Arbroath 0
Dundee United 4
Scottish League (Championship)

0 - 4
Dundee United 

Scottish League (Championship)
Friday, August 4th, 2023
Attendance: 5,558
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Glenn Middleton (11)
Mathew Cudjoe Anim (25)
Craig Sibbald (37)
Louis Moult (45)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell
Jim Goodwin

Starting Eleven
Derek Gaston
Aaron Steele
Tam O'Brien
Ricky Little
Ryan Dow
João Baldé
Scott Stewart
Craig Slater
Leighton McIntosh
Jermaine Hylton
Jay Bird
Jack Walton
Liam Grimshaw
Declan Gallagher
Kevin Holt
Scott McMann
Craig Sibbald
Ross Docherty
Glenn Middleton
Tony Watt
Mathew Cudjoe Anim
Louis Moult

Thomas Welsh
Michael McKenna
David Gold
Scott Allan
Keaghan Jacobs
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan
Ollie Denham
Ross Graham
Jack Newman
Archie Meekison
Declan Glass
Kieran Freeman
Flynn Duffy
Rory MacLeod
Miller Thomson

David Gold for João Baldé (46)
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan for Leighton McIntosh (46)
Michael McKenna for Jermaine Hylton (46)
Keaghan Jacobs for Craig Slater (62)
Archie Meekison for Tony Watt (62)
Declan Glass for Glenn Middleton (77)
Miller Thomson for Mathew Cudjoe Anim (77)
Rory MacLeod for Louis Moult (77)
Ross Graham for Declan Gallagher (80)

Craig Slater (23)
Scott Stewart (48)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)
Ross Macleod & Elliott Husband Powton (Assistants)
Steven Kirkland (Fourth Official)

Photography by The Scotsman

Match Report

Louis Moult scored one and set up the other goals as Dundee United started their bid for a quick return to the Premiership by blowing away hosts Arbroath after a four-goal first half.

Winger Glenn Middleton fired the opener as United pounced on Joao Balde's error on the counter-attack after 11 minutes.

Matthew Cudjoe's clever chip was followed by clinical finishes from Craig Sibbald and striker Moult.

Arbroath rarely threatened as United eased to an opening-fixture victory.

United have now recorded three straight wins after two early defeats in the Viaplay Cup group stage following last season's relegation - and have now come out on top in all 10 visits to nearby Gayfield since 1969.

Having narrowly avoided relegation last season, Dick Campbell's hosts look like they could be in for another struggle in this one.

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell: "It's not like Arbroath to lose four goals so easily. They got their goals very easily. We did not lay a glove on them so I'm very, very angry about that.

"Dundee United were made to look good, albeit they were good. You've got to give credit to Dundee United - they looked very, very much the favourites tonight - but it'll be a different ball game the next time we play them."

Dundee United manager Jim Goodwin: "We had brilliant travelling support and we really wanted to reward them for their efforts, not just for this season but towards the end of last season as well.

"It was a really disciplined performance. Some of the goals and the build-up play was excellent. I think Louis Moult is in there now trying to get his contract up to see if he's got an assist bonus - he's certainly got a goal bonus."

Match report written by BBC

Squad Statistics (as at August 4th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Derek Gaston (GK)36 5 - 145 -
Tam O'Brien31 3 - 22919
Aaron Steele21 4 - 4 -
Ricky Little34 5 - 36913
João Baldé22 5 - 23 -
Ryan Dow32 5 - 20 -
Craig Slater29 5 - 5 -
Scott Stewart27 5 - 1347
Jermaine Hylton30 2 - 2 -
Leighton McIntosh30 513813
Jay Bird22 5252
Keaghan Jacobs (sub)33 4 - 24 -
Michael McKenna (sub)32 4121346
David Gold (sub)30 5 - 27716
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan (sub)27 5151

League Table (as at August 4th, 2023)

No league table has been added for this season.