Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Airdrieonians 0-1 Dundee United

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland

Blair Spittal curled in a wonderful free-kick as Dundee United broke down Airdrieonians' stubborn resistance to reach the last 16 in the Scottish Cup.

The League One hosts started brightly but the Premiership's bottom side took control after the interval.

Paul Dixon hit the crossbar in the first half, with Billy McKay and Scott Fraser also going close.

And Spittal struck on 79 minutes to end a sequence of nine games without a win for Mixu Paatelainen's men.

A small band of visiting supporters spilled on to the artificial surface at the Excelsior Stadium to join the celebrations, having had little to cheer this season.

With United 11 points adrift in the top flight, Airdrie perhaps sensed an early vulnerability.

The Premiership side found it difficult to cope with the long throw-ins from Jamie Bain and Eiji Kawashima made a point-blank save from Marc Fitzpatrick before tipping a Bryan Prunty header over the bar.

Prunty then sent a back-post header into the side-netting before United began to dominate possession.

The 2010 Scottish Cup winners winners hit the woodwork when Dixon cut in from the left flank to flight a shot towards the far corner. The rebound fell to Spittal but the midfielder's low strike was well saved by Rohan Ferguson.

Spittal strokes in the only goal of the game
Spittal skilfully strokes in the only goal of the game

The teenage keeper, standing in for suspended Neil Parry, would be much busier in the second half as the Diamonds were put under increasing pressure.

Dixon, always prominent, flashed a great delivery across goal, with McKay shooting into the side-netting soon after.

Another good Dixon cross was met by Fraser on the volley but the former Airdrie loanee's effort thumped into the astroturf and spun over the crossbar.

Ferguson then touched away Fraser's low drive and, from the corner, the hosts survived an almighty scramble.

United were rewarded for their dominance when Spittal sent his free-kick into the top corner, with Ferguson barely moving as he watched the ball ripple the net.

The visitors continued to hog the ball and the only chance to come the way of Airdrie in the closing minutes saw Liam Watt shoot tamely at Kawashima.

Line-ups

Airdrieonians

  • 1Ferguson
  • 2Bain
  • 6Lithgow
  • 5Crighton
  • 3O'Neil
  • 7CoxBooked at 80minsSubstituted forMorganat 83'minutes
  • 8Watt
  • 4Fitzpatrick
  • 11Cadden
  • 9ListerSubstituted forMackinat 59'minutes
  • 10PruntySubstituted forBrownat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stewart
  • 14Glackin
  • 15Brown
  • 16Morgan
  • 17Kerr
  • 18Morton
  • 19Mackin

Dundee Utd

  • 1Kawashima
  • 28DonaldsonSubstituted forPatonat 87'minutes
  • 2Dillon
  • 17Durnan
  • 20Spittal
  • 55Demel
  • 8Rankin
  • 3Dixon
  • 22Fraser
  • 11ErskineSubstituted forRiskiat 67'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 4Souttar
  • 6Paton
  • 10Muirhead
  • 15Murray
  • 24Spark
  • 25Riski
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,330

Match Stats

Home TeamAirdrieoniansAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Airdrieonians 0, Dundee United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Airdrieonians 0, Dundee United 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Paul Paton replaces Coll Donaldson because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Marc Fitzpatrick.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dylan Mackin (Airdrieonians).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Watt (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Airdrieonians. Adam Brown replaces Bryan Prunty.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Airdrieonians. Taylor Morgan replaces David Cox.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Guy Demel (Dundee United).

  11. Post update

    Liam Watt (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Booking

    David Cox (Airdrieonians) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Cox (Airdrieonians).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Airdrieonians 0, Dundee United 1. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Liam Watt (Airdrieonians).

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Dylan Mackin (Airdrieonians).

  19. Post update

    Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bryan Prunty (Airdrieonians).