Dundee 3
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


3 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, May 6th, 2000
Dens Park. Att. 8,581
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie Falconer (49)
James Grady (64)
Willie Falconer (74)

Patrizio Billio (missed pen.) (3)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott Paul Sturrock

Starting Eleven
Rab Douglas
Barry Smith
Steven Tweed
Lee Wilkie
Lee Maddison
Javier Artero
Steven Boyack
Gavin Rae
Patrizio Billio
Willie Falconer
Paco Luna
Alan Combe .1
Jason de Vos .5
John McQuillan .30
Darren Patterson .17
David Partridge .21
Jan Telesnikov .15
Craig Easton .7
Tassos Venetis .27
David Hannah .4
Alex Mathie .9
Joaquim Ferraz .10

Jamie Langfield
Graeme Bayne
Hugh Robertson
James Grady
Willie Miller
Paul Gallacher .13
Bernard Pascual .2
Hugh Davidson .26
Stephen McConalogue .25
Steven Thompson .19

James Grady for Paco Luna (46)
Willie Miller for Steven Tweed (57)
Hugh Robertson for Gavin Rae (84)
Stephen McConalogue for Alex Mathie (54)
Steven Thompson for Tassos Venetis (54)
Bernard Pascual for Craig Easton (54)

None. Craig Easton (42)
David Partridge (76)

Red Cards
None. Joaquim Ferraz (44)

Match Officials

Jim McCluskey (Referee)

Match Report

So good is the record at Dens Park, that when United venture across the road, victory is almost taken for granted. After all Dundee hadn't won on their own patch against their city rivals for 11 years, but this latest encounter wasn't to follow that trend after a second half which all United fans will want to forget.

After a good enough start in which Joaquim Ferraz almost immediately struck an overhead kick wide of the target, Dundee soon threatened when Rae overran a through ball, allowing Alan Combe to gather. For most of the opening half hour, it was nip and tuck, but the outcome of this game was to hinge on two events before the break. Firstly, Dundee were awarded a penalty after Craig Easton bundled Boyack to the ground in the 31st minute. Fortunately, Billio fired the ball just wide from the spot. But instead of United taking heart from that let off, it was the Dark Blues who turned the screw even more. Right on half-time came the incident on which the outcome was to wholly hinge. Joaquim Ferraz and Lee Wilkie were involved in an off the ball incident. After consulting his assistant on the far-side, referee McCluskey dished out a red card to the Portuguese striker.

If Dundee hadn't created too many clear-cut chances in the opening half, they atoned for that after the break. Setting off at break neck speed, it took them only four minutes of the second period to take the lead. A precision cross from Artero on the right was met by Falconer at the far post and his header found the net via the underside of the bar. It was no surprise when Grady, a derby hero in the past, increased Tannadice discomfort, meeting Boyack's cross to put Dundee two ahead with a diving header. When Falconer headed a third with a little over quarter of an hour left, many United fans decided it was time to head for the exits in deepening disappointment. For many it was the first time Dens had been the scene of a derby defeat and the magnitude of the victory - it equalled Dundee's best in the Premier Division - was for some too hard to bear.

Squad Statistics (as at May 6th, 2000)

1999-00 All Time
Alan Combe (GK)26 41 - 51 -
Jason de Vos26 382692
John McQuillan29 10 - 10 -
David Partridge21 37 - 38 -
Darren Patterson30 8 - 311
David Hannah26 39813121
Craig Easton21 3721115
Tassos Venetis20 18 - 18 -
Jan Telesnikov27 284284
Joaquim Ferraz25 368368
Alex Mathie31 154436
Bernard Pascual (sub)33 39 - 57 -
Stephen McConalogue (sub)18 16 - 17 -
Steven Thompson (sub)21 326649

League Table (as at May 6th, 2000)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 33 26 6 1 +69 84
2. Celtic 34 20 5 9 +50 65
3. Hearts 34 14 9 11 +7 51
4. Motherwell 34 12 10 12 -17 46
5. St Johnstone 34 10 11 13 -7 41
6. Hibernian 34 10 11 13 -10 41
7. DUNDEE UTD 34 11 6 17 -20 39
8. Dundee 34 11 5 18 -18 38
9. Kilmarnock 33 7 13 13 -9 34
10. Aberdeen 34 7 6 21 -45 27

League results since United's last match
3rd May 2000
6th May 2000
Dundee3-0Dundee Utd
Hearts0-0St Johnstone