Raith Rovers 1
Dundee Utd 1
Friendly


Raith Rovers 

1 - 1

Dundee Utd


Friendly
Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
Starks Park. Att. 1,301
7:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Hamed Sacko (70) James Grady (42)

Team Managers
Claude Anelka Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Pounoussamy
McAlpine
Paquito
Hajovsky
Davidson
Maxwell
Hagen
Benaissa
Sacko
Tchimbakala
Ebanda
Paul Jarvie
Mark Wilson
Alan Archibald
Stuart Abbot
Garry Kenneth
Thomas Pinault
Graeme Holmes
Andy McLaren
Jason Scotland
James Grady
Jim McIntyre

Bench
Smart
Ouattara
Young
Eloujdi
Boyle
Steven Bell
Greg Cameron
Stephen O'Donnell
David Robertson
Barry Robson
Aaron Conway

Substitutions
Smart for Davidson (45)
Ouattara for Maxwell (45)
Eloujdi for Benaissa (45)
Young for Hagen (58)
Boyle for Tