Airdrie Utd 0 - 2 Dundee Utd
Dundee United moved into the last eight of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a convincing win over Second Division Airdrie at New Broomfield.
Ryan Dow took advantage of a mistake by Diamonds keeper Paul McKane to put the Tayside team ahead after 11 minutes.
Ryan Donnelly squandered Airdrie's best chance, hitting the side netting in 22 minutes after rounding Dusan Pernis.
Skipper Jon Daly sealed the win for Dundee United when he met Paul Dixon's cross at the back post in 76 minutes.
United's opener came about when keeper McKane spilled Stuart Armstrong's weak shot after a surging run and Dow pounced to round the keeper and knock the ball over the line for his first goal for the club.
The visitors pushed the young Airdrie side back for the first half hour, with McKane, a fitness doubt prior to kick-off, called upon to keep his team in the competition.
But the Diamonds did have a few sniffs of goal in the first half.
Midway through the half Donnelly was played in behind the United defence but after rounding Pernis the angle was too acute and he fired just wide.
United were stroking the ball around with ease in midfield but were not creating the chances they had early in the game and Airdrie looked the likelier side to score as the first period drew to a close.
John Boyle came the closest, but after Garry Kenneth's sliced clearance had fallen perfectly for the striker he fired across Pernis and wide of the far post.
Despite the miss, it was at least a sign that Jimmy Boyle's players had listened to his plea for them to go out and enjoy the occasion.
After the break, the game reverted to the pattern established in the first half, with Dundee United generally with the upper hand but unable to relax against a lively Airdrie side.
Willo Flood crossed from the right in 65 minutes for Lauri Dalla Valle, who thumped a volley at goal from eight yards but McKane made a fine save.
Dixon made a great run down the left wing and swung the ball over to Daly who side-footed his team into a two-goal lead to all but end any chance of an upset.
The win means United are through to the last eight of the tournament despite having played only one game.
Peter Houston's side missed out on earlier rounds because of their participation in Europa League qualifying.
Airdrie United manager Jimmy Boyle: "I'm really pleased. They started very sharply, their pace and tempo was good.
"We lost a poor goal but we dusted ourselves down and started playing good passes through the middle of the park and into our strikers who were excellent."
Dundee United manager Peter Houston: "Airdrie were great at times. I am delighted to go through because we couldn't win coming here.
"Our attitude was spot-on, I thought we worked very hard and we had to work hard.
"I give all the credit to Airdrie. I thought they were excellent and I was always worried about them getting an equaliser so I was delighted to see the second one go in.
"I had the option of (bringing on) the young boy Keanu (Marsh-Brown) or the experience of Daly and I think Daly helped the side because once he got on we got better and tempered their threat a bit.
"His experience is good for us and he is actually a good link-up player and not just a big lump up front."
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +2:47
Christopher Malone produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.90:00 +2:30
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Jamie Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Stevenson.90:00 +0:58
Shot from long range by Sean Lynch goes over the bar.90:00 +0:35
Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Holmes. Graeme Owens restarts play with the free kick.89:53
The ball is swung over by Willo Flood, clearance by Craig Hill.87:51
Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball, clearance by Christopher Malone.86:59
Effort on goal by Ryan Dow from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.86:21
The ball is crossed by Willo Flood, Lauri Dalla Valle takes a shot. Paul McKane makes a save.85:50
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Malone on Ryan Dow. Ryan Dow takes the free kick.83:11 Booking
Booking The referee shows Lauri Dalla Valle a yellow card for not retreating ten yards at a set play.83:03
John Rankin challenges Jamie Bain unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Stevenson.82:28
Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball, Jon Daly has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.82:09
Ryan Donnelly has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Dusan Pernis makes a save.80:13
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Stevenson from the right by-line, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.80:03
The ball is crossed by Phillip Johnston, Paul Dixon gets a block in.79:06
Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.79:06 Substitution
Substitution Craig Hill is brought on as a substitute for David Lilley.79:06
Kieron Stallard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning.78:25
Willo Flood produces a cross.
