Pat Fenlon's rebuilding of Hibernian will continue apace judging from this convincing win for Dundee United.

It took only three minutes for Johnny Russell to fire in an opener that exposed the defensive frailty so evident for Hibs last season.

United impressed again without needing to rise to heights reached as they gave Dinamo Moscow a midweek fright.

Gardyne, who arrived from Ross County, celebrates after scoring on his debut

Gardyne, who arrived from Ross County, celebrates after scoring on his debut

But Jon Daly's 74th-minute header and a late strike by substitue debutant Michael Gardyne secured the points.

United had been unchanged from the side that drew 2-2 with Dinamo, with manager Peter Houston resisting the temptation to rest anyone ahead of Thursday's second leg in Russia.

Ben Williams, Tim Clancy and Paul Cairney were all handed their competitive debuts in a Hibs side showing seven changes from the one that ended last season with a 5-1 hammering by Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.

It was almost a nightmare start for Williams when the goalkeeper clashed with Russell as the striker chased down a short back header from David Stephens.

Despite calls for a penalty echoing round the home stands, it looked like Russell had played Williams rather than the other way round and Euro 2012 referee Craig Thomson waved play on.

A superb crossfield ball from Shaun Dillon found Gary Mackay-Steven in space and, when the cross came into the box, a clever bit of head tennis from Daly and John Rankin gave Russell the chance to swivvel and fire low into the far corner from seven yards.

Hibs looked shaken and a nervous Williams let a Russell volley slip out of his arms and just over the crossbar.

Fenlon's side did work themselves into the game to threaten occasionally on the break but were also thankful for the lightning quick reflexes of Williams, who turned wide Daly's downward header from six yards before it nestled into the far corner.

Dillon was withdrawn, to be replaced with summer signing Brian McLean, at half time as United manager Houston played safe ahead of the Europa League trip to Russia with the defender feeling discomfort in his groin.

Russell failed to replicate his first-half finish when put clear by the mesmeric feet of Mackay-Steven shortly after the break.

Thereafter, United continued to dominate without worrying goalkeeper Williams and there was a stroke of luck when they did edge further in front as what looked like a mis-hit shot from Mackay-Steven flew across goal, where it was deflected in off the head of Daly.

A curling Leigh Griffiths free-kick almost caught out United goalkeeper Radosław Cierzniak as it grazed the crossbar, but summer signing Gardyne broke clear to increase United's lead in stoppage time.

As United head for Moscow with confidence, Hibs' performance only backed-up Fenlon's pre-match claim that he is not yet happy with the strength of his squad.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 02 Dillon (McLean - 46' )
  • 03 Douglas
  • 05 Gunning
  • 12 Watson
  • 06 Flood
  • 08 Rankin
  • 10 Ryan
  • 11 Mackay-Steven (Armstrong - 80' )
  • 07 Russell (Gardyne - 77' )
  • 09 Daly

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks
  • 04 McLean
  • 28 Robertson
  • 14 Millar
  • 16 Armstrong
  • 15 Gardyne
  • 18 Dow

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Clancy
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake (O'Hanlon - 90' )
  • 20 Stephens
  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Wotherspoon
  • 16 Stevenson (Handling - 58' )
  • 17 Sproule (Caldwell - 75' )
  • 09 Griffiths Booked
  • 10 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 21 Antell
  • 03 Booth
  • 05 O'Hanlon
  • 19 Kujabi
  • 08 Claros
  • 24 Handling
  • 29 Caldwell
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 7,267

Match Stats

Shots

17 6

On target

11 2

Corners

10 3

Fouls

11 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:53 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:38 Substitution

Substitution Sean O'Hanlon on for James McPake.

90:00 +0:49

The assist for the goal came from John Rankin.

90:00 +0:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Gardyne - Dundee U 3 - 0 Hibernian Michael Gardyne scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-0 Hibernian.

89:08

The ball is swung over by Paul Hanlon, Keith Watson gets a block in.

88:41

Foul by John Rankin on Paul Cairney, free kick awarded. Paul Cairney takes the direct free kick.

87:43

Shot by Willo Flood from 25 yards. James McPake gets a block in. Willo Flood decides to take the corner short.

87:26

Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Blocked by David Stephens.

86:35

John Rankin fouled by David Stephens, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Ryan restarts play with the free kick.

86:13

Barry Douglas fouled by Leigh Griffiths, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.

84:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Willo Flood, Brian McLean produces a shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

83:08

John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Cairney. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.

