Partick Th 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)

Partick Th 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, May 17th, 2003
Firhill. Att. 6,357
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jim Paterson (59)

Team Managers
John Lambie Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Kevin Budinauckas
David Lilley
Alan Archibald
Stephen Craigan
Kevin McGowne
Kenny Milne
Derek Fleming
Danny Lennon
Gerry Britton
Martin Hardie
Alec Burns
Alan Combe .22
Jim Paterson .11
Danny Griffin .4
Stuart Duff .15
Gary Bollan .6
Andy Tod .18
Jim Lauchlan .6
Charlie Miller .8
Craig Easton .7
Jim McIntyre .10
Derek Lilley .9

Kenny Arthur
Gavin Rushford
Derek Whyte
Ally Mitchell
Greg Shields
Paul Gallacher .1
David McCracken .24
Mark Wilson .27
Russell Latapy .21
Billy Dodds .14

Ally Mitchell for Derek Fleming (63)
Greg Shields for Danny Lennon (79)
Derek Whyte for David Lilley (86)
Russell Latapy for Craig Easton (52)
Mark Wilson for Jim Paterson (68)
Billy Dodds for Jim McIntyre (75)

Kevin Budinauckas (42) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)

Match Report

Craig Easton replaced Russell Latapy in the United line up for this match while Kevin McGowne made his first start for two months, against his former club.

Within two minutes of kick off Derek Lilley fired a shot over the bar from 30 yards and at the other end Derek Fleming forced a save from Alan Combe. A Danny Griffin free kick shortly after caused problems for the Jags forcing Kevin Budinauckas in the Partick goal to gather. Griffin got on the end of a quick one-two moments later before firing over. Alan Archibald was next to shoot over with a chance from the edge of the box. As the first half came to a close, Martin Hardie was next to miss the target, this time for Partick and an effort from Derek Fleming was blocked by Stuart Duff. With minutes remaining, keeper Budinauckas narrowly escape with only a booking after he handled the ball outside the box. In keeping with the half's chances, Jim McIntyre fired a chance from the free kick over the bar. Perhaps the best chance of the game came just before the whistle, as the ball again fell to Griffin, the midfielder volleying goalward from six yards only to see his chance cannon off the woodwork and bounce to safety.

With the second half underway, Gerry Britton fired a shot just over to record the first chance of the period and minutes later, a great effort from Lilley is well enough struck from outside the area but the Thistle keeper gets down low to save. Combe did well to save from Britton soon after as Partick enjoyed a sustained attack. A chance for Charlie Miller from 25 yards forced a save from Budinauckas and the same man again played a part in the eventual opener just before the hour mark. With Budinauckas saving Miller's effort, he was left powerless to stop Jim Paterson who rushes in to the net from close range for his first goal of the season. Partick fought valiantly for an equaliser against a firm United defence. United's resilience appeared to have paid off on 72 minutes when McIntyre finished off an Andy Tod knock-on, however, referee Dougie McDonald ruled it offside. Save for a late chance for Alec Burns, United did enough to hold on and continue their return to winning ways, securing SPL football for another season.

Squad Statistics (as at May 17th, 2003)

2002-03 All Time
Alan Combe (GK)29 5 - 84 -
Jim Paterson23 3811076
Gary Bollan30 12 - 694
Stuart Duff21 37 - 46 -
Jim Lauchlan26 28 - 963
Danny Griffin25 161725
Andy Tod31 122122
Charlie Miller27 38310714
Craig Easton24 40123417
Jim McIntyre30 3796015
Derek Lilley29 3749017
Mark Wilson (sub)18 301321
Russell Latapy (sub)34 7 - 7 -
Billy Dodds (sub)34 1527029

League Table (as at May 17th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.