Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Stranraer 0-3 Dundee United

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland
  • Dundee United into Scottish Cup quarter-finals
  • Chris Erskine opens scoring for League Cup finalists
  • Ryan Dow adds rapid double before half-time

Ryan Dow scored twice as Dundee United knocked in three goals inside 10 first-half minutes at Stranraer to reach the last eight in the Scottish Cup.

The League One leaders were no match for last year's beaten finalists as Chris Erskine raced through to score.

Dow then clipped in a composed finish, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake, and he rounded home goalkeeper David Mitchell soon after.

Stranraer battled on valiantly but rarely threatened the visitors' goal.

United reached the League Cup final last weekend, although there was to be a bitter aftertaste for supporters, with Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven sold to Celtic on transfer deadline day.

However, Erskine and Dow proved more than adequate replacements in midfield as Jackie McNamara's side brushed aside their part-time opponents.

Dow, so impressive as a substitute in the Hampden win over Aberdeen, was full of clever running and kept a cool head to take his goal tally for the season to five.

Erskine celebrated his birthday with the opening strike, capitalising on an error from the hosts on 21 minutes.

Sean Winter was slack with a pass to Scott Rumsby, with the defender caught on his heels, allowing Erskine to sprint clear and prod the ball through the legs of advancing Mitchell.

Stranraer were almost given an unlikely helping hand when Callum Morris crashed a header towards his own goal at a corner and keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak made a smart reaction save to bail out his team-mate.

Cierzniak was unconvincing in dealing with crosses but the Blues found themselves further behind before they could put the Pole under any more pressure.

Ryan Dow celebrates with fellow goal-scorer Chris Erskine
It was a comfortable afternoon for last year's beaten Scottish Cup finalists

Rumbsy was guilty of diving into a challenge on left edge of penalty box allowing Dow to cut inside, drift past Frank McKeown and cleverly lift the ball over the diving Mitchell.

The third goal followed almost immediately with Nadir Ciftci slipping the ball through the legs of Grant Gallagher near the centre spot before threading a wonderful pass for Dow to run on to and the midfielder rounded Mitchell to double his tally.

Another corner had United in a spot of bother before half-time when McKeown beat Cierzniak to the delivery but his looping header was nodded over by defender Ryan McGowan.

Stranraer gamely plugged away in the second half and Cierzniak held on to a fizzing Chris Aitken free-kick, while Gallagher's curling shot was not too far away from finding the top corner.

But it was United who came closest to adding another goal when substitute Telfer's stoppage-time free-kick was tipped over by the fingertips of Mitchell.

Line-ups

Stranraer

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Mitchell
  • 2Pettigrew
  • 4Rumsby
  • 5McKeown
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 74mins
  • 7Winter
  • 10StirlingSubstituted forLongworthat 63'minutes
  • 6AitkenSubstituted forRobertsonat 83'minutes
  • 8Gallagher
  • 11Gibson
  • 9MalcolmSubstituted forStoneyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Longworth
  • 14Stoney
  • 15Russell
  • 16Robertson
  • 18Tobin

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 16McGowanBooked at 54mins
  • 14Morris
  • 5Fojut
  • 2Dillon
  • 20Butcher
  • 6Paton
  • 17ErskineSubstituted forSpittalat 74'minutes
  • 30AnierSubstituted forTelferat 79'minutes
  • 18DowBooked at 67mins
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 8Rankin
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 24Spittal
  • 26Szromnik
  • 33Spark
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
1,491

Match Stats

Home TeamStranraerAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stranraer 0, Dundee United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stranraer 0, Dundee United 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Craig Pettigrew.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Mitchell.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Rumsby (Stranraer).

  7. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Scott Rumsby (Stranraer).

  9. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by William Gibson (Stranraer).

  11. Post update

    Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Stranraer. Scott Robertson replaces Chris Aitken.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Rumsby.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Henri Anier.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Chris Erskine.

  17. Booking

    Jackson Longridge (Stranraer) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Longridge (Stranraer).

  19. Post update

    Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Sean Winter (Stranraer) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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