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Smiths make their mark as Dundee draw with United

Dundee FC 3

Mark Smith 23’, 31’, I. Smith 74’

Dundee United 3

Trialist 44’, Reekie 57’, Appere 73’
  • Friday, 16 December 2016
  • Links Park, Montrose
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Andrew Creegan

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Dundee rescued a point against Dundee United in the Development League. Mark Smith had Dundee two in front before United’s trialist halved the deficit just before the break. Goals from Scott Reekie and Louis Appere had given United the lead before Ian Smith smashed home Dundee’s third from close range earning a hard-fought point.
Both sides started well as the United trialist fired just wide from the top of the box before Dundee’s Mark Smith headed wide from close range. Mark Smith went close again after 12 minutes as he headed Kyle Clark’s cross just wide.
After a cagey opening 20 minutes, Dundee went ahead. Connor Coupe sent Mark Smith through on goal and the big striker drilled the ball past Josh Donaldson in the United goal.
United’s number one was called into action after 27 minutes, producing a fine save to keep out Michael Duffy’s free kick. Dundee were on top at this stage and after 31 minutes, doubled their lead.
The referee pointed to the penalty spot after the linesman flagged for handball. This was a harsh decision, as none of the Dundee players had appealed for a penalty. Despite this, Mark Smith stepped up and saw his effort saved by Donaldson, but the ball broke for the Dundee man who blasted the ball in from close range.
United were beginning to improve as half time approached and pulled one back moments before the interval. The trialist played a neat one-two with Graham Taylor at the top of the box before drilling the ball past Gourlay.
The visitors nearly got an equaliser, as Logan Chalmers scooped the ball over the Dundee defence into the path of the trialist, but he couldn’t connect with ball. Mark Smith nearly completed his hat trick before the break, but was denied by Donaldson.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 2-1
  • Dundee United

United started the second half brightly and 12 minutes into the second period found the equaliser. Chalmers delivery was met by Scott Reekie, who volleyed the ball home from six yards.

The trialist had a go from distance and saw his shot deflect out for a corner. Just before the hour mark, Chalmers was sent in behind the Dundee defence, but tried to beat Gourlay at his near post rather than squaring the ball to one of his teammates.

Despite this, United completed their comeback with 16 minutes remaining. Chalmers shot was saved by Gourlay into the path of Louis Appere, who rolled the ball into the empty net.

The United lead was short-lived, as Dundee got their third 60 seconds later. Coupe’s cross was met by Ian Smith whose header looped against the bar, before falling back to the forward, who drilled the ball past Donaldson.

The Dees were nearly back in front two minutes later. Coupe headed the ball into the path of Clark, who’s volley beat Donaldson but was cleared off the line by Reekie.

Both sides continued to search for a winner in the time remaining, but both defences stood firm as the points were shared.

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 3-3
  • Dundee United


Dundee FC
Dundee United
1. Kyle Gourlay
2. Kyle Clark
3. Conor Quigley
4. Matty Smyth
5. Kerr Waddell
6. Matty Allan
7. Connor Coupe
8. Paul McGowan
9. Mark Smith
10. Michael Duffy
11. Ian Smith
12. Calum Ferrie
14. Taylor Berry
15. Max Anderson
16. Calum Moore
1. Josh Donaldson
2. Gavin Ritchie
3. Jordan Hornby
4. Scott Allardice
5. Scott Reekie
6. Harvey Dailly
7. Dominic McMeekin
8. Graham Taylor
9. Trialist
10. Logan Chalmers
11. Louis Appere
12. Logan Davie
13. Brett Long
14. Jordan Garden
15. Matty Smith
16. Declan Glass
Star Player
Dundee FC
Dundee United
Mark Smith - The Dundee man lead the line well and bagged a well deserved brace. On another day, he could have had more.
Logan Chalmers - Some clever flicks and some good link up play. Set up two goals in what was a solid performance.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
Dundee United
Mark Smith's First Goal - A nice move and a clinical finish from the big striker.
Reekie's Goal - An excellent finish from the central defender that deservedly brought his side level.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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