Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 2
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 2

League (SPL)
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,043
2:00 PM Kick-off

Fran Sandaza (47)
Fran Sandaza (58)
Scott McDonald (23)
Lee Naylor (81)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Gordon Strachan

Starting Eleven
1. Lukasz Załuska
23. Paul Dixon
18. Garry Kenneth
4. Lee Wilkie
19. Mihael Kovačević
25. Prince Buaben
10. James Wesolowski
15. Craig Conway
16. Morgaro Gomis
11. Fran Sandaza
7. Warren Feeney
Artur Boruc
Andreas Hinkel
Gary Caldwell
Darren O'Dea
Lee Naylor
Shunsuke Nakamura
Paul Hartley
Scott Brown
Aiden McGeady
Scott McDonald
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

13. Michael McGovern
2. Seán Dillon
14. Danny Swanson
12. David Robertson
26. David Goodwillie
9. Jon Daly
20. Andis Shala
Mark Brown
Georgios Samaras
Mark Wilson
Milan Misun
Willo Flood
Marc Crosas
Koki Mizuno

Danny Swanson for Craig Conway (83)
Jon Daly for Warren Feeney (83)
David Robertson for James Wesolowski (87)
Willo Flood for Shunsuka Nakamura (61)
Georgios Samaras for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (75)

Warren Feeney (33)
Scott McDonald (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)

Match Report

United and Celtic battled out an enthralling 2-2 draw at Tannadice.The visitors had the best of the first half and were ahead at the break through Scott McDonald. However it was a complete turn around after the break and two goals from Fran Sandaza had United in control. With it looking as if United were going to break their ten year run of winless games against Celtic their hopes were shattered when a stunning volley from Lee Naylor handed Celtic a share of the spoils.

There were two changes to the United starting line-up for the visit of the champions. On-loan Paul Caddis was ineligible whilst Jon Daly was only fit enough to be listed as a substitute. Craig Conway returned to the starting eleven as did last week’s goal scorer Fran Sandaza. Former United man Willo Flood had to be content with a place on the bench for the visitors.

With the wind blowing hard into the faces of United in the opening period they were up against it from the whistle. Early on McGeady went close with an effort from distance and then Hartley just missed with an effort from the edge of the penalty area. The deadlock was broken after 23 minutes when from a hotly disputed corner, Scott McDonald bundled the ball over the United goal line. Four minutes later United almost hit back when Buaben set up Conway who forced Boruc into a fine save. Ten minutes from the interval McDonald almost doubled Celtic’s lead but Zaluska made an excellent save low to his right. As the half came to a close the visitors twice went close, first when McGeady charged in on goal only for Dixon to clear and from the resulting corner Gomis cleared a Venegoor of Hesselink header off of the goal line.

Within two minutes of the restart United were back on level terms. A brilliant corner from Dixon found the head of Sandaza and he bulleted his header into the roof of the net. With 57 minutes on the clock United had the game turned on its head. Weslowski caught the Celtic defence napping with a quick free kick to Dixon who sent in a low cross to the feet of Sandaza who made no mistake with a low shot past the helpless Boruc. The game was flowing from end to end and McDonald spurned a great chance for the visitors when he blasted over from 12 yards out. With ten minutes to go United must have thought it was their day when remarkably Caldwell shot wide from six yards with the goal gaping. However their relief was short lived when a minute later Lee Naylor connected with a Kenneth clearance and volleyed spectacularly past Zaluska.

Squad Statistics (as at March 22nd, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Lukasz Załuska (GK)26 36 - 55 -
Mihael Kovačević21 17 - 22 -
Garry Kenneth21 21 - 854
Paul Dixon22 261261
Lee Wilkie28 335869
Morgaro Gomis23 36 - 922
James Wesolowski21 4 - 4 -
Craig Conway23 344876
Prince Buaben20 172475
Warren Feeney28 225225
Fran Sandaza24 29102910
David Robertson (sub)22 1728314
Danny Swanson (sub)22 26 - 402
Jon Daly (sub)26 2694811

League Table (as at March 22nd, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.