Scottish Championship
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Dundee United 2-1 Greenock Morton

By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland at Tannadice
Dundee United's Tony Andreu (second left) celebrates scoring the opening goal
Dundee United's Tony Andreu (second left) celebrates scoring the opening goal

Dundee United kick-started their season with a well-earned win over Morton.

Tony Andreu's second half brace ensured they ended a poor week with three points.

Morton were unable to recreate their League Cup win over the tangerines though Sean Dillon turned a Ross Forbes free kick past his keeper to ruin Cammy Bell's clean sheet.

The victory means Ray McKinnon's men move to within six points of leaders Queen of the South.

In a match of few chances a single goal difference was always likely to be enough and so it proved.

However, Andreu could have scored much earlier as he spurned United's best first half chance.

Racing onto a through ball his shot was snuffed out by Andy McNeil in the Morton goal.

As the opening 45 wore on, Jim Duffy's side began to feel their way into proceedings and Aiden Nesbitt hit the post with an effort from the edge of the area.

Cammy Bell was beaten and Ton skipper Thomas O'Ware spooned the rebound over the bar.

Blair Spittal did well to work space in the box as United began the second half smartly.

But his shot was spectacularly saved by McNeil.

Morton struggled to impose themselves in the second period and the hosts eventually opened the scoring just beyond the hour.

Andreu's effort found the corner despite the best efforts of McNeil.

But for one or two shaky moments in defence United deserved their win and Andreu's second saw him capitalise on poor defending.

He bore down on McNeil and calmly slotted home.

Dillon's late own goal came too late for Morton as United ensured revenge for their midweek defeat at Cappielow.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Bell
  • 20van der Struijk
  • 14EdjengueleBooked at 81mins
  • 4DurnanBooked at 43mins
  • 3Dixon
  • 6Toshney
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forObadeyiat 62'minutes
  • 23van der VeldenSubstituted forDillonat 85'minutes
  • 15SmithSubstituted forFraserat 77'minutes
  • 19Andreu
  • 9Murray

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 5Donaldson
  • 10Fraser
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 21Zwick
  • 24Robson
  • 27Smith

Morton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20McNeil
  • 6Doyle
  • 4O'WareBooked at 76mins
  • 5Gunning
  • 17RussellBooked at 71mins
  • 18McDonaghBooked at 76mins
  • 10LindsaySubstituted forTiffoneyat 77'minutes
  • 8Forbes
  • 11NesbittSubstituted forMurdochat 78'minutes
  • 7Oliver
  • 24QuitongoBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 14Scullion
  • 21Murdoch
  • 22Orr
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
5,829

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 2, Morton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 2, Morton 1.

  3. Goal!

    Own Goal by Sean Dillon, Dundee United. Dundee United 2, Morton 1.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

  5. Post update

    Scott Tiffoney (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

    Michael Doyle (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 2, Morton 0. Tony Andreu (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Murray.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie McDonagh.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Sean Dillon replaces Nick van der Velden.

  15. Post update

    Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Tiffoney (Morton).

  17. Booking

    Jai Quitongo (Morton) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

  18. Booking

    William Edjenguele (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Andy Murdoch replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Jamie Lindsay.