Dundee United 4 Rangers 0
Even given the fact that there were five potential starters away on International duty it was a poor performance and poor result for the Development League side at Tannadice tonight. After a fairly even quarter of the match once the home side had taken the lead there was only one winner.
There had been little in the way of goalmouth incidents until United took the lead midway through the half. The attack came down the right and when the ball was centred from the byline Louis Appere had plenty time to pick his spot from the edge of the six yard box. Rangers tried to reply immediately, Josh Jeffries combining with Amin Abaradan with the former’s thirty yarder going narrowly over.
As the half entered the final ten minutes Louis Appere broke forward before playing in Jordan Garden inside the right side of the penalty area and it took a fine save from Kieran Wright diving to his right to turn the ball wide. Six minutes before the break Jamie Barjonas drove a low free kick from the edge of the box that was only just wide of Brett Long’s left hand post.
From another free kick, this time wide on the right, Josh Jeffries sent to the ball to the back post where David Bates headed back across goal with Brett Long diving out to save. The home side went straight to the other end and doubled their lead from the penalty spot. Louis Appere worked his way along the right hand byline and was tripped by Amin Abaradan, with Brad Smith converting from the spot.
Half-Time:- Dundee United 2 Rangers 0
Rangers had their best chance two minutes after the break, Ross Lyon’s lob over the United defence found Sam Jamieson inside the box with Brett Long knocking his shot behind for a corner. The half was almost ten minutes old when Matty Smith dispossessed David Bates on the edge of Rangers box and it took a brilliant Kieran Wright save low to his left to prevent a third goal.
A couple of minutes later Kieran Wright was called into action again, standing tall to beat away Matty Smith’s strike after he cut in from the left. Just after the hour Ross Lyon played the ball out to Andy Dallas on the left, he went past a defender on the byline before laying the ball back to Ross Lyon who’s shot was weak and Brett Long saved easily.
Within a minute the home side added a third, from a free kick wide on the right Jordan Hornby swung in a cross and Coll Donaldson rose highest to head past Kieran Wright. In the closing minutes United attacked down the left and when the ball was cleared from the Rangers box Kieran Wright did well to beat away the powerful strike that came in from an attacker.
In the final minute Jordan Hornby sent in an inswinger from a corner on the left and the ball fell for Jordan Garden inside the six yard box to net the home side’s fourth.
Full-Time:-Dundee United 4 Rangers 0
Dundee United:- Brett Long, Cammy Ballantyne, Jordan Hornby, Jamie Robson, Coll Donaldson, Graham Taylor (Logan Chalmers 84 mins), Brad Smith, Scott Allerdice, Louis Appere (Dominic McMeekin 75 mins), Matty Smith, Jordan Garden.
Not Used:- Josh Donaldson (Gk), Aaron Murrell, Scott Reekie, Gavin Ritchie, Dylan Patterson.
Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson, David Bates, Lewis White; Jamie Barjonas (Ursene Mouanda 65 mins); Ross Lyon, Max Ashmore (Jordan Gibson 70 mins); Josh Jeffries, Amin Abaradan (Andy Dallas HT), Sam Jamieson.
Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk).