0 - 3
David Robertson (49)
Noel Hunt (76)
Willo Flood (90)
David van Zanten
Euan McLean .13
Darren Dods .5
Seán Dillon .2
Stuart Duff .24
Garry Kenneth .18
Barry Robson .11
Prince Buaben .20
David Robertson .12
Willo Flood .6
Morgaro Gomis .16
Noel Hunt .10
Grzegorz Szamotulski .21
Ryan McCord .29
Greg Cameron .17
Mark Kerr .7
Craig Conway .15
Jordan Robertson .22
Ryan Dow .45
Stewart Kean for Stephen McGinn (57)
Craig Molloy for Franco Miranda (65)
Mark Kerr for David Robertson (80)
Hugh Murray (68)
Hugh Murray (81)
Morgaro Gomis (87)
|Hugh Murray (81)||None.|
Craig Thomson (Referee)
Three second half goals gave United a convincing victory at Love Street today. Strikes from David Robertson, Noel Hunt and Willo Flood secured three points against a lacklustre St Mirren side that ended the game with 10 men.
The first half was poor and neither goalkeeper, including Euan McLean who was in the side instead of the departing Szamotulski, had anything to do. The best chance of the half fell to United midfielder David Robertson. A high hanging cross to the back post was headed down by Garry Kenneth into the path of his defensive partner Darren Dods. His powerful strike was saved by the keeper but with the goal gaping and the ball at his feet, Robertson somehow managed to shoot high and wide from six yards out.
Robertson atoned for this error just four minutes into the second half. Skipper Barry Robson fired a cross into the box where three United players arrived unmarked. Stretching at the back post, Robertson somehow managed to get his foot to the ball and guide it into the top corner.
United were now well in control and could have doubled their lead in 63 minutes when a low ball across goal from Willo Flood was inches away from finding Noel Hunt who would have had a simple finish.
Prince Buaben then had a couple of chances. The first saw his side-footed shot go well wide. Ten minutes later he found himself through on goal after a neat flick from Hunt. Buaben advanced on Chris Smith in the St Mirren goal but the keeper was able to get a hand to his shot and turn the ball round the post.
The second goal finally arrived in the 76th minute. Willo Flood played a teasing ball in from a free kick 10 yards outside the box. Darren Dods got his head to the ball and it eventually found its way to Noel Hunt at the back post who was able to tap it in from just inches out.
St Mirren’s day then got worse when they were reduced to 10 men. Having already been booked for a body check on Flood, Hugh Murray then saw a second yellow and a mandatory red after bringing down Barry Robson 10 yards outside the St Mirren area.
The resultant free kick from Robson forced Smith to parry the ball into the feet of Buaben but he somehow managed to fall over his own man just yards from an open goal and the danger was cleared.
United rounded off an electrifying second half performance with a third in the last minute. Gomis picked up the ball on the left and cut inside. Beating two men on the edge of the box, he unselfishly laid the ball into the path of Willo Flood who fired an unstoppable right foot rocket into the far corner of the net.
|Euan McLean (GK)||21||3||-||4||-|
|Mark Kerr (sub)||25||14||-||164||5|
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