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Cammy Bell earns Dundee United penalty shoot-out win

Dundee United won the first bonus point of the new-look Betfred Cup group stages as they beat Arbroath on penalties at Gayfield.

Cammy Bell made a crucial stop to earn United a 5-3 triumph in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in Ray McKinnon’s debut as Tannadice manager.

United earned two points from the encounter with Arbroath having to settle for one.

Arbroath started well and Bell, one of four United debutants, made a good stop from Steven Doris.

Arbroath’s 17-year-old goalkeeper, Robbie Mutch, soon impressed with good stops from the dangerous Tope Obadeyi and Lewis Toshney, and Simon Murray could not make the most of a series of chances before he struck the foot of a post from 22 yards.

Substitute Henri Anier put United ahead in the 84th minute when he slotted just inside the post, but Colin Hamilton forced the ball over the line from close range to level in injury-time and force penalties.

Prospective Raith Rovers signing Rudi Skacel watched his potential team-mates come from behind to beat Cove Rangers 2-1 at Forfar’s Station Park.

Ryan Stott put the Highland League champions ahead from close range just after the half-hour mark, but Kyle Benedictus headed an equaliser four minutes later.

Lewis Vaughan won it for Rovers when he shot in off the bar in the 56th minute but Cove fought all the way.

Source: PA

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Dundee United confirm Ray McKinnon appointment as new manager

Dundee United have confirmed Ray McKinnon as their new manager on a three-year contract.

McKinnon was United’s number one target to replace Mixu Paatelainen and resigned as Raith Rovers manager on Wednesday night in order to take the job at his home town club.

The former United midfielder told the club’s official website: “This is a wonderful opportunity at a club that is close to my heart and I am looking forward to taking on the task of rebuilding the club and developing the talent required to get us where we should be.”

The 45-year-old’s first task will be to rebuild a squad that is set to be decimated following their relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership.

United last week announced eight players would be released but also told all but five of their first-team squad that they are free to find new clubs as they bid to cut costs.

McKinnon said: “There are a lot of challenges ahead and it is important that we give ourselves every opportunity to succeed. We will work hard to build a team that the United fans can be proud of.”

The former Brechin manager led Raith into the Premiership play-offs in his first season in charge but they suffered a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Hibernian in the quarter-finals.

“I want to thank everyone at Raith Rovers,” he said.

“I really enjoyed my time there and I am grateful to them for being so understanding of my desire to become manager of Dundee United. Raith Rovers are a fabulous, proper club whom I wish all the best.”

McKinnon – who made 122 appearances in two playing spells at the club – will watch United’s final Ladbrokes Premiership game on Saturday at Kilmarnock from the stand as Gordon Young continues with his caretaker role.

Source: PA

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Dundee United docked three points for playing ineligible duo

Dundee United have been deducted three points for including ineligible players in their squad during their 3-2 victory over Inverness on Friday.

Ali Coote and Jamie Robson had both just returned from loan spells and should not have been listed by the Tayside club, who were already relegated from the Ladbrokes Premiership.

United have also been fined £30,000, an unspecified part of which is suspended, following a Scottish Professional Football League disciplinary hearing.

Coote had just returned from a loan spell at East Fife while Robson had played for Brechin the previous weekend, and teams are unable to register players from April 1 onwards.

An SPFL statement read: ” At a disciplinary hearing today (Wednesday, 11 May, 2016) the SPFL Board charged Dundee United FC for playing (as defined in the SPFL Rules) Jamie Robson and Alistair Coote in their Ladbrokes Premiership match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Friday, 6 May, 2016.

“Jamie Robson was an unused substitute in this game. Alistair Coote was listed as a substitute and entered the field of play after 76 minutes when he replaced Simon Murray, at which point the score was 3-2 to Dundee United. Dundee United won the game 3-2.

“Dundee United pled guilty to breaches of SPFL Player Regulations 12, 14(i) and 14(ii), which breached SPFL Rules. The breaches of Player Regulations occurred because the club failed to apply to the SPFL to league register the players as required by SPFL Player Regulations 7 and 3A.

“As a result, Dundee United were severely censured, deducted three points from their points total this season and fined £30,000 (part suspended).

“The disciplinary hearing concluded that replaying the game before the end of the season was not practical.”

Source: PA

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Dundee Utd 3-3 Partick: Match Report

Dundee United rally late on for point in final home game of the season

Relegated Dundee United gave their home fans some degree of solace in the last Ladbrokes Premiership match at Tannadice for at least a season as they came from two goals down with four minutes left to draw 3-3 with Partick Thistle.

Thistle took control with first-half goals from Freddie Frans and Kris Doolan, and a Ryan Edwards header looked to have sealed the points after Liam Lindsay’s own goal.

But Edward Ofere and substitute Justin Johnson fired home in the closing stages.

John Rankin captained United in his final home game in tangerine but caretaker boss Gordon Young gave a nod to the future with debuts for teenagers Harry Souttar and Matthew Smith.

United remain a club in a state of flux and several dozen fans demonstrated against Stephen Thompson outside the ground. But the chairman’s main concern will be his anxious wait for an answer from number-one managerial target Ray McKinnon following talks between the pair on Monday morning.

Thistle came to Tannadice grieving for kit man Ricky Roughan, who died on the morning of the game after being taken ill overnight. The 65-year-old had been with the club for a quarter of a century.

His final game had proved a celebration, when Thistle secured their top-flight status with a win at Kilmarnock on Saturday, and there was a round of applause from home and away fans in the 65th minute to mark his life.

With full-backs Callum Booth, Mustapha Dumbuya and Gary Miller absent, Thistle were short of numbers on the bench, but their stand-in full-backs combined for a sixth-minute opener. Teenager James Penrice marked his debut by swinging in a corner for Frans to powerfully head home.

United had chances to level. Billy McKay headed inches wide and had a 25-yard strike pushed away by Ryan Scully, and Simon Murray fired just past the far post after beating two men.

But United were undone in the 34th minute by the sort of poor defending that has undermined their season.

Sean Dillon made a mess of clearing a Steven Lawless ball forward and it fell for Doolan, who rounded Eiji Kawashima and rolled home for his fourth goal in as many games.

Ofere missed a good chance before the break when he sliced well wide from 18 yards.

Smith lit up the opening moments of the second half with two penetrating runs, one which ended with Murray having a shot deflected past before the 19-year-old shot inches wide himself.

United pushed Thistle back but needed a spot of luck to get back in the game in the 67th minute when Scott Fraser’s corner bounced off Lindsay’s thigh and nestled in the net.

Ofere made a complete mess of an attempted finish after great play from Smith and Thistle restored their two-goal lead in the 76th minute when Edwards nodded home from close range after Mathias Pogba crossed from the right.

Kawashima produced an acrobatic stop from Kevin Nisbet before Ofere finally found his range in the 86th minute, drilling home from 16 yards for his third goal in as many matches.

Rankin was taken off in the closing stages to give the United fans the chance to salute the departing midfielder but there was an even bigger cheer in injury-time when Johnson fired home from the edge of the box.

Source: PA

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