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Dundee FC 1

Skelly 6'

Dundee United 1

Duke 57'
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2015
  • Links Park, Montrose
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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Aaron Duke’s strike in the second half earned a point for ten man Dundee United in their SPFL Development League Fixture against neighbours Dundee after the Dark Blues had already taken the lead from the penalty spot early in the contest held at Links Park, Montrose.

Both sides came into the opening match of the campaign looking to improve on last season’s mid-table finishes, remarkably  the two Dundee clubs secured the same number of wins and draws with only  Dundee United’s superior goal difference ensuring they finished one place above Dundee in 10th. Included in the squad for Dundee were a number of players who featured against English Premier League side Everton in a pre-season friendly, with Andrew Black, Cameron Kerr, Calvin Colquhoun and Dylan Carreiro all involved in the previous week's match. Dundee United included one trialist and goalkeeper Marc McCallum, who was in the match day squad for the visit of Aberdeen to Tannadice. 

It was the home side who settled quickly with some intricate one-touch passing reminiscent of the senior side’s impressive 4-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.  The movement was to play dividends on six minutes, Carreiro fashioned a shooting opportunity which deflected into the path of Josh Skelly who won a penalty after reaching the loose ball ahead of McCallum. It was Skelly himself who stepped up to stroke the ball past the keeper to open the scoring on Derby day. 

Buoyed after taking the lead, Dundee continued to put pressure on the United defence and Skelly was unfortunate not to connect to Kerr’s delivery across the face of goal.  As the half progressed Dundee United managed to gain a foothold in the contest and Kyle Gourlay in the Dundee goal had to look lively to collect a looping cross delivered by the United trialist. 

Skelly continued to be heavily involved in Dundee’s search for a second of the night, drilling a ball in front of goal which went just beyond the onrushing Sam Dryden and chipping an effort which landed on the roof of the net after controlling Kerr’s through- ball. 

Following the chances for the home side, United were almost rewarded for a period of sustained possession with a good run by Matty Smith leading to an effort which drifted over the bar.  Dundee responded through Ryan Gemmel’s shot which finished wide following good link up play with Australian Jesse Curren.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-0
  • Dundee United

United started the second period well with Duke’s ball from the wing finishing beyond the advancing Smith.

Four minutes after the restart the United trialist was sent off after receiving a booking for simulation, the number 11 having already been cautioned for a foul in the first half.  The Dark Blues attempted to utilise the man advantage and delivered a number of balls into the opposition area, the first finishing beyond Gemmell and the second gathered by McCallum.

Just as it looked the momentum was with the home side, Dundee United squared the Derby on 57 minutes. Regan Tumility controlled a cross-field pass from Scott Lochead bringing out a good stop by Gourlay with Duke knocking in the rebound. 

Despite the setback Dundee responded positively and created a chance through Carreiro heading over the bar from Skelly’s corner.  As Dundee continued to press they were almost caught on the counter through Lochead’s turn and shot which tested Gourlay. With the numerical advantage Dundee continued to look dangerous going forward, Kerr having a shot which rose over the bar and directing a flicked header which went past the upright.  Carreiro continued to be influential for Dundee firing an effort just wide of target and winning a free kick which Skelly curled beyond McCallum’s goal.

As the game moved towards its conclusion Dundee continued to push for a winner and the first three points of the campaign, Kerr saw an effort flash wide and the final action saw McCallum advanced to smother the ball at the feet of Dundee’s goal scorer Skelly.

Overall both sides can be satisfied to start the SPFL Development League campaign undefeated. Dundee showed good dynamic movement throughout and Dundee United can be encouraged in their defensive showing particularly after being reduced to 10 men. It is clear that if both Dundee clubs continue to develop the talent that is undoubtedly present it can be a very successful season in the SPFL Development League for the City of Discovery. 

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-1
  • Dundee United


Dundee FC
Dundee United
1.Kyle Gourley
2.Andrew Black
4.Ben Priest
5.Matthew Allan
6.Calvin Colquhon
7.Ryan Gemmell
8.Jesse Curren
9.Josh Skelly
10.Dylan Carriero
11.Sam Dryden
12.David Boattie
14.Roan Shaw
15.Cameron Kerr
16.Mark Smith
17.Taylor Berry
18.Liam Gibb
19.Kerr Waddle
1.Marc McCallum
2.Reghan Tumilty
3.Logan Davie
4.Scott Smith
5.Jamie Robson
6.Harry Souttar
7.Scott Lochead
8.Brad Smith
9.Matty Smith
10.Aaron Duke
12.Euan Horne
13.Ryan Booth
14.Graham Taylor
15.Gavin Ritchie
16.Kieren Freeman
Star Player
Dundee FC
Dundee United
Dylan Carriero - An effective attacking threat throughout the contest and unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
Harry Souttar - Organised defence throughout the match and instrumental in his side coming away with a point despite playing a large period of the game with 10 men.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
Dundee United
Josh Skelly showed good composure to open the scoring from the penalty spot.
Scott Lochead's cross-field pass which helped set up his side's equalizer .
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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