Dundee Utd 3
Stranraer 1
League Cup (2nd Round)

Dundee Utd
3 - 1

League Cup (2nd Round)
Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
Tannadice Park. Att. 2,511
7:45 PM Kick-off

James Grady (43)
Mark Kerr (63)
Chris Innes (73)
Murray Henderson (39)

Team Managers
Ian McCall
Neil Watt

Starting Eleven
Tony Bullock
Mark Wilson
Chris Innes
Stuart Duff
David McCracken
Alan Archibald
Barry Robson
Andy McLaren
Mark Kerr
James Grady
Jason Scotland
Andy McCondichie
Stephen Swift
Fraser Wright
Derek Wingate
Murray Henderson
Allan Jenkins
Kevin Finlayson
John Fraser
Kevin Gaughan
David Graham
Lee Sharp

Lars Hirschfeld
Derek McInnes
Billy Dodds
Collin Samuel
Jim McIntyre
Kenny Meechan
Stephen Aitken
Steve Donnachie
Gary McCutcheon
Chris Cruickshank

Jim McIntyre for Jason Scotland (60)
Collin Samuel for Andy McLaren (69)
Billy Dodds for Barry Robson (80)
Stephen Aitken for Kevin Gaughan (66)
Steve Donnachie for David Graham (80)

Andy McLaren

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Gary Cheyne & Jeff Banks (Assistants)

Match Report

Ian McCall showed just how important a successful Cup run is by fielding a strong side in the 2nd Round tie with last season's Division Three champions Stranraer. David McCracken captained the side on the night as he was recalled to replace the injured Paul Ritchie. Following his good showing against Livingston, Andy McLaren was given a starting berth alongside James Grady. Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds were both listed as substitutes as were club captain Derek McInnes and Collin Samuel.

United started the game full of energy and looked very keen to embark on a Cup run. After only four minutes United made their first chance of the match. Jason Scotland did very well to make a chance for himself but his shot was well saved by the Stranraer goalkeeper, Andy McCondichie. Three minutes later following a fine Mark Wilson free kick, James Grady was unfortunate to see his back post header tipped wide of the post. Wilson was involved again a minute later when he exchanged passes with James Grady and fired a powerful shot inches wide of the post. Seven minutes before half time the visitors took a shock lead. Lee Sharp's corner was flicked on by Wright and the ball fell into the path of central defender Murray Henderson, who smashed his volley into the net. With the shock of falling behind the SPL side went on the hunt for an equaliser and just before half time they managed to get back on level terms. A perfect cross from Andy McLaren was met by James Grady and his header powered into the net off the underside of the bar.

The second half began where the first left off with United pressing their visitors. In the 52nd and 53rd minutes they twice went close with spectacular efforts. Firstly, Andy McLaren attempted an overhead kick which went high over the top and then Mark Wilson went very close with a 30 yard drive that went just over the top. Mark Kerr did well to set himself up for a shot and his 25 yard drive deflected into the net off the unlucky Stranraer midfielder, John Fraser. It was then the turn of Alan Archibald to try to add to the lead but his cross ball into the box was intercepted and cleared for a corner. The resulting corner though was cleared by the visitors. Soon after United introduced Collin Samuel in place of the hard working Andy McLaren, and Stranraer also made a change with Aitken coming on for Gaughan. After 73 minutes, with the team from Ayrshire looking tired, United put the game out of reach. Another top quality corner by Mark Wilson was met in the air by Chris Innes who placed his header in the bottom corner of the net. In an attempt to add to the goal tally, Billy Dodds came on in place of Barry Robson, but the game finished with United victorious by a two goal margin.

Squad Statistics (as at August 25th, 2004)

2004-05 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)32 4 - 10 -
Mark Wilson20 4 - 714
Stuart Duff22 4 - 71 -
Chris Innes28 41352
Alan Archibald26 41453
David McCracken22 4 - 1033
Barry Robson25 4 - 333
Mark Kerr22 41392
Andy McLaren31 2 - 24423
James Grady33 3131
Jason Scotland25 4 - 275
Billy Dodds (sub)35 4111140
Collin Samuel (sub)22 3 - 322
Jim McIntyre (sub)32 419727

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at August 25th, 2004)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 3 3 0 0 +6 9
2. Rangers 3 2 1 0 +7 7
3. Hearts 3 2 1 0 +4 7
4. Aberdeen 3 1 2 0 +1 5
5. Livingston 3 1 1 1 -1 4
6. Dundee 3 1 0 2 -1 3
7. Motherwell 3 1 0 2 -2 3
8. Hibernian 3 1 0 2 -3 3
9. Inverness CT 3 1 0 2 -3 3
10. Kilmarnock 3 1 0 2 -4 3
11. DUNDEE UTD 3 0 2 1 -1 2
12. Dunfermline 3 0 1 2 -3 1

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