3 - 0
3 - 0
League Cup (Group A)
Adrián Sporle (26)
Lawrence Shankland (59)
Louis Appéré (86)
Logan Chalmers for Paul McMullan (76)
Ian Harkes for Nicky Clark (77)
Louis Appéré for Scott Banks (81)
|Jordan Allan for Michael Herd (45)|
David Lowe (Referee)
United claimed the first real chance of the game in the twelfth minute with academy graduate Scott Banks crossing the ball into Shankland who struck the ball from inside the penalty box. Unfortunately, the keeper was there to parry the ball. United won a further corner in the 20th minute, the ball falling to Clark who went for the incredible with his bicycle kick being deflected out for another corner, leading to Shankland heading the ball just wide of the post from seven yards out. Adrián Sporle took United ahead in the 27th minute of the game scoring his first goal for the Club, cushioning the ball into the back of the net, being assisted by Shankland. Scott Banks stood out throughout the first half being unlucky to fire just wide of the mark in the 32nd minute. Cowdenbeath keeper Dabrowski was also stretched to save Banks’s top corner attempt from outside the box just two minutes later. Dabrowski continued to play well for Cowdenbeath after another long-range effort from Shankland was saved in the centre of the goal with five minutes to go in the first half.
After some nice build up play from United in the 50th minute, Stanton curled the ball just wide of the post and out for a corner. Deniz was called into action in the 55th minute after Butcher was lobbed allowing Renton to take a shot from the edge of the box. Lawrence Shankland got United 2-0 ahead in the 58th minute of the game being assisted by an impressive Banks delivery. Dabrowski was fairly busy in the second half and saved Calum Butcher's shot on target from just outside the penalty box on the 61st minute. A goal line clearance from the Cowdenbeath defence denied Shankland from extending United’s lead to three goals after he managed to make his way round the away team’s keeper with just 15 minutes to go. Two second half substitutes linked up well in the 86th minute and Louis Appéré headed in United’s third goal of the game from the centre of the box after being crossed the ball by Logan Chalmers.
Match report written by Alasdair Marnoch
|Deniz Mehmet (GK)||26||1||-||14||-|
|Logan Chalmers (sub)||19||2||-||13||2|
|Ian Harkes (sub)||24||2||-||22||1|
|Louis Appéré (sub)||20||3||1||7||1|
No games played.
Welcome back to Tannadice for our first home matches of the season in the Betfred Cup. We go into the double header with Cowdenbeath and East Fife in fine fettle after drawing with Hearts and our victory at Stenhousemuir last Tuesday. I was delighted with the performance at Tynecastle and the work-rate of the players and I thought the fans were again sensational. Taking a support of just under 1200 for a televised match on such a wet night was nothing short of phenomenal. It was good to come away with a point and if disappointing not to have claimed the bonus point via the penalties, at least we scored one! That was a bit of getting the monkey off our back after drawing a shoot-out blank in the Play-off final last May. I am sure that the majority of teams outside of the Old Firm would have been absolutely delighted to come away from Tynecastle with a point. And it was good to get the three points last Tuesday at Stenhousemuir. Games like that are always hard, we are still in pre-season and the Astro adds to the difficulty. We made life hard for ourselves with a bit of slackness in certain areas which gave them a lift. But taking everything into account it was three points and we are sitting with four points from two hard games.
And that puts in a good position to earn us a place in the last 16 and then with a decent draw can make the quarters, which would be good because we want to get as far as we can in this competition. But that is jumping the gun because we must win these two games to stay in contention.
The two Fife clubs whom we welcome over the next four days are ones I know realty well, having played for both. I had a great time when I was on loan to Cowdenbeath for half a season when as a 17-year-old. It was a great experience. Quite a bit later, actually towards the very end of my playing career, I was assistant manager at Methil, but also played a handful of games before retiring. So these are two clubs of which I have fond memories, so am looking forward to playing them. Though these are our last competitive games before the league starts next month, the way the fixtures have panned out has been good as it gives us a break before meeting Inverness Caley Thistle here a week on Saturday. And our final preparation for that will be the friendly at Shrewsbury which I am sure our fans will enjoy and sets us up well for that first league game in an exciting start to the new term with away games at Partick Thistle and Dunfermline before the derby at the end of August And hopefully that schedule will also include a second round BetFred Cup tie.