Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Greenock Morton

League - Premiership Playoff QF 2nd Leg
Friday, May 12th, 2017, 7:45 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,606
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Dundee Utd  Greenock Morton

Simon Murray (52)
Wato Kuaté (64)
Blair Spittal (81)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Jamie Robson
Stewart Murdoch
Mark Durnan
William Edjenguélé
Willo Flood
Blair Spittal
Wato Kuaté
Tony Andreu
Thomas Mikkelsen
Simon Murray
James McGowan
Michael Doyle
Ricki Lamie
Thomas O'Ware
Mark Russell
Aidan Nesbitt
Andy Murdoch
Jamie Lindsay
Ross Forbes
Gary Oliver
Kudus Oyenuga

Luis Zwick
Paul Dixon
Coll Donaldson
Scott Fraser
Charlie Telfer
Scott Allardice
Ali Coote
Derek Gaston
Michael Tidser
Jon Scullion
Lawrence Shankland
Jamie McDonagh
Scott Tiffoney
Lewis Strapp

Charlie Telfer for Willo Flood (66)
Scott Fraser for Thomas Mikkelsen (84)
Ali Coote for Simon Murray (84)
Michael Tidser for Ross Forbes (63)
Lawrence Shankland for Jamie Lindsay (69)
Jamie McDonagh for Aidan Nesbitt (72)

William Edjenguélé (35)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 45 apps -
Jamie Robson 29 apps1 goal
Stewart Murdoch 29 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 74 apps8 goals
William Edjenguélé 37 apps2 goals
Willo Flood 194 apps7 goals
Blair Spittal 104 apps13 goals
Wato Kuaté 6 apps1 goal
Tony Andreu 38 apps19 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 22 apps8 goals
Simon Murray 71 apps23 goals
Scott Fraser (sub) 72 apps8 goals
Ali Coote (sub) 20 apps -
Charlie Telfer (sub) 67 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (19 years 149 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (32 years 40 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 76 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 340 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (32 years 40 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 282 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Wato Kuaté scored his first goal for the Club.

For the visit of Greenock Morton to Tannadice for the second leg of the Premiership Play-off Quarter Final tie, Ray McKinnon stuck with the same starting eleven that began the game at Cappielow on Tuesday, with the only change coming on the bench, Nicholls making way for the returning Scott Fraser. Counterpart Jim Duffy, however, made four changes to starting line-up which included Jamie McGowan replacing Gaston in the Morton goal.

The beginning of the game followed a similar pattern to Tuesday’s match with Morton holding the advantage in possession, but failed to make anything of the few chances that came their way. United were guilty of conceding both the ball and free kicks in dangerous areas, but on unlike Tuesday, Morton failed to test Cammy Bell in the home goal. Their clearest opportunity in the first half came after only five minutes, Kudus Oyenuga’s effort though was wide of the goal. United had chances too, despite a lack of accuracy with the final ball, Mikkelsen did well to chest the ball down, and get a shot off, but McGowan saved with ease. On twenty minutes Murray’s aggression and tenacity were almost rewarded as he did well to win the ball in the Morton box and fire a cross come shot, which Mikkelsen only just failed to make contact with at the back post, the ball running out of play. Ten minutes before the break Edjenguele was cautioned by referee Dallas for pulling back Forbes as Morton threatened. McGowan then produced a wonderful save from an Andreu header, again Mikkelsen stretched to get on the end of the deflection, but missed out by inches in front of an open goal. United had penalty appeals waved away as the half drew to a close, Mikkelsen appearing to be nudged off the ball as a cross was swung in, but the referee ignored his pleas.

Again Morton came out of the traps quickly and immediately forced a corner in front of the Eddie Thompson stand, but similar to the previous forty-five minutes, the delivery was poor and the chance cleared. Six minutes into the half United took the lead. Morton skipper O’Ware, who has been a stand out all season, will not want to watch a replay as his failure to clear a Murdoch cross saw the ball land at Simon Murray's feet 6 yards out and the United striker finished high into the net and wheeled away in delight. Three minutes later Morton should have been level as Oyenuga evaded Durnan six yards from goal but could only fire his header over the bar, much to the relief of the Tannadice faithful. The Tangerines were now taking control of the match, confidence from a two goal aggregate lead and a jaded looking Morton team allowed the United midfield to play some impressive football. United’s second goal was a thing of beauty as Wato Kuaté gathered the ball twenty five yards out, cut back onto his left foot and lashed an unstoppable effort past McGowan. He then ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the United fans. McKinnon made an immediate change, swapping Willo Flood for Charlie Telfer, with the tie all but over, thoughts turning to the next game against Falkirk. Mikkelsen and Spittal both had further efforts which failed to test the Morton keeper and Kuate, buoyed by his goal, was showing his skill with some impressive flicks and passes. With ten minutes remaining any lingering hopes of a Morton come back were dashed: as Mikkelsen looked to be felled in the box for a clear penalty, Simon Murray did not wait for the whistle but he squared the ball to Blair Spittal who drove home from twelve yards to kill off the tie. Late substitutions saw Murray and Mikkelsen withdrawn and replaced by Ali Coote and, to a huge cheer, Scott Fraser returning from injury. The game was very similar to Tuesday’s match against the same opposition, Morton controlled much of the first half but were blown away in the second by a fantastic attacking display by the men in tangerine.

Match report written by Gordon Aitchison

Photography by DUFC Official


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 36 19 14 3 59 25 34 71
2. Falkirk 36 16 12 8 58 40 18 60
3. UNITED 36 15 12 9 50 42 8 57
4. Morton 36 13 13 10 44 41 3 52
5. Dunfermline 36 12 12 12 46 43 3 48
6. Queen of the South 36 11 10 15 46 52 -6 43
7. St Mirren 36 9 12 15 52 56 -4 39
8. Dumbarton 36 9 12 15 46 56 -10 39
9. Raith Rovers 36 10 9 17 35 52 -17 39
10. Ayr United 36 7 12 17 33 62 -29 33
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