St Johnstone 2
Dundee Utd 3
League (SPL)

St Johnstone 

2 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, May 12th, 2001
McDiarmid Park. Att. 6,497
3:00 PM Kick-off

David McClune (5)
Paul Hartley (40)
Charlie Miller (65)
Craig Easton (81)
Derek Lilley (88)
Charlie Miller (missed pen.) (42)

Team Managers
Sandy Clark Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Darren Dods
Nick Dasovic
Jim Weir
Tommy Løvenkrands
Momo Sylla
Paul Hartley
John-Paul McBride
Lee McCulloch
Ross Forsyth
David McClune
Paul Gallacher .13
Danny Griffin .16
Jim Lauchlan .23
David Partridge .21
Jamie McCunnie .42
Jason de Vos .5
David Hannah .4
Charlie Miller .29
Craig Easton .7
Steven Thompson .19
Derek Lilley .10

Kevin Cuthbert
Nathan Lowndes
Brendan Crozier
Martyn Fotheringham
Keigan Parker
Alan Combe .1
Tassos Venetis .8
Jamie Buchan .24
David Winters .44
Jim Hamilton .17

Keigan Parker for John-Paul McBride (73) Jamie Buchan for David Partridge (46)
Jim Hamilton for Steven Thompson (66)
David Winters for Jason de Vos (70)

Paul Hartley (40)
Momo Sylla (54)
Jim Weir (90)
Derek Lilley (56)
Charlie Miller (57)

Red Cards
Paul Hartley (49) None.

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)

Match Report

Alex Smith named an unchanged team from the side that defeated Dunfermline Athletic last weekend. A win for United in this fixture could all but mathematically secure safety for the Terrors, leaving St Mirren bottom of the league with a vastly inferior goal difference to that of United. Smith's men duly delivered in front of an overwhelming traveling United support, but made in keeping with the rest of the season, they made hard work of it for themselves!

In five minutes a shot by Hartley was blocked by Jason de Vos before Saints' David McClune did the needful and picked up the loose ball on the right. In composed fashion, he brilliantly curled a shot into the corner, out of the reach of Paul Gallacher to put his one goal up. It was the worst possible start for United. Three minutes before the half there was pandemonium amongst the travelling Arabs as Darren Dods tripped the onrushing Charlie Miller and the referee pointed to the spot. Seemingly confident as ever despite the pressure situation, Miller’s right foot effort was weak on this occasion and the ball was directed well wide of Main's right-hand post - the midfielder second penalty miss in a row. It all looked to be going wrong for the men in tangerine as five minutes from half-time they conceded a second goal when John Paul McBride put Momo Sylla through on goal. The forward nipped past David Partridge, and nudged the ball into the path of Paul Hartley who, from the corner of the box, slotted the ball past the advancing Gallacher.

United emerged for the second half with a mammoth task on their hands. In the forty-eighth minute, Hartley, who had been one of the game’s prominent figures so far, paid dearly for his early post-goal antics when he was shown a second yellow card for a two-footed lunge on Charlie Miller, reducing the leaders to ten men. In the 65th minute a poor ball from Easton was chased typically by Lilley, and from the move came a terrible blunder former United ‘keeper Main, who allowed a cross from the ex-Morton man to slip from his grasp and an unmarked Charlie Miller was on hand to head home at the far post, making amends for his early penalty miss.

In the 81st minute it was all-square when a Miller cross was headed powerfully home by Craig Easton to set up a final nine minutes of the match, during which United chased the elusive winner, while the support hoped for an equaliser from Aberdeen in the bottom half's other game. With just two minutes left on the clock, Derek Lilley finally got his reward when he stabbed the ball over the line in a crowded penalty area. There was immediate bedlam in the stands. The final whistle blew moments later and the pitch was invaded by United supporters who had just endured the ultimate 'game of two halves'. United were safe.

Squad Statistics (as at May 12th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 18 - 19 -
Danny Griffin23 211211
Jamie McCunnie18 18 - 18 -
Jason de Vos27 40 - 1112
David Partridge22 24 - 62 -
Jim Lauchlan24 273273
David Hannah27 27316024
Charlie Miller25 276276
Craig Easton22 39615111
Steven Thompson22 37410313
Derek Lilley27 216216
Jamie Buchan (sub)24 401401
Jim Hamilton (sub)25 242406
David Winters (sub)18 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at May 12th, 2001)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 31 4 1 64 97
2. Rangers 37 25 4 8 36 79
3. Hibernian 36 18 11 7 26 65
4. Kilmarnock 37 14 9 14 -10 51
5. Hearts 36 13 9 14 4 48
6. Dundee 36 12 8 16 2 44
7. Aberdeen 37 11 12 14 -6 45
8. Motherwell 37 12 6 19 -14 42
9. Dunfermline 37 11 8 18 -20 41
10. St Johnstone 37 9 12 16 -16 39
11. Dundee Utd 37 8 8 21 -26 32
12. St Mirren 37 8 5 24 -40 29

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
12th May 2001
St Johnstone2-3Dundee Utd
St Mirren2-1Aberdeen