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|Josh Falkingham (11)||
Ryan Gauld (22)
David Goodwillie (52)
Ryan Dow (59)
Fayssal El Bakhtaoui
Stephen Husband for Luke Johnston (58)
Lewis Spence for Kevin Buchan (58)
Michal Hrivňák for Ryan Scully (63)
Ryan Williamson for Alex Whittle (66)
John Potter for Kerr Young (71)
Lewis Martin for Callum Morris (71)
Craig Dargo for Shaun Byrne (71)
Fayssal El Bakhtaoui for Josh Falkingham (71)
John Souttar for Keith Watson (59)
Neal Trotman for Seán Dillon (59)
Gavin Gunning for Calum Butcher (59)
Kudus Oyenuga for Paul Paton (59)
John Rankin for Stuart Armstrong (59)
Michael Gardyne for Chris Erskine (59)
Ryan Dow for Gary Mackay-Steven (59)
Nadir Çiftçi for Ryan Gauld (59)
George Salmond (Referee)
Manager Jackie McNamara lined United up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Butcher partnering Sean Dillon in the heart of defence, and Keith Watson and Robertson at full back. Paton partnered Stuart Armstrong in midfield, with youngster Ryan Gauld in a free role behind Goodwillie, and Gary Mackay-Steven and Erskine at either side.
United had the first chance within the first five minutes when Gauld played a neat ball through to Goodwillie, who tried to take it round keeper Ryan Scully, only for the Pars stopper to make a good save at his feet. Dunfermline started doggedly and were gradually working their way through the United defence when they took the lead with a fine goal after 11 minutes. A corner was cleared only to the edge of the penalty area and Josh Falkingham fired in a sweet strike which left McCallum with little chance. After 22 minutes, United drew level with a stunning free kick from Ryan Gauld. After Armstrong went down on the edge of the box, the teenager Ryan Gauld stepped up and struck a beautiful left-footed effort into the back of the net.After a sluggish start, United started to get going after half an hour and Mackay-Steven produced an outstanding bit of wing wizardry, before being scythed down cynically by Kerr Young. Armstrong then played a ball in from the right which Mackay-Steven met first time but Scully saved. Much of United’s good play was coming from Ryan Gauld, and the youngster was drawing defenders to him, which created space for others. In one such instance Andrew Robertson, who was a constant threat down the left, swung in a superb ball from the left which Goodwillie stooped to head just wide. Paul Paton then fired an effort just wide.
Within a few minutes of the restart, United came close to taking the lead when Armstrong ghosted past a few players on the left of the box and delivered a brilliant centre for Goodwillie, who sclaffed his close-range effort with the goal gaping. A frantic minute then saw the ball smack Ryan Scully’s post twice. First Robertson played in Mackay-Steven, who then centred for Goodwillie, only for defender Calum Morris to nip in ahead of him and batter an effort off his own post. United then attacked again and Erskine fired an effort off the post, then proceeded to nearly bundle the ball over the line. With the Tangerines now well on top and playing some good passing movements they finally did take the lead in the 52nd minute as David Goodwillie strode onto a through ball and drilled an effort low beyond Scully, giving Arabs the first chance to chant his name in nearly two years. The away side were now playing some fine stuff, and a long winding run from Gauld led to him teeing up Erskine, who centred for Goodwillie to fire wide. It was to be substitute Ryan Dow who made the most immediate impact, though, as he took his first touch of the game to control the ball then curled an outstanding effort from 25 yards into the bottom corner to give United a 3-1 lead on the hour mark. With only a quarter of an hour to go former Queens Park left back Andrew Robertson was the only player from the United starting line-up still on the park, and he was showing no signs of tiring. Another great run took him to the left edge of the area, then his centre dropped just beyond the post. Dunfermline pressed hard in the final minutes and McCallum needed to make a fantastic one handed stop from substitute Craig Dargo, and trialist Trotman had to make a good saving challenge at the feet of the same striker as the home side looked for a way back into the match. Trotman then showed himself to be a threat in attack as well, connecting well with a cross to glance a header into Scully’s arms.
Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page
No league table has been added for this season.