After a busy final week of the transfer window for United, Ray McKinnon handed full debuts to all three new recruits, William Edjenguele, Frank van der Struijk and Tony Andreu. United also welcomed left back Paul Dixon back into the first team after recovery from a knee ligament injury.
By Tommy McKay
The 3520 inside Tannadice witnessed a start from United that was as bright as their shirts with Charlie Telfer giving them the lead after 59 seconds. Blair Spittal and new signing Tony Andreu played a neat one two before finding van der Velden who laid off to Telfer to fire a venomous 25 yard strike into the roof of the net which beat the goalie all ends up.
On five minutes United nearly found themselves pegged back in calamitous circumstances. In what seemed an easy ball played long by Peterhead, Toshney and Zwick left it for each other and the ball made its way through to McAllister who wasn’t expecting the ball to come his way and luckily for United it hit the Peterhead front man and went out harmlessly for a goal kick.
Both teams were moving the ball around with confidence without testing either goalie however that was to change on 29 minutes when Peterhead drew level. After a slack play from United, Ryan Baptie collected the ball just outside the United box and played the ball into McAllister who steered the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
On 36 minutes United edged in front again. Spittal picked up the ball on the edge of the Peterhead third and fed van der Velden who cut inside the defender and drilled the ball low into the net with the Dutchman making it look easy, Hobday in the Peterhead goal didn’t even move.
Joy turned to frustration almost immediately as only one minute later Peterhead were level. McIntosh showing great footwork made it to the byline and found McAllister with a fantastic cross and the prolific front man flexed his neck muscles and buried his header past Zwick from 10 yards.
United had several chances to kill off their guests in the second half with substitute Murray hitting the woodwork with a rasping shot and a powerful header. Spittal would also strike the woodwork in the second half and Peterhead had keeper Hobday to thank for taking the tie into extra time as he produced numerous saves especially from van der Velden.
With both teams putting so much into the 90 minutes extra time was a cautious affair, however it burst into life in the 103rd minute, van der Velden held the ball up well and released Dixon who drove into the box where he was met with a last ditch challenge. With the United man screaming for a penalty, referee Nick Walsh deemed it a fair challenge and instead awarded a corner.
In the 116th minute of an entertaining match, debutant Tony Andreu won it for United. Blair Spittal was doing well down the right and his ball was nodded in at the near post for an assured finish, hopefully the first of many for the man who joined on deadline day.
A deserved victory in the end for United but credit goes to Peterhead for capitalising on momentary lapses by United. We now go into Tuesday’s 4th round draw which also sees the introduction of our Celtic cousins from Ireland and Wales.
Coverage of the draw can be found on the @irnbrufootball page on Twitter. The draw will be made at 12pm and will be screened live via Periscope.
Man of the Match
A close one this time between Nick van der Velden and Tony Andreu however I have to give it to the debutant. Every touch was assured, always looking to play a forward pass but willing to track back and get a foot into tackles. Debut goal is hopefully one of many.
Dundee United: Zwick, van der Struijk (Dillon), Dixon, Flood (c), Edjenguele (Donaldson, Toshney, Spittal, Telfer, van der Velden, Andreu, Fraser (Murray)
Unused Subs: J Donaldson, Robson, B Smith, Taylor
Booked: Telfer, Dillon, van der Velden
Peterhead: Hobday, Rumsby (Blockley), Baptie, Ross, Kelleher, Strachan (c) (Redman), McIntosh (Riley), Dzierzawski, McAllister, Brown, McCluskey
Unused Subs: Smith, Noble, Nassor
Booked: Ross, Baptie, McCluskey, Riley