Dundee Utd 1
Gretna 2
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (SPL)
Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,304
3:00 PM Kick-off

Noel Hunt (29)
Kenny Deuchar (12)
Nicky Deverdics (42)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Davie Irons

Starting Eleven
13. Euan McLean
24. Stuart Duff
18. Garry Kenneth
5. Darren Dods
2. Seán Dillon
6. Willo Flood
16. Morgaro Gomis
11. Barry Robson
20. Prince Buaben
12. David Robertson
10. Noel Hunt
Tony Caig
David Cowan
Chris Innes
Aurelius Collin
Evan Horwood
Nicky Deverdics
Paul Murray
Gavin Skelton
Fabian Yantorno
Henry Makinwa
Kenny Deuchar

21. Grzegorz Szamotulski
37. Sean Fleming
7. Mark Kerr
15. Craig Conway
17. Greg Cameron
22. Jordan Robertson
45. Ryan Dow
Greg Fleming
Craig Barr
Brendan McGill
Allan Jenkins
Ryan McGuffie
Fraser McLaren

Jordan Robertson for Willo Flood (66)
Craig Conway for Prince Buaben (74)
Craig Barr for David Cowan (61)
Ryan McGuffie for Nicky Deverdics (71)
Allan Jenkins for Henry Makinwa (87)

Noel Hunt (26)
Garry Kenneth (77)
David Cowan (54)
Ryan McGuffie (90)
Chris Innes (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)

Match Report

After an early gift for Kenny Deuchar inside twelve minutes, United managed to get themselves back in the game through a Noel Hunt header shortly before the half hour. Despite United looking to be in the ascendancy and the more likely to build a lead, Nicky Deverdics capitalised on another defensive lapse to score what proved to be the winner just before half time.

Craig Levein named an unchanged line-up, while Davie Irons made three changes to the Gretna side. Goalkeeper Greg Fleming was dropped in favour of Tony Caig, while Fabian Yantorno and Nicky Deverdics came in for Alan Jenkins and Martin Grainger.

Gretna opened the scoring after eleven minutes, and it was a shocker for United to conceed. Stuart Duff put Euan McLean under pressure with a pass back which the goalkeeper controlled, but was unable to clear before he was closed down by Deuchar, who nicked the ball away and tapped into the empty net.

The infamous ‘good Doctor’ had given Gretna an early tonic, but United’s reaction was a positive one. Noel Hunt was fouled during a surging run midway through the half, but to the striker’s frustration, referee Charlie Richmond ruled that the offence was just outside the penalty area. Barry Robson struck the resultant free kick powerfully, but the ball deflected off the defensive wall and away from danger.

United drew level five minutes later. Sean Dillon picked up the ball on the right flank, and as he checked inside, he ignored the easy option of a square pass to Morgaro Gomis, and instead put in an inviting left foot cross. Hunt lost his marker, and glanced a header into the bottom corner.

Hunt and Robson shot off target from long range before, Flood put in a dangerous cross which eventually fell for Robson who shot over the bar on the stretch from twelve yards.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, Garry Kenneth’s mazy run ended with a shot which deflected towards Hunt, whose effort was parried by Caig; David Robertson firing the rebound wide.

Just as United looked the more likely to go in front, however, Gretna pitched in with the sucker punch. From a Horwood throw-in, Makinwa touched the ball to Skelton, who crossed to the far post. Deuchar was always favourite to win the header above the challenge of Duff, and as the ball went across the face of goal, Nicky Deverdics was the one who reacted to turn the ball into the net.

After a brief flurry forward by Gretna in the first couple of minutes after the break, United were on the front foot for virtually the remainder of the game.

Caig looked very uncertain underneath the bar as Robson put in inswinging corners from the right, but unfortunately he was not tested often enough. Aurrelien Collin took the full force of a Robson shot following a neat rehearsed move from a throw-in which featured Dillon, Buaben and Robson.

Craig Levein brought on Jordan Robertson and Craig Conway as United looked for the creative spark to find a clear-cut chance to equalise, and they almost did so with a quarter of an hour remaining. Conway’s cross from the left was spilled by Caig. The ball dropped Robson, who side stepped a defender before meekly pulling his shot into the side netting.

At the death, a Conway free kick provided United with their final chance to equalise. Garry Kenneth was caught on his heels and couldn’t meet the inswinger, and the ball dropped wide of the target.

Squad Statistics (as at December 22nd, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Euan McLean (GK)21 4 - 5 -
Seán Dillon24 201361
Stuart Duff25 9 - 1714
Garry Kenneth20 10 - 533
Darren Dods32 211211
Morgaro Gomis22 20 - 32 -
David Robertson21 1245310
Barry Robson29 17515930
Willo Flood22 191191
Prince Buaben19 192192
Noel Hunt24 19105020
Craig Conway (sub)22 4 - 38 -
Jordan Robertson (sub)19 154154

League Table (as at December 22nd, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.