Dundee United Sports Club’s invincibility in the league was still intact following a 3-1 victory against Dundee West. Jaden Ferguson had originally put the home side 1-0 up early on in the game but Kieran Barron equalized for DUSC later on in the 1st half. Daniel Ogilvie and Ryan Smith then grabbed a goal each in the final 11 minutes of the game to give DUSC the points in what was a very well contested affair.
The game started at a frantic pace with both sides keen to make an early impact on the game. In the third minute Dundee West’s Brian Harris was played through on the right wing. The forward would have had a clear run at goal if it were not for DUSC’s Kane Hynes, who made a fine interception to stop the chance from developing any further.
Three minutes later Harris caused further problems for the DUSC back line. Following a through ball that was played beyond the DUSC defence, the number 9 almost looked favourite to reach the ball first and have a shot at goal. However, DUSC’s goalkeeper, Leighton Quinn, was alert and raced out to meet the ball. The ‘keeper reached the ball first and booted it off of the oncoming Harris with it bouncing out for a goal kick.
In the 8th minute of the game it was DUSC’s turn to come close. Conner McHugh managed to latch onto a cross that had come from the left wing. McHugh, however, could only manage to divert the ball just inches wide of the post.
Shortly afterwards McHugh was looking to get on the end of another cross, this time from DUSC wide man Kieran Barron. The number 7 delivered a great cross from the right wing straight into the penalty area. Unfortunately for DUSC, Dundee West ‘keeper Samuel Ross was commanding in the box and jumped to claim the ball before McHugh could make contact.
In the 11th minute the game witnessed its first goal. Jaden Ferguson made a great individual run evading several challenges from the DUSC defense in the process. He then unleashed a thunderous strike right on the 18-yard line whilst still under pressure from surrounding defenders. Despite Quinn managing to get a hand to it there was too much power in the strike and it flew into the back of the net to give Dundee West the goal advantage.
Three minutes afterwards Jack Griffin came close to doubling Dundee West’s lead when he took a shot from wide which flashed just past the post.
In the 18th minute it was DUSC’s turn to provide the attacking threat. Ryan Smith was making a fine run into the opposition penalty area but, before anything further could develop, in came Dundee West captain Ben Tolmie to clear the danger with a decisive challenge.
Two minutes later and Ryan smith was afforded an opportunity on goal. The forward managed to latch onto a fine through ball, broke through the defense, and looked to shoot the ball back across goal. Unfortunately his resulting effort put the ball just the wrong side of the post.
In the 26th minute DUSC managed to grab themselves an equalizing goal. Rory Jagusinski, in central midfield, played an exquisite through ball towards Kieran Barron that took the entire Dundee West defence out of the play. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Barron expertly slotted the ball past the oncoming Ross and the ball nestled in the back of the net, much to the players delight.
Three minutes prior to the half time break Dundee West were denied a second goal thanks to some great goalkeeping from Leighton Quinn. Daniel Berry managed to meet a corner kick that had been expertly delivered straight into the danger zone. The Dundee West number 4 managed to divert the ball at goal, with a combination of knee and body, but his effort was thwarted by a fantastic point blank save from Quinn. He displayed all his best reactions to thrust up his hands and parry the ball away from goal. Kane Hynes was then on hand to clear the ball out of the box and the danger was averted.