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Thanks for reading folks, I wont be in attendance next Saturday for the Falkirk match as it\`s Beer Festival time again.
Comes to nothing however as the full time whistle goes.
Ash clears ahead of N`Koyi, the pars are off and running to the United end.
Fyvie to take.
Flood long high ball to Fyvie, but on to Murdoch who punches clear then fouled. Free kick taken by Murdoch. Pars fans on their way out, United supporters are singing.
Splaine loses it to Flood, spare ball to Murdoch.
King to take. Low in, goes to the right hand side. Crossed back in and past the byline. Goal kick Pars.
Lewis to Ash, stops King, away to Splaine, he fouls Fyvie. Free kick United, 40 yards out.
Smith with a long rthrow in, goes over to RyanW and the pars are absolutely livid behind the goal as they deemed that a corner. RyanW thought so too alas the ref didnt;
Offside up for Flood. Free kick Pars, Murdoch takes.
Lewis punts it long, the clock is ticking down to full time and the pars are only now looking more like themselves - I say that as United are deep in our half. Talbot with a throw in.
Long ball from Lewis, headed down by Splaine and the resulting return is on the roof of the main stand. Foul on Splaine, nothing given.
Sub for Pars off is McManus replaced by Andy Ryan
Splaine does well with the ball, fouled by Flood. No need for that.
Free kick to be taken by Splaine.
A cracking goal by Smith, a brief celebration before the ball is run to the centre circle for the re-start.
Murdoch to Morris then to Ash. Talbot to Clark, then to Splaine, McManus to the box chips to Smith andinto the net it goes GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Sub for Dundee United off goes Keatings replaced by Sam Stanton.
From the right it`s Splaine, cleared at the near post, and down to the halfway line for Ash who has made another monumental mistake in kicking the ball high into the air instead of forward. United take advantage.
Long ball to McDonald, and a good run by RObson with a cracking shot on goal is stopped by the feet of Murdoch. Throw in Pars at the NE.
Bouncing ball to Nat, away to McManus, he fouls Flood and a free kick for United deep in their own half. Yellow for McManus.
United fans now sitting bright sunshine.
Nat to Higgy, knocked into Edjen. RyanW cant get the spare to Splaine. United forward with McMullan and a good tackle by Talbot. Throw in United.
Flood to take.
Flood takes the throw in.
Lewis puts the ball out wide, headed down by McManus.
McMullan bothering Nat. Ball to Higgy on the far left wing. Throw in Pars. RyanW to Higgy, foul on Higgy nothing given.
I think the United fans are getting us mixed up with Falkirk supporters if ye could hear the songs they`re singing....
Sub for Pars off is Shiels on is Splaine.
Spare down to Lewis. McMullan should have been booked for that simulation. Saw it coming a mile away.
Long spare ball to McMullan who dives in the penalty box. No card or foul takes place.
Some of our fans have left, I kid you not.
Throw in United at the NE. Away to the centre circle, out wide to King, but his pass to an advancing Keatings is poor and on to Murdoch.
United fire ahead again to our half, stopped only by Ash and on to Murdoch.
Re-start sees the ball with RyanW as the United fans dance and sing their hearts out.
Free kick just outside the 18 yard line.
Shiels takes the free kick, short pass t oMcManus crosses in and a good save at the left hand post by Lewis.
Long ball headed down by Ash. Out to King, up to a running Fyvie but stopped by Talbot. Cleared high into the air by Ash after Fyvie came close. Murdoch clears downfield.
Ash to RyanW down the wing pass to Higgy, tripped up but gets the ball back and it s out for a pars throw in deep in the United half.
Throw in Pars. Talbot to Smith, wins a corner for taking on two defenders.
He is up, being walked off and looks ok from here. Taking some water on board.
Murdoch long to Higgy, a foul on Shiels and our physio is on as our team crowd around him.
From the left it`s Keatings.
Shouts of handball, nothing given as United run to our half and win a corner for their troubles.
Lewis long ball to the pars half, and the spare goes to Murdoch. The rain is battering down by the way.
Nat chests down a rebound, on to Murdoch hoofs it upfield.
Talbot takes, but fouls at the same time. Throw in for United deep in their own half. Ref whistling at Keatings to take it back a few feet.
Low in, cleared at the near post, back to the 18 yard line, headed away by Edjen.
Edjen heads away a cross by Clark. Out to RyanW on the left hand side. Now to Nat Nat then to Shiels.
Pars to kick off this half facing the Cowden end.
Sub for Pars off Hoppy on is Callum Smith
Pars out for the second half ... just waiting on United.
Cmon Pars must do better!
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Cleared at the near post, Ash gives the ball away and Unite fon to a fantastic run to our half Morris defends, United fire again, this time Murdoch keeps it off the bar and the Pars are down to the halfway line for a throw in.
Long ball from the re-start, down to Clark, then to RyanW for a pars throw in nearside.
Scott McDonald runs away celebrating another outstanding goal for the visitors.
King down holding his face, now another United player on the deck. Boos from the pars fans. Free kick after the second player foul. Free kick United, 40 yards out.
