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Saturday, 12th Nov 2016

Irn Bru Challenge Cup: Saturday 12th November 2016, 12.30pm kick off at East End Park

This Saturday Dundee United return to East End Park for the second time this season. Following closely on the back of Tuesday night`s Championship match at Tannadice this will be the third competition in which the sides have met this season.

The match at East End Park on 10th September was the first time these clubs have met in the league outside the top flight since the 1995-96 season. Back in `96 Dunfermline famously pipped the Tannadice club to the First Division title finishing with 71 points to United`s 67.
Dundee United won the last SPL match in which they met Dunfermline at East End on 29th October 2011.  .Prior to that however it was back in January 1997 when United last triumphed at East End Park. Kjell Olofsson (2) and Jim McInally scored for the visitors, with Harry Curran scoring for the Athletic.

Few will need reminded of the September game at East End when Cammy Bell saved three first half penalties and Ray McKinnon`s side left with a 3-1 win and following on the narrow 1-0 defeat at Tannadice with the handicap of playing with ten men for all of the second half, there is a desire to correct things in the cup tie.

Milestones Dundee United (Home) .

Last . Victory


1 - 0


Last . Defeat


1 - 3


Best . Victory


7 - 0

Div B*

Worst . Defeat


1 - 4


*Pre league reconstruction

The last dozen league games between the two sides have seen . DA win . and United win , with . games ending all square.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee United






08/11/16 A 0-1 L Championship
10/09/16 A 0-2 L Championship
31/08/16 A 0-3 L League Cup
22/09/15 A 1-3 L League Cup
31/03/12 A 0-3 L SPL
29/10/11 H 1-4 L SPL
20/08/11 A 1-0 W SPL
28/10/08 A 0-1 L League Cup
27/01/07 A 0-0 D SPL
18/11/06 H 2-1 W SPL
19/08/06 A 0-0 D SPL
02/05/06 A 1-0 W SPL

Last League Match v Dundee United at East End Park
Saturday 10th September 2016

This was the match that had all the stattos scanning the internet to find out just how many times a team had experienced three penalties saved in the first half of a game. This is certainly the most recent! First Gavin Reilly had the chance from the spot in the ninth minute, Bell went to his right and saved.

Simon Murray then scored the opener for United in 21st minute and another seven minutes passed before referee John Beaton awarded a second Pars penalty. This time Nicky Clark penalty sent the ball left and again Bell saved.

Remarkably another penalty was awarded in 32 minutes and this time Paul McMullan completed the hattrick of failures as yet again Cammy Bell choose to go the right way.

Tony Andreu notched a second United goal in the first minute of the second half but Michael Paton struck back five minutes later. There was always a belief that Dunfermline could take something from the game and that gained momentum as Paul Dixon was red carded with more than half an hour remaining. The Pars tried everything but couldn`t find an equaliser and to further ruin the afternoon Andreu netted an added time third.

DUNFERMLINE: David Hutton, Ryan Williamson (Farid El Alagui 76), Lee Ashcroft, Callum Fordyce, Lewis Martin (Joe Cardle 83), Michael Paton, Andy Geggan (c), Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan, Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Kallum Higginbotham, John Herron, Ben Richards-Everton, Michael Moffat, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED: Cammy Bell: Frank van der Struik, William Edjenquele, Paul Dixon: Lewis Toshney, Willo Flood (c), Simon Murray (Cammy Smith 67), Charlie Telfer, Nick van der Velden (Coll Donaldson 79), Tope Obadeyi (Jamie Robson 60), Anthony Andreu
SUBS NOT USED: Sean Dillon, Blair Spittal, Scott Fraser, Luis Zwick (GK).

Current League Position
Dunfermline Dundee United
9 2
League Points
9 27
Goal Difference
-9 +11
Last 6 Match Form
League Record
P13, W2, D3, L8 P13, W8, D3, L2

Having played thirteen league matches United sit joint top with Hibs but four goals worse off while Dunfermline trail in ninth place. This is a cup tie however and anything is possible but United have the better cup record against Dunfermline.

Form last six matches.
 . . Dunfermline  .  . Dundee United .
 . Dundee United (A) L


 . Dunfermline (H) W 1-0
 . Raith Rovers (H) D


 . Queen of South (A) W 4-1
 . Dumbarton (A) D


 . Falkirk (H) L 0-4
 . Hibernian . (H) L  .1-2  . Dumbarton (H) W 2-1
 . Falkirk (A) L 1-2  . St Mirren (A) W 2-0
 . Queens Park (H) W 2-1  . Stranraer (A) W 1-0

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE: (v Dundee United):
 Sean Murdoch: Andy Geggan (c), Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham (Paul McMullan 85), John Herron, Nat Wedderburn, Joe Cardle (Rhys McCabe HT): Nicky Clark, Farid El Alagui
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Moffat, Michael Paton, Callum Smith, Callum Fordyce, David Hutton (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED: (v Dunfermline): Cammy Bell (c): Frank van der Struijk, William Edjenguelle, Mark Durnan, Jamie Robson: Scott Fraser, Willo Flood, Charlie Telfer (Cammy Smith 63), Tope Obadeyi (Nick van der Velden 63), Tony Andreu, Simon Murray (Blair Spittal 82)
SUBS NOT USED: Sean Dillon, Coll Donaldson, Lewis Toshney, Luis Maria Zwick (GK).

Referee will be Willie Collum.

Nat Wedderburn will miss this and the next match through suspension.

C`mon Ye Pars!

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