Dundee Utd 1
Dunfermline 1
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Championship)
Saturday, August 12th, 2023
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,892
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mathew Cudjoe-Anim (90)
Craig Wighton (61)

Team Managers
Jim Goodwin
James McPake

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Walton
31. Declan Gallagher
8. Liam Grimshaw
4. Kevin Holt
33. Scott McMann
22. Kieran Freeman
14. Craig Sibbald
28. Mathew Cudjoe-Anim
15. Glenn Middleton
32. Tony Watt
9. Louis Moult
Harrison Sharp .20
Ewan Otoo .6
Kyle Benedictus .4
Sam Fisher .15
Josh Edwards .3
Joe Chalmers .8
Paul Allan .18
AaronComrie .2
Chris Hamilton .5
Michael O'Halloran .23
Craig Wighton .9

13. Jack Newman
6. Ross Graham
5. Ollie Denham
25. Flynn Duffy
11. Logan Chalmers
17. Archie Meekison
18. Kai Fotheringham
21. Declan Glass
27. Rory Macleod
Ben Summers .16
Andrew Tod .28
Miller Fenton .19
Taylor Sutherland .26
Max Little .44

Archie Meekison for Kieran Freeman (30)
Kai Fotheringham for Glenn Middleton (74)
Declan Glass for Tony Watt (74)
Andrew Tod for Paul Allan (57)
Ben Summers for Michael O'Halloran (57)

None. Chris Hamilton (9)
Sam Fisher (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Euan Anderson (Referee)
Gordon McCabe & John Stewart (Assistants)

Match Report

A week removed from their goal-glut at Gayfield, United welcomed Dunfermline to Tannadice – and to say it was a different story would be no understatement as a bumper crowd of almost 9000 turned out to watch United snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat.

Missing captain Ross Docherty, Jim Goodwin drafted in Kieran Freeman to cover his absence in what was the only change to the side.

The game started at a high tempo, and United showed signs of the same attacking energy they exhibited just eight days before. Tony Watt was first to come close on seven minutes, foxing a defender on the edge of the box with a stepover before firing a shot low and wide of the far post.

Just a minute later, Jack Walton had to look alive to save a Chris Hamilton shot after the striker volleyed at goal from a Michael O'Halloran cross.

Chances followed for Scott McMann, firing low through a packed box, but easily saved by Sharp, then again just afterward with a looping shot into the box.

It proved to be a short afternoon for the incoming Freeman, substituted off in place of Archie Meekison on 30 minutes after suffering an injury. Blocked chances at both ends followed as the first half came to a conclusion.

The second period started and an faint air of frustration was creeping into the air in stark contrast to last week. Matthew Cudjoe came close just a few minutes in with a volley that was tipped over the bar, drawing applause from the crowd.

It would be fair to say that neither side were colouring themselves in glory when it came to accuracy in front of goal. That was, until the 61st minute. A ball sent in to the box by Josh Edwards connected with the glancing head of Craig Wighton, and the Pars man directed the ball beyond the reach of Walton for the opener.

The manager made changes as the half wore on, Kai Fotheringham replacing Glenn Middleton and Declan Glass coming on for Tony Watt, but it was beginning to seem like an all-too-familiar afternoon as United attacked the East Stand with little to show for their efforts.

Cudjoe was again in the thick of it with fifteen minutes of normal time remaining, and connecting with a Grimshaw knock-on, he showed some class to juggle the ball past the defender and fire just wide of the post.

But the lion's share of chances were flying high and wide for United, with Craig Sibbald, Fotheringham and Glass all missing the target as time ran out.

Then, five minutes into stoppage time, a moment to savour for the United fans – Matthew Cudjoe, accepting a Fotheringham pass 20 yards from goal, proceeded to fire a rocket into the top corner of the net. The goal sent United fans into raptures as a point was secured right at the death.

Heartbreak for a Dunfermline side who thought they may have notched an early scalp, but ultimately a feeling of just about getting out of jail for United, who on the whole will have felt disappointed to have dropped points in their first home league match of the new season.

Written by Niall Harkiss

Squad Statistics (as at August 12th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Jack Walton (GK)25 6 - 6 -
Liam Grimshaw28 5 - 5 -
Kevin Holt30 6262
Kieran Freeman23 4 - 633
Scott McMann27 6 - 71 -
Declan Gallagher32 2 - 2 -
Glenn Middleton23 61416
Mathew Cudjoe-Anim19 62242
Craig Sibbald28 52463
Tony Watt29 6 - 465
Louis Moult31 4242
Archie Meekison (sub)21 6 - 291
Kai Fotheringham (sub)20 41181
Declan Glass (sub)23 6 - 342

League Table (as at August 12th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Queen's Park 2 2 0 0 +2 6
2. DUNDEE UTD 2 1 1 0 +4 4
3. Raith Rovers 2 1 1 0 +1 4
4. Dunfermline 2 1 1 0 +1 4
5. Morton 2 1 0 1 +1 3
6. Airdrie 2 1 0 1 0 3
7. Ayr Utd 2 1 0 1 -1 3
8. Partick Th 2 0 1 1 -1 1
9. Inverness CT 2 0 0 2 -2 0
10. Arbroath 2 0 0 2 -5 0

League results since United's last match
5th August 2023
Inverness CT1-2Queen's Park
Morton3-1Ayr Utd
Partick Th2-2Raith Rovers
12th August 2023
Airdrie2-1Partick Th
Ayr Utd1-0Inverness CT
Dundee Utd1-1Dunfermline
Queen's Park2-1Arbroath
Raith Rovers3-2Morton