Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 5:15 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,107
Referee: Nick Walsh
Dundee Utd  Dumbarton

Goalscorers
Tony Andreu (22)
Thomas Mikkelsen (79)
Robert Thomson (35)
Lewis Vaughan (65)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Stewart Murdoch
Coll Donaldson
Mark Durnan
Jamie Robson
Blair Spittal
Wato Kuaté
Tony Andreu
Willo Flood
Thomas Mikkelsen
Simon Murray
Alan Martin
Ross McCrorie
Gregor Buchanan
Daniel Harvie
Darren Barr
Stuart Carswell
Robert Thomson
Sam Stanton
Andy Stirling
Lewis Vaughan
Christian Nade

Substitutes
Luis Zwick
Paul Dixon
Seán Dillon
Charlie Telfer
Scott Allardice
Ali Coote
Alex Nicholls
Jamie Ewings
Mark Docherty
Thomas Lang
Calum Gallagher
Garry Fleming
David Smith
Joseph Nuttall

Substitutions
Ali Coote for Wato Kuaté (73)
Mark Docherty for Lewis Vaughan (76)
Garry Fleming for Christian Nade (84)
David Smith for Sam Stanton (90)

Bookings
Blair Spittal (39)
Coll Donaldson (49)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 42 apps -
Stewart Murdoch 26 apps1 goal
Coll Donaldson 43 apps -
Mark Durnan 71 apps8 goals
Jamie Robson 26 apps1 goal
Blair Spittal 101 apps10 goals
Wato Kuaté 3 apps -
Tony Andreu 35 apps19 goals
Willo Flood 191 apps7 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 19 apps8 goals
Simon Murray 69 apps21 goals
Ali Coote (sub) 17 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (19 years 136 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (32 years 27 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 165 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 327 days)
Oldest Player:Seán Dillon (33 years 282 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 129 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

This Dundee United versus Dumbarton fixture had been selected for live broadcast by BBC Alba and therefore kicked off at 5:15pm. As such, the United players and fans were aware that fellow challengers for second place, Falkirk, had drawn 2-2 at home to Queen of the South and that their destiny was now in their own hands. Ray McKinnon made two changes to his starting eleven from the side which had defeated St Mirren 3-2 at Tannadice in their last match with Coll Donaldson replacing William Edjenguélé who was beginning a two match suspension and Wato Kuate coming in for his first Dundee United start in place of Scott Allardice.

United flew out of the traps and could have and probably should have taken the lead in the first minute. The ball broke to Simon Murray in the Dumbarton box however he couldn’t keep his effort down. The United faithful didn’t have to wait long for their team fashion another chance as a mere 60 seconds later another gilt edged chance was created. After great work between Robson and Spittal, the latter sent an excellent cross into the six yard box which just eluded Murray and was turned around for a corner by the Dumbarton defence just as Mikkelsen was ready to pounce at the back post. Spittal again was at the centre of another Murray chance on six minutes. Another delightful ball into the six yard box found Murray this time however he couldn’t finish from close range. Dumbarton threatened for the first time on 15th minutes with Christian Nade flashing a shot inches past Cammy Bell’s goal. United’s pressure and possession finally paid off when Tony Andreu opened the scoring on 22 minutes. After winning the corner himself, he converted Spittal’s corner with a bullet header into the roof of the net at the near post; 1-0 United. Murray nearly extended the Tangerines lead on 34 minutes but was foiled by a fantastic save by Alan Martin in the Dumbarton goal. Mikkelsen’s cross was met by Murray’s head however Martin produced a fantastic save to turn his effort wide. That save proved to be crucial just a minute later when Dumbarton equalised. The United defence could only half clear the corner and the ball was played back into the box by Carsewell, Robert Thompson was unmarked and finished with a point blank header past Cammy Bell.

Dumbarton started the brighter in the second half however a series of half chances failed to trouble Cammy Bell’s goal. They did however take the lead on 67 minutes. A misplaced United pass was collected by Sam Stanton who drove at the United defence and found Lewis Vaughan with a delightful through ball and Lewis Vaughan’s dicked finish over Bell was a moment of true quality. Knowing a point was enough to secure their Championship status Dumbarton’s defending was proving effective until the 79th minute when United equalised through Thomas Mikkelsen. Substitute Ali Coote collected Andreu’s pass and unleashed a shot from 22 yards which Martin could only parry into the path of Mikkelsen who finished to continue his goal scoring at Tannadice. Despite having constant possession and delivering numerous balls into the Dumbarton box United could not break down a stubborn Dumbarton defence which ensured their Championship safety with this result.

Match report written by Tommy McKay



Photography by DUFC Official

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 35 19 13 3 58 24 34 70
2. Falkirk 35 15 12 8 57 40 17 57
3. UNITED 35 15 11 9 49 41 8 56
4. Morton 35 13 12 10 43 40 3 51
5. Dunfermline 35 11 12 12 45 43 2 45
6. Queen of the South 35 11 10 14 46 51 -5 43
7. Dumbarton 35 9 12 14 46 55 -9 39
8. St Mirren 35 9 11 15 51 55 -4 38
9. Raith Rovers 35 9 9 17 33 51 -18 36
10. Ayr United 35 7 12 16 32 60 -28 33
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