Substitution Fraser Keast goes off and Phillip Johnston comes on.75:11
The assist for the goal came from Paul Dixon.75:11 Goal scored
Goal! - Jon Daly - Airdrie U 0 - 2 Dundee U Jon Daly scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Airdrie Utd 0-2 Dundee Utd.75:07
Paul Dixon produces a cross,74:18
Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance made by David Lilley.74:11
Ryan Dow sends in a cross, clearance by David Lilley.73:23
Drilled right-footed shot by Lauri Dalla Valle. Comfortable save by Paul McKane.73:15
Centre by Paul Dixon.72:22
Ryan Donnelly sends in a cross, save by Dusan Pernis.70:25
Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Jamie Bain, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul McKane.69:58
Ryan Donnelly is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.69:12 Substitution
Substitution John Boyle leaves the field to be replaced by Derek Holmes.68:54
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Save made by Paul McKane.68:08
The ball is delivered by Ryan Dow, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jon Daly goes harmlessly over the crossbar.67:16 Substitution
Substitution Jon Daly is brought on as a substitute for Stuart Armstrong.66:34
Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Christopher Malone results in a free kick. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.66:00
Jamie Bain sends in a cross, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.65:15
Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line to the near post, Graeme Owens makes a clearance.65:00
A cross is delivered by Willo Flood, Lauri Dalla Valle takes a shot. Paul McKane makes a save.63:44
The ball is swung over by Gary Mackay-Steven, save by Paul McKane.60:57
Unfair challenge on Ryan Donnelly by Gavin Gunning results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Stevenson.59:03 Substitution
Substitution Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Daniel Swanson.58:53
John Rankin produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.58:43
The ball is delivered by Daniel Swanson, Kieron Stallard makes a clearance.58:10
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Dow, Jamie Bain makes a clearance.58:04
Centre by Paul Dixon, clearance by Kieron Stallard.57:44
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Christopher Malone. Willo Flood takes the direct free kick.55:53
Centre by Ryan Dow.55:05
Jamie Stevenson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gavin Gunning.55:01
The ball is sent over by Ryan Donnelly, Garry Kenneth gets a block in.54:04
Barry Douglas has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.52:49
Foul by Lauri Dalla Valle on Kieron Stallard, free kick awarded. Sean Lynch restarts play with the free kick.52:29
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Lilley on Lauri Dalla Valle. Gavin Gunning takes the direct free kick.51:48
The ball is delivered by Jamie Bain, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.47:07
Effort from outside the penalty area by Daniel Swanson goes wide left of the target.46:21
Jamie Bain concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Dow. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.45:21
Foul by Gavin Gunning on Ryan Donnelly, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Stevenson.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +0:08
John Boyle challenges Gavin Gunning unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.44:58
The ball is sent over by Daniel Swanson, David Lilley makes a clearance.43:01
Centre by Fraser Keast, save by Dusan Pernis.41:34
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Armstrong on Sean Lynch. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jamie Stevenson, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.40:27
Effort on goal by Ryan Donnelly from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.38:39
Jamie Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Armstrong. The ball is crossed by Barry Douglas, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Garry Kenneth misses to the right of the target.37:18
Stuart Armstrong challenges Graeme Owens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieron Stallard restarts play with the free kick.37:12
Willo Flood produces a cross, David Lilley manages to make a clearance.36:09
Jamie Stevenson delivers the ball, blocked by Willo Flood.35:47
Corner taken by Jamie Stevenson.35:31
Ryan Donnelly takes a shot. Garry Kenneth gets a block in.35:09
The ball is swung over by Fraser Keast, clearance by Gavin Gunning.34:47
The ball is delivered by Jamie Bain, clearance by Willo Flood.34:13
Centre by Willo Flood, David Lilley makes a clearance.33:34
Effort on goal by Daniel Swanson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.32:38
Jamie Bain sends in a cross.30:49
Kieron Stallard fouled by Barry Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kieron Stallard.29:21
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie Stevenson, John Rankin makes a clearance.28:16
Graeme Owens sends in a cross.27:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Douglas on Fraser Keast. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Stevenson from right wing, Stuart Armstrong makes a clearance.26:54
Ryan Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.22:50
Shot by Ryan Donnelly from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.21:40
Corner taken by Daniel Swanson, clearance made by Fraser Keast.21:09
Corner taken by Daniel Swanson, clearance made by Sean Lynch.21:02
Centre by Barry Douglas, Jamie Bain manages to make a clearance.19:28
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Malone on Barry Douglas. Direct free kick taken by Willo Flood.18:43
Lauri Dalla Valle takes a shot. Save made by Paul McKane.17:34
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Swanson from the left by-line, save by Paul McKane.17:19
Ryan Dow takes a shot. Blocked by David Lilley.16:39
Graeme Owens produces a cross, save made by Dusan Pernis.15:57
Corner taken by Jamie Stevenson.15:42
Ryan Donnelly produces a cross, John Boyle takes a shot. Blocked by Willo Flood.15:13
Header on goal by Lauri Dalla Valle from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.14:37
Short corner worked by Daniel Swanson.14:26
Paul Dixon crosses the ball, clearance made by Sean Lynch.11:42
Paul Dixon has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save made by Paul McKane.10:40
Lauri Dalla Valle provided the assist for the goal.10:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Ryan Dow - Airdrie U 0 - 1 Dundee U Ryan Dow scores a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Airdrie Utd 0-1 Dundee Utd.10:15
Lauri Dalla Valle takes a shot. Save by Paul McKane.8:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Donnelly on Gavin Gunning. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.7:36
Ryan Dow takes a shot. Save by Paul McKane.6:57
Sean Lynch fouled by Barry Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Lynch takes the free kick.6:34
The ball is delivered by Barry Douglas, clearance by Kieron Stallard.4:35
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Stevenson, Header by Kieron Stallard from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.3:52
Foul by Barry Douglas on Jamie Bain, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul McKane.3:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Graeme Owens on Ryan Dow. Willo Flood takes the direct free kick.2:49
Foul by Sean Lynch on Lauri Dalla Valle, free kick awarded. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.2:36
Centre by Jamie Stevenson, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.1:05
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Swanson.0:57
Willo Flood delivers the ball, clearance made by David Lilley.0:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraser Keast by Stuart Armstrong. David Lilley takes the free kick.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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