St Mirren 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


St Mirren 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
St Mirren Park. Att. 4,775
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Gus MacPherson Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
Paul Gallacher
Lee Mair
John Potter
David Barron
Jack Ross
Stephen McGinn
Hugh Murray
Andy Dorman
Garry Brady
Billy Mehmet
Craig Dargo
Nicky Weaver .1
Paul Dixon .23
Darren Dods .5
Mihael Kovačević .19
Andy Webster .3
Prince Buaben .15
Scott Robertson .8
Morgaro Gomis .16
Danny Swanson .14
David Goodwillie .25
Danny Cadamarteri .10

Bench
Mark Howard
Chris Innes
Kyle Faulds
Stevie Robb
Tom Brighton
Michael Higdon
Paul Quinn
Steve Banks .13
Seán Dillon .2
Garry Kenneth .18
Jennison Myrie-Williams .7
Ryan McCord .26
Andis Shala .20
Damián Casalinuovo .21

Substitutions
Michael Higdon for Craig Dargo (64)
Stevie Robb for Andy Dorman (79)
Tom Brighton for Hugh Murray (84)
Damián Casalinuovo for Danny Cadamarteri (69)
Andis Shala for Damián Casalinuovo (81)
Jennison Myrie-Williams for David Goodwillie (88)

Cautions
Michael Higdon (67) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)



Match Report


The Terrors traveled to Paisley on the back of an impressive win over Hearts at Tannadice in their opening match of the new SPL season and with the old Love Street now gone, United were playing their first ever match at the brand new St Mirren Park. To reflect manager Craig Levein's satisfaction with the result and performance of his side against Hearts, he decided to stick with the same starting line-up for this clash with the Buddies. St Mirren decided to hand home debuts to two former United players: goalkeeper Paul Gallacher and defender Lee Mair.

United started the match the better side but struggled to create any real chances in the first half hour of the game. On 25 minutes, a neat one-two between Danny Swanson and Monday’s hero Danny Cadamarteri allowed the former to break into the box but he tumbled and the ball went out for a corner despite shouts for a penalty. The home side, still seeking a league win at their new home, had a glorious chance after 28 minutes. The lively Jack Ross fired in a cross from the right and found the head of Billy Mehmet who headed wide from ten yards despite having plenty of time and acres of space. Two minutes later, David Goodwillie and Cadamarteri combined well to allow Cadamarteri to reach the bye line but he couldn’t get the cross required to the back post where Swanson was unmarked and screaming for the ball. United’s closest effort of the first half came after 35 minutes. Swanson swung a corner in from the right and Darren Dods did fantastically well to volley the ball onto the bottom of the bar. The St Mirren defence managed to clear and from the next corner, this time Dods laid the ball back to Prince Buaben but he shot over. The last chance of the first half saw Stephen McGinn fire an ambitious volley over Weaver’s bar.

United continued to threaten in the second half with David Goodwillie having a couple of decent long-range efforts within 15 minutes of the restart – the first saw him turn quickly and fire a 30-yard effort inches wide of ex-United stopper Paul Gallacher’s goal. United then strung together a terrific passing move from back to front but a tremendous move ended in a disappointing Swanson shot. At the other end, Jack Ross again caused trouble, this time sending a thunderbolt of a shot just inches wide of Nicky Weaver’s far post. Referee Dougie McDonald generally kept his cards in his pocket this afternoon but he was forced to show the only yellow of the game to St Mirren substitute Michael Higdon for a clash with United defender Webster after 66 minutes. Halfway through the second half, new Argentinian signing Damian Casalinuovo was given his competitive United debut as he replaced Cadamarteri. However, it was a short-lived appearance as an accidental head knock which left him bleeding quite badly saw him replaced just twelve minutes later by Andis Shala. During the Argentinian’s short spell on the pitch, St Mirren had come closest to breaking the deadlock when Darren Dods blocked a shot in the penalty area, deflecting the ball off the bar and over for a corner. Another former United player was introduced to proceedings with ten minutes to go as Stephen Robb replaced Andy Dorman. His introduction and that of Tom Brighton for Hugh Murray did spark a final push from the home side and Brighton managed to flight in a number of decent crosses that the United defence had to be alert to deal with. Another of United’s summer signings was also given his first chance in the SPL after 88 minutes when young Jennison Myrie-Williams replaced the hard-working David Goodwillie. However, there was not enough time for him to make a real impact on the game. United finished the match as they’d started, forcing a couple of corners but again were unable to turn them into a winning goal and the stalemate remained at the final whistle



Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 2009)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Nicky Weaver (GK)30 2 - 2 -
Paul Dixon22 2 - 351
Mihael Kovačević21 2 - 26 -
Darren Dods34 2 - 655
Andy Webster27 2 - 2 -
Danny Swanson22 2 - 502
Prince Buaben21 2 - 575
Morgaro Gomis24 2 - 1012
Scott Robertson24 2 - 285
David Goodwillie20 2 - 497
Danny Cadamarteri29 2222
Jennison Myrie-Williams (sub)21 1 - 1 -
Damián Casalinuovo (sub)22 1 - 1 -
Andis Shala (sub)20 2 - 11 -






League Table (as at August 22nd, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.