Dundee Utd 2
St Mirren 0
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
2 - 0
St Mirren 

League (SPL)
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,378
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Roy O'Donovan (85)
Craig Conway (90)
None.

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Gus MacPherson

Starting Eleven
1. Lukasz Załuska
2. Seán Dillon
4. Lee Wilkie
5. Darren Dods
23. Paul Dixon
6. Willo Flood
15. Craig Conway
16. Morgaro Gomis
8. Scott Robertson
11. Fran Sandaza
9. Jon Daly
Mark Howard
Scott Cuthbert
John Potter
Will Haining
Franco Miranda
Jack Ross
Gary Mason
Hugh Murray
Garry Brady
Billy Mehmet
Dennis Wyness

Bench
13. Michael McGovern
3. Danny Grainger
18. Garry Kenneth
25. Prince Buaben
14. Danny Swanson
10. Roy O'Donovan
26. David Goodwillie
Chris Smith
Andy Dorman
Steven Robb
Craig Dargo
Jim Hamilton
Marc McAusland
Stephen McGinn

Substitutions
Roy O'Donovan for Willo Flood (67)
Danny Swanson for Jon Daly (67)
Garry Kenneth for Darren Dods (68)
Craig Dargo for Dennis Wyness (74)
Stephen McGinn for Garry Brady (86)
Jim Hamilton for Scott Cuthbert (88)

Cautions
Willo Flood (13)
Billy Mehmet (43)
Dennis Wyness (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)


Match Report


More than 11,000 United fans packed Tannadice to pay their respects to chairman Eddie Thompson, and late goals from Roy O’Donovan and Craig Conway ensured a fitting tribute to ‘Mr Dundee United’, with a 2-0 win.

A minutes’ silence before the game and some of Mr Thompson’s favourite songs before kick-off, including The Beatles and Rod Stewart, ensured an emotional atmosphere for the 11,378 fans inside the ground.

But the first-half offered little in the way of clear-cut chances, with the best chance of the opening forty-five falling to Hugh Murray for the visitors, forcing a superb save out of United’s Polish shot-stopper.

Darren Dods enjoyed success from several corners early on, but none of his four headed efforts troubled Mark Howard in the St Mirren goal.

Francisco Sandaza had a chance in the closing stages of the opening period, but his 20-yard drive was just high of the target.

St Mirren’s best chance of the game came just after the restart, when top scorer Billy Mehmet found himself through on goal. But Zaluska raced from his line to block the danger.

Darren Dods was sidelined after being cut open by a wayward elbow from Dennis Wyness on 74-minutes. Shortly before the incident, the towering defender again came close from a corner, heading just over the bar.

Scott Robertson then came close for the home side, slicing his shot wide from outside the box.

It seemed St Mirren hadn’t read the script with five minutes remaining, as they looked to be heading towards a point. And they could have snatched the lead through Murray, when he drove the ball goalwards from 18-yards. Fortunately for United, Morgaro Gomis was on the line to clear the shot.

But despite a stubborn effort from the visitors and some determined defending, United wouldn’t give up and broke the deadlock through substitute Roy O’Donovan on 85 minutes.

The on-loan Sunderland striker’s deflected effort found the back of the net, sparking wild celebration among the 11,000 Arabs inside Tannadice, and chants of “there’s only one Eddie Thompson” rang out from the home support.

Inspired by the emotional atmosphere inside the ground, Craig Conway then went on a sublime 50-yard run, and rounded out the victory, United’s fifth in a row, by lashing the ball home.



Squad Statistics (as at October 25th, 2008)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Lukasz Załuska (GK)26 11 - 30 -
Seán Dillon25 8 - 642
Paul Dixon21 4 - 4 -
Lee Wilkie28 103637
Darren Dods33 8 - 482
Morgaro Gomis23 11 - 672
Craig Conway23 92624
Willo Flood23 8 - 521
Scott Robertson23 112112
Fran Sandaza23 102102
Jon Daly25 75297
Garry Kenneth (sub)21 6 - 704
Danny Swanson (sub)21 10 - 242
Roy O'Donovan (sub)23 8181


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at October 25th, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.