Published: 17th November 2023
FALKIRK 4 (4' 71' Morrision, 65' Lang, 69' Yeats)
DUNDEE UNITED 2 (27' Cudjoe, 33' Watt)
7.40PM FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2023
THE FALKIRK STADIUM
SPFL TRUST TROPHY
United's unbeaten run comes to an end as Falkirk progress to the semi-final.
THE TEAM TALK
Jim Goodwin made four changes to the side that left it late at East End Park last weekend.
Jordan Tillson and Louis Moult featured on the bench whilst Declan Gallagher missed out altogether. Kai Fotheringham - who scored at this venue last time out - is currently representing Scotland U21s.
Ross Graham, Chris Mochrie, Declan Glass and Mathew Cudjoe were all afforded starts.
There were first matchday squad appearances for Alan Domeracki and Adam Carnwath who helped make up the nine graduates involved this evening.
AN EARLY BLOW
It was an opening five minutes to forget for United as the hosts' fast and energetic start paid dividends.
A number of early crosses spelt danger and Leon McCann's deep cross was turned home by Callumn Morrison at the back post.
There was another early chance for The Bairns as Calvin Miller headed over Morrison's cross from inside six yards as United avoided another scare.
BACK ON TERMS
There was an air of fortune surrounding our equaliser as Cudjoe restored parity on 27 minutes.
United broke in numbers with Watt finding the winger high in the Falkirk half with only McCann for company. Doing well to hold the ball up, he cut inside before curling what seemed a harmless strike at goal. However, Sam Long made a meal of his effort and eventually dropped the ball over the line to level the tie.
Obh mearachd mòr bho Sam Long is tha sin a' toirt cothrom gu Cudjoe airson an tahdal bho astar fada!— BBC ALBA (@bbcalba) November 17, 2023
Cudjoe's long range effort forces a mistake from Sam Long. pic.twitter.com/nixtQBGnDD
TURNING IT AROUND
It took just five minutes before United gained control with Watt adding a goal to his earlier assist.
Clever play from tonight's Captain opened up space following a throw-in and holding off his man, Watt spun inside the box before curling an effort in off the underside of the bar.
Tadhal bhon sgiobair! 'S e Tony Watt le deagh tionndaidh le cluicheadair air a dhruim airson a' faighinn an tadhal.— BBC ALBA (@bbcalba) November 17, 2023
A fantastic turn gives Tony Watt the space to shoot and give Dundee United the lead pic.twitter.com/9zKiAu1yyv
Our earliest second-half sighting came on 56 minutes when Graham got on the end of Glass' free kick but could only nod the ball wide at the back post.
Moments after, the hosts flurried forward in numbers and a clever spin from Aidan Nesbitt opened up space in behind the United defence. He cut the ball back to the edge of the area to find the on-rushing Finn Yeats' and thankfully his drilled effort fizzed past the post.
However, three goals in five minutes had the hosts well in command.
The equaliser came as Morrison's freekick from the edge of the area crashed off the bar - landing at the feat of Yeats to slide the ball home.
No more than four minutes later, Tom Lang put the hosts in front. A clever throw found Calvin Miller who had slipped behind the defence and he forced Walton into action with a toe-poke towards goal. However, the Englishman could only parry the ball back into the penalty area where Yeats pounced to notch his first goal of the season.
The hosts added daylight just a minute later as Kevin Holt's back pass found Morrison lurking and he rounded Walton to slot home his second of the evening.
A five-minute downfall had the game won for the hosts, with chances falling few and far between in the final 20 minutes.
There was a positive twist in the tale as Carnwath came on to make his United debut at 17 years old.
???? "When we analyse all four goals, we'll see every one of them was avoidable. For me, the most disappointing factor was the way we started the game. We got what we deserved."#DUFC Manager Jim Goodwin after watching his side exit the #SPFLTrustTrophy at The Falkirk Stadium ???? pic.twitter.com/zcJ7uA6rVO— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) November 17, 2023
Starting XI: Long, Lang, McCann, Henderson, Donaldson (c), Morrison, Spencer, Nesbitt, Yeats, MacIver, Miller
Subs: Hogarth, Allan, Agyeman, Lawal, Mackie, Knox, McCrone, Carmichael, Howe
Starting XI: Walton, Holt, Graham, Grimshaw, Sibbald, Middleton, Glass, Mochrie, Cudjoe, Watt (c), McMann
Subs: Adams, Denham, Moult, Tillson, Freeman, Duffy, Domeracki, Carnwath, Stirton
Attention turns to the Scottish Cup as we travel to Dumfries next weekend.
Ticket information will be made available from the home club early next week.
Images: Richard Wiseman