
18. Calum Butcher
24. Lawrence Shankland
10. Nicky Clark
Elliot Parish .12
Jason Kerr .5
Liam Gordon .6
Jamie McCart .4
Danny McNamara .15
Ali McCann .18
Liam Craig .26
Callum Booth .24
Michael O'Halloran .11
Callum Hendry .22
David Wotherspoon .10

19. Deniz Mehmet
3. Adrián Sporle
21. Declan Glass
20. Luke Bolton
26. Chris Mochrie
15. Logan Chalmers
4. Dillon Powers
27. Louis Appéré
11. Cammy Smith
Ross Sinclair .45
Wallace Duffy .2
Scott Tanser .3
Craig Conway .7
Stevie May .14
Isaac Olaofe .16
Shaun Rooney .19
Cammy Ballantyne .23

Luke Bolton for Lewis Neilson (65)
Cammy Smith for Nicky Clark (76)
Logan Chalmers for Jamie Robson (90)
Stevie May for Callum Hendry (64)
Craig Conway for David Wotherspoon (73)
Scott Tanser for Callum Booth (74)

Jamie Robson (43)
Liam Craig (6)
Michael O'Halloran (14)
Dan McNamara (82)

Red Cards
None. Michael O'Halloran (45)
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
Dougie Potter & Sean Carr (Assistants)
Greg Aitken (Fourth Official)

Photography by DUFC Official

Match Report

United made the perfect Premiership start but couldn’t shake off stubborn 10-man St Johnstone at Tannadice. The club got the season new underway by unfurling the Championship flag before kick-off. After they were given a socially-distanced guard of honour by the visitors, captain Mark Reynolds did the honours on his 50th appearance.

With Academy graduate Lewis Neilson making his starting debut, United started in excellent fashion in the grand reopening after lockdown and a Nicky Clark penalty had us flying after just six minutes. The striker celebrating his return to competitive action after missing a chunk of last season due to injury. United looked in fine fettle when the visitors had Michael O’Halloran sent off for a second caution able offence just before half-time. However, United were caught by a sucker punch with a terrific volley from Liam Craig on 56 minutes to bring parity to the scoreline. New recruit, on-loan Manchester City wide player Luke Bolton, started as a substitute. United made a spectacular start after just six minutes, Clark putting them ahead from the spot. Ian Harkes found himself clean through on goal before passing back to Liam Smith. His shot struck the raised arm of Craig and referee Clancy immediately pointed to the spot. Clark found the right-hand corner with the kick and United were 1-0 up. United opened up the visitors again on 12 minutes but Parish did well to come out and block Jamie Robson’s shot. O’Halloran was yellow-carded for a tackle on Peter Pawlett right in front of the technical areas and it would prove significant. A mistake by McNamara let Robson pounce and he played the ball back to Lawrence Shankland, whose shot was blocked. Almost immediately, it was Pawlett’s turn to test Parish. United were playing well and, with half an hour gone, Calum Butcher fired the ball just over the bar. Robson picked up United’s first caution for a foul on Jason Kerr before Saints lost O’Halloran to a second yellow. He went in late on Butcher right in front of referee Kevin Clancy to leave the visitors down to 10 men just a minute before the break.

Three minutes into the second period, Shankland bobbed and weaved his way inside the box, left defender Liam Gordon on the floor, but his powerful shot cleared the bar from 10 yards. A nice one-two with Clark sent Shankland clear but once again he couldn’t find the net. Then came the visitors equaliser against the run of the play. The visitors were looking confident now and United needed keeper a Siegrist double-stop to thwart Wotherspoon then McNamara on 63 minutes. United brought on Bolton for Neilson as Micky Mellon changed the formation. Harkes then took the ball from a Siegrist throw and ran all the way to the Saints box but shot straight at Parish. Cammy Smith came on for United, as the game edged towards the final ten minutes. On 83 minutes, Pawlett worked a terrific one-two with Shankland and seemed to have opened Saints up but a superb tackle from McNamara denied the United attacker. Cammy Smith almost nicked the win for United in stoppage-time but he was denied by Jason Kerr.

After the match, Manager Micky Mellon said: “Of course, when you go a goal up and the opposition do down to 10 men you would expect as professionals to see it out. We were unable to do that but we will learn our lessons from that. I was delighted with some of our play and performances.”

Match report written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at August 1st, 2020)

2020-21 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 1 - 72 -
Mark Connolly28 1 - 381
Mark Reynolds33 1 - 50 -
Liam Smith24 1 - 35 -
Jamie Robson22 1 - 1262
Peter Pawlett29 1 - 383
Ian Harkes25 1 - 523
Calum Butcher29 1 - 755
Lewis Neilson17 1 - 1 -
Lawrence Shankland24 1 - 3428
Nicky Clark29 115923
Luke Bolton (sub)20 1 - 1 -
Logan Chalmers (sub)20 1 - 173
Cammy Smith (sub)24 1 - 487

League Table (as at August 1st, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 1 1 0 0 +1 3
2. Rangers 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. St Mirren 1 1 0 0 +1 3
4. United 1 0 1 0 0 1
5. St Johnstone 1 0 1 0 0 1
6. Kilmarnock 1 0 0 1 -1 0
7. Aberdeen 1 0 0 1 -1 0
8. Livingston 1 0 0 1 -1 0