Published: 7th November 2023
Dundee United were defeated 2-0 by Celtic on Sunday but can be pleased with their performance over the ninety minutes.
Goals in either half through Nourimane Addi and Tiree Burchill sealed the points on an afternoon where United were resilient against the Scottish Cup winners.
the team talk
Graeme Hart made two changes to the side that was defeated by Motherwell three weeks ago with Jade Wilson returning to the starting XI and Maya Knight making her first start.
Another change was enforced just seconds before kick off as Georgie Robb was unwell, Summer Christie taking her place.
United had the first chance of the game in the second minute when Leah Sidey forced Kelsey Daugherty into a save.
In the tenth minute Celtic had their own effort; Amy Gallacher denied by the trialist keeper.
Nine minutes later Partido hooked wide from a corner but it wasn’t long until the deadlock was broken.
Nourimane Addi latched onto a ball over the top and coolly slotted past the trialist keeper for Celtic’s first in the 22nd minute.
Despite Celtic having the lion’s share of possession they weren’t to trouble the United goal all too much before half time, the only shot of note coming seven minutes beforehand when Sydney Cummings sent a strike straight at the keeper.
into the break
United could have pulled themselves level in the 51st minute when Rachel Todd’s lob from distance flying onto the roof of the net.
Chloe craig fired over from distance for the visitors but she was to have a big hand in the second goal in the 68th minute.
Celtic probed around the United box looking for an opening and when the ball fell to craig her rifled strike took a deflection off Cassie Cowper and into the net via the unsuspecting face of Tiree Burchill.
An unfortunate goal to concede for United and it gave the visitors some much needed relief as they appeared to be growing in frustration at United’s defensive efforts.
The defensive unit of Frew, Wilson, Cowper and Jameison were dealing with Celtic well for the most part as they restricted them to mostly corners and long range efforts, Amy Gallacher’s 20 yard shot one of those.
The visitors did come close to a third late on; Caitlin Hayes’ hit the bar with a header and the follow up was excellently parried and palmed away by the trialist.
Overall it was an excellent performance from United against one of the league’s top three but they won’t be able to rest on their laurels with a trip to Spartans coming this Wednesday.
Trialist, Frew, Wilson, Jameison, Bruce, Smith (Fraser 81), Todd, L. Sidey (Noble 57), Christie, Cowper, Knight (Murphy 69)
Sub not used: Hurrell, Taylor