Queen’s Park took the lead for a second game this season at Tannadice however the hosts hit back to win for a second time as they enjoyed a 3-1 success.

Danny Wilson came in for his starting debut for the Black and White Hoops and Louis Longridge was handed a midfield berth with Will Tizzard and Stuart McKinstry moving to the substitutes’ bench.

New recruit Cillian Sheridan was listed as a replacement, as was a fit-again Liam McLeish, and after Dundee United had kicked off Queen’s were awarded a foul on 13 seconds when Jack Turner was barged off the ball.

The hosts carved out a chance on 90 seconds when Matthew Cudjoe fired low for goal with Calum Ferrie denied the credit of a save when referee Hardie opted against awarding a corner.

With six minutes gone Sean Welsh was penalised for holding onto Craig Sibbald 35 yards out with Alex Bannon rising high to head clear with Jack Thomson doing likewise when the Tannadice side recycled the loose ball.

United were forced into an early change with David Wotherspoon limping off after just eight minutes to be replaced by Kai Fotheringham with the visitors earning a free-kick of their own 35 yards from the home goal two minutes later when Welsh was fouled however no danger threatened.

A fine piercing move from the Spiders brought a chance shortly afterwards as Ruari Paton and Dom Thomas combined to send Ben McPherson clear on the right with the wing-back’s low shot clutched by Jack Walton.

A dangerous cross from Turner across the face of the United goal on 19 minutes ended up bizarrely seconds later as a corner for Jim Goodwin’s side who raced up the park after McPherson had kept the ball in play and United took possession with Longridge’s clearance hitting the corner flag and going behind.

Midway through the opening half Queen’s Park took the lead with a goal that started 100 yards back up the pitch when Ferrie rolled a by-kick to Wilson who a sent a lovely 40-yard pass to Turner who took the move further forward before Longridge was found moving clear on the left.

The midfielder sent the ball arrowing towards Walton’s goal, and when the shot-stopper failed to gather, PATON was on hand to bundle the ball in from four yards much to the delight of the noisy throng of travelling fans behind the goal.

It was almost two nil McPherson had another shot saved by Walton on 26 minutes after another set-up from Longridge at the edge of the box.

Just before the half hour mark Fotheringham slammed a right wing cross goalward from eight yards only for Ferrie to produce a stunning one-handed save to turn the ball over.

Wilson was penalised and booked for a foul on Tony Watt nine minutes from the break 22 yards from the visitors’ goal six-man wall Moult was able to find the top corner and tie the score.

On 44 minutes Sibbald danced his way into the Queen’s box and only a finger-tip save from Ferrie denied the former Falkirk man a wonder goal.

United were not going to be denied before the break and, when Declan Gallagher headed the resultant corner back across Ferrie’s goal, Watt volleyed and Jordan Tillson was on hand to nod in from a couple of yards out.

Half-time – Dundee United 2 Queen’s Park 1

There were no substitutions for either side at the break with Thomson almost marking the restart with a wonderful assist as he sent a 50-yard pass into the path of Turner who had got in-behind the Tangerine defence only for the ball to just dart past the midfielder.

Shortly afterwards Josh Scott cleared away from the Queen’s goal after Cudjoe had nodded over an advancing Ferrie who had raced out of his area.

On 52 minutes Paton and Thomas led a drive into opposition territory with the duo supplying Longridge who teed the ball up for Welsh who unfortunately fired high over the bar.

Cudjoe, who had shown fast-feet throughout the game, forced Ferrie into a low save on 56 minutes with Queen’s racing to the other end with Turner just failing to get a toe on a Thomas ball that was whipped across the six-yard box.

Thomas was hugely disappointed with referee Hardie on 67 minutes when he was pulled back on the half-way line as he looked to break only for no whistle to come. The whistler had a word with the skipper to explain his decision second afters after blowing to award a foul to the hosts.

Referee Hardie did award Queen’s a free-kick, and booked Tillson, for handball on the same spot as Moult scored from with Paton denied an equaliser with his direct effort by a super stop from Walton.

Sheridan was brought on for his debut with 18 minutes left with Zach Mauchin also introduced at the same time with both players quickly involved in the match action.

A Thomas pass dropped perfectly into the path of Paton on the left and the striker looked to be clear on 77 minutes but with Sheridan in good position Paton was unable get the ball out from under his feet.

The hosts grabbed a third goal on 81 minutes when they cleared a Thomas free-kick and had a four versus three situation that allowed Alex Grieve to cut the ball back to Glenn Middleton who took a touch before drilling low past Ferrie.

McLeish won a corner in the final minute however the hosts cleared it and Welsh picked up a yellow card for a trip on Middleton as United swamped a reduced back-line.

In injury time substitute McLeish came close to grabbing his first ever senior goal with a low drive however Walton got down low to save.

Queen’s Park – Calum Ferrie, Ben McPherson (Zach Mauchin 72), Alex Bannon, Jack Thomson, Danny Wilson, Josh Scott (Cameron Bruce 86), Louis Longridge (Cillian Sheridan 72), Sean Welsh, Jack Turner (Stuart McKinstry 65), Dom Thomas (Liam McLeish 86), Ruari Paton.
Unused substitutes – Sam Kane (G/k), Tommy Robson, Will Tizzard, Mackenzie Carse.

Dundee United – Jack Walton, Kevin Holt, Louis Moult (Alex Greive 60), David Wotherspoon (Kai Fotheringham 8), Craig Sibbald, Jordan Tillson (Archie Meekinson 84), Matthew Cudjoe (Glenn Middleton 60), Miller Thomson, Declan Gallagher, Tony Watt (Liam Grimshaw 84), Scott McMann.
Unused substitutes – Jack Newman (G/k), Sam McClelland, Ross Graham, Chris Mochrie.

Referee – Ross Hardie.

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