Aberdeen 3
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


3 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Sunday, February 16th, 2003
Pittodrie. Att. 9,146
1:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Sheerin (pen.) (39)
Paul Sheerin (71)
Phil McGuire (74)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
David Preece
Eric Deloumeaux
Russell Anderson
Phil McGuire
Stephen Payne
Paul Tosh
Ross O'Donoghue
Paul Sheerin
Chris Clark
Laurent D'Jaffo
Leigh Hinds
Paul Gallacher .1
Andy Tod .18
David McCracken .24
Gary Bollan .6
Jim Paterson .11
Mark Wilson .27
Stuart Duff .15
Craig Easton .7
Billy Dodds .14
Derek Lilley .9
Jim McIntyre .10

Kevin Rutkiewicz
Peter Kjaer
Darren Mackie
Nicolas Fabiano
Derek Young
Alan Combe .22
Daniele Chiarini .35
Jamie McCunnie .2
Stephen Carson .16
Allan Smart .12

Derek Young for Laurent D'Jaffo (76)
Nicolas Fabiano for Ross O'Donoghue (77)
Darren Mackie for Leigh Hinds (82)
Stephen Carson for Jim Paterson (53)
Allan Smart for Derek Lilley (67)
Daniele Chiarini for Andy Tod (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)

Match Report

Charlie Miller was suspended, and Andy Tod lined up in attack as the surprise choice alongside Billy Dodds. Paul Gallacher retained the goalkeeper’s jersey. Aberdeen made five changes from the side that lost 1-0 at home to Partick Thistle including the addition of Payne and O’Donoghue, making their first team debuts.

Neither side created much of a goal threat in the first half and it was Aberdeen who took the lead, courtesy of a penalty from Sheerin; he had gone down the box after a clumsy challenge by Jim McIntyre. Earlier Gallacher had to be alert to a wayward Gary Bollan header and D’Jaffo could have extended their lead when Gary Bollan stumbled in the box, but the shot was deflected for a corner. The last action of the half saw Dodds with a shot on target saved, but he was flagged offside in any event.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first and Billy Dodds was unlucky not to restore parity with a close range attempt from a flick-on. Five minutes later United were to rue that missed opportunity when Aberdeen increased their lead. A Mark Wilson error left D’Jaffo in the clear and when he eventually found Sheerin in acres of space the former Ayr man beat Gallacher from 10 yards. Two minutes later it was all over for United as Aberdeen went three up when McGuire, at the far post, headed in a Payne free-kick. Near the end, Gallacher pushed a Payne dipping cross to safety, and the best United could muster was a Smart shot which Preece had to gather at the second attempt, with McIntyre charging in.

On a windy day with both teams employing the long ball tactic, it always looked like the first team to score would take the game. And so it was, and while Aberdeen grew in confidence United failed to pose enough of a serious goal threat.

Squad Statistics (as at February 16th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)23 32 - 97 -
Andy Tod31 3131
David McCracken21 23 - 581
Gary Bollan29 4 - 614
Jim Paterson23 29 - 985
Mark Wilson18 251271
Stuart Duff21 28 - 37 -
Craig Easton23 32 - 22616
Billy Dodds34 716228
Derek Lilley29 3048317
Jim McIntyre30 2865112
Daniele Chiarini (sub)23 5 - 5 -
Stephen Carson (sub)22 6 - 24 -
Allan Smart (sub)28 15 - 15 -

League Table (as at February 16th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.