Scottish League Cup - Second Round
Dundee Utd3Partick Thistle1

Dundee United 3-1 Partick Thistle

Cammy Smith celebrates his opening goal for Dundee United
Cammy Smith helped himself to a first-half hat-trick inside 20 minutes

Cammy Smith's hat-trick inside 20 first-half minutes saw Championship side Dundee United beat Partick Thistle to reach the League Cup quarter-finals.

The striker, on loan from Aberdeen, latched onto Scott Fraser's pass for the opener and grabbed his second with a high-class solo run and smart finish.

He dispatched a penalty for his treble by the 30th minute and United could have had several more by half-time.

Sean Welsh's penalty gave Thistle hope but United saw out the win comfortably.

The hosts were sluggish in the first half of their Championship opener against Queen of the South on Saturday but there was nothing to fault the way they started this tie.

United had too much pace and ingenuity for their top-flight opponents, the outstanding Scott Fraser and Tope Obadeyi causing havoc with their movement.

Obadeyi, twice, and Blair Spittal might have added further goals by the interval but United boss Ray McKinnon manager must have been happy with the three they did score.

Smith showed the benefit of a regular start on loan, taking his goal tally to four for the Terrors, the same number he scored in nearly 90 appearances for Aberdeen, though a high percentage of those outings were as a substitute.

His first was a sublime finish, gathering a delicious Fraser pass, controlling the ball then steering it behind Ryan Scully.

Cammy Smith lashes home his second goal for Dundee United
Smith's second goal was an excellent finish across Thistle keeper Ryan Scully

For his second, Smith picked up possession just inside the Thistle half, run away from Callum Booth then held off the defender to score when he got back to him in the box.

The 20-year-old completed his hat trick with a penalty struck straight down the middle after Ziggy Gordon blocked Blair Spittal's shot with an arm.

Thistle were given a glimpse of a way back from a penalty of their own when Chris Erskine was pushed over by Mark Durnan and Welsh scored with 25 minutes left, but United's defence held firm.

Post-match reaction:

United boss Ray McKinnon: "We played some very good football in the first half, especially the forward play, and when the penalty was given against us in the second, I was really pleased with how we reacted. We showed some resilience.

"Some of the link-up play and finishing was pretty special. Cammy's composure and movement for the goals was outstanding, he has done really well since coming in on loan. I am delighted for him.

"There were huge positives all over. Young left-back Jamie Robson was outstanding, Scott Fraser was outstanding, Blair Spittal was excellent and Tope Obadeyi playing as a lone striker was fantastic."

United hat-trick hero Cammy Smith: "The standard has been set after that. We looked dangerous every time we went forward and could have had a few more goals, but we have to be happy with our night's work. It is a great victory for us.

"It wasn't like [Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes] was pushing me out the door. We had a few chats and thought going out on loan would be best for my development. I am here to play games and long may it continue."

Thistle boss Alan Archibald: "It was awful right from kick-off - a really poor performance. I didn't see that coming.

"It was the total opposite of the weekend win [2-0] against Caley Thistle when our keeper didn't have a serious save to make. We were unrecognisable and I feel sorry for our fans that have paid good money to travel here.

"We stood off United from the kick off, made poor decisions right across the pitch and guys who are usually our leaders didn't do it tonight. Nobody got pass marks across the board. Everyone including myself has to look themselves in the mirror."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 6ToshneySubstituted forDillonat 74'minutes
  • 4Durnan
  • 5DonaldsonBooked at 64mins
  • 24Robson
  • 16FloodBooked at 62mins
  • 8Murdoch
  • 7Spittal
  • 10FraserSubstituted forTelferat 86'minutes
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 15SmithSubstituted forMurrayat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 9Murray
  • 12Telfer
  • 17Johnson
  • 21Zwick
  • 22Coote
  • 25Sukar

Partick Thistle

  • 12Scully
  • 23GordonBooked at 30mins
  • 15DevineBooked at 66mins
  • 21SymeSubstituted forEdwardsat 58'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 3BoothBooked at 73mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 6OsmanBooked at 54mins
  • 7AmooSubstituted forAzeezat 39'minutes
  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forPogbaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Azeez
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Edwards
  • 20McDaid
  • 35Crawford
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
5,036

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Scott Fraser because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Willo Flood (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Cameron Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Mathias Pogba replaces Kris Doolan.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Sean Dillon replaces Lewis Toshney because of an injury.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).

(Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 3, Partick Thistle 1. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Toshney (Dundee United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Willo Flood (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Willo Flood (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd4220103710
3Dunfermline42027706
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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