Johnny Russell's first-half strike was enough to defeat Queen of the South and take Dundee United into the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals.

Russell converted Michael Gardyne's low cross at the second attempt.

Second Division leaders Queens, unbeaten this season and having knocked Rangers out of the Ramsdens Cup, piled on the pressure in the second half.

But Russell's goal, United's first in four games, was enough to see the Scottish Premier League side through.

The visitors dominated the early stages of the match, but chances were at a premium and a weak Brian McLean shot, saved by Lee Robinson, was all they could show for their pressure.

United defender Gavin Gunning then had to look smart to clear a dangerous Willie Gibson after the winger had left Keith Watson stranded.

However, with a strong wind blowing in Dumfries, there was little to excite the crowd until Russell broke the deadlock.

Gardyne's low cross from the left was dummied by Jon Daly, but, while Robinson blocked Russell's initial effort, the Scotland Under-21 striker picked up the rebound and fired the ball into the roof of the net.

Moments later, Daly almost doubled United's lead, but his curling effort from 20 yards flew just wide.

Queens began to press for an equaliser and visiting goalkeeper Radoslav Cierzniak pushed a Nicky Clark header over the bar.

Paul Burns then headed over before the attacking midfielder set up Clark, whose effort was turned away by Cierzniak.

The home side continued to press but could not break through the United rearguard and Kevin Holt had to clear off the line after a United counter attack allowed Russell to round Robinson.

Queen of the South player-manager Allan Johnston : "We were playing against a top team and had them on the ropes there.

"In the second half, they couldn't get out of their own half.

"I'm just disappointed we couldn't get the goal.

"It was a great performance. Maybe the first half we showed them too much respect and stood off them a wee bit, or the conditions maybe didn't help, we gave them too much space in the first half.

"But the second half we got right on top of them, created a lot of problems and got a lot of crosses into the box, and were just unlucky not to get the goal."

Dundee United manager Peter Houston : "First half, we played some good stuff and created a few chances.

"We didn't do as well in the second half, but that is always to be expected, Queens have got to push men forward to try to get the goal.

"But I'm really pleased because, with the pedigree of the teams that Queens have beaten this season, coming down here is no mean task.

"What we were trying to do in the second half was to counter-attack and get in behind, but there were a few balls overhit.

"We didn't show the composure we should have done and that is disappointing, but the result in cup ties is always more important than the performance."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Queen of the South

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Mitchell
  • 04 Durnan
  • 05 Higgins
  • 03 Holt
  • 06 Young
  • 07 Gibson
  • 08 McKenna Booked (Burns - 46' )
  • 10 Clark
  • 09 Reilly (Lyle - 82' )
  • 11 Carmichael

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 15 McGuffie
  • 16 Burns
  • 17 Orsi
  • 14 Lyle

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 02 Dillon
  • 04 McLean
  • 05 Gunning
  • 12 Watson
  • 06 Flood Booked (Millar - 78' )
  • 08 Rankin
  • 10 Ryan (Armstrong - 66' )
  • 07 Russell
  • 09 Daly
  • 15 Gardyne

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks
  • 19 Vignal
  • 14 Millar
  • 16 Armstrong
  • 18 Dow
Ref: Norris
Att: 2,374

Match Stats

Shots

7 5

On target

1 1

Corners

8 1

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:21 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:01

Shot from close in by Mark Millar misses to the left of the goal.

87:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Clark by Sean Dillon. Free kick taken by William Gibson.

81:35 Substitution

Substitution Derek Lyle replaces Gavin Reilly.

80:46

Sean Dillon concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Burns. Direct free kick taken by William Gibson, Nicky Clark produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

80:10

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Mitchell from the right by-line, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.

77:26 Substitution

Substitution Mark Millar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Willo Flood.

76:45

Effort on goal by Michael Gardyne from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

76:01

Effort from a long way out by Paul Burns goes wide right of the goal.

75:05

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Mitchell.

74:29

Willo Flood concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Burns. Chris Mitchell takes the free kick.

73:10

Derek Young takes a shot. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

71:11

Nicky Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Willo Flood. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

69:24

Nicky Clark takes a shot. Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Mitchell.

65:07 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Armstrong replaces Richie Ryan.

64:43

Gavin Gunning concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Reilly. Chris Mitchell takes the direct free kick.

64:18

Nicky Clark challenges Sean Dillon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

63:27

Free kick taken by William Gibson.

63:27 Booking

Booking Willo Flood shown a yellow card.

63:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Holt by Willo Flood.

62:16

Unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Kevin Holt results in a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.

56:17

Close range header by Paul Burns goes over the bar.

53:45

Nicky Clark is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.

49:35

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by William Gibson.

45:49

Richie Ryan concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Reilly. Strike on goal comes in from William Gibson from the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Paul Burns is brought on as a substitute for Stephen McKenna.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:55

Nicky Clark has a header from close in and clears the crossbar. Outswinging corner taken by Chris Mitchell.

44:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Willo Flood on William Gibson.

43:06

Unfair challenge on Sean Dillon by Gavin Reilly results in a free kick. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

38:09

Gavin Gunning challenges Nicky Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Durnan.

36:45

Unfair challenge on Chris Higgins by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Kevin Holt restarts play with the free kick.

35:00 Booking

Booking Booking for Stephen McKenna.

34:52

Stephen McKenna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.

34:02

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Mitchell.

32:05

Jon Daly produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

31:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on William Gibson. William Gibson takes the direct free kick.

30:24

Corner taken right-footed by William Gibson.

27:35

Michael Gardyne provided the assist for the goal.

27:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Johnny Russell - Queen of S 0 - 1 Dundee U Johnny Russell fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Queen of South 0-1 Dundee Utd.

27:19

Michael Gardyne fouled by Stephen McKenna, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sean Dillon.

25:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Derek Young on Richie Ryan. Gavin Gunning restarts play with the free kick.

21:37

Foul by Stephen McKenna on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Gavin Gunning restarts play with the free kick.

19:49

Stephen McKenna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.

18:11

Unfair challenge on Stephen McKenna by Johnny Russell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Robinson.

17:25

Corner from right by-line taken by Willo Flood.

16:34

Stephen McKenna concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Daly. Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.

15:45

Michael Gardyne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Carmichael. Stephen McKenna takes the direct free kick.

13:27

Corner from left by-line taken by William Gibson.

7:30

Brian McLean takes a shot. Lee Robinson makes a save.

4:24

Derek Young challenges Richie Ryan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gavin Gunning restarts play with the free kick.

0:56

Mark Durnan challenges Johnny Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Willo Flood takes the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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