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Lewis takes the free kick, up to Nat, headed behind, foul on Ash. Free kick Pars with Murdoch to take.
Long to the head of McMullan. Down to Nat, then to Higgy, up to McManus who is once again flagged for offside.
Curling ball, hands all over Ash by Flood and play is stopped. Free kick Pars Murdoch to take.
United fans in good voice.
A good opening goal for the visitors with a cracking pass from McMullan to Fyvie who pounced at the back post and fired it low past Mcurdoch.
United up to the halfway line.
I suspect the wind is not helping.
Robson takes, in to the middle for Shiels, passes straight to Fyvie. Long ball to the head of Ash, out to Clark and won to Hoppy. He cant catch it. Over to Edjen then to Lewis who puts it out of play.
Keatings takes, a plethora of United players forward in the box but the ref sees a push and it`s on to Murdoch.
Robson takes, McDonald is fouled. Free kick United 30 yards out.
Murdoch hoofs the ball straight to McMullan, out for a United throw in further up the wing.
United out wide with Keatings, crosses to the pars box for an advancing McMullan but Murdoch there first. Foul on Clark, no card for McMullan. Wee blighter.
Long to the head of Edjen, on to Clark chases it but Lewis there first. Punts it upfield, Robson brings it down, out wide to RyanW from Shiels. Higgy passes to RyanW heading to the United box but their defenders are on their toes.
Long ball headed down by Ash. Backpass to Murdoch and Mcmullan asking about a foul nothing from ref.
Higgy plays it along the ground, got to take it again says ref. From the left it`s a high ball and the assistant linesman raises his flag. Pushing in the box says the ref, United keeper takes the free kick.
Another pars corner.
I`m doing my Sportsound bit here....
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A great pass from Clark to Higgy sees our number 7 try a shot on goal but it was just wide of the left hand post.
Long ball to the pars half, Talbot heads down to Nat, he loses it, away to McMullan before a sliding tackle by Morris on Flood.
From the right it`s Higgy. Curling ball easily saved by Lewis.
Long ball out wide headed down by Talbot. Rebounds off Flood, out for a pars throw in at the NW.
SHort to Higgy, out to RyanW on a good run, crosses in and blocked out for a throw in.
Murdoch out wide kick, then to Clark in to Shiels, short shift to Hoppy and Shiels cant get it back as UNited are forward again with Flood. Out wide to Durnman, stopped by Talbot then Nat. United again with Fyvie and then off out to the pars for a throw in.
High ball to the centre circle, returned to Lewis. ANother long hoof, headed forward by Ash and back to Lewis. It`s like Wimbledon with a bigger baw.
Out wide to Talbot, long ball to the United end but too far for Clark and over the byline for Lewis goal kick.
Higgy from the left, right footed cross, headed away by Edjen, down to the halfway line for Talbot. Up to the head of King, turns passes it wide to the head of Talbot on the right hand side. Edjen returns it.
Long from Murdoch, Higgy heads down, but it`s inside to Talbot. Sloppy back pass to RyanW who rebounds the pass off McMullan. Throw in Pars, RysnW to Clark, and another pars corner after a rebound from Higgy off Flood.
Long ball from the throw in.
McDonald takes the United throw in at the NE.
Away to Keatings on to Morris and then to Murdoch. Hoofs it downfield. Talbot long ball to Hoppy but it`s too far.
Durnam takes, defended and cleared by Higgy, and out for a pars throw in. RyanW to take.
Boos for our former player McMullan.
Durnam takes, high ball down from Morris, Edjen gets it down, but it`s away to McMullan with a good run down the nearside wing, well defended in the pars box by Ash and away to Murdoch after the linesman at the NW raises his flag.
RyanW makes a safety call and returns the ball to Murdoch. Long ball down to a noisy United half.
From the left hand side with a right footed cross its Higgy. Over everyone and foul takes place. Free kick to United with Lewis taking.
Ball away to Hoppy who is fouled. Free kick taken quickly and the first corner of the match to the Pars.
I think United kicked off -t it happed so quickly I didn`t see it!
Both teams enter the field of play ---- to a huge audience and a fantastic atmosphere.
Holymoly the size of this crowd!!!
Well I hope no!
Of course, with it being allocated seating, people are spaced out.
I came in early today because I was thinking a big crowd... and by chove it is. A huge away support filling up the Cowden end, and the Norrie is packed, the NW is filling up, the main stand is stappit foo (nearly) and there are even pars fans to the right of me; the hospitality will be joining us soon as well and it was a sell out weeks ago (and the Rennie suite).
I jokingly tweeted two weeks ago, after the St Mirren game, that Jim Spence and I were offishully engaged - the best partnership in scottish football... his immediate reply was "the wife is sending ye a cheque in the post for taking me aff her hands!"
I had a lovely lunch at Marv`s cafe earlier - and beautiful it was too. Had a good wee natter with some visiting Dundee United supporters. They`re well up for this game, and we`re laid back. Allegedly.
Good afternoon from a very sunny and breezy East End Park for today`s SPFL Championship fixture between Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United