Photo by Ian Cairns
Dundee United remain top of the SWPL 2 table after a third straight win to start the campaign against Queen’s Park at the Regional Performance Centre.
Despite missing four key players, goals from Rachel Todd and Alex Robson saw the Tangerines run out 3-1 winners against the Spiders, who remain searching for their first point of the season.
Kick-off was delayed by 25 minutes after the referee demanded a change of socks from United, but this didn’t affect the hosts who took the lead after just eight minutes. Mhairi Fyfe had shot straight at AJ Meach in the United goal before they broke up the left-hand side where Rebecca Foote was able to pick out Todd in the area to force a low shot under the body of Rachael Caddell.
Queen’s did come close to levelling the scores when Kinga Koronkiewicz saw her free kick come crashing off the bar after quarter of an hour, but once again United reacted quickly and just six minutes later doubled their lead.
The goal was very well worked right from the back with Meach finding Erin Cattanach at right back who played the ball in to Erin Ross, with her inch perfect diagonal pass finding Todd who was able to stick the ball in the back of the net for an impressive second.
Cattanach was involved again as United looked for a quickfire third, but Laurie Ross couldn’t divert her header on target, with the home side remaining two to the good at the break.
At the start of the second half though it was Queen’s Park who were the side on top and they almost made the perfect start with a shot from Demi Potts, but Meach was equal to her effort.
Potts could have won her side a penalty when she went down under a questionable challenge from Foote, but play was waved on, and that decision worked in their favour with the ball finding its way out to the left where Fyfe cut the ball back to Cara Anderson to fire past Meach.
The goal had United rattled, and the visitors continued to push forward, without creating too many clear-cut chances until the 86th minute, when Louisa Boyes had a great chance to equalise, sending her shot from the edge of the box flying over the bar.
That would be their last chance of getting anything from the game too as United wrapped up the points two minutes from time, Todd adding an assist to her two goals with a lovely ball through to Robson who showed great composure to round Caddell and roll the ball home.
Dundee United: Meach; Cattanach (Robson, 72), Clemison, Burns, Foote; Cowper; Erin Ross, Guthrie (Laing, 86); Simson, Laurie Ross (Robb, 72), Todd
Queen’s Park: Caddell; Shearer, Ray, Koronkiewicz, Davies; Kerr, Boyes; Potts, Hopgood (Sloey, 56), Fyfe; Anderson
Dundee United Head Coach, Graeme Hart:
Dundee United Defedner, Cassie Cowper: