Dundee Utd 3
Dunfermline 2
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
3 - 2
Dunfermline 

League (SPL)
Saturday, November 25th, 2000
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,012
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Sean O'Connor (6)
Craig Easton (43)
Charlie Miller (pen.) (86)
Lee Bullen (60)
David Moss (64)

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
Alan Combe
Jason De Vos
Jim Lauchlan
Hasney Aljofree
Jamie Fullarton
Charlie Miller
Craig Easton
Jamie Buchan
Beto Naveda
Sean O'Connor
Stephen McConalogue
Marco Ruitenbeek
Justin Skinner
Andrius Skerla
Youssef Rossi
Barry Nicholson
Ian Ferguson
Scott Thomson
David Moss
Chris McGroarty
Stevie Crawford
Jason Dair

Bench
Paul Gallacher
John McQuillan
Neil Heaney
David Hannah
Steven Thompson
Scott Thomson
Eddie May
Lee Bullen
Stephen Boyle
Rob Matthaei

Substitutions
Neil Heaney for Sean O'Connor (22)
David Hannah for Stephen McConalogue (67)
John McQuillan for Charlie Miller (87)
Lee Bullen for Ian Ferguson (4)
Stephen Boyle for Jason Dair (46)

Cautions
Craig Easton (44)
Youssef Rossi (34)
David Moss (37)
Chris McGroarty (52)
Stephen Boyle (73)
Scott Thomson (76)

Red Cards
Craig Easton (59)
Youssef Rossi (45)
David Moss (85)
Match Officials

John Fleming (Referee)
Roddy Cobb & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)


Match Report


In the first minute O’Connor made a raid down the left wing but was well tackled and the danger was cleared. In six minutes McConalogue crossed from the right and it broke to youngster Sean O'Connor in the box who rammed the ball home from six yards to give United the lead for the first time in a league match this season. In 25 minutes goal scorer O’Connor had to be stretchered-off and was immediately replaced by Heaney. A minute later Naveda won a free kick when Rossi fouled him 20 yards from goal. Miller blasted it goalwards but it was well held by Ruitenbeek. Miller then tried his luck from distance but his effort went well wide. The home support erupted in 44 minutes as United went 2-0 up. Heaney beat his man on the left and crossed for Craig Easton to head home. In the 45th minute Dunfermline were reduced in number as Rossi picked up his second yellow card of the match for yet another challenge on Naveda.

United resisted any temptations to tinker with the line-up at the interval and continued with their 4-3-3 formation. In 52 minutes Dunfermline’s McGroarty was yellow carded for upending McConalogue in the middle of the park. The visitors had an opportunity to reduce the deficit in 54 minutes but Skinner hooked his shot wide of the goal. In 60 minutes Easton was sent off for a second bookable offence. A minute later Lee Bullen pulled a goal back for the Pars scoring from close in. In 62 minutes Miller’s turn and shot was well saved. The same player was also booked for his part in a melee on the ground with several Dunfermline players. Disaster struck for United in 65 minutes as David Moss headed home a corner from the left to make the score 2-2. In 88 minutes United went 3-2 up in dramatic fashion. A Fullarton corner was punched away by Moss and the Dunfermline player was sent off for his second yellow card of the match. United were awarded a penalty and Charlie Miller converted to send the home support into raptures of delight. It was backs to the wall stuff for United in the remaining minutes but the held on for a much needed victory.



Squad Statistics (as at November 25th, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Alan Combe (GK)26 20 - 73 -
Jason De Vos26 17 - 882
Hasney Aljofree22 191191
Jim Lauchlan23 5 - 5 -
Jamie Buchan23 19 - 19 -
Charlie Miller24 4141
Jamie Fullarton26 3 - 3 -
Craig Easton21 1721297
Stephen McConalogue19 114304
Beto Naveda28 4141
Sean O'Connor19 2131
John McQuillan (sub)30 15 - 27 -
Neil Heaney (sub)29 9 - 9 -
David Hannah (sub)27 15114822


League Table (as at November 25th, 2000)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 16 14 2 0 28 44
2. Hibernian 17 11 4 2 19 37
3. Kilmarnock 17 9 3 5 5 30
4. Rangers 15 9 2 4 11 29
5. Hearts 17 7 4 6 0 25
6. Dundee 17 6 4 7 6 22
7. St Johnstone 17 6 5 6 -6 23
8. Motherwell 17 5 4 8 -4 19
9. Dunfermline 17 4 5 8 -8 17
10. Aberdeen 16 3 7 6 -6 16
11. St Mirren 17 3 2 12 -21 11
12. Dundee Utd 17 1 2 14 -24 5

* - Table split into two divisions of six.