The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
United couldn’t have started the game any better, taking the lead in the fourth minute through an instinctive finish from Simon Murray ten yards out after Fraser had played the ball in behind the Queen of the South defence. There was a huge let off for the visitors when new signing Thomas Mikkelsen went through on goal and appeared to have his jersey pulled by Dowie but the referee waved away any protests. Queen of the South equalised just before the half hour mark as a free kick was floated towards the back post from Marshall whose ball was brought down by Daniel Carmichael who in turn clipped the ball across the face of the goal. Stephen Dobbie then showed great composure to fire home past Bell. Towards the end of the first half Queen of the South keeper Lee Robinson was forced to make two impressive saves, firstly from Murray and then from Tony Andreu.Just seven minutes in, the visitors went ahead after Dobbie played a through ball to Joe Thomson who pulled away from Mark Durnan and slotted the ball home through Bell’s legs. Gary Naysmith’s men then doubled their advantage when Dom Thomas lashed a whipped left footed strike from 20 yards out high into the top right hand corner of the net past the diving Bell. United then made a couple of substitutions when Charlie Telfer and Tope Obadeyi came on to replace Stuart Murdoch and the somewhat quiet Andreu. Obedayi chased down a seemingly lost cause and managed to provide a cross that was met by Lewis Toshney whose cut back which was half cleared from the Queen of the South defence but fell very kindly to Scott Fraser who, 12 yards out, steered a left footed shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net. The home team now had the momentum in the game, with the visitors sitting deeper as the game went on. McKinnon put ex Doonhamer Durnan up front in an effort to turn things round. The pressure from the home side paid off when Obedayi provided the pass across the six-yard box and Simon Murray slotted home second of the game and his eleventh goal of the season. The Terrors were unlucky not to sneak a winner at the death when a Durnan header was saved by a diving Robinson to his left-hand side.Match report written by Stewart Buick
Photography by DUFC Official