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League (Premiership)
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Dens Park. Att. 11,447
12:30 PM Kick-off

Greg Stewart (90) Mario Bilate (pen.) (25)
Ryan Dow (54)
Callum Morris (59)
Keith Watson (79)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Kyle Letheren
Paul McGinn
James McPake
Thomas Konrad
Gary Irvine
Paul McGowan
Simon Ferry
Jim McAlister
Phil Roberts
Gary Harkins
Greg Stewart
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Seán Dillon .2
Keith Watson .12
Callum Morris .14
Jarosław Fojut .5
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Chris Erskine .17
Ryan Dow .18
Mario Bilate .19

Scott Bain
Kevin McBride
David Clarkson
Luka Tankulić
Martin Boyle
Cammy Kerr
Craig Wighton
Michal Szromnik .26
Euan Spark .33
Blair Spittal .24
Stuart Armstrong .10
Charlie Telfer .21
Aidan Connolly .22
Scott Smith .23

Luka Tankulić for Phil Roberts (57)
Craig Wighton for Gary Harkins (66)
Martin Boyle for Simon Ferry (75)
Stuart Armstrong for Chris Erskine (58)
Blair Spittal for Mario Bilate (68)
Scott Smith for Paul Paton (81)

Thomas Konrad (24)
Greg Stewart (71)
Chris Erskine (40)
Paul Paton (45)
Ryan Dow (54)
Keith Watson (73)

Red Cards
Thomas Konrad (90) None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United's best performance of the season thus far ensured a comfortable win over their near neighbours in the first derby match of the season. Ryan Dow recovered from injury to replace the suspended Ciftci, otherwise it was an unchanged line up to the last outing against Hamiltion.

The game got off to a brisk start and it was United who looked most likely to open the scoring. Early in the game, Ciftci found himself in space and his blistering shot was turned over the bar before he noticed the flag up on the far side. A crunching tackle by Paton just inside the Dundee half allowed Mackay-Steven to collect the loose ball and drive towards goal. With his pace unrelenting, he feigned to cut inside before taking the ball outside Konrad and enticed a clumsy foul by the German. Penalty to United and a chance for the side to claim a foothold in the match. Mario Bilate stepped up to neatly slot the ball into the corner of the net. Although dominant, there were few clear opportunities for United in the remainder of the half and Dundee were near non-existent as an attacking force.

With United playing towards the sell out away end in the second half, the game became somewhat of a procession. A mix up in the Dundee defence allowed Rankin to nick the ball and play in Ryan Dow who patiently worked his way to goal before finding sufficient space to slide the ball low into the bottom left corner to double United's lead. Shortly afterwards a Paton free kick was headed home by Callum Morris for his first goal for the club. Then from an almost identical position Paton supplied another free-kick which was nodded home by Keith Watson at the far post to complete the rout. In the dying minutes, Dundee's Konrad was ordered off and the home side notched a consolation goal from Greg Stewart.

Manager's Comment:
"As a team we were excellent, organised and disciplined. The back four were outstanding, Paton was immense and the rest of them were very good. There's little things I'd be slightly critical of in terms of the last pass going into the final third, but we carried a threat all afternoon."

Fan's Comment:
"Only one winner in this first derby of the season. All the more enjoyable as Dundee entered this game on a good run of form. GMS looked back to his best and tormented the Dundee defence. Really pleasing to see goals coming from all over the pitch today, two defenders a midfielder and our striker all on target."

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2014)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 7 - 98 -
Callum Morris24 7171
Jarosław Fojut26 7272
Seán Dillon31 2 - 2634
Keith Watson24 7114311
Paul Paton27 7 - 522
Chris Erskine27 73164
John Rankin31 7113810
Gary Mackay-Steven24 7111323
Ryan Dow23 62658
Mario Bilate23 7272
Stuart Armstrong (sub)22 4 - 13016
Scott Smith (sub)19 1 - 3 -
Blair Spittal (sub)18 4141

League Table (as at September 21st, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.