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Alloa Athletic 1-0 Dundee United: Leaders shocked by hosts

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Alloa down United with O'Hara goal

Alloa Athletic's tremendous performance and Kevin O'Hara's goal were enough to shock table-toppers Dundee United.

O'Hara finished from six yards after an excellent, incisive passing move involving Scott Taggart and Kevin Cawley.

Wasps' Flannigan, who was sent off late on, had a great chance to add to the lead but his shot was blocked.

Scotland call-up Lawrence Shankland's best opportunity was a glanced header past the post in the second half.

That was during a period of sustained pressure from United, but Alloa's resolve was brilliant and the hosts nearly scored again through Cawley.

There was also a nervy moment for visiting goalkeeper Ben Siegrist as he nearly allowed Mark Reynolds' back-pass to roll in.

Flannighan's dismissal was for two yellows, but he was another star performer, with the part-time side's work rate drawing many plaudits.

Alloa Athletic manager Peter Grant: "I thought it was thoroughly deserved. We don't make it easy for anyone. This is our home and we've got to make it a fortress.

"To come up against the guys that are probably going to win the league, I'm actually disappointed we didn't win by more."

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson: "We just didn't compete the way we should. The biggest disappointment for me is we didn't really show any aggression in the game.

"They bullied us in midfield and if we're going to win titles we've got to dominate the midfield."

Line-ups

Alloa

  • 41MacDonald
  • 2Taggart
  • 5Graham
  • 4Deas
  • 8Robertson
  • 7Cawley
  • 6Hetherington
  • 11FlanniganBooked at 87mins
  • 14BrownSubstituted forBuchananat 79'minutes
  • 10TroutenBooked at 58mins
  • 17O'Hara

Substitutes

  • 9Buchanan
  • 16Gilhooley
  • 19Thomson
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 23Gillespie
  • 31Henry

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 44Watson
  • 19Brown
  • 6Reynolds
  • 2Smith
  • 7McMullan
  • 23HarkesSubstituted forSmithat 69'minutes
  • 12StantonSubstituted forKingat 61'minutes
  • 3SporleSubstituted forAppereat 57'minutes
  • 24Shankland
  • 8Pawlett

Substitutes

  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 20Chalmers
  • 25King
  • 27Appere
  • 29Graham
  • 37Meekison
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
1,717

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home4
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away13
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Dundee United 0.

Foul by Paul Watson (Dundee United).

(Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Foul by Liam Smith (Dundee United).

Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) for a bad foul.

Louis Appere (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic).

Troy Brown (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Deas (Alloa Athletic).

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Smith (Dundee United).

Foul by Louis Appere (Dundee United).

Steven Hetherington (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Liam Buchanan replaces Adam Brown.

Attempt missed. Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Louis Appere (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Graham (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Ian Harkes.

Attempt missed. Adam Brown (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kevin O'Hara.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Robbie Deas.

Attempt missed. Louis Appere (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Paul Watson (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Iain Flannigan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adam King replaces Samuel Stanton.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Booking

Alan Trouten (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd86022281418
2Ayr76011761118
3Inverness CT7412128413
4Dundee7232811-39
5Morton73041019-99
6Arbroath722358-38
7Alloa8224713-68
8Dunfermline713378-16
9Queen of Sth713336-36
10Partick Thistle71241014-45
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