Aberdeen 0
Dundee Utd 3
Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)


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Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)
Sunday, April 25th, 2021
Pittodrie (Behind closed doors)
2:30 PM Kick-off

None. Marc McNulty (18)
Ryan Edwards (37)
Marc McNulty (54)

Team Managers
Stephen Glass Micky Mellon

Starting Eleven
43. Gary Woods
44. Calvin Ramsey
3. Tommie Hoban
4. Andrew Considine
17. Jonny Hayes
33. Matty Kennedy
19. Lewis Ferguson
24. Dean Campbell
22. Florian Kamberi
10. Niall McGinn
9. Callum Hendry
Deniz Mehmet .19
Mark Reynolds .6
Ryan Edwards .12
Jamie Robson .17
Liam Smith .2
Jeando Fuchs .66
Ian Harkes .23
Calum Butcher .18
Nicky Clark .10
Lawrence Shankland .24
Marc McNulty .9

1. Joe Lewis
7. Fraser Hornby
15. Dylan McGeouch
18. Connor McLennan
23. Ethan Ross
27. Gallagher
28. Michael Ruth
30. Tom Ritchie
46. Ryan Duncan
Ross Doohan .53
Kerr Smith .43
Mark Connolly .5
Jake Davidson .28
Peter Pawlett .8
Luke Bolton .20
Logan Chalmers .15
Darren Watson .36
Louis Appéré .27

Dylan McGeouch for Dean Campbell (62)
Ethan Ross for Niall McGinn (62)
Michael Ruth for Callum Hendry (77)
Peter Pawlett for Calum Butcher (83)
Louis Appéré for Lawrence Shankland (88)
Luke Bolton for Nicky Clark (88)

Lewis Ferguson (51)
Andrew Considine (61)
Calum Butcher (40)
Marc McNulty (59)
Ian Harkes (80)
Liam Smith (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee United marched to Aberdeen for what was arguably the biggest game of the season. Aberdeen were coming into the cup tie in good form, having seemed to recently re-find their stride under new management. United therefore were approaching the match as the underdog. Midweek United had suffered a disappointing but understandable 3-0 defeat to Kilmarnock, and while they had beaten Forfar the weekend before, for many fans it had proven to be a frustrating, uninspiring ninety minutes.

The weight of the occasion gave the game a slightly tense, stressful opening. Aberdeen applied early pressure and seized the initial chances. First off, Johnny Hayes crossed confidently into the middle of the United box, finding Callum Hendry in plenty of space, but pressure from Harkes and Robson meant he could only send his shot high over the bar. Two minutes later, Deniz was forced into a double save as Kennedy struck from long range. His powerful shot could only be deflected back into the box and back on to the feet of Hendry who luckily was still unable to finish. At first glance Aberdeen appeared the stronger side, but as the game progressed, the momentum was beginning to shift. In the 18th minute, a long ball from Aberdeen goalkeeper Gary Woods was challenged by Mark Reynolds on the halfway line, who forced the ball to bounce off of an Aberdeen midfielder. The ball ricocheted into the path of Nicky Clark, who quickly passed the ball to Shankland sitting just outside the Aberdeen box. Shankland then calmly played the ball through to Marc McNulty who was sitting free on his right hand side. McNulty took a second at the edge of the box, before placing a shot into the bottom far corner about as coolly as you could have liked. The game was now afoot, and United were now dominating the game’s action, with Harkes and Fuch’s both unlucky to not score. Then, in the 37th minute, the game was seriously about to change, as United won a free kick on the right hand side of the Aberdeen box. Clark played in an almost inch perfect, lofted cross to the Aberdeen back post, and the world stopped. If your experience was anything like mine, time appeared to move in slow motion as Ryan Edwards leapt gracefully into the air, towering over six (Six!) Aberdeen defenders to bullet a header straight into the back of the net. It was a moment that could only really be described as ‘euphoric’, or ‘scenes’, with the only downside being there were no travelling fans in Pittodrie to witness it. The stress of the first half was alleviated almost instantly and United strolled into the second half with a two goal lead.

United showed no signs of stopping or slowing down in the second half. In the 54th minute United rounded the game off with an incredible team goal that will hopefully be remembered as one of their best. It all started from a solid headed clearance from Edwards, thwarting an Aberdeen attack. His clearance proved too powerful for Johnny Hayes who couldn’t keep the ball under control, and his rushed pass fell to Smith in the middle of the United half. Smith then played the ball to Clark, who moved it back to Robson, who then passed the ball up to Smith now on the halfway line. From here Smith laid a pass into the path of Harkes, who played a quick one-two with Marc McNulty, who then drove the ball into the Aberdeen box, before slipping the ball through Wood’s legs to make it 3-0. United saw the game out comfortably with what proved to be one of the best away performances of the season. The good mood of the afternoon was greatly enhanced by the result of the following quarter final later that evening at Ibrox, where Rangers were dropped out of the cup by St Johnstone in exceptional circumstances. As a result, the Scottish Cup had been blown wide open in terms of competition, with every semi-finalist now having a realistic chance of winning the final. There was still a long way to go, but given the circumstances, you would have been forgiven for dreaming.

Written by Danny Flynn

Squad Statistics (as at April 25th, 2021)

2020-21 All Time
Deniz Mehmet (GK)28 10 - 25 -
Liam Smith25 311651
Mark Reynolds33 381871
Jamie Robson23 39 - 1642
Ryan Edwards27 294294
Jeando Fuchs23 21 - 21 -
Calum Butcher30 3311076
Ian Harkes26 392905
Nicky Clark29 36119433
Marc McNulty28 265265
Lawrence Shankland25 3286536
Luke Bolton (sub)21 301301
Peter Pawlett (sub)30 302675
Louis Appéré (sub)22 251627

League Table (as at April 25th, 2021)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 35 29 6 0 69 93
2. Celtic 35 21 10 4 48 73
3. Hibernian 35 17 8 10 13 59
4. Aberdeen 35 14 11 10 2 53
5. Livingston 35 12 8 15 -8 44
6. St Johnstone 35 10 11 14 -7 41
7. St Mirren 35 11 10 14 -7 43
8. Dundee Utd 35 10 12 13 -16 42
9. Motherwell 35 11 8 16 -17 41
10. Kilmarnock 35 9 5 21 -11 32
11. Ross County 35 8 6 21 -35 30
12. Hamilton 35 6 9 20 -31 27

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match