The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Dundee United came out on top in the first Dundee derby for more than four years, comfortably beating their first division neighbours 3-1 at Tannadice on Tuesday night.Goals from Andis Shala, Jon Daly and Danny Cadamarteri sealed the win for the Tangerines, giving them the bragging rights in the city until the teams next meet.The friendly, which was arranged to mark the installation of United’s new £270,000 floodlighting system, was also a joint fund-raising initiative to aid the Dark Blues and Tangerines of tomorrow.However, United Manager Craig Levein started with a strong eleven as he looked to continue his side’s good recent form.And, it took the home side just seven minutes to create their first goal-scoring opportunity.Craig Conway cut inside from the left and played the ball into the path of Cadamarteri, whose shot was turned just wide of the post by Derek Soutar in the Dundee goal.From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Prince Buaben some 20 yards from goal, but his shot flew just over the bar.A minute later, United had another chance when Cadamarteri crossed for Shala, but the German striker volleyed into the side netting.Dundee’s first attempt on goal came from a counter attack. The Dark Blues broke forward down the left and the ball was cut back to Colin McMenamin, but his shot was deflected just wide of the post.However, United continued to press for the opener and another quick break almost saw them take the lead. Cadamarteri collected the ball inside his own half and embarked on a solo jinking run, eventually crossing for Shala, who headed inches wide with the ‘keeper beaten.The Tangerines finally got the goal their efforts deserved on 18 minutes when Soutar spilled a cross at the feet of Darren Dods and the United captain squared the ball to Shala to turn the ball into the empty net.The Terrors thought they had doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when Cadamarteri floated a cross to the far post for Danny Swanson to volley beyond Soutar, only for the goal to be chalked off for offside.Then, against the run of play, Dundee drew level a minute later. United failed to deal with a punt up-field, giving Patrick Clarke space to latch on to the ball and fire the past Steve Banks to make it 1-1.The second half was interrupted by a raft of substitutions, with both managers taking the opportunity to field their young guns. However, it was the experienced pairing of David Robertson and Cadamarteri who combined to put the home side ahead once more. Robertson picked the ball up some 30 yards from goal and dinked the ball over the defence for the former Huddersfield striker to fire past Soutar on 68 minutes.The Arabs were then sent into delirium with a quarter of an hour remaining.A good move saw Paul Dixon find himself in acres of space on the left. He crossed from deep for the returning Daly, who gave Soutar no chance with his diving header.And it could have been four late on when the ball was cut back to Jennison Myrie-Williams, but he was denied by a brilliant diving save from Soutar.More chances followed in the closing stages, with both Daly and subs Dale Hilson and Greg Cameron coming close, but the majority of the 7,774 supporters still went home happy.They included members of the Black Watch, who recently returned home from Afghanistan and were invited to be the clubs’ guests of honour.