Arbroath 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

(Won 5 - 3 on pens.)
League Cup - Group C - North
Friday, July 15th, 2016, 7:45 PM at Gayfield Park
Attendance: 3,124
Referee: Don Robertson
Arbroath Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Colin Hamilton (90) Henri Anier (84)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Robbie Mutch
Mark Whatley
Gary Phillips
Ricky Little
Colin Hamilton
Ryan McCord
Omar Kader
Martin Scott
Bryan Prunty
Steven Doris
Bobby Linn
Cammy Bell
Paul Dixon
Harry Souttar
Coll Donaldson
Lewis Toshney
Blair Spittal
Scott Fraser
Charlie Telfer
Stewart Murdoch
Simon Murray
Tope Obadeyi

Bench
Gavin Malin
Michael Dunlop
David Gold
Liam Callaghan
Josh Thomson
Kane Hester
Ricky Gomes
Luis Zwick
Jamie Robson
Seán Dillon
Ali Coote
Justin Johnson
Cammy Smith
Henri Anier

Substitutions
Josh Thomson for Ryan McCord (46)
David Gold for Bryan Prunty (75)
Liam Callaghan for Bobby Linn (86)
Justin Johnson for Blair Spittal (68)
Cammy Smith for Tope Obadeyi (68)
Henri Anier for Simon Murray (81)

Bookings
Ryan McCord (34) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Paul Dixon 196 apps5 goals
Harry Souttar 3 apps1 goal
Coll Donaldson 23 apps -
Lewis Toshney 1 app (debut) -
Blair Spittal 69 apps9 goals
Scott Fraser 38 apps2 goals
Charlie Telfer 34 apps4 goals
Stewart Murdoch 1 app (debut) -
Simon Murray 26 apps7 goals
Tope Obadeyi 1 app (debut) -
Justin Johnson (sub) 5 apps1 goal
Cammy Smith (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Henri Anier (sub) 26 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Harry Souttar (17 years 271 days)
Oldest Player:Cammy Bell (29 years 308 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 332 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Harry Souttar (17 years 271 days)
Oldest Player:Seán Dillon (32 years 359 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 146 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Cammy Bell(Signed June 22nd, 2016)
Lewis Toshney(Signed June 28th, 2016)
Stewart Murdoch(Signed June 14th, 2016)
Tope Obadeyi(Signed July 1st, 2016)
Cammy Smith(Signed July 13th, 2016)

Milestones

Ray McKinnon’s managerial reign at Dundee United began with a group phase visit to Arbroath for the newly formatted League Cup competition - now known as the Betfred Cup. McKinnon’s new-look side featured summer signings Cammy Bell in goal, Lewis Toshney, Stewart Murdoch and Tope Obadeyi, but there was no place for Willo Flood, who was still recovering from a knock he picked up for Aberdeen days before his return to Tannadice. On-loan Dons striker Cammy Smith had to settle for a place on the bench. Former United youth Ryan McCord was in the Arbroath line-up.

Arbroath created a glorious chance to take the lead in the 15th minute, when Bobby Linn split the United defence leaving Steven Doris with just Bell to beat, but the new keeper rushed from his line to save with his feet. United then pushed for the opener, with Murdoch trying his luck with a long-range effort that went narrowly past the post. In the 20th minute Obadeyi cut inside and saw his left-foot drive parried by on-loan Aberdeen keeper Robbie Mutch, and the keeper did well to save at the feet of Simon Murray from the rebound. Prunty missed a golden chance for Arbroath at the back post on the half hour mark, and with five minuted to go before half time, Paul Dixon squared for Murray, but the former Arbroath man's effort was blocked by Mutch, and Scott Fraser sent the rebound over the bar.

Just after the break, Charlie Telfer had a snap-shot which was again blocked by the Arbroath defence, and in the 52nd minute Murray again saw an effort saved by Mutch. Murray finally got the better of Mutch midway through the second half, but his 25 yard strike struck the post. With the new concept of a draw going to penalties for an extra point in the group phase, the second hald began to fizzle out and a shoot-out seemed inevitable. However, with six minutes to go, substitutes Cammy Bell and Henri Anier combined, and the Estonian striker drove home from 15 yards after being put through on goal. But the drama wasn't finished, and in the final minute Colin Hamilton bundled the ball home on the goal-line for a point, and the first ever bonus penalty shoot-out.

Charlie Telfer, Coll Donaldson and Paul Dixon all scored from the spot for United, with Arbroath's Steven Doris, Mark Whatley also finding the net. With the score at 3-2 to United, Arbroath's Liam Callaghan saw his effort saved by Cammy Bell, and Harry Souttar put United 4-2 up. Colin Hamilton kept the Lichties in it with their fourth kick, but Scott Fraser fired in the final penalty for a 5-3 win.

Manager's Comment:
“We’re happy overall just to get the win. This game shows you have to switch on for the entire 90 minutes. I don’t think Cammy Bell had a save to make but then Arbroath go and equalise right at the death. That’s the only disappointing thing from our point of view. “We should have won in the 90 minutes and we’ve only had one and a half games together as a team."

Fan's Comment:
“A strange experience - a competitive match in early July, standing on the terraces at Gayfield, wearing a coat with the sun creeping out behind the rain clouds. United did well in the first half and should have been in front, but the second half felt like a pre-season friendly. The late goal should have been enough, but United switched off at the death. It was another strange experience watching a penalty shoot-out where you know if you lose you aren't out of the competition.”

Captain: Paul Dixon
Archive 'Man of the Match': Lewis Toshney

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

Match report written by Bryan Orr



Photography by DUFC Official

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