St Johnstone 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premiership)


St Johnstone 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
McDiarmid Park. Att. 4,635
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Graham Cummins (63)
Simon Lappin (80)
Billy Mckay (pen.) (26)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Joe Shaughnessy
Dave Mackay
Tam Scobbie
Brian Easton
Chris Millar
Murray Davidson
Liam Craig
Michael O'Halloran
Steven MacLean
Graham Cummins
Luis Zwick .51
Ryan McGowan .12
Callum Morris .5
Seán Dillon .2
Mark Durnan .17
John Souttar .4
Scott Fraser .22
Blair Spittal .20
John Rankin .8
Adam Taggart .29
Billy Mckay .7

Bench
Zander Clark
Simon Lappin
David Wotherspoon
John Sutton
Darnell Fisher
Chris Kane
Steven Anderson
Michal Szromnik .21
Coll Donaldson .28
Aidan Connolly .18
Charlie Telfer .16
Ryan Dow .14
Mario Bilate .19
Darko Bodul .30

Substitutions
Zander Clark for Michael O'Halloran (24)
David Wotherspoon for Chris Millar (67)
Simon Lappin for Steven MacLean (77)
Ryan Dow for Adam Taggart (58)
Mario Bilate for Scott Fraser (58)
Aidan Connolly for John Souttar (74)

Cautions
Murray Davidson (43)
Steven MacLean (47)
Liam Craig (88)
Scott Fraser (37)
Mark Durnan (57)

Red Cards
Alan Mannus (24) None.

Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)




Ticket stub / Admission info

Photography by DUFC Official

Match Report


There were four changes to the starting eleven from Tuesday evening’s victory over Dunfermline, in came Sean Dillon, John Souttar, Blair Spittal and Adam Taggart for Jamie Robson, Aaron Kuhl, Charlie Telfer and Darko Bodul.

United opened the scoring from the spot at 25 minutes, Alan Mannus bundling over Billy Mckay after they both looked to catch onto a through-ball. Up-stepped Mckay, who coolly converted from the spot.

After 50 minutes, Adam Taggart had a huge chance to add a second, however, the striker could only hit a tame strike into the arms of substitute Saints keeper Zander Clark. Just ten minutes after Taggart’s golden opportunity to put real daylight between the two sides, St Johnstone scored an equalizer, Graham Cummins finishing close-range from a Saints corner. With just over ten minutes remaining, substitute Aidan Connolly curled a well struck 25 yard effort just over Zander Clark’s crossbar. Just as United looked as if they were beginning to really pressurise the Saints defence with Connolly, Spittal and Bilate coming close, a dinked Simon Lappin volley put Saints into the lead with less than ten minutes remaining. United only really had one chance in the closing stages of the match, newly recovered striker Mario Bilate hitting a wild shot over the target.

Manager's Comment:
The Manager failed to appear after the match and was subsequently relieved of his duties after one defeat too many.

Fan's Comment:
“Time for some new ideas. Our bogey team strikes again.”

Formation: 4-2-3-1
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Billy Mckay

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

Match report written by Joe James



Squad Statistics (as at September 26th, 2015)


2015-16 All Time
Age
Luis Zwick (GK)21 10 - 10 -
Callum Morris25 41343
Ryan McGowan26 10 - 271
Seán Dillon32 512996
John Souttar19 7 - 592
Mark Durnan22 10 - 10 -
Blair Spittal19 103395
Scott Fraser20 8191
John Rankin32 7 - 17311
Adam Taggart22 3 - 3 -
Billy Mckay26 5353
Aidan Connolly (sub)20 6 - 302
Ryan Dow (sub)24 5 - 9611
Mario Bilate (sub)24 2 - 182






League Table (as at September 26th, 2015)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 9 8 0 1 11 24
2. Celtic 9 6 2 1 15 20
3. Hearts 9 5 1 3 3 16
4. Ross County 9 4 3 2 5 15
5. St Johnstone 9 3 2 4 0 11
6. Motherwell 9 3 1 5 -4 10
7. Hamilton 9 5 1 3 3 16
8. Dundee 9 3 3 3 -3 12
9. Inverness CT 9 2 4 3 -2 10
10. Kilmarnock 9 2 2 5 -10 8
11. Partick Th 9 0 3 6 -10 3
12. Dundee Utd 9 1 2 6 -8 2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.