Dundee Utd 4
Aberdeen 1
Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)


Dundee Utd
4 - 1
Aberdeen 

Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)
Sunday, February 27th, 2005
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,661
12:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Alan Archibald (19)
James Grady (29)
Stevie Crawford (41)
James Grady (47)
Richie Byrne (33)

Team Managers
Ian McCall
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
Tony Bullock
Stuart Duff
Alan Archibald
Mark Wilson
Paul Ritchie
Mark Kerr
Barry Robson
Grant Brebner
Jason Scotland
Stevie Crawford
James Grady
Ryan Esson
Michael Hart
Russell Anderson
Zander Diamond
Richie Byrne
Kevin McNaughton
Markus Heikkinen
Jamie Winter
Chris Clark
Darren Mackie
Noel Whelan

Bench
Nick Colgan
Garry Kenneth
Greg Cameron
Collin Samuel
Billy Dodds
James Blanchard
Phil McGuire
Ricky Foster
John Stewart
Scott Morrison

Substitutions
Collin Samuel for Jason Scotland (63)
Greg Cameron for Mark Kerr (87)
Ricky Foster for Markus Heikkinen (27)
John Stewart for Chris Clark (51)
Scott Morrison for Richie Byrne (75)

Cautions
Grant Brebner
Russell Anderson
Zander Diamond

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)
Andy Davis & Keith Sorbie (Assistants)


Match Report


With injuries to the unfortunate Lee Mair and Jim McIntyre, there was a recall to the starting line-up for Jason Scotland and Grant Brebner. United manager Ian McCall resisted the temptation of starting with either of his youngsters, Kenneth and Cameron, instead moving the experienced Stuart Duff back into the defence. The youngsters were on the bench together with Billy Dodds, Collin Samuel and Nick Colgan. Aberdeen, cheered on by a huge travelling support, lined up in their familiar formation.

The game started at a very fast pace and after two minutes Aberdeen won the first corner of the afternoon. The resulting kick found the head of the towering Richie Byrne who headed wide off the post. On the 20 minute mark United did take the lead. Russell Anderson was booked for a foul on Robson, and from the free kick taken by Robson himself, Stevie Crawford had his volley cleared off the line by Byrne. The ball landed at the feet of Alan Archibald who slotted the ball home. On the half hour mark United deservedly doubled their lead. A Wilson cross was headed against the bar by Barry Robson. The ball fell at the feet of James Grady who could not fail to score. Three minutes later the visitors handed themselves a lifeline. A Jamie Winter cross to the back post was blasted past Bullock by Ritchie Byrne to send the travelling fans wild. It was United though who were the far superior side and after 42 minutes they again gave themselves a two goal cushion. Jason Scotland played a perfect through ball to Stevie Crawford who raced in on goal and finished low past the helpless Esson.

Amazingly, despite holding a 3-1 advantage, it was United who came out at the start of the second half the more eager of the two sides. After two minutes of the restart they put the game beyond their visitors. Stevie Crawford cut in from the right hand side and played the ball to Grady who teed himself up and smashed home a volley from the edge of the 18-yard box. The goal is a definite candidate for goal of the season. Tony Bullock made his first mistake of the day but his reliable defence came to his rescue and cleared to safety. Collin Samuel was looking very impressive on his return to the side and on two more occasions went close. Firstly a good run down the right hand side was charged down before he brilliantly beat the offside trap only to see his shot saved by Esson. At the full time whistle it was very obvious to see what the result meant to the home players and their supporters.



Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2005)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)33 18 - 24 -
Stuart Duff23 182852
Mark Wilson20 3269910
Alan Archibald27 334746
Paul Ritchie29 19 - 19 -
Barry Robson26 315608
Mark Kerr22 242593
Grant Brebner27 271271
James Grady33 255255
Jason Scotland26 262497
Stevie Crawford31 9494
Greg Cameron (sub)16 2 - 2 -
Collin Samuel (sub)23 16 - 452


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at February 27th, 2005)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 27 21 5 1 46 68
2. Celtic 25 20 2 3 32 62
3. Hibernian 26 14 5 7 13 47
4. Hearts 26 11 8 7 7 41
5. Aberdeen 26 11 6 9 2 39
6. Motherwell 26 10 4 12 -2 34
7. Kilmarnock 27 10 2 15 -12 32
8. Inverness CT 25 6 8 11 -8 26
9. Dunfermline 26 6 6 14 -15 24
10. Dundee 26 6 6 14 -22 24
11. Dundee Utd 26 4 10 12 -13 22
12. Livingston 26 4 4 18 -28 16

* - Table split into two divisions of six.