Dundee United 3-0 Motherwell

27 March 2010 05:00
Dundee United recovered from Paul Dixon's sending off to record a valuable Scottish Premier League victory over Motherwell.Dixon was red carded for a high challenge on Jim O'Brien on 16 minutes. [LNB]But the hosts moved into a two-goal half-time lead with David Goodwillie and Prince Buaben finding net. [LNB]Motherwell pressed in the second half but were undone by a counter attack as Danny Swanson wrapped up United's win with 18 minutes remaining. [LNB]The win takes third-placed United four points clear of Well, who surrender fourth spot to Hibernian. [LNB]Motherwell were dominant in the opening 10 minutes and there was a nervous moment for the home defence as a dangerous free-kick by Tom Hateley was inches away from connecting with John Sutton. [LNB]The visitors found themselves a man up when Dixon was given his marching orders. [LNB]The full-back had earlier came into collision with O'Brien and when they contested a dropping ball near the halfway line, Dixon's studs were showing as he caught the Motherwell winger on the hip. [LNB]United regrouped and almost went ahead when Andis Shala put Goodwillie in on goal, the striker lobbing past goalkeeper John Ruddy only to see the ball drift wide of the far post.[LNB]Dixon was dismissed for this challenge on O'BrienJamie Murphy should have headed Motherwell in front when he ran on to a terrific cross by Hateley but the forward contrived to nod wide with the goal gaping. [LNB]Another Hateley free-kick was cleared to Lasley and the midfielder's shot was diverted into the net by the body of Sutton but the linesman's flag was up early to curtail the Steelmen's celebrations. [LNB]And it was the Tangerines who moved ahead on 38 minutes when Andy Webster's header from Craig Conway's corner was nicked past Ruddy by the boot of Goodwillie.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] An uncharacteristic error by Ruddy was the catalyst for United's second five minutes later as the keeper mis-controlled Stephen Craigan's pass-back. [LNB]Buaben stole the ball, checked back and finished with composure. [LNB]The linesman's flag again frustrated Motherwell at the start of the second half when Murphy slammed the ball into the net after Lukas Jutkiewicz had hit the post, the latter having strayed offside. [LNB]O'Brien volleyed over as Motherwell struggled to find a way through a stubborn United defence.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] The home side soaked up pressure for much of the second half and broke away to claim a third goal when Swanson ended a neat passing move by waltzing through the Motherwell defence to clipping the ball past Ruddy. [LNB]Webster, having sustained a cut to the head just after the break, was withdrawn for Darren Dods late on and was given a rousing applause from the home crowd. [LNB]Motherwell substitute Giles Coke twice side-footed into the arms of goalkeeper Dusan Pernis as a miserable day for the visitors ended inconspicuously. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 27 March 2010[LNB] Scottish Premier[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Dundee Utd 3-0 Motherwell FT (HT 2-0) Goodwillie 38 Buaben 43 Swanson 72 Dundee Utd 01 Pernis 02 Dillon 03 Webster (Dods 81) 18 Kenneth 23 Dixon red card 27 Watson 06 Conway 14 Swanson 15 Buaben 20 Shala (Daly 61) 25 Goodwillie (Sandaza 77) Substitutes 13 Banks, 05 Dods, 16 Gomis, 22 Smith, 07 Myrie-Williams, 09 Daly, 11 Sandaza Motherwell 21 Ruddy 03 Hammell 04 Reynolds 05 Craigan 08 Jennings 14 Lasley (McGlinchey 73) 15 Murphy 24 Hateley 09 Jutkiewicz (Coke 73) 11 Sutton (Humphrey 65) 17 O'Brien Substitutes 01 Fraser, 43 Saunders, 06 Coke, 07 Humphrey, 18 McGlinchey, 27 Forbes, 35 McHugh Ref: CollumAtt: 7,609 DUNDEE UTD MOTHERWELL Possession Dundee Utd 50% Motherwell 50% Attempts on target Dundee Utd 3 Motherwell 2 Attempts off target Dundee Utd 1 Motherwell 6 Corners Dundee Utd 5 Motherwell 7 Fouls Dundee Utd 10 Motherwell 10 Final Result Full Time 90:00+3:10 The referee ends the match. 90:00+2:46 Short corner taken by Craig Conway. 90:00+2:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Stephen Craigan. Free kick taken by Craig Conway. 90:00+1:40 Tom Hateley challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick. 89:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Murphy. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis. 84:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Humphrey on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis. 82:17 Shot by Steve Jennings from outside the box goes over the net. 81:17 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Darren Dods makes a clearance. 80:49 Substitution Andy Webster leaves the field to be replaced by Darren Dods. 76:12 Substitution Francisco Sandaza is brought on as a substitute for David Goodwillie. 76:12 Michael McGlinchey takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar. 75:19 The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey, Michael McGlinchey takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis. 72:50 Substitution Giles Coke is brought on as a substitute for Lukas Jutkiewicz. 