Kilmarnock 4
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premiership)


Kilmarnock 

4 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 29th, 2020
Rugby Park (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Nicke Kabamba (30)
Eamonn Brophy (45)
Nicke Kabamba (78)
Rory McKenzie (86)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Dyer Micky Mellon

Starting Eleven
23. Danny Rogers
5. Kirk Broadfoot
14. Zeno Rossi
17. Stuart Findlay
18. Calum Waters
8. Gary Dicker
10. Greg Kiltie
27. Aaron Tshibola
29. Chris Burke
9. Eamonn Brophy
11. Nicke Kabamba
Benji Siegrist .1
Mark Reynolds .6
Jamie Robson .17
Mark Connolly .5
Lewis Neilson .30
Luke Bolton .20
Peter Pawlett .8
Logan Chalmers .15
Ian Harkes .23
Calum Butcher .18
Nicky Clark .10

Bench
16. Colin Doyle
2. Aaron McGowan
3. Brandon Haunstrup
4. Clévid Dikamona
7. Rory McKenzie
12. Danny Whitehall
19. Mitchell Pinnock
20. Innes Cameron
21. Youssouf Mulumbu
Deniz Mehmet .19
Ryan Edwards .12
Adrián Sporle .3
Kieran Freeman .22
Dillon Powers .4
Declan Glass .21
Paul McMullan .7
Cammy Smith .11
Louis Appéré .27

Substitutions
Clévid Dikamona for Stuart Findlay (29‎)‎
Rory McKenzie for Eamonn Brophy (77)
Mitchell Pinnock for Calum Waters (84)
Youssouf Mulumbu for Aaron Tshibola (84)
Brandon Haunstrup for Chris Burke (84‎)
Louis Appéré for Peter Pawlett (46)
Paul McMullan for Lewis Neilson (73)

Cautions
Aaron Tshibola (25)
Zeno Rossi (44)
Nicke Kabamba (65)
Calum Butcher (25)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)




Match Report


Dundee United headed down to Ayrshire to face a Kilmarnock team who had not won in their previous ten games. United’s unbeaten away record season to date gave the side good reason to be confident despite playing on the much maligned plastic surface at Rugby Park. Mickey Mellon named an unchanged line up and formation from the unfortunate home defeat against Celtic the previous Saturday.

The game kicked off at 3pm in beautiful sunshine and the early exchanges were even however both teams lacked any cutting edge and goal mouth action was limited. Kilmarnock grew into the game and began to find good opportunities to get crosses into the United box. On the half hour mark a ball swung into the six yard box was met by the Killie striker Nicke Kabamba as he rose between Reynolds and Robson to nod past Benji Siegriest. The United response was tepid despite lots of possession as they struggled to find any cutting edge without star striker Lawrence Shankland. The first half ended with some hapless United defending as a speculative high ball into the United box eluded Mark Connolly and fell to Eamonn Brophy who slammed it home to take Killie into the interval with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

United came out for the second half looking to grab the first goal and get back into a game they struggled to control in the first forty five minutes. Louis Appere came on to replace Nicky Clark with a view to changing the attacking options which had been poor in the first period. Mickey Mellon’s side completely dominated possession after the break but a continued lack of craft and a resolute Killie defence left keeper Danny Rogers virtually untested between the home team’s sticks. McMullan replaced Lewis Neilson with twenty minutes to go as United shook up their formation with one last roll of the dice to get back into the game. As United continued to retain possession in the Killie half the home team broke away on 78 minutes and a Mark Connolly slip gifted Nicke Kabamba a clean run in on goal. The tall Killie man calmly slipped the ball past Siegriest to effectively finish the game as a contest.
The game was drifting to an unsatisfactory conclusion for United when another Kilmarnock counter attack led to the goal of the game. Rory McKenzie’s sublime lob over Benji Siegriest made the scoreline a somewhat flattering 4-0 to the home side.

In summary it was a poor United performance and a harsh lesson for the promoted team with crosses coming into the box too easily, too many basic mistakes in defence and very little cutting edge up front. United dropped to seventh place in the table and with an international break now upon them a period of hard work on the training ground looms ahead of the next game.

Match report written by Sam Grogan



Squad Statistics (as at August 29th, 2020)


2020-21 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 6 - 77 -
Mark Connolly28 6 - 431
Mark Reynolds33 61551
Jamie Robson22 5 - 1302
Peter Pawlett29 61434
Luke Bolton20 6 - 6 -
Ian Harkes25 6 - 573
Logan Chalmers20 6 - 223
Lewis Neilson17 5 - 5 -
Calum Butcher29 6 - 805
Nicky Clark29 626424
Paul McMullan (sub)24 2 - 11419
Louis Appéré (sub)21 5 - 426


League Table (as at August 29th, 2020)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 6 5 1 0 11 16
2. Hibernian 5 4 1 0 6 13
3. Celtic 3 2 1 0 5 7
4. St Johnstone 6 2 1 3 -3 7
5. Aberdeen 3 2 0 1 1 6
6. Livingston 6 1 2 3 -4 5
7. Ross County 6 2 2 2 0 8
8. St Mirren 5 2 1 2 -2 7
9. Dundee Utd 6 2 1 3 -4 7
10. Kilmarnock 6 1 2 3 0 5
11. Hamilton 5 1 0 4 -7 3
12. Motherwell 5 0 2 3 -3 2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
23rd August 2020
Aberdeen2-1Livingston
St Johnstone0-1Hibernian
29th August 2020
Hamilton0-2Rangers
Kilmarnock4-0Dundee Utd
Livingston1-0Ross County
St Johnstone1-0St Mirren