1 - 5
1 - 5
George D Grant (44)
Neil Dougall (27)
Neil Dougall (49)
Fred Slater (57)
Neil Dougall (75)
George D Grant
Peter Craigmyle (Aberdeen) (Referee)
For this afternoon friendly, former United inside forward Frank McKee missed out on a return to Tannadice for his new club Birmingham City, who, otherwise, fielded their strongest team. Despite a decent start, United's chances faded away during the second half as City's Neil Dougall netted a hat-trick to overpower the home side.
Henderson and Gibby McKenzie both tried their luck for United in the early stages, but it was Dougall who opened the scoring with a goal for City mid-way through the first half after a defensive clearance hit off referee Peter Craigmyle and the Birmingham man jumped on the chance and drove it into the far corner.
United fought back and just before the break they got their reward with a fine hook from George Grant, sending the ball home from an Ian Smart cross.
The second half started level but ended anything but. A chance for Emilio Pacione was thwarted before Dougall scored his second straight after. A headed knock-on from former Raith man Jackie Stewart was enough for Dougall to hit the ball first time past John Boyd to make it 2-1.
The floodgates opened and just before the hour, Fred Slater scored from close range before Dougall completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute, finishing off an impressive run.
Late on, George Henderson looked as though he may pull one back for United, however it was not to be, and the last goal of the game again fell to a Birmingham man, this time Stewart, who slotted home following a rebound from a Slater chance.
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