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Dundee United 19s
Edinburgh City Under 19s
Competition: SFA Youth Cup - Round 2
Venue: Tannadice Park
Date: 09/10/2011
Author: Joe Birchenall

Dundee United managed to clinch an important 2 – 0 victory in the 2nd round of the Scottish Cup against Edinburgh City on a glorious afternoon at Tannadice. Overnight rain had quickened the pitch and both teams played some intricate passing football, but it was set plays that ultimately decided the fixture. United showed their prowess from corners as both Ross Gilmour and Robert Thomson latched onto balls in from Mike Noble. Edinburgh City threatened throughout, but were ultimately unable to find a way past Phil Anderson in the United goal.

Edinburgh City got the fixture underway and unsurprisingly both teams showed a hunger for goals. Both teams won corners in the first 5 minutes and the game was being played at a high tempo, end to end. Ryan Ferguson showed glimpses of his skills as he weaved a way down the wing before Willy Robertson fired the first shot of the match towards Connor Shaw’s goal, the City keeper doing well to parry and collect the stinging shot although he never looked in real danger. Moments later City’s Mark McConnell showed his own shooting ability with a long range shot rattling the side netting of Anderson’s goal.

Robertson looked to be in the mood as he played in Rob Thomson with a slick outside of the boot pass across field, but the striker lost possession before Ferguson recovered the ball and earned his side a corner. City dealt with the set piece well enough, broke away down the right wing and won a corner of their own. The ball in was cleared by Paddy Barrett but fell at the feet of Stuart Martin who lashed a shot from an acute angle, managing to force the save from Anderson. At the other end, a great run from Scott Smith saw him beat three City defenders before releasing Ferguson, the winger cutting the ball back to Robertson who hit his first time shot wide of the post, very good combination play from the men in orange.

Dughlas Winning looked to link up with Stephen Harley on the edge of the United box but a timely interception from James Thomson nullified the threat, before Martin picked up the clearance but blasted wide. As the first half came to an end, Edinburgh City won a free kick on the edge of the box, Horibine had looked decent with dead balls and his deflected shot had Anderson scrambling but just hit the roof of the net. The resulting corner threatened but came to nothing and Dundee United looked to break but Horibine was there to clear, and the referee brought the first half to an end.  

Half Time: Dundee United Under 19s 0 - 0 Edinburgh City Under 19s
In the first half the teams seemed to be taking it in turns to attack but with both sets of defences holding tight most of the play was in the midfield. Whilst there had been shots, the majority had been from distance and there was no clear cut chances to speak of. Robertson was looking strong in the United midfield, as had Ferguson who was also looking very menacing going forward with his flair and pace. Smith’s trickery had also caused problems for the City defence whilst on the defensive side Darren Detrie had done an excellent job of screening his backline. Edinburgh City’s Martin and Harley had looked impressive firing goalwards and would be looking to keep testing the United keeper, whilst Winning’s running off the ball and general work rate meant the United defence had to be on their toes. Organizationally both teams had played very well and neither looked like throwing the game away, both teams would want to keep pushing forwards, as neither had gained the upper hand in the first half and the game was still very much up for grabs.

Dundee United got the second half underway, and immediately looked to have renewed enthusiasm as Smith and Robert Thomson almost found a way through from the kick off. Dundee United looked the hungrier and the pressure continued in the first 5 minutes of the half and in the 6th they got their reward. Good work from Smith saw Edinburgh City concede a corner, before Noble’s lofted ball in landed at the feet of Ross Gilmour as the full-back slid in to put the ball past Connor Shaw. 1 – 0 Dundee United. The goal was no more than United deserved for their dominance, but was a little harsh on City who would feel they could have done more to pick up the defender.

Edinburgh City wasted no time to trying to level the scores, as straight from the restart Winning looked to have found space in the box but the United defence just managed to get a block in. The goal did not seem to have any effect on the end to end nature of the game, with Robertson playing in Noble with a long ball before City countered and Barrett was forced to stop Winning as he bore down on goal. City however, continued to fight for a way back into the tie and an exquisite ball across the box from Harley just evaded substitute Craig Healey, a great chance. City kept pushing and were enjoying a spell of possession, with the pressure beginning to show as United started to look a bit more flustered on the ball, Barrett having to be rescued by his keeper after losing the ball on the edge of his box.

City however could not find a way through and United began to regain their composure, and started to enjoy spell of possession themselves. Ferguson continued his fine form in the second half and a dazzling run past defenders saw him just over hit his cross. Smith and Rob Thomson looked to combine but the City defence refused to lie down and the Dundee United players were reduced to long shots as Smith just dragged his shot wide of the right hand post. In the 77th minute, Noble would have given his side a 2 goal lead were it not for the reactions of Shaw in the City goal, Noble’s cross-cum-shot free kick bounced horribly for the keeper who reacted brilliantly to throw out his hand in a makeshift save.

As United continued to throw bodies forwards, Gilmour combined well with Ferguson and Smith down the right flank to win a corner. Noble played in a long, looping ball that found Robert Thomson at the back post, the striker calmly taking a touch to kill the ball before slotting home from close range (80th min). Dundee United 2 – 0 Edinburgh City. An excellent ball from Noble yet for the second time City will feel they could have done better defensively.

With 10 minutes remaining City pushed forward with everything, McConnell found Healey with space down the left wing, but Healey just fired his angled shot wide of the far post. Unlucky from the young man who would have set up a very interesting and very tense last 5 minutes had his shot gone in. Winning then found space just inside the 18 yard box and his powerful low shot was saved very well by Anderson. A great save from the keeper to keep the pressure off his team, unlucky again from City. As the visitors sensed the end of the game they threw everything forward, Horibine firing high and wide before Anderson intercepted a dangerous looking cross that brought an end to the Edinburgh City pressure. The keeper released Ferguson who raced past the tired legs of City and could have scored to cap a man of the match performance, but his driven shot was just wide.

As the game reached stoppage time, United looked to have ended the game as a contest, with Moore latching onto a great cross from Campbell but Shaw denied the substitute with a fine save to stop the goalbound header. United held onto the ball and Ferguson had a final shot before the whistle went to bring the game to an end.

Full Time: Dundee United Under 19s 2 - 0 Edinburgh City Under 19s
Dundee United Under 19s
Edinburgh City Under 19s
1. Paul Anderson
2. Ross Gilmour
3. John Young
4. Darren Detrie
5. James Thomson
6. Paddy Barrett
7. Ryan Ferguson
8. Willy Robertson (C)
9. Robert Thomson
10. Scott Smith
11. Mike Noble
12. Ryan Lundie
13. Dean Easton
14. Shane Campbell
15. Jordan Moore
16. John Soutar
1. Connor Shaw
2. Craig McMillan (C)
3. Calum Liddle
4. Callum Irvine
5. Dale Horribine
6. John Sanderson
7. Ryan Ma
8. Mark McConnell
9. Dughlas Winning
10. Stuart Martin
11. Stephen Harley
12. Craig Healey
14. Shaun Turnbull
15. Robbie Jack
16. Craig Young
17. Ross Burns
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Joe Birchenall

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