Dundee United 2 - 1 Ross County (League)

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,179
Referee: Steven McLean
Dundee United v Ross County, Aug 23rd 2014, Tannadice Park
Dundee United Ross County 

Goalscorers
Nadir Ciftci (18)
Chris Erskine (86)
Jake Jervis (50)

Starting Eleven
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Keith Watson
Conor Townsend
Callum Morris
Jaroslaw Fojut
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Ryan Dow
Gary Mackay-Steven
Nadir Ciftci
Mario Bilate
Antonio Reguero
Uros Celcer
Scott Boyd
Jim Fenlon
Jordi Balk
Joe Cardle
Richard Brittain
Filip Kiss
Graham Carey
Jake Jervis
Yoann Arquin

Bench
Marc McCallum
Chris Erskine
Brian Graham
Blair Spittal
Charlie Telfer
Aidan Connolly
Scott Smith
Mark Brown
Ben Frempah
Rocco Quinn
Melvin De Leeuw
Darren Maatsen
Steven Ross
Liam Boyce

Substitutions
Chris Erskine for Keith Watson (78)
Brian Graham for Mario Bilate (85)
Charlie Telfer for Gary Mackay-Steven (87)
Rocco Quinn for Joe Cardle (79)
Darren Maatsen for Jake Jervis (83)
Liam Boyce for Richard Brittain (88)

Bookings
Nadir Ciftci (16)
Callum Morris (37)
Filip Kiss (10)
Jim Fenlon (41)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 4 apps -
Jordi Balk 2 apps -
Uros Celcer 4 apps -
Scott Boyd 257 apps12 goals
Jim Fenlon 3 apps -
Graham Carey 42 apps3 goals
Richard Brittain 249 apps50 goals
Joe Cardle 4 apps -
Filip Kiss 21 apps6 goals
Jake Jervis 4 apps2 goals
Yoann Arquin 20 apps4 goals
Rocco Quinn (sub) 101 apps11 goals
Darren Maatsen (sub) 13 apps1 goal
Liam Boyce (sub) 1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jordi Balk (20 years 124 days)
Oldest Player:Antonio Reguero (32 years 58 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 285 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Frempah (19 years 147 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 184 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 178 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Goals from Nadir Ciftci and Chris Erskine gave Dundee United victory over Ross County in this Scottish Premiership encounter at Tannadice Park.

Ciftci headed the Tangerines in front from Paul Paton's free-kick.

However, Jake Jervis stabbed home to bring County level after the half-time interval.

Both sides created chances to win the match but it was United who got the three points with Chris Erskine's powerful late strike.

The win takes Jackie McNamara's side up to third in the table, trailing leaders Inverness by a point and behind Hamilton Academical on goal difference. County remain bottom as yet without a point.

United had better possession in the half and took the lead through Ciftci but it was a 45 minutes littered with stoppages for fouls and four bookings, making for a very disjointed affair and scrappy play.

County blasted back into the game not long after the restart with a move started by Graham Carey's pass to Cardle.

Jake Jervis levelled for County early in the second half.

The winger's teasing cross was missed by Arquin on the jump, but not by Jervis as he steered a neat shot past Radoslaw Cierznak from six yards.

And the visitors should have gone ahead on the hour when Yoann Arquin had a free header but nodded wide with only the keeper to beat from six yards.

The home side almost restored their lead when Mario Bilate crossed from the right for John Rankin but the midfielder's stretch to connect eight yards out just failed to find the ball.

Ciftci headed across goal only for Reguero to cut out the danger and the striker then blasted wide when Bilate was in the clear and better placed for the pass.

And to crown an unlucky few moments, Ciftci headed downwards and watched his effort bounce over the bar.

Jervis then missed a terrific opportunity for County, blasting a volley over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Reguero saved in quick succession to deny Ryan Dow and Rankin but was eventually beaten by substitute Erskine's stunning winner.

The Spaniard beat out a corner but it fell to Erskine, who thrashed a first-time strike high into the net from 14 yards.

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