Dundee United 1 - 1 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,331
Referee: Greg Aitken
Dundee United v Dumbarton, Sep 9th 2017, Tannadice Park
Dundee United Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
James Keatings (87) David Smith (4)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Harry Lewis
William Edjenguele
Paul Quinn
Jamie Robson
Stuart Murdoch
Jordie Briels
Scott Fraser
Sam Stanton
Scott McDonald
Fraser Fyvie
Paul McMullan
Scott Gallacher
Dougie Hill
Chris McLaughlin
Craig Barr
Sam Wardrop
David Wilson
Stuart Carswell
David Smith
Dimitris Froxylias
Tom Walsh
Greg Morrison

Bench
Deniz Mehmet
Willo Flood
Mark Durnan
Lewis Toshney
James Keatings
Billy King
Patrick Nkoyi
Jamie Ewings
Calum Gallagher
Chris Johnston
Kyle Prior
Christian Nade
Ally Roy

Substitutions
Patrick Nkoyi for Sam Stanton (46)
Billy King for Scott Fraser (57)
James Keatings for Jordie Briels (82)
Christian Nade for Greg Morrison (71)
Calum Gallagher for David Smith (80)
Ally Roy for Dimitris Froxylias (89)

Bookings
Jordie Briels (57) Dougie Hill (42)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Gallacher (GK) 11 apps -
Dougie Hill 8 apps -
Chris McLaughlin 11 apps -
Craig Barr 9 apps1 goal
Sam Wardrop 7 apps -
David Wilson 11 apps1 goal
Stuart Carswell 22 apps -
David Smith 52 apps2 goals
Dimitris Froxylias 2 apps1 goal
Tom Walsh 24 apps1 goal
Greg Morrison 1 app (debut) -
Calum Gallagher (sub) 17 apps1 goal
Christian Nade (sub) 38 apps12 goals
Ally Roy (sub) 11 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Chris McLaughlin (19 years 176 days)
Oldest Player:Dougie Hill (32 years 244 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 108 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Prior (18 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:Jamie Ewings (33 years 44 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 209 days
Domestic Players:15 (88.24 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Greg Morrison(Signed August 30th, 2017)

Milestones

TIREDNESS cost Sons three points against promotion favourites Dundee United having held a 1-0 lead until four minutes from the end of an absorbing game at Tannadice.

David Smith's fifth minute opener was eventually cancelled out by a 19-yard James Keatings curling free-kick in the dying embers of a match Sons probably deserved to win.

Sons performance, their best of the season this far, merited victory, even more so because gaffer Stevie Aitken's pre-match plans were thrown into chaos when midfielder Kyle Hutton pulled up in the warm up.

David Wilson was elevated from the bench and his contribution to the game's outcome would prove pivotal.

Dumbarton started brightly on a pitch that was in great condition, with loan signing Greg Morrison, making his debut, setting things off.

And Dumbarton found themselves in front after five minutes.

Tom Walsh collected the ball wide left after United's full-back, Murdoch, slipped, and the ex-Rangers man's whipped cross was deflected into the path of David Smith at the back post who slipped the ball into the net.

This was Smith's first ever goal for Dumbarton and his teammates made their joy clear by mobbing the winger.

Gallacher had to look smart to deny Scott Fraser bringing the home side back into the game on twenty minutes and ten minutes later United looked to have equalised when Briels rounded the Sons 'keeper but shot wide from admittedly a wide angle.

Following the half-time break, United sub N'Koyi burst into the Sons box but his shot was wild and sailed over Gallacher's crossbar.

Dumbarton almost doubled their precious lead when Froxylias neatly chipped in a long range free-kick that was fumbled by Lewis, however there was no Sons player around to react.

And that second goal almost arrived thanks to the wizardry of Walsh when his break from the left led to a stunning shot which Lewis tipped on to the bar.

Dundee United went all out for the elusive equaliser in the dying moments of the game and found it on the 86th when James Keatings curled an edge of the box free-kick, given away by a tiring David Wilson on King, beyond the wrongly positioned Scott Gallacher.

Sons can take much heart from this game. They matched their full-time opponents for long spells and can now look forward to two home matches which could be crucial in the first quarter of the season.

Match report by Alan Findlay



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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