Celtic 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


Celtic 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, October 21st, 2000
Celtic Park. Att. 59,323
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Henrik Larsson (34)
Alan Thompson (62)
Paul Lambert (o.g.) (78)

Team Managers
Martin O'Neill Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Jonathan Gould
Tom Boyd
Joos Valgaeren
Johan Mjallby
Didier Agathe
Paul Lambert
Stilian Petrov
Alan Thompson
Bobby Petta
Henrik Larsson
Chris Sutton
Alan Combe .1
Hasney Aljofree .14
Jason De Vos .5
John Licina .28
David Partridge .21
John McQuillan .2
Tassos Venetis .8
Jamie Buchan .24
Craig Easton .7
Gustavo Fuentes .9
Steven Thompson .19

Bench
Rab Douglas
Jackie McNamara
Lubomir Moravcik
Vidar Riseth
Colin Healy
Pat Onstad .22
Stéphane Léoni .12
David Worrell .20
Francisco Ramírez .30
Mvondo Atangana .15

Substitutions
Jackie McNamara for Bobby Petta (84) Mvondo Atangana for Gustavo Fuentes (61)
Stéphane Léoni for Tassos Venetis (71)
Francisco Ramírez for Steven Thompson (86)

Cautions
None. John Licina (30)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)



Match Report


Although starting well, United nearly went a goal behind in the first ten minutes. Good skills from Petta on the wing took him past the defence. His cross flashed across the face of the goal but luckily there were no takers. In 19 minutes United endured another scare as a Larsson header smacked off the bar. Midway through the first half, Combe missed a Petta’s corner and the ball fell for Larsson who hit the post with another header. United immediately set up a counter-attack and Buchan played a ball in behind the Celtic defence into the box for Licina. The pass was just too close to Gould, but Licina slid in on the keeper and earned himself a caution. In 34 minutes United went a goal down when Henrick Larsson headed in from close range. United immediately pushed for an equalizer. Buchan shot from the edge of the area after some trickery from Fuentes but his shot was held by Gould at the second attempt. In 38 minutes Combe did well to deflect the ball for a corner when he rushed out to dive at the feet of Petta. In 43 minutes Thompson won another corner for United near to the half time whistle and Aljofree's kick was met by the head of Licina. The Frenchman’s header appeared to be goal-bound bit was somehow cleared off the line.

United started the second half unchanged in terms of personnel. For the first five or so minutes of the half United played with a lot of composure, hardly giving Celtic a kick of the ball. Thompson won United a free kick a full 35 yards from goal and Aljofree let fly with a rasper that hit a ruck of players in front of Gould. Soon after Petta skipped past Licina on the left and whipped in a cross only for the danger to be cleared by the outstretched leg of de Vos. In 60 minutes United lost another goal with Alan Thompson shooting past Combe from around 12 yards. Ten minutes later United miss a great chance to pull a goal back when Thompson runs in from the angle and with just Gould to beat but shot past the ‘keeper’s left hand post. In 78 minutes United finally got a stroke of luck when Paul Lambert put the ball past Gould for an own goal. It was perhaps a little unfortunate for Easton as he looked likely to score. With only a few minutes left there was plenty of action in the match with United pushed hard for an equalizer. However, time was played out and United gained some much needed respect for a much improved performance.



Squad Statistics (as at October 21st, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Alan Combe (GK)26 14 - 67 -
David Partridge21 7 - 45 -
Jason De Vos26 13 - 842
John Licina24 5 - 5 -
Hasney Aljofree22 131131
John McQuillan30 9 - 21 -
Jamie Buchan23 13 - 13 -
Tassos Venetis20 6 - 25 -
Craig Easton21 1111236
Steven Thompson22 13 - 799
Gustavo Fuentes27 3 - 3 -
Stéphane Léoni (sub)24 6 - 6 -
Francisco Ramírez (sub)24 1 - 1 -
Mvondo Atangana (sub)21 7 - 7 -






League Table (as at October 21st, 2000)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 12 11 1 0 19 34
2. Hibernian 11 8 2 1 15 26
3. Kilmarnock 12 7 2 3 4 23
4. Rangers 10 7 1 2 8 22
5. Hearts 11 4 4 3 6 16
6. Dundee 12 4 4 4 3 16
7. Aberdeen 11 2 6 3 -2 12
8. Motherwell 12 3 2 7 -5 11
9. St Johnstone 11 2 5 4 -8 11
10. Dunfermline 12 2 4 6 -9 10
11. St Mirren 12 2 1 9 -11 7
12. Dundee Utd 12 0 2 10 -20 2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.