Sunday, 20 July 2008

Match Report

Raith Rovers 0 - 4 Dundee United

Zaluska, Dillon, Dixon, Wilkie, Dods, Flood, Buaben, Gomis, Swanson (D.Robertson 71), Hunt (Sadaza 85), Feeney (Smith 77)

Subs Not Used: Kovacevic, Grainger, Shala, Gibson (GK)

A strong United line up picked up a good win against Raith Rovers at Starks Park yesterday.

United got off the mark with only 5 minutes gone, when on loan striker Warren Feeney latched on to a Noel Hunt pass, and put the ball home from inside the box.

It took only 8 minutes for the Irishman to double his tally for the day. Danny Swanson and Sean Dillon combined to get the ball into Feeney, who looped a header past Rovers Keeper O'Connor. The stopper appeared to get a hand to the ball but it was not enough to keep the ball out.

It was then Rovers turn to mount an attack however, Joe Dunbar's effort lacked any real conviction, and United Keeper Zaluska had no real problems picking the ball up.

It was then Swanson's turn to test the Rovers defence, with a jinking run ending with a shot from the edge of the box, only for the shot to sail wide.

United went into half time 2 up and with the second half only 10 minutes old, the boys widened their lead further.

Willo Flood was brought down in the box and Warren Feeney stepped up to take a penalty, which he coolly smashed past O'Connor, to complete his hat trick.

The scoring was then rounded off when Noel Hunt, who has been in amongst the goals already this pre season, received a pass down the left hand side from Gomis. The firey forward cut inside then placed the ball past the keeper.

Rovers did have a couple of chances as time whittled down, but they came to nothing.

All in all, a decent performance from the lads, looking like the match fitness is starting to come back.

Feeney commented after the game "It's great to score a hat-trick and these friendlies are good for building up confidence but the main thing is being in the best shape possible for the Hamilton game."

Next up it's Dunfermline on Wednesday at East End Park.

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