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Dunfermline Athletic 0-2 Dundee United: Lawrence Shankland double for visitors

Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson hails two-goal hero Lawrence Shankland
Dundee United head coach Robbie Neilson hails two-goal hero Lawrence Shankland

Dundee United kept up their 100% league record with a convincing victory over Dunfermline at East End Park.

As has been the case so often this campaign, Lawrence Shankland proved to be the difference with both goals.

After two first-half goals, Shankland could have had a hat-trick but had a penalty saved by Pars goalkeeper Ryan Scully.

United though deserved all three points and they head into Friday nights derby match in terrific form.

The opener arrived when midfielder Ian Harkes collected the ball before playing in Shankland on the angle of the 18 yard box. The striker's effort took a deflection that appeared to wrong foot Scully who was helpless on his line.

The lead was doubled with Paul McMullan the provider, sending a deep cross towards the striker for his ninth goal of the season.

Dunfermline, who are still seeking their first league win of the campaign, looked much sharper after the break and substitute Kyle Turner tested Benjamin Siegrist in the visitors goal.

But United always looked dangerous and Peter Pawlett will still be wondering how he failed to find the target from just three yards out with the goal gaping.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Scully
  • 2Comrie
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 16Morrison
  • 4Martin
  • 11Dow
  • 21Paton
  • 8BeadlingSubstituted forToddat 78'minutes
  • 22ColeySubstituted forTurnerat 45'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 10RyanSubstituted forMcCannat 68'minutes
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 9McGill
  • 12Turner
  • 14Devine
  • 20Gill
  • 24Edwards
  • 26Todd
  • 27McCann

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2SmithBooked at 70mins
  • 18ButcherBooked at 87mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 17Robson
  • 7McMullan
  • 23Harkes
  • 12StantonBooked at 80minsSubstituted forKingat 82'minutes
  • 10ClarkSubstituted forPawlettat 60'minutes
  • 24ShanklandSubstituted forSowat 90+2'minutes
  • 27Appere

Substitutes

  • 3Sporle
  • 8Pawlett
  • 9Sow
  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 25King
  • 44Watson
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
6,480

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Dundee United 2.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Osman Sow replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Jamie Robson.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Calum Butcher.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Dow (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calum Butcher (Dundee United).

Matthew Todd (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).

Foul by Matthew Todd (Dunfermline Athletic).

Ian Harkes (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Adam King replaces Samuel Stanton.

Attempt missed. Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Samuel Stanton (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic).

Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Matthew Todd replaces Tom Beadling.

Penalty saved! Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Kyle Turner (Dunfermline Athletic) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Louis Appere (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic).

Liam Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.

Booking

Liam Smith (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Smith (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Lewis McCann replaces Andy Ryan.

Attempt missed. Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Martin (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Calum Butcher (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan Dow.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Peter Pawlett replaces Nicky Clark.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd33008269
2Morton32019726
3Ayr32015326
4Dundee31203215
5Arbroath31112204
6Inverness CT311135-24
7Queen of Sth302112-12
8Dunfermline302135-22
9Partick Thistle301246-21
10Alloa301226-41
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