Dundee Utd 1
Partick Th 1
League (Championship)


Dundee Utd
1 - 1
Partick Th 

League (Championship)
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,603
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Dillon Powers (19)
Stuart Bannigan (pen.) (52)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
44. Paul Watson
6. Mark Reynolds
5. Mark Connolly
2. Liam Smith
4. Dillon Powers
23. Ian Harkes
8. Peter Pawlett
14. Rakish Bingham
24. Lawrence Shankland
7. Paul McMullan
Scott Fox .22
Tom O'Ware .4
Darren Brownlie .5
Lewis Mayo .6
James Penrice .3
Stuart Bannigan .8
Reece Cole .12
Shea Gordon .14
Tommy Robson .15
Brian Graham .9
Zak Rudden .23

Bench
13. Deniz Mehmet
17. Jamie Robson
3. Adrián Sporle
22. Kieran Freeman
21. Declan Glass
40. Chris Mochrie
27. Louis Appéré
Jamie Sneddon .1
Darian MacKinnon .16
Lewis Mansell .18
Dario Zanatta .19
Jamie Barjonas .20
Lee O'Connor .21
Steven Saunders .43

Substitutions
Louis Appéré for Peter Pawlett (60)
Declan Glass for Rakish Bingham (78)
Dario Zanatta for Zak Rudden (67)
Jamie Barjonas for Shea Gordon (80)
Lewis Mansell for Brian Graham (85)

Cautions
Paul Watson (52)
Mark Reynolds (76)
Lewis Mayo (72)
Brian Graham (82)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Roncone (Referee)


Photography by DUFC Official

Match Report


After forcing a corner inside the opening 20 seconds, the Tangerines enjoyed most of the early possession, but it was Partick who spurned a glaring opportunity in the ninth minute. After Paul Watson miscued a headed clearance, Zak Rudden had clear space to drive into the box. He squared the ball for ex United forward Brian Graham seven yards out, however Benjamin Siegrist spread himself brilliantly to make a vital save. Three minutes later, after more Partick pressure, Darren Brownlie crossed for Tam O’Ware whose close-range header might have found the net had it not been straight at Siegrist. In the 17th minute the hosts created their first clear opportunity after Liam Smith and Rakish Bingham combined down the right. The latter sent in a low ball which Lawrence Shankland swiped at before it fell to Ian Harkes whose turn and shot was deflected behind. There wasn’t long to wait for the opener however, and when it did it was a thing of beauty. Mark Reynolds, deployed at left back for the second successive game, found himself in an advanced position down the flank and his cut back was only hacked clear to the edge of the box. Waiting in the perfect position was Dillon Powers who killed the ball before firing in a vicious right foot curler into the top corner, which left goalkeeper Scott Fox rooted. Thereafter, despite both sides trying to push forward, defences stayed on top as the game reached half time with United enjoying a slender lead.

There was a bad start to the second half for the hosts after Watson conceded a penalty in the 51st minute. Tommy Robson had cut inside Watson who instinctively grabbed the shoulder of the tricky wide man to pull him down inside the box. Stuart Bannigan stepped up and slotted the kick low into Siegrist’s bottom left corner, just beyond his fingertips. Acadmy Graduate Appéré was sent on for Pawlett with half an hour left and minutes later he delivered a dangerous low cross across the face of goal which had no takers. McMullan slipped the ball inside to Harkes who curled a left foot shot towards the bottom corner which Fox turned away before Partick broke forward on the counter, the move ending with Graham blazing over. A quick throw from Shankland and then a Harkes flick put in McMullan and from a tight angle he forced Fox to block away for a corner. From the set piece Fox again had to react as the ball ricocheted off a Partick head towards goal with the hosts upping the tempo. The visitors from another breakaway won a free kick on the edge of the box and Cole’s strong right foot shot was blocked well by Reynolds at the expense of a corner. Academy Graduate Declan Glass came on for Bingham with 12 minutes to play and immediately showed his intent as he took the ball towards goal; sadly the final shot was sent high over. With five minutes left, McMullan again set up Harkes who, after a great first touch, drilled a snapshot wide. It was the home side who pushed hardest for a winner late on but Thistle sub Dario Zanatta had the last opening of the match, only to send his shot from just inside the box high over.

Match report written by Ally Stewart



Squad Statistics (as at March 7th, 2020)


2019-20 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 33 - 71 -
Liam Smith23 34 - 34 -
Mark Reynolds32 31 - 49 -
Paul Watson29 231525
Mark Connolly28 221371
Peter Pawlett29 201373
Dillon Powers29 101101
Ian Harkes24 312513
Paul McMullan24 29311219
Rakish Bingham26 5 - 5 -
Lawrence Shankland24 33283328
Declan Glass (sub)19 7 - 171
Louis Appéré (sub)20 336376


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at March 7th, 2020)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 3 3 0 0 +8 9
2. Arbroath 3 2 0 1 +3 6
3. Ayr Utd 2 1 0 1 +1 3
4. Dunfermline 2 1 0 1 +1 3
5. Alloa Athletic 2 1 0 1 0 3
6. Morton 3 1 0 2 -1 3
7. Dundee 2 1 0 1 -1 3
8. Partick Th 2 1 0 1 -2 3
9. QOS 3 1 0 2 -3 3
10. Inverness CT 2 0 0 2 -6 0