The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Injuries sustained in Saturday's victory over Dundee rule out Mark Wilson and Jim Hamilton for tonight’s encounter with St Johnstone; replacing those two in the starting XI are David Hannah and Steven Thompson. United impose themselves on Saints from the kick-off and are first to threaten with Lilley’s snapshot in two minutes. There are half-chances at both ends, but Lilley is one player who will wish he had done better with his effort in 22 minutes, firing a weak left-footed shot at goal for Miller to gather easily. The same player makes amends in 29 minutes with a wonderful goal; McIntyre and Thompson combine to release Derek Lilley on a solo run towards goal. He keeps his cool and fires a low shot past Miller from 10 yards. United make it 2-0 in 37 minutes! Steven Thompson does all the hard work by capitalising on McCluskey’s error before running towards goal and cutting the ball back for Charlie Miller to side-foot home from 12 yards. It gets better for United in 45 minutes when Derek Lilley latches on to a loose ball and fires the ball into the back of the net, again from 12 yards, underneath the body of the advancing Miller. There is a real lack of fluency to the early stages of the second half due to a number of fouls committed as Saints try to haul themselves back into contention, and it’s from a free-kick that United score their fourth goal. Thompson is upended by McCluskey 20 yards out in 51 minutes; Miller rolls the ball just a few feet and Derek Lilley thunders a terrific shot into the top left hand corner of the net for his hat-trick. Saints make a change in 55 minutes, swapping Jones for Parker. Jim McIntyre is booked in 65 minutes for persistent fouling and conceding the free-kick that Saints engineer a goal from, with Youssouf heading home Hartley’s free-kick. YUnited replace McIntyre with Venetis in 85 minutes and Thompson with Winters four minutes later. Charlie Miller is booked in 90 minutes for a foul on Keigan Parker.