Jamie Robson’s deflected cross secured victory for Dundee United u20s over city rivals Dundee u20’s in the Little Big Shot Youth Cup 4th Round tie held at Tannadice Park.
With the score tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes extra- time was needed to separate the two neighbours. In the end it was the home side who grabbed the winner with 5 minutes to play, ensuring Dundee United and their fans would be the ones celebrating an early Christmas present.
Both sides reached this stage of the competition following impressive victories, Dundee overcoming a tricky tie with Hibernian u20’s 4-1 at Dens Park and Dundee United putting 5 past Alloa Athletic u20’s.
As you would expect from any contest between the two clubs, the match started at a ferocious pace with each team looking to lay down a marker in the early stages. The first clear chance went the way of the home side with Euan Spark glancing a header wide from Ali Coote’s looping delivery from a corner.
As Dundee United began to carve out opportunities Coote was again heavily involved, directing a Free-Kick wide of Kyle Gourlay in the Dundee goal.
The early pressure from United paid dividends when they went ahead after 15 minutes, Aaron Duke showing superb awareness to direct Brad Smith’s flick-on into the net. Buoyed by taking the lead the home side went in search of a second and Gourlay had to look lively to smother Coote’s shot from distance.
Gourlay’s save would prove crucial as moments later Dundee were level, perseverance by Jesse Curran allowed the Australian to pick up a loose ball and he showed good composure to slot the ball past John Donaldson after 17 minutes. Having scored the equaliser Dundee continued to press and good link-up play between John Black and Josh Skelly brought out a fine save by Donaldson.