Dundee United 1
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd 

1 - 0


League (Premiership)
Sunday, September 19th, 2021
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,806
12:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Harkes (81) None.

Team Managers
Tam Courts James McPake

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
33. Scott McMann
28. Kerr Smith
4. Charlie Mulgrew
12. Ryan Edwards
18. Calum Butcher
66. Jeando Fuchs
8. Peter Pawlett
23. Ian Harkes
9. Marc McNulty
7. Ilmari Niskanen
Adam Legzdins .1
Jordan Marshall .3
Cammy Kerr .2
Jordan McGhee .6
Ryan Sweeney .5
Lee Ashcroft .14
Shaun Byrne .8
Max Anderson .24
Paul McGowan .10
Paul McMullan .18
Leigh Griffiths .29

16. Trevor Carson
6. Mark Reynolds
22. Kieran Freeman
14. Florent Hoti
19. Dylan Levitt
27. Louis Appéré
10. Nicky Clark
Ian Lawlor .21
Corey Panter .27
Liam Fontaine .4
Cillian Sheridan .23
Luke McCowan .17
Alex Jakubiak .7
Jason Cummings .35

Dylan Levitt for Calum Butcher (46)
Louis Appéré for Ilmari Niskanen (59)
Kieran Freeman for Kerr Smith (66)
Nicky Clark for Marc McNulty (81)
Liam Fontaine for Ryan Sweeney (36)
Alex Jakubiak for Max Anderson (61)
Jason Cummings for Paul McGowan (75)
Cillian Sheridan for Cammy Kerr (86)

Calum Butcher (44)
Kerr Smith (64)
Scott McMann (89)
Peter Pawlett (90)
Lee Ashcroft (21)
Shaun Byrne (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Graeme Stewart & Dougie Potter (Assistants)
Don Robertson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Dundee United at Tannadice in the first derby of the season. The Dark Blues had the better chances in a tight and tense game. They failed to convert any of them and Ian Harkes’ goal after 81 minutes gave United all three points.

James McPake made two changes from the team that drew with Livingston. Paul McGowan and Paul McMullan started, replacing Luke McCowan and Alex Jakubiak, who were on the bench.

Dundee kicked off and went straight onto the attack. Cammy Kerr shot over from 20 yards in the first minute. United played some neat early moves approaching the Dundee penalty area, but without posing any real threat to the Dark Blues’ defence.

Dundee were moving the ball more quickly into the final third and Leigh Griffiths went close twice. Both were from fine crosses whipped in from the left by Jordan Marshall. Griffiths headed narrowly wide from the first. His smart volley from the second brought a good save from Siegrist.

Ryan Sweeney literally faced down a fiere McNulty shot at close range and required treatment before he could continue. Ten minutes from the interval he was replaced by Liam Fontaine. That was a concussion substitution, which meant that the Dee could make three further changes.

The closest that United came in the first half was when Peter Pawlett cut infield from the right wing. His shot from 20 yards was touched onto the outside of the post by Adam Legzdins’ fingertips.

The longer the half wore on the scrappier play became. Neither side could find the composure required to break through. The ball was given away cheaply far too often by both sides before they could trouble the defences.

The game did not become any tidier after the restart and neither defence was in any real trouble in the first 25 minutes.

After 71 minutes the Dee came desperately close when Shaun Byrne made space for himself just inside United’s penalty area. His shot was charged down with Siegrist already committed and the loose ball rebounded to Leigh Griffiths in front of goal. With the ball rising Griffiths couldn’t keep his shot down and the Dee’s best chance scooped over the crossbar.

Alex Jakubiak came on for Max Anderson and Jason Cummings replaced Paul McGowan as Dundee knew that this was a game they could win and refused to settle for a point.

With quarter of an hour to go Dundee looked the more likely side to force a winner. United had been playing some tidy football a long way from goal but had shown little cutting edge when they tried to break through the Dee defence.

After 81 minutes United grabbed a goal out of nothing when a move broke down on the edge of Dundee’s penalty area. Ian HARKES wasn’t closed down quickly enough. He picked up the loose ball and scored with a curling shot that Legzdins got his glove to but couldn’t keep out.

James McPake responded by sending on Cillian Sheridan in the place of Cammy Kerr. It almost paid off when Sheridan burst through on goal, but Mulgrew’s desperate last gasp tackle knocked the ball away as he was about to shoot.

Leigh Griffiths shot into the side netting area from a free kick on the right. In injury time the Dee went agonisingly close to an equaliser from another free kick. The ball broke to Jordan Marshall whose low shot beat Siegrist but was cleared off the line by Edwards.

This was a game lost by the finest of margins. Neither side was at their best, but United took the honours because they managed to win more of the few key moments in a very close derby.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at September 19th, 2021)

2021-22 All Time
Adam Legzdins (GK)34 10 - 26 -
Cammy Kerr26 5 - 1864
Jordan Marshall24 7 - 621
Lee Ashcroft28 101438
Ryan Sweeney24 5 - 5 -
Jordan McGhee25 9 - 617
Shaun Byrne28 8 - 69 -
Paul McGowan33 10226220
Max Anderson20 8 - 354
Leigh Griffiths31 2 - 6433
Paul McMullan25 92292
Liam Fontaine (sub)35 7 - 314
Cillian Sheridan (sub)32 5 - 5 -
Jason Cummings (sub)26 1052813
Alex Jakubiak (sub)25 51101

League Table (as at September 19th, 2021)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.