United's first taste of affiliated men's football within the West of Scotland Amateur Football League was an away tie in Renfrew vs Inchinnan Valley. The game was the first of the League Cup group stages. United were drawn in Group 3 alongside fellow 1st Division teams Old Oak Thistle B, Inchinnan Valley and Third Lanark, as well as Premier Division outfit Bellaire.
Goals from Kwaby, Sean Kavanagh Sproull and Harry were enough to secure victory as their season got off to great start.
Kwaby opened the scoring in bizarre circumstances midway through the first half when his free-kick, taken just inside his own half, took a freakish bounce just outside the box and made the poorly positioned Inchinnan keeper look foolish. Sean Kavanagh Sproull doubled United's lead soon after with a low finish from 10yards after an incisive pass from Donald set him clear of the Inchinnan defence.
Inchinnan forced their way back into the tie as United's lead was halved just before the interval but Harry's strike from close range, early in the second half, soon restored their two goal advantage.
The contrasting styles of football could not have been more apparent. United's passing game was great to watch at times, and indeed should have produced more goals, whereas a more direct "up-and-under" style appeared Inchinnan's preference.
United's back four all put in solid performances in a game where winning headers was key. Charlie filled in for Fraser and excelled between the posts where he made some very important saves amid some heavy Inchinnan challenges (a feature United may have to get used to this year..!).
In front of the defence, Chayna put in the kind of metronomic display in the heart of midfield that seasoned United fans have grown accustomed to watching. The elegant Somalian was partnered initially with debutant Callum, who impressed before being replaced in the second half by other debutant, Monzir, who also caught the eye.
A late goal for Inchinnan made the last 5 mins a little more anxious than perhaps necessary but United stayed firm to their football philosophy and saw the match out comfortably to take three points.
UNITED: Charlie, Gerry, Evan, Kwaby, Bobby, Chayna, Callum (Monzir 60'), Mark, Harry, Donald (Chris P 70'), Sean
Goals: Kwaby, Harry, Sean