72:50 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Michael McGlinchey coming on for Keith Lasley. 71:55 GOAL - Daniel Swanson:Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Motherwell Daniel Swanson scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-0 Motherwell. 71:03 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the left by-line, Andy Webster makes a clearance. 69:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick. 64:18 Substitution John Sutton leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey. 63:19 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by John Ruddy. 61:53 David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick. 60:13 Substitution Jon Daly is brought on as a substitute for Andis Shala. 58:16 Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance. 55:03 Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Garry Kenneth results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley, save by Dusan Pernis. 53:42 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis. 52:56 Foul by Garry Kenneth on Lukas Jutkiewicz, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley takes the free kick. 52:02 Stephen Craigan fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick. 50:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Daniel Swanson. Free kick taken by Jamie Murphy. 49:10 Shot from just outside the area by Jim O'Brien goes over the bar. 47:09 Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis. 46:46 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the left by-line, Andis Shala manages to make a clearance. 45:01 The game restarts for the second half. Half Time 45:00+2:02 The whistle is blown to end the first half. 42:56 GOAL - Prince Buaben:Dundee Utd 2 - 0 Motherwell A goal is scored by Prince Buaben from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 Motherwell. 41:32 Andis Shala gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick. Correction - 37:32 GOAL - David Goodwillie:Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Motherwell David Goodwillie scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Dundee Utd 1-0 Motherwell. 37:32 Craig Conway provided the assist for the goal. 37:32 GOAL - Andy Webster:Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Motherwell Andy Webster finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Dundee Utd 1-0 Motherwell. Correction - 37:13 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, 37:13 Corner taken by Craig Conway, 36:39 Craig Conway fouled by Jamie Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Conway takes the free kick. Correction - 35:53 Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Andis Shala. Craig Conway takes the free kick. 35:53 Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Andis Shala. Free kick taken by Craig Conway. 33:58 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line. 31:19 Foul by Daniel Swanson on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley produces a cross, Stephen Craigan takes a shot. The assistant referee signals for offside against John Sutton. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by John Sutton. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick. 26:19 A cross is delivered by Tom Hateley, Jamie Murphy has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. 23:57 A cross is delivered by Andis Shala, David Goodwillie produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Stephen Craigan from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target. 23:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Jamie Murphy. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick. 21:55 Lukas Jutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Webster. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster. 21:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Conway. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick. 18:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Free kick taken by Craig Conway. 17:49 Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Conway, clearance by Stephen Craigan. 15:25 Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Andy Webster makes a clearance. 15:25 Sent off Paul Dixon is shown a red card. 15:22 Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim O'Brien. 9:04 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance. 4:32 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stevie Hammell, Mark Reynolds has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. 3:43 Stevie Hammell takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Andy Webster. 3:17 Foul by Paul Dixon on Jim O'Brien, free kick awarded. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick. 0:49 Lukas Jutkiewicz fouled by Andy Webster, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from left channel. 0:00 The match gets underway. 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