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Aberdeen 0 - 2 Dundee United

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Dundee United

SPFL Development League
Dundee United scorers: Murray 65, B Smith 80

01/09/2015 | KO: 18:00

For the second week running the young Dons had a frustrating evening after losing a game they could have taken something from. Just like last week against Celtic, they were the better team in the first half but failed to take their chances. Credit must go to Dundee United keeper Joe McGovern who produced a string of great saves, in particular from Kalvin Orsi whom he stopped on three occasions. Joe Nuttall made his Aberdeen debut after recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season and the former Manchester City striker also forced McGovern into a couple of good stops. The second half was more even and end to end. It was United who got the all-important opening goal and in truth the Dons never looked like getting back into the match after that. United added a second late on.

Aberdeen tonight lined up with Brown in goal, the back four were again Robertson, Culjak, Rose and Henry. Storie was the holding midfielder with Smith ahead of him, Nuttall played on the left, Norris was on the right and Pawlett played in behind Orsi upfront.
The Dons started the game very strongly. On 3 minutes Smith flashed a shot inches past from about 25 yards out after a typical Cammy run where he burst forward. Then a minute late a delightful through ball from Smith found Orsi but when one on one with Joe McGovern the United keeper did very well to get out quickly and smoother Kalvin's shot from close range. On 8 minutes Joe Nuttall, playing his first game for the Dons since joining from Manchester City, produced a strong run which forced a corner, from which Nuttall then did well to battle for the ball in the air but he could not get his shot away. On 10 minutes a good run by United's Coote saw him break through four tackles but last man Henry managed to make a blocking tackle. After 12 minutes a good Robertson cross led to another Aberdeen corner. The ball in was met perfectly by Storie who had made a run to the near post but his header bounced into the ground and over the bar. The captain will feel he should have scored.
On 17 minutes good movement from the Dons saw a chance but Pawlett and Orsi just failed to link inside the area and then a cross from the right found Nuttall who made a good leap but his header was wayward. On 21 minutes Pawlett tried his luck from distance and his low shot was not far away. It was a good tactic on the slick wet surface. Just after the half hour mark the United keeper produced an outstanding save to keep out Orsi. A ball from the right was brilliantly volleyed first time by Kalvin towards the corner of the net. The ball appeared to heading in till the keeper produced a great reflex save. On 35 minutes United throught they had taken the lead when Matty Smith beat Brown but the assistant referee had his flag up. On 41 minutes another good cross from Robertson, who stood the ball up perfectly for Nuttall. His header though was straight at the keeper. Either side of him and he would surely have scored.
Before the break a great run from Simon Murray produced a chance for the visitors, the ex-Arbroath strikers shot was just deflected past. Cammy Smith then tried his luck again from distance, he has scored some stunning goals at this ground, this time however his shot was always on the rise.

The game became quite stretched early in the second half and like last week against Celtic, the first goal was going to be vital. Simon Murray had another chance but this time he blasted over. Aberdeen put over a couple of decent crosses from the left but the ball would not fall for red jersey. Then on the hour mark Orsi found Nuttall but again Joe McGovern produced a good diving save from Joe's header. A minute later Orsi hit a powerful shot which was just deflected over. Aberdeen had regained a bit of control but they could not find a way through. On 64 minutes the best chance of the game for the Dons. A Rose header from a corner was knocked down for Orsi who looked certain to score but McGovern spread himself to produce a top quality save from point blank range. Aberdeen a minute later were made to pay for their misses when United took the lead. Matty Smith broke forward down the right. His shot across Brown was off target but it allowed Murray to get on the end of it and diving full length he managed to divert the ball into the empty net.
Disappointingly the young Dons never really looked like getting back into the game. On 69 minutes United then should have added a second when a slip at the back allowed in Murray but when one on one with Brown the keeper produced a good block. United's trialist centre half also wasted a good chance when he had a free header in the area but headed over. However on 80 minutes they did get a second. A Bradsmith free kick was the edge of the area took a massive deflection and flew into the corner. Poor Scott Brown had no chance with either goal. In the closing stages Murray forced Brown into another good stop. Also U17 players David Dangana and Darren Hynes came off the bench to make their debuts in the Development League.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Brown, Robertson (Hynes 88), Henry, Collin, Culjak, Rose, Pawlett, Orsi, Nuttall (Anderson 65), Smith, Norris (Dangana 77).

Unused Subs: Mutch, Ross, Youngson.

Bookings:  Orsi,  Storie.
Dundee United Teamsheet
McGovern, Tumility, Roberson, Ballantyne, Souttar, Trialist, M Smith, B Smith, Murray, Coote, Lockhead Subs: Booth, Davie, Taylor, Allardice, Ritchie, Duke

Bookings:  Trialist,   Souttar
Venue: Glebe Park, Brechin
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