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12 September 2016

Attacking midfielder nets brace in remarkable victory

TONY Andreu struck twice for Dundee United on Saturday to help guide them to a 3-1 win at Dunfermline, although his efforts were almost overshadowed by those of visiting goalkeeper, Cammy Bell.

The stopper kept out Gavin Reilly's spot-kick at 0-0, and incredibly made two further penalty saves to deny Nicky Clark and Paul McMullan after Simon Murray had put United ahead.

Andreu found the net in the opening minute of the second half, but Dunfermline responded quickly as Michael Paton's goal shortly after looked to give them a way back into the contest.

United had Paul Dixon sent off on the hour-mark, but wrapped up victory in injury-time when Andreu registered his second of the afternoon - and third in two games for the Scottish Championship side.

Speaking after the match, Andreu told the media: "Cammy making three penalty saves kept us in the game and gave us real momentum.

"We kept trying to score a third goal and managed to do do that. It was amazing for the group to win; for a goalkeeper to save three penalties is something I've never seen before so it was amazing."

In the Scottish Premiership, James Maddison made his Aberdeen debut off the bench during a 1-1 draw at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The attacking midfielder replaced Graeme Shinnie in the first half, with Niall McGinn putting the hosts ahead early in the second period.

Maddison went close to extending the lead, only for Iain Vigurs' 68th minute drive from distance to ensure a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere in the top tier, Remi Matthews' Hamilton Academical eventually went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Hearts, having initially gone in front.

Ali Crawford notched the opener on 50 minutes for the away side, but Robbie Nielson's team responded when James Walker equalised before adding a penalty nine minutes from time.

Hearts then added gloss to the result in the final minute; Sam Nicholson this time converting from the spot to complete the scoring.

That hurt,disappointing result which we didn't deserve, but again showed we can compete against these top teams, thanks to travelling fans 👊

— remi matthews (@Remi_matthews) September 10, 2016
Back in England, fellow goalkeeper Declan Rudd played the full match as Charlton Athletic drew 2-2 away to Fleetwood in Sky Bet League One.

The Addicks twice came from behind, with goals from Josh Magennis and Lee Novak cancelling out strikes by Chris Long and David Ball respectively.

In the same division, Harry Toffolo made his Scunthorpe United debut as a late substitute as the Iron continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-0 win at home to Southend United.

Nice to make @SUFCOfficial debut! Boys were class and 2nd in the table. We go again! ⚽️

— Harry Toffolo (@Harry_Toffolo) September 10, 2016
Goals before the interval from Paddy Madden and Kevin van Veen put Scunthorpe in control, with Josh Morris and Richard Smallwood adding further efforts during the second half.

Toffolo replaced Morris in the latter stages of the game; the result moving United up to second in the table having collected 13 points from their first six matches of the campaign.

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