Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 3:00 PM at East End Park
Attendance: 4,670
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Dunfermline Athletic Dundee Utd

John Herron (28) Tony Andreu (18)

Team Managers
Allan Johnston Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Sean Murdoch
Jason Talbot
Andrew Geggan
Lee Ashcroft
Callum Morris
Nat Wedderburn
Paul McMullan
Kallum Higginbotham
John Herron
Michael Moffat
Nicky Clark
Cammy Bell
Paul Dixon
Mark Durnan
Lewis Toshney
William Edjenguélé
Frank van der Struijk
Scott Fraser
Blair Spittal
Willo Flood
Tony Andreu
Thomas Mikkelsen

Lewis Martin
Callum Fordyce
David Hopkirk
Joe Cardle
Rhys McCabe
Gavin Reilly
David Hutton
Luis Zwick
Jamie Robson
Seán Dillon
Charlie Telfer
Nick van der Velden
Simon Murray
Tope Obadeyi

Joe Cardle for Paul McMullan (72)
Gavin Reilly for Michael Moffat (76)
David Hopkirk for Kallum Higginbotham (80)
Luis Zwick for Cammy Bell (45)
Simon Murray for Thomas Mikkelsen (67)

Nat Wedderburn (65) William Edjenguélé (5)
Paul Dixon (31)
Mark Durnan (50)
Tony Andreu (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 29 apps -
Paul Dixon 213 apps5 goals
Mark Durnan 57 apps6 goals
Lewis Toshney 22 apps1 goal
William Edjenguélé 22 apps2 goals
Frank van der Struijk 14 apps -
Scott Fraser 65 apps7 goals
Blair Spittal 93 apps9 goals
Willo Flood 178 apps7 goals
Tony Andreu 20 apps12 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 4 apps -
Luis Zwick (sub) (GK) 20 apps -
Simon Murray (sub) 54 apps18 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Blair Spittal (21 years 46 days)
Oldest Player:Frank van der Struijk (31 years 314 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 156 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (19 years 45 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 364 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


In snowy conditions at East End park, it was the home side who started off the better, having the first real chance of the game in the ninth minute. Mark Durnan lost possession in the middle of the park to Nicky Clark who advanced towards the United penalty area and unselfishly squared the ball across the box to Michael Moffat whose shot was brilliantly blocked and cleared from Edjenguele two yards out. However, it was McKinnon’s men who took the lead through Tony Andreu with his twelfth goal of the season. The game didn’t really spark into life until the twentieth minute when a beautifully curled shot from twenty yards out by Andreu after his initial shot was blocked. United then continued to push for their second goal of the game but couldn’t quite find it although Blair Spittal did come very close with a shot from the edge of the box that clipped the outside of the post. After that period of dominance for the visitors, it was the home side who got back into the game and equalised on the twenty ninth minute. Dunfermline got their equaliser against the run of play after the referee awarded them a free kick. From the free kick, United didn’t do enough to stop the cross from Higginbotham who seemed to have all the time in the world out on the left-hand side and his cross was met well by John Herron who in turn got to it before Cammy Bell and headed past the outcoming United keeper. United then had the better chances towards the end of the first half with Thomas Mikkelsen’s shot saved by Murdoch.

United had to make a change at half-time as Cammy Bell went off injured with a suspected jaw injury after a collision during the home sides equaliser and was replaced by Luis Zwick. Dunfermline started the second half the brighter of the two sides and had a chance to take the lead in the fifty third minute when Higginbotham pulled a free-kick back to Nate Wedderburn but his goal-bound shot was blocked. United then had a big shout for a penalty waved away by the referee when Durnan seemed to have his shirt pulled in the box and the defender and the United fans weren’t too happy with that decision. The Tangerines had an even better opportunity to take the lead when Scott Fraser danced his way into the box and pulled the ball back from Mikkelsen but his right footed shot was well blocked. It wasn’t until the seventy fifth minute that United managed to create another clear goal scoring opportunity and by this point both teams were going for the win with the game going from end to end. Andreu had a clear sight of goal after lovely inter-play from Murray and Spittal but was denied by a good save from Murdoch and the re-bound was blazed over by Andreu. Once again Murdoch was at the rescue for the home side after a brilliant save from a Spittal free kick from twenty-two yards out, which was destined for the top corner. Another chance then went begging for the visitors as Murray cut in from the left hand side but his shot went high and wide. Ten minutes later, Murdoch had to pull off a stunning acrobatic save high to his right to keep out a Spittal 22-yard free-kick and then sub Simon Murray cracked a shot just inches past the post as United piled on the pressure but couldn’t find the back of the net. It was then the home side who had the last chance of the game after they got in behind the United back line and Zwick did well to parry away a shot from the substitute Gavin Reilly.

Match report written by Stewart Buick

Photography by DUFC Official

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 22 14 6 2 37 11 26 48
2. UNITED 22 11 7 4 31 21 10 40
3. Morton 21 10 7 4 33 21 12 37
4. Falkirk 22 9 7 6 33 26 7 34
5. Queen of the South 23 7 7 9 30 34 -4 28
6. Dunfermline 22 6 8 8 28 31 -3 26
7. Raith Rovers 21 6 7 8 22 27 -5 25
8. Dumbarton 23 6 6 11 26 34 -8 24
9. Ayr United 22 4 8 10 20 35 -15 20
10. St Mirren 22 2 7 13 20 40 -20 13
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