Aberdeen 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
Pittodrie. Att. 11,041
12:45 PM Kick-off

None. Fran Sandaza (pen.) (47)

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Ricky Foster
Zander Diamond
Scott Severin
Charlie Mulgrew
Chris Maguire
Gary McDonald
Mark Kerr
Sone Aluko
Tommy Wright
Lee Miller
Lukasz Załuska .1
Lee Wilkie .4
Seán Dillon .2
Mihael Kovačević .19
Darren Dods .5
Morgaro Gomis .16
Prince Buaben .25
Scott Robertson .8
Craig Conway .15
Fran Sandaza .11
Jon Daly .9

Bertrand Bossu
Darren Mackie
Derek Young
Jared Hodgkiss
Jeffrey de Visscher
Lee Mair
Jamie Smith
Michael McGovern .13
Garry Kenneth .18
Paul Dixon .23
David Robertson .12
Danny Swanson .14
Ryan McCord .29
David Goodwillie .26

Darren Mackie for Tommy Wright (60)
Jeffrey de Visscher for Sone Aluko (66)
Derek Young for Chris Maguire (74)
Danny Swanson for Craig Conway (85)
David Goodwillie for Fran Sandaza (87)
Garry Kenneth for Mihael Kovačević (90)

Mark Kerr (66) Lee Wilkie (40)
David Goodwillie (88)
Scott Robertson (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)

Match Report

After a blistering opening fifteen minutes in which both sides went full pelt for the opener, the game petered out towards half-time stalemate.

Immediately after the restart, however, United went one up after Tommy Wright conceded a penalty for a blatant handball that left Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood seething on the touchline. Sandaza made no mistake in converting the penalty, sending Jamie Langfield the wrong way as he slotted the ball home from 12 yards.

In a fraught opening forty-five, the home side were the first to conjure up a threat on goal, when Gary McDonald fired over after just six minutes. Lee Miller whipped a 25 yard free-kick towards goal, but it deflected off the wall and into the path of McDonald who blazed his chance over the bar from close range.

As the game raced from end to end in the early stages, United almost responded immediately when Scott Robertson fed the ball into the path of Craig Conway down the left flank. His curling cross was met by a sliding Jon Daly, but he couldn’t steer his effort on target.

Aberdeen could have snatched the lead on the stroke of half-time when Chris Maguire forced an excellent save out of Zaluska. Sean Dillon slid in to scramble the ball clear, but it fell to McDonald inside the box, who again failed to find the target.

Sandaza broke away after the restart, firing towards the Aberdeen goal and forcing a decent save out of Langfield. And it was from the resultant corner that United won the penalty to go one up.

United could have grabbed a spectacular second just moments later, when Sandaza’s cross was met by an acrobatic effort from Jon Daly. But the Irishman’s bicycle kick was wide of the mark.

Wright had an opportunity to redeem himself for conceding the spot-kick when the ball fell to him ten minutes later, but couldn’t find the target with his shot from inside the box.

Aberdeen lay siege to the United goal for long spells in the closing stages, but were unable to forge a real test for Zaluska.

McDonald, having had two chances in the first half, was again given two opportunities to equalize for the home side. But his 81st minute drive lacked any real venom and was easily collected by Zaluska, while his last-gasp stoppage time effort was, again, blazed over the bar, enabling United to hold on for a confidence-boosting first win of the season.

Squad Statistics (as at September 20th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Lukasz Załuska (GK)26 7 - 26 -
Darren Dods33 4 - 442
Mihael Kovačević20 4 - 9 -
Seán Dillon25 4 - 602
Lee Wilkie28 62596
Prince Buaben20 5 - 353
Scott Robertson23 7 - 7 -
Craig Conway23 5 - 582
Morgaro Gomis23 7 - 632
Fran Sandaza23 6262
Jon Daly25 43265
Garry Kenneth (sub)21 5 - 694
Danny Swanson (sub)21 6 - 202
David Goodwillie (sub)19 42333

League Table (as at September 20th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.