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Dundee United score four on route to Scottish FA Youth Cup 4th Round

Dundee United FC 4

Malaga 9’, Duke 14’, Souttar 23’, McLaughlin 78’ (pen)

Formartine United FC 0

  • Sunday, 02 November 2014
  • Glebe Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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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. 
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee United FC
  • 3-0
  • Formartine United FC
The second half began in the same vain as most of the first. Mclaughlin had a shot from distance in the 48th minute, which flew just over the crossbar, and Matty Smith also had an attempt from similarly far away, his effort flying quite far wide of the target.
On the 65th minute Souttar had an opportunity to grab a second goal for himself. After a number of ricochets following a corner Souttar managed to divert the ball at goal using his head. Thomson, produced a great close range save to deny him initially but the ball ended up back with Dundee United number 5. His second effort was then cleared off the goal line by the Formartine defence and, eventually, the danger was cleared.
Just a minute later and Formartine united were presented with their best chance of the game. A free kick was fired into the opposition’s penalty area and Stewart had managed to shake off his marker. As such he was presented with a free header but placed it wide of the target.
Shortly afterwards Formartine had another chance to grab themselves a goal. Stuart Anderson latched onto a long ball and run into the penalty area. He took his shot early and aimed to go across the goalkeeper. Booth managed to dive low to his right and parry it out for a corner kick.
Chances were in short supply for the next few minutes as both the teams midfields started to battle one another for possession of the ball. However, on the 78th minute everyone was on their feet and alert after the referee awarded a penalty to Dundee United, following a challenge on their attacker who was on a run into the penalty area.  McLaughlin took the subsequent spot kick and powered the ball past Thomson into the right of the net.
There was time for one more chance as the match drew to a close.  After some neat link up play down the left between McLaughlin and Jamie Robson, McLaughlin fired a low cross just in front of goal. Smith met the ball but put it just inches wide of the post.
The final whistle went with Dundee United the deserving winners against a spirited Formartine United. Both teams worked hard throughout and the defences did their utmost to keep goals at a minimum. However, it is Dundee United who will look forward to the next round of this year’s competition.
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee United FC
  • 4-0
  • Formartine United FC


Dundee United FC
Formartine United FC
1. Ryan Booth
2. Cammy Ballantyne
3. Chris McLaughlin
4. Brad Smith
5. Harry Souttar
6. Adam Harwood
7. Reghan Tumilty
8. Scott Lockhead
9. Matty Smith
10. Aaron Duke
11. Rafa Malaga
12. Jamie Robson
13. Darren Clarkson
14. Euan Horne
15. Greig McNaughton
1. Ryan Thomson
2. Jack Goodwin
3. Matthew Tennion
4. Euan Able
5. Cameron Clark
6. Michael Watson
7. Christopher Benzie
8. Cameron Booth
9. Jake Stewart
10. Liam Paterson
11. Kieran Lawrence
12. Lucas Kennedy
14. Greg Wood
15. Reese Matthew
16. Stewart Anderson
17. Lewis Rose
Star Player
Dundee United FC
Formartine United FC
Chris McLaughlin – 3 assists and 1 goal. Very impressive work on the left side defensively and offensively.
Jake Stewart – Worked hard, chased balls down and was his side’s biggest threat.
Magic Moment
Dundee United FC
Formartine United FC
Rafa Malaga’s composed finish to round the goalkeeper and slot home – if only it wasn’t offside….
Stewart Anderson was unlucky not to grab a goal with his attempt. Did everything right but was denied by a good save.
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