80:35

David Wotherspoon challenges Willo Flood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Richie Ryan from the free kick.

80:04

Effort on goal by Tim Clancy from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

79:19 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Armstrong replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

77:29

Leigh Griffiths fouled by Barry Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. Leigh Griffiths shoots direct from the free kick.

76:01

Direct free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Michael Gardyne comes on in place of Johnny Russell.

76:01

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded.

75:25

Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Watson manages to make a clearance.

73:51 Substitution

Substitution Ross Caldwell comes on in place of Ivan Sproule.

73:51

Assist on the goal came from Gary Mackay-Steven.

73:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Daly - Dundee U 2 - 0 Hibernian Jon Daly grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Dundee Utd 2-0 Hibernian.

72:58

David Stephens concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Daly. Willo Flood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot.

69:06

Ivan Sproule challenges Barry Douglas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick.

65:07

Paul Cairney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Ryan. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.

63:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Watson by Eoin Doyle. Brian McLean restarts play with the free kick.

62:39

Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by Willo Flood results in a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

59:39

Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.

59:39 Booking

Booking Booking for Leigh Griffiths for unsporting behaviour.

59:36

Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Leigh Griffiths results in a free kick.

57:46 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Stevenson leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Handling.

57:20

A cross is delivered by Willo Flood, David Stephens makes a clearance.

56:19

Outswinging corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Mackay-Steven.

54:06

Centre by Gary Mackay-Steven.

53:00

Jon Daly takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

50:41

Effort from deep inside the area by Johnny Russell misses to the right of the target.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Brian McLean coming on for Sean Dillon.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

41:53

The ball is sent over by Gary Mackay-Steven, David Wotherspoon gets a block in. Gary Mackay-Steven takes the outswinging corner, Gavin Gunning gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McPake. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

41:31

Willo Flood crosses the ball, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, James McPake makes a clearance.

40:59

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven played to the near post.

40:15

Leigh Griffiths challenges Barry Douglas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.

39:20

Eoin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Watson. Keith Watson takes the direct free kick.

36:44

Johnny Russell fouled by Paul Cairney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John Rankin. Keith Watson sends in a cross.

35:57

Centre by Ivan Sproule.

35:04

Leigh Griffiths is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.

34:08

A cross is delivered by Willo Flood, clearance made by David Stephens. A cross is delivered by Keith Watson, Jon Daly takes a shot. Fantastic save by Ben Williams. Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Ben Williams.

31:55

The ball is crossed by Ivan Sproule.

30:26

Gary Mackay-Steven has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Tim Clancy. Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Header on goal by Jon Daly from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

28:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Ryan by David Wotherspoon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Douglas, David Stephens manages to make a clearance.

25:33

Eoin Doyle produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

24:56

Johnny Russell has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

24:04

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball.

23:19

A cross is delivered by Ivan Sproule, save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

22:54

Centre by Willo Flood, David Stephens manages to make a clearance.

22:15

Leigh Griffiths delivers the ball, Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save.

22:05

The ball is delivered by Leigh Griffiths, blocked by Willo Flood.

21:20

David Wotherspoon takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Mackay-Steven. Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Willo Flood gets a block in.

20:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Sean Dillon. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lewis Stevenson from left by-line, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.

19:45

Gary Mackay-Steven sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

19:35

The ball is swung over by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

18:39

Barry Douglas fouled by Ivan Sproule, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.

16:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by James McPake. Willo Flood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by David Wotherspoon.

16:08

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

15:14

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

14:17

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Blocked by David Stephens.

12:33

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

9:55

Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line to the near post, free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Daly on James McPake. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

8:23

Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball, Paul Cairney manages to make a clearance.

7:04

Centre by Eoin Doyle. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ivan Sproule on Gary Mackay-Steven. Gavin Gunning restarts play with the free kick. Johnny Russell takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Ben Williams. Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven to the near post, clearance by David Stephens.

6:12

Foul by Barry Douglas on David Wotherspoon, free kick awarded. David Stephens restarts play with the free kick.

5:40

Shot by David Wotherspoon from a long way out goes over the net.

2:53

The assist for the goal came from John Rankin.

2:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Johnny Russell - Dundee U 1 - 0 Hibernian Johnny Russell scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Hibernian.

2:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by James McPake. Gavin Gunning takes the direct free kick.

1:37

Jon Daly concedes a free kick for a foul on David Stephens. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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