Honours even in derby

Neither side came out on top at Tannadice Park this afternoon as Dundee United and Aberdeen ended an enthralling encounter as they started it. Both sides had chances to win the game as it swung from end to end, but most fans will feel that a draw was the fairest outcome.

The drama began before kick-off, with the Aberdeen team coach being delayed by the traffic problems on the A90. A police escort was required, and it was a minor miracle that the match only kicked off fifteen minutes late.

The pre-match atmosphere was good, with friendly banter between the two sets of fans both outside and inside the stadium. Fans and players were united in a display condemning racism as part of the Kick It Out campaign.


The game began at a frenetic pace. Aberdeen dominated most of the early exchanges, only being denied by the brilliant Radek Cierzniak in the United goal. The keeper produced an outstanding save from Scott Vernon to keep the sides level as Aberdeen fashioned a number of early chances, while United were restricted to shooting from distance.

However, the men in tangerine began to come into the game, and it was they who took the lead after 22 minutes. Aberdeen could count themselves slightly unfortunate, as the ball rebounded off the knee of referee Iain Brines to Johnny Russell, who broke down the left beating Mark Reynolds and crossing for John Rankin who had the simplest of tap-ins to open the scoring.


Aberdeen had chances to equalise before half-time, but the impressive Cierzniak again denied Vernon with another top-class save. From that, United broke once more and it took an excellent last-ditch tackle from Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson to deny Russell a certain goal.

After the break, Aberdeen looked like a much stronger side, and a series of corners won and taken by the excellent Ryan Fraser contributed to their equaliser when one such delivery was flicked on by Anderson for Niall McGinn to apply the finish and continue his impressive scoring run.


Both sides had chances to win the game, and Cierzniak and his counterpart in the Aberdeen goal, Jamie Langfield, both made excellent saves to keep the scores level. First, United’s impressive Pole came out to deal well with Stephen Hughes’ run into the box, and then Langfield did well to save a stinging shot from Russell after a mazy run through the Aberdeen defence.

Both sides will feel they could have won the game with the chances they had, but there will be many positives for Craig Brown and Peter Houston to take into next week’s fixtures.