Hearts 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


2 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, September 21st, 2002
Tynecastle Park. Att. 11,532
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jean-Louis Valois (26)
Mark de Vries (56)

Team Managers
Craig Levein Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Roddy McKenzie
Alan Maybury
Stephen Pressley
Kevin McKenna
Paul McMullan
Steven Boyack
Phil Stamp
Scott Severin
Jean-Louis Valois
Mark de Vries
Andy Kirk
Paul Gallacher .1
Warren Cummings .3
Kevin McGowne .5
Mark Wilson .27
Danny Griffin .4
Stuart Duff .15
Jim Lauchlan .6
Charlie Miller .8
Craig Easton .7
Steven Thompson .19
Derek Lilley .9

Craig Gordon
Andy Webster
Gary Wales
Austin McCann
David McGeown
Paul Jarvie .13
David McCracken .24
Jim Paterson .11
Jim McIntyre .10
Allan Smart .12

Gary Wales for Mark de Vries (81) Jim Paterson for Charlie Miller (62)
Allan Smart for Derek Lilley (65)
Jim McIntyre for Mark Wilson (75)

Mark de Vries (34) Warren Cummings (32)
Steven Thompson (40)
Danny Griffin (50)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)

Match Report

Despite last week's home defeat to Dunfermline, Alex Smith elected to field the same starting eleven for the trip to Edinburgh to meet Hearts. Allan Smart, following a week playing for the Under-21 side after his suspension, returned to the bench.

For Hearts, Scott Severin was first to offer a test, collecting a Stuart Duff clearance on the edge of the box before shooting wide. A Jean-Louis Valois corner for the home side was headed wide by Steven Pressley after a quarter hour's play and shortly after Steven Thompson offered United's first real threat when he latched onto a Kevin McKenna clearance before firing a volley straight at Roddy McKenzie in the Hearts goal. On 22 minutes, Mark de Vries and Phil Stamp combined to set up Andy Kirk, but the striker's shot was saved by Gallacher. At the other end, Charlie Miller shot wide for United after a run throught he middle. All the while, United found themselves continually caught by the long ball, and on 25 minutes, a cross from Severin almost found de Vries who was waiting to take advantage of an open goal. The reprieve was only temporary for United though, as Steven Boyack crossed in to the United area for Jean-Louis Valois, who was waiting at the back post to volley home the opener. Looking for the equalizer, Charlie Miller again looked United's likeliest threat, shooting wide with the Terror's last chance of the first half.

United came out of the gate at the start of the second half looking to peg Hearts back. A Miller free kick was fired into the box within two minutes and connecting, Mark Wilson headed the ball off the post and out for a goal kick. For Hearts, Kirk threatened again when he stepped around Gallacher but could only hit the side netting. The home side's second goal arrived on 55 minutes when Mark de Vries converted a Valois corner, heading home at the back post. Just after the hour mark, Charlie Miller was forced to withdraw with an ankle knock received in the first half. Kirk tested Gallacher again on 67 minutes with a headed effort, but the United 'keeper was up to the test. Coming on as a substitute, Allan Smart was unlucky not to pull one back with twelve minutes left, having run on to a long pass before heading down past McKenzie and shooting over from an angle. Having used all three substitutes, United were reduced to ten men when Smart was carried off with a leg knock in the dying stages, as Hearts saw the game out.

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)23 8 - 73 -
Mark Wilson18 3 - 5 -
Warren Cummings21 5 - 5 -
Jim Lauchlan25 8 - 763
Kevin McGowne32 8 - 8 -
Danny Griffin25 8 - 644
Stuart Duff20 8 - 17 -
Charlie Miller26 8 - 7711
Craig Easton23 8 - 20216
Derek Lilley28 615914
Steven Thompson23 8314826
Jim Paterson (sub)22 7 - 765
Allan Smart (sub)28 5 - 5 -
Jim McIntyre (sub)30 71307

League Table (as at September 21st, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.