Montrose 0-4 Dundee United

- Pavol Safranko gives United the lead with a header from close range after 8 minutes.

- Paul Watson goes close to doubling the Tangerines' advantage but sees his header cleared off the line by Iain Campbell.

- Callum Booth does make it two for Dundee United just before half-time with a 25-yard fizzer off the post for his second of the season.

- Billy King makes it three with his first touch after coming on after 81 minutes.

- American debutant Ian Harkes wraps it up with United's fourth in the second minute of stoppage time.

Montrose XI (4-4-2): Fleming (GK), I Campbell, Steeves, Dillon, Harrington; Cregg, Masson, Redman (Watson 56), Webster; Rennie (Callaghan 83), Johnston (R Campbell 56).

Subs not used: Millar (GK), Bolochoweckyj, Skelly and Antoniazzi.

Dundee United XI (4-2-3-1): Siegrist (GK), Watson, Booth, Bouhenna, Frans; Stanton, Gomis; Nesbitt (Clark 64), C Smith (Harkes 70), McMullan; Safranko (King 80).

Subs not used: Rakovan (GK), Robson, Edjenguele and Aird.

Ref: David Munro.

Att: 3,604.

MOTM: Aidan Nesbitt.

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  1. Hello and welcome to the Tele Sport live blog of the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie between Montrose and Dundee United.

    Championship United go into the cup clash on the back of last Saturday's 1-0 win over Dunfermline looking to build momentum and progress.

    While their League One counterparts, the Gable Endies will be looking to cause a shock after their promotion as League Two champions last season.

    All set for a cup cracker here at Links Park. Team news on the way, kick-off at 3pm.

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  2. Team news from our man at Links Park, Calum Woodger. Follow him on Twitter @cwoodger93

    It should be noted, in addition to what's outlined below, United captain Fraser Fyvie is not in the matchday squad.

    Strong Utd team today as promised during the week by Robbie Neilson. Morgaro Gomis makes his third debut for the club and new American midfielder Ian Harkes is on the bench @Tele_Sport pic.twitter.com/tHBoeBCfTz
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  3. Game kicks off.

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  4. 2 - Pavol Safranko clean in on goal for United but offside.

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  5. 5 - Montrose appeal for a penalty as Morgaro Gomis and Graham Webster come together in the United box and the Gable Endies man goes down but nothing given.

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  6. 6 - Sam Stanton drags a low drive past the post after initial good work on the right from Paul McMullan.

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  7. 8 - GOAL! Montrose 0-1 Dundee United: Stanton drives into the heart of the home defence and lays in Aidan Nesbitt on the left. The attacker's cross is blocked by Allan Fleming in the Montrose goal but Safranko was there to nod home the opener from close in.

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  8. 13 - That strike was the Slovak's ninth of the season.

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  9. 14 - Well Gomis is really looking comfortable slotting right back into that United midfield. He's really dictated the early stages and is spraying about passes for fun.

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  10. 15 - Montrose have a corner after a great ball in from the right by Webster is turned behind.

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  11. 16 - A Nesbitt curler is easily caught by Fleming.

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  12. 21 - United have a corner. Nesbitt to take.

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  13. 21 - Montrose get it away but it's still with the Terrors.

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  14. 25 - Decent build-up play between Gomis and Nesbitt there but the final pass into an onrushing Callum Booth was just a little short.

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  15. 30 - Nesbitt's got the showboat out now with a lovely backheel flick into the path of Stanton. You feel a second would kill the tie for United.

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  16. 35 - SO CLOSE! United nearly get No 2 but Iain Campbell clears Paul Watson's header from inside the six-yard box off the line. Brilliant stuff!

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  17. 43 - GOAL! Montrose 0-2 Dundee United: Pick it out! What a hit from Callum Booth! He comes off the left and rattles in a right-footed drive off the post from 25 yards out. He only scores special ones, that's the left-back's second of the season.

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  18. Half-time.

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  19. 45 - The second-half gets under way.

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  20. 55 - Nesbitt again at the heart of things for United. He plays a nice chipped through ball into the path of Cammy Smith bursting into the box. However, the former St Mirren man can't get his head on it.

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  21. 56 - Subs for Montrose: Ross Campbell and Paul Watson on for Chris Johnston and Jamie Redman.

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  22. 59 - Paul Watson with Montrose's first real attempt on target in the match as his shot is lashed straight down the throat of Benjamin Siegrist in the United goal.

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  23. 61 - And another opportunity for the hosts. Ross Campbell was almost in on goal there before being denied by a Freddy Frans sliding challenge.

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  24. 64 - It's now Webster's turn but he fires wide for Montrose.

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  25. 64 - Sub for United: Aidan Nesbitt, who has been excellent today, is replaced by Nicky Clark.

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  26. 67 - Smith lashes a first-time strike over the bar as United really look to put the tie totally to bed.

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  27. 70 - Sub for United: Ian Harkes comes on for his debut, replacing Cammy Smith.

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  28. 75 - Booth finds Harkes at the back post with a deep cross but the American can only send it over.

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  29. 77 - Well why not?! Booth unleashes another 25-yard stinger from the left but Fleming is able to, just about, palm it away this time.

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  30. 79 - Clark skews a shot wide for the visitors.

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  31. 80 - Sub for United: Pavol Safranko makes way for Billy King.

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  32. 81 - GOAL! Montrose 0-3 Dundee United: Billy King scores with his first touch and strokes home a volley from a Clark cross, talk about a sub making an impact! United in the hat for the next round.

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  33. 83 - Sub for Montrose: Martin Rennie comes off to be replaced by Liam Callaghan.

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  34. 84 - 3,604 inside Links Park today. Great for Montrose!

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  35. 88 - Great reaction save from Fleming to deny Clark United's fourth of the day.

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  36. 90+2 - GOAL! Montrose 0-4 Dundee United: Harkes strokes home a debut goal, coolly sliding in a McMullan cutback from the left.

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  37. Full-time: Montrose 0-4 Dundee United: Robbie Neilson's men go into the hat for the next round with goals from Safranko, Booth, King and Harkes doing the damage.

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