Peterhead FC faced Dundee United in the group stages of the ViaPlay League Cup at Tannadice Park on Saturday 22nd July. The Dundee sun came out and made perfect conditions for the cup tie.
After a quiet start with no real chances for either side, Dundee United took the lead after 22 minutes through a close range finish from Moult. A fine save from goalkeeper McKenzie stopped The Terrors from doubling their advantage soon after but Peterhead were unlucky not to level the score with our best chance of the game when Shanks headed the ball over the crossbar from close range, following some great build up play from The Blue Toon. The first half drew to a close with yellow cards handed out for both McCarthy and Shanks for a foul and simulation, respectively.
Half Time: Dundee United 1 – 0 Peterhead.
Dundee United experienced more possession in the second half with Peterhead defending their goal well. With Dundee piling on the pressure on Peterhead, Jack Brown received a yellow card for a challenge before making way for Joe McKee; alongside Jordon Brown and Conner Duthie who were replaced by Conor O’Keefe and Hamish Ritchie in the 60th minute. 8 minutes later a like-for-like change saw Scott being replaced by Goldie. The Terrors doubled their lead through a successful penalty conversion in the 75th minute which was awarded as the result of Danny Strachan fouling the opposition. Referee Callum Scott awarded another controversial penalty 3 minutes later as player manager Ryan Strachan received a straight red card for a collision within the penalty area. Dundee United defender Kevin Holt scored his second penalty of the match in quick succession leaving the scoreline 3-0 in favour of The Terrors. Having gone a man down with all substitutions used, the remaining 10 minutes saw The Blue Toon players defending well as a team with a few players playing out of position.
Full Time: Dundee United 3 – 0 Peterhead.
With the game concluded at 3-0, Peterhead defended well throughout the game with every player contributing to an overall positive defensive performance.