Gretna 3
Dundee Utd 4
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)


3 - 4

Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Monday, January 17th, 2005
Raydale Park. Att. 3,000
7:45 PM Kick-off

Kenny Deuchar (41)
Mark Birch (pen.) (49)
Gavin Skelton (62)
Barry Robson (4)
Mark Kerr (7)
Mark Wilson (pen.) (21)
Stevie Crawford (56)

Team Managers
Rowan Alexander Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
David Mathieson
Mark Birch
David Irons
Andrew Aitken
Jamie McQuilken
Ryan Baldacchino
Ryan McGuffie
Bryan Gilfillan
Gavin Skelton
David Bingham
Kenny Deuchar
Tony Bullock
Alan Archibald
Mark Wilson
David McCracken
Paul Ritchie
Mark Kerr
Barry Robson
Derek McInnes
Stevie Crawford
James Grady
Jim McIntyre

Alan Main
Richard Prokas
Andy Smith
Brian Wake
Danny Grainger
Paul Jarvie
Lee Mair
David Robertson
Grant Brebner
Jason Scotland

Richard Prokas for Ryan Baldacchino (34)
Andy Smith for Mark Birch (82)
Lee Mair for Barry Robson (84)

David Mathieson
Andrew Aitken
Derek McInnes
Jim McIntyre

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)
Lawrence Kerrigan & Charlie Smith (Assistants)

Match Report

This twice postponed tie finally got under way in a cold but dry Raydale Park after around 300 Arabs had braved blizzard conditions at times to get there for the kick-off. Ian McCall made only one change to the side that played on Saturday, James Grady coming in for Grant Brebner who was on the bench.

Gretna were first to threaten in only two minutes but the danger was cleared and, within four minutes of the start, United were in front. James Grady provided the opening after chasing a long ball to the by line, and cut it back to Mark Kerr whose cross to the back post was met by Barry Robson and he looped a header past Mathieson in the Gretna goal. Robson was just too far away to connect with a McIntyre pass a minute later but, on eight minutes, United were 2-0 up when Mark Kerr fired in from twenty-five yards. On twenty-one minutes, United extended their lead further with a penalty awarded for hand ball against McQuilken. Mark Wilson blasted the spot kick low to the keeper’s left. On thirty-two minutes Bingham was just beaten by McCracken to a good ball in from the right. United were awarded a second penalty on thirty-six minutes when Robson was hauled down by the keeper as he burst into the box. Wilson again took the kick, goin for the same spot but the keeper parried. Grady was first to the rebound but from six yards he lifted the ball over the bar. Four minutes from the interval, Gretna pulled one back when Kenny Deuchar pounceed on a rebound from a Gilfillan effort to slot home.

Early in the second half, the referee appeared to blow for a free kick to United as Skelton slammed the ball into the net whilst the players stopped. The official then awarded the goal to Gretna, but after United protested he eventually awarded the home side a penalty! Birch netted the spot kick with United still protesting. The Tangerines restored their two-goal advantage five minutes later when Stevie Crawford collected a long ball from Archibald and then coolly lobbed a perfect ball into the far corner of the net. With the home side taking full advantage of the wind, the ball was picked up thirty yards out by Gavin Skelton who unleashes an unstoppable shot high into the top left hand corner to make the score Gretna 3 United 4.

Squad Statistics (as at January 17th, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)32 13 - 19 -
Alan Archibald27 263675
Mark Wilson20 255929
Paul Ritchie29 13 - 13 -
David McCracken23 2421235
Mark Kerr22 172523
Derek McInnes33 23 - 602
Barry Robson26 265558
Stevie Crawford31 2121
James Grady33 202202
Jim McIntyre32 25911835
Lee Mair (sub)24 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at January 17th, 2005)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 22 18 2 2 +31 56
2. Rangers 22 16 5 1 +36 53
3. Hibernian 22 12 4 6 +9 40
4. Aberdeen 22 10 6 6 +3 36
5. Hearts 21 8 7 6 +4 31
6. Motherwell 22 9 3 10 -1 30
7. Kilmarnock 22 9 2 11 -5 29
8. Dunfermline 22 5 5 12 -13 20
9. Inverness CT 22 4 7 11 -13 19
10. Dundee 22 5 4 13 -19 19
11. DUNDEE UTD 22 3 7 12 -15 16
12. Livingston 21 4 4 13 -17 16

League results since United's last match
16th January 2005