Dundee Utd 0
Dunfermline 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League (SPL)
Sunday, May 15th, 2005
Tannadice Park. Att. 10,763
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Gary Mason (89)

Team Managers
Gordon Chisholm
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
1. Tony Bullock
12. Stuart Duff
5. Alan Archibald
2. Mark Wilson
23. Paul Ritchie
39. Garry Kenneth
7. Mark Kerr
11. Barry Robson
8. Grant Brebner
10. Jim McIntyre
19. Stevie Crawford
Derek Stillie
Andrius Skerla
Scott Wilson
Scott Thomson
Iain Campbell
Gary Mason
Darren Young
Lee Makel
Craig Wilson
Derek Young
Andy Tod

47. Nick Colgan
3. David McCracken
4. Derek McInnes
33. David Robertson
9. Collin Samuel
16. James Grady
20. Jason Scotland
Jamie Langfield
Noel Hunt
Simon Donnelly
Aaron Labonte
Billy Mehmet
Greg Ross
John Dunn

Derek McInnes for Stuart Duff (75)
David McCracken for Paul Ritchie (86)
Simon Donnelly for Derek Young (67)
Aaron Labonte for Craig Wilson (90)

Alan Archibald (82)
Gary Mason (42)
Iain Campbell (53)
Derek Stillie (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)
Tom Murphy & Frank Cole (Assistants)
Crawford Allan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

In a crucial match where both sides were led by caretaker Managers, a positive for both Chisholm and Jim Leishman was the ability to name unchanged line-ups from last weekend’s respective matches. For United, in addition to Grant Brebner being fit enough to start, Jason Scotland had recovered sufficiently from his knee injury to take up a place on the bench. The Tangerines therefore started in a now familiar 3-5-2 formation, with Stevie Crawford retaining his place up front against his former club, alongside Jim McIntyre.

The importance of the game was shown by the frantic opening minutes, with both sides struggling to settle. Dunfermline had the first meaningful chance, after Robson was harshly penalised on the edge of his own area when Skerla appeared to have run into him. Campbell took the free kick from 22 yards out, but Bullock caught easily at his near post. United showed more towards the end of the first half, but could not find the creativity to break down the Dunfermline rearguard. The Terrors earned a number of corners over the course of the first half, but as with the Dunfermline corners at the other end, these were coped with comfortably by the respective defences.

The second half again started at a frantic pace, and in the 47th minute, Stuart Duff had a shot blocked from long range. United seemed to have some momentum, and on the 50 minute mark, Mark Wilson’s chip into the area was squared by the head of McIntyre, and Crawford stretched to send a shot into the side netting. Despite the pressure by United, the Pars thought they had broken the deadlock in the 51st minute. Craig Wilson broke down the right, and his low cross was met at the 18-yard line by Ritchie, but broke to Derek Young who shot into the net. However, although it looked to the Pars fans like Ritchie had stumbled after standing on the ball, Young had in fact tugged on the defender’s shirt, which was spotted by Stuart Dougall. There was disappointment for United in the 85th minute, when Ritchie signalled to the bench that he had a problem with his left groin. The defender was unable to continue, and McCracken came on to replace him.There was to be a heartbreaking twist after what had been a comfortable second half for the home side though. Substitute Donnelly broke down the right, and his pull back found the thigh of Gary Mason, with the United defender in close attendance, and looped over Bullock.

Now, though, Chisholm will not have the chance to rest players ahead of the cup final, as he will need every one of his players in action at the Caledonian Stadium next weekend to look for the minimum of one point which will ensure safety.

Squad Statistics (as at May 15th, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)33 30 - 36 -
Garry Kenneth17 12 - 12 -
Stuart Duff23 303973
Mark Wilson20 44711111
Alan Archibald27 454866
Paul Ritchie29 30 - 30 -
Mark Kerr23 352703
Grant Brebner27 382382
Barry Robson26 4377210
Stevie Crawford31 215215
Jim McIntyre32 411613442
David McCracken (sub)23 3021295
Derek McInnes (sub)33 31 - 682

League Table (as at May 15th, 2005)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 37 30 2 5 51 92
2. Rangers 37 28 6 3 55 90
3. Hibernian 37 18 7 12 8 61
4. Aberdeen 37 17 7 13 3 58
5. Hearts 37 13 11 13 4 50
6. Motherwell 37 12 9 16 -4 45
7. Kilmarnock 37 14 4 19 -10 46
8. Inverness CT 37 11 11 15 -5 44
9. Dunfermline 37 8 10 19 -22 34
10. Livingston 37 9 7 21 -27 34
11. Dundee Utd 37 7 12 18 -19 33
12. Dundee 37 8 8 21 -34 32

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
8th May 2005
14th May 2005
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15th May 2005
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