Motherwell 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premiership)


Motherwell 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 8th, 2020
Fir Park (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Mark Reynolds (52)

Team Managers
Stephen Robinson Micky Mellon

Starting Eleven
1. Trevor Carson
2. Liam Grimshaw
4. Ricki Lamie
31. Declan Gallagher
16. Bevis Mugabi
6. Allan Campbell
7. Mark O'Hara
8. David Turnbull
11. Jake Hastie
17. Sherwin Seedorf
99. Chris Long
Benji Siegrist .1
Jamie Robson .17
Liam Smith .2
Mark Connolly .5
Mark Reynolds .6
Peter Pawlett .8
Luke Bolton .20
Calum Butcher .18
Logan Chalmers .15
Ian Harkes .23
Louis Appéré .27

Bench
12. Scott Fox
9. Jordan White
14. Jermaine Hylton
15. Barry Maguire
19. Liam Polworth
21. Harry Robinson
28. Yusuf Hussain
32. Tony Watt
Deniz Mehmet .19
Ryan Edwards .12
Kieran Freeman .22
Adrián Sporle .3
Dillon Powers .4
Declan Glass .21
Lewis Neilson .30
Cammy Smith .11
Nicky Clark .10

Substitutions
Tony Watt for Jake Hastie (46)
Jordan White for Chris Long (65)
Harry Robinson for Sherwin Seedorf (80)
Jermaine Hylton for Allan Campbell (80)
Cammy Smith for Luke Bolton (60)
Adrián Sporle for Logan Chalmers (73)
Dillon Powers for Ian Harkes (77)
Nicky Clark for Peter Pawlett (77)

Cautions
Allan Campbell (71)
David Turnbull (78)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven MacLean (Referee)
David Roome & Calum Spence (Assistants)





Match Report


A brilliant strike from Dundee United captain Mark Reynolds – his first for the club – secured win number one of the Premiership season. With 52 minutes on the clock, Reynolds smashed a left-foot strike into the roof of the Motherwell net to secure a 1-0 success at Fir Park.

Added to last week’s opening-day point against St Johnstone, four points is a fine start for Micky Mellon’s men. The big pre-match shock for the United fans watching from home was the absence of star striker Lawrence Shankland. He was left out as a precaution after suffering a leg injury so that left Louis Appere leading the line. There was a first start for on-loan Manchester City player Luke Bolton, while the new arrival from Blackpool, Ryan Edwards, was named as a sub.

The Tangerines, who were wearing their new purple away strip, started with four at the back and their first attack arrived on 14 minutes when Ian Harkes’ angled drive was deflected wide. The hosts were enjoying the bulk of the possession but on 28 minutes great play from United saw Appere set up Bolton, who smacked his shot into the side-netting. United keeper Benjamin Siegrist had to be alert to get down at his near post to save a David Turnbull freekick on 36 minutes before Logan Chalmers had a shot saved for the visitors.

Three minutes into the second half, Peter Pawlett sent a corner over from the left for United and it was met by Calum Butcher’s glancing header that just missed the far post. The Tannadice men were looking lively and took a dramatic lead on 52 minutes. Bolton swung the ball over from the right, it was missed by Well sub Tony Watt and it reached Reynolds at the far post. He was still upfield after a corner and finished brilliantly with a strike up and into the roof of the net to make it 1-0. On 84 minutes, it was close to being 2-0 to United when sub Dillon Powers hammered in a strike from outside the box that was superbly tipped on to the bar by Well goalie Trevor Carson. Home sub Jordan White headed into the United net with three minutes to go but the “goal” was chalked off for a push on Reynolds.

Match report written by Ian Roache (Evening Telegraph)



Squad Statistics (as at August 8th, 2020)


2020-21 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 2 - 73 -
Mark Reynolds33 21511
Jamie Robson22 2 - 1272
Mark Connolly28 2 - 391
Liam Smith24 2 - 36 -
Luke Bolton20 2 - 2 -
Ian Harkes25 2 - 533
Calum Butcher29 2 - 765
Peter Pawlett29 2 - 393
Logan Chalmers20 2 - 183
Louis Appéré21 1 - 386
Adrián Sporle (sub)25 1 - 173
Dillon Powers (sub)29 1 - 111
Nicky Clark (sub)29 216023
Cammy Smith (sub)24 2 - 497






League Table (as at August 8th, 2020)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 2 2 0 0 +4 6
2. Ross County 2 2 0 0 +2 6
3. United 2 1 1 0 +1 4
4. Celtic 1 1 0 0 +4 3
5. Rangers 1 1 0 0 +1 3
6. St Mirren 1 1 0 0 +1 3
7. St Johnstone 1 0 1 0 0 1
8. Kilmarnock 1 0 0 1 -1 0
9. Aberdeen 1 0 0 1 -1 0
10. Motherwell 2 0 0 2 -2 0
11. Livingston 2 0 0 2 -4 0
12. Hamilton 2 0 0 2 -5 0