Dundee Utd 2 - 0 Raith Rovers

League Cup - Group C
Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 3,753
Referee: Steven McLean
Dundee Utd  Raith Rovers

Paul McMullan (59)
James Keatings (pen.) (72)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Deniz Mehmet
William Edjenguélé
Tam Scobbie
Lewis Toshney
Mark Durnan
Scott Fraser
Scott Allardice
Billy King
Jordie Briels
James Keatings
Paul McMullan
Aaron Lennox
Jason Thomson
Ross Callachan
Euan Murray
Kyle Benedictus
Greig Spence
Scott Robertson
Liam Buchanan
Lewis Vaughan
Bobby Barr
Ian Davidson

Harry Lewis
Jamie Robson
Coll Donaldson
Archie Thomas
Cammy Ballantyne
Sam Stanton
Patrick N'Koyi
Rory Brian
Andreas Thorsen
Ross Matthews
Yaw Osei-Opoku
Jonny Court
Dave McKay
James Berry

Sam Stanton for Scott Allardice (69)
Patrick N'Koyi for Scott Fraser (75)
Archie Thomas for James Keatings (88)
Ross Matthews for Bobby Barr (77)
Yaw Osei-Opoku for Greig Spence (77)

None. Ross Matthews (82)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Deniz Mehmet (GK) 1 app (debut) -
William Edjenguélé 42 apps2 goals
Tam Scobbie 1 app (debut) -
Lewis Toshney 29 apps1 goal
Mark Durnan 79 apps8 goals
Scott Fraser 75 apps8 goals
Scott Allardice 7 apps -
Billy King 1 app (debut) -
Jordie Briels 1 app (debut) -
James Keatings 1 app (debut)1 goal
Paul McMullan 1 app (debut)1 goal
Sam Stanton (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Archie Thomas (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Patrick N'Koyi (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (19 years 111 days)
Oldest Player:William Edjenguélé (30 years 77 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 252 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Archie Thomas (18 years 8 days)
Oldest Player:William Edjenguélé (30 years 77 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 165 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Billy King(Signed June 13th, 2017)
Deniz Mehmet(Signed July 13th, 2017)
James Keatings(Signed May 8th, 2017)
Jordie Briels(Signed July 12th, 2017)
Paul McMullan(Signed June 23rd, 2017)
Tam Scobbie(Signed June 13th, 2017)
Archie Thomas(Signed July 3rd, 2017)
Patrick N'Koyi(Signed June 30th, 2017)
Sam Stanton(Signed July 15th, 2017)

James Keatings scored his first goal for the Club.
Paul McMullan scored his first goal for the Club.

United commenced their 2017/18 campaign with a home game in the Betfred Cup against Raith Rovers. The team contained six players making their debuts for United, with four further new players on the bench. Indeed, of the starting eleven only William Edjenguele and Mark Durnan started Dundee United’s previous competitive fixture in Hamilton only seven weeks earlier.

There was nearly a dream start for United, when in the opening minute Paul McMullan sprinted into the area from the left, but his low shot was well saved by Rovers keeper Aaron Lennox. However, this was a rare highlight from the early period of the game. Perhaps reflecting the fact that both team were still some way short of full fitness, the game took a while to get going. United had the bulk of possession, but play was rather slow and no chances to speak of were being created. The game was ignited in 29 minutes when a mishit clearance from Deniz Mehmet landed at the feet of Rovers forward Greig Spence around 25 yards from goal. He squared the ball to team-mate Liam Buchanan who appeared to have an open goal to aim, at, but his lobbed shot was brilliantly cleared off the line by a diving header from Mark Durnan. Buchanan had another good chance soon after, heading rather tamely past the post after a good run and cross from Bobby Barr.

Raith Rovers started the second half well, however United began to assert themselves as the half drew on. James Keatings hit a good shot on the turn which Lennox did well to hold, and then McMullan saw a glancing header from a tight angle sail over the bar. Just before the hour mark, some good work on the right from Scott Fraser created the first goal. After turning Kyle Benedictus and driving into the box, he cut the ball back towards Scott Allardice, who in turn passed the ball to Paul McMullan on the edge of the box. He controlled the ball and hit a wonderful curling effort past the helpless Lennox in the Rovers goal for his first goal for the club. Raith could have been back on level terms within five minutes, when Barr picked out Lewis Vaughan in the penalty box, but his header lacked sufficient pace to beat Deniz. However, a second goal for United was not long in coming. Sam Stanton, who had only just come on for Scott Allardice, ran into the box and was rather crudely body checked by Iain Davidson. James Keatings converted the penalty for his first goal for the club, sending Lennox the wrong way. That was not the end of the chances for United. McMullan created yet another chance, forcing Lennox into a smart save low to his left, and towards the end of the game, substitute Patrick N’Koyi had an effort that was blocked by former United player Scott Robertson. The ball fell to Billy King who had a fierce shot well saved by Lennox. A late flurry from the away team could not prevent a clean sheet for United, with Deniz redeeming himself to a certain extent for his earlier error with five minutes left with a good save from Buchanan’s effort.

Match report written by Derek Keilloh

Photography by DUFC Official


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