Dundee United scored four on their way to beating Formartine United in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup. Rafa Malaga opened the scoring in the early stages, and Aaron Duke, Harry Souttar and Chris McLaughlin grabbed a goal each for themselves, making it a comfortable afternoon for the boys from Tayside.
The first chance in the match fell to Formartine’s Kieran Lawrence who latched onto the ball and drove into Dundee United’s penalty area. After evading the challenges Lawrence took a shot at goal. However, the angle was against him and it ended up in the side netting.
After this early wake up call for Dundee United they began to assume control of the game, by having a large amount of possession and knocking the ball about well. On the 9th minute the deadlock was broken. Chris McLaughlin, who had advanced down the left wing from his full back position, delivered a fine cross straight into the 18 yard box. Rafa Malaga, unmarked on the penalty spot, neatly side footed the ball into the net to put his team 1-0 up.
After a couple of threatening corner’s Dundee United were soon 2-0 up. Again McLaughlin was the supplier with another perfectly weighted cross coming in from the left. Aaron Duke rose highest to the head the ball impressively into the top left hand corner. After 14 minutes the game was starting to become more and more difficult for Formartine.
2 minutes later and Dundee United threatened again. This time the cross came from the right hand side courtesy of Reghan Tumilty. The ball flashed across goal, with no one able to get a touch on it, before going out for a goal kick.
In the 19th minute Dundee United thought they were 3-0 up. Malaga’s effort on goal had been well blocked by the Formartine United defence and McLaughlin followed up on the rebound and fired into the net. Unfortunately for him he was given offside.
However, just 4 minutes later Dundee United did get their third. McLaughan delivered another fine cross from a corner kick and the ball was met by the tall figure of Harry Souttar. The big centre half headed powerfully beyond the helpless Formartine goalkeeper, Ryan Thomson.
In the 28th minute Malaga thought he had grabbed his second goal of the game after neatly rounding the goalkeeper in the box and slotting the ball home. However, it was a case of déjà vu for the boys in orange as, for the second time, they were denied by an offside flag, much to Malaga’s disappointment.
The next close opportunity that arose fell the way of Formartine United. Jake Stewart had latched onto the ball and had managed to drive into the penalty area. After holding off the defensive challenges he managed to get enough space to turn and have a shot at goal. The angle, however, was too tight and the ball was claimed by the Dundee United ‘keeper Ryan Booth.
There were a few Dundee United half chances between the Formartine chance and the referee’s half time whistle. At the break Dundee United were fully deserving of their 3-0 lead.