Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Dundee United: Visitors extend lead at top with late win
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Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 Dundee United: Visitors extend lead at top with late win

Nov 11, 2023
Chris Mochrie netted United's winner against the club he spent last season on loan with
Chris Mochrie netted United’s winner against the club he spent last season on loan with

Chris Mochrie came back to haunt Dunfermline with a late winner as Dundee United stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship.

The game burst to life shortly before half-time as Kai Fotheringham pounced on the rebound to head his seventh goal of the season when Deniz Mehmet could only parry Liam Grimshaw’s strike.

United – held by Inverness last weekend – were heading for more dropped points after Owen Moffat ran from halfway and capitalised on Declan Gallagher’s slip to slot the equaliser.

But Mochrie, who spent last season on loan at Dunfermline, delivered the decisive moment.

The midfielder swivelled and lashed a shot past fellow substitute Harrison Sharp, who had replaced the injured Mehmet at half-time.

Sharp ought to have done better but United’s momentum had been building, with Louis Moult twice denied and Glenn Middleton drilling narrowly wide.

The dramatic win moves United – still unbeaten in the league this season – seven points clear of second-place Raith Rovers, albeit having played two games more.

Dunfermline remain in the top four on goal difference but have now suffered four defeats in five.

Dundee United boss Jim Goodwin: “Delighted with the team and the performance. Not accepting the point away from home, pushing right to the end and getting maximum points.

“Chris Mochrie’s got that in his locker. He’s a really good young talent for us. It’s good that the two substitutes combined and got the points for us.”

Line-ups

Dunfermline

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1MehmetSubstituted forSharpat 45′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 15Fisher
  • 5HamiltonBooked at 67mins
  • 6OtooBooked at 65mins
  • 2ComrieSubstituted forRitchie-Hoslerat 75′minutes
  • 18Allan
  • 8Chalmers
  • 3Edwards
  • 23O’HalloranSubstituted forMcCannat 22′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 17MoffatSubstituted forToddat 55′minutes
  • 9WightonSubstituted forJakubiakat 60′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ritchie-Hosler
  • 10Todd
  • 11McCann
  • 14Jakubiak
  • 19Fenton
  • 20Sharp
  • 44Little

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Walton
  • 8Grimshaw
  • 31GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 4Holt
  • 33McMann
  • 16TillsonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMochrieat 71′minutes
  • 14Sibbald
  • 18FotheringhamSubstituted forGlassat 61′minutes
  • 32WattSubstituted forAnim Cudjoeat 60′minutes
  • 15Middleton
  • 9MoultBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 5Denham
  • 6Graham
  • 13Newman
  • 21Glass
  • 22Freeman
  • 25Duffy
  • 26Mochrie
  • 28Anim Cudjoe
  • 53Stirton

Referee:
Chris Graham

Attendance:
7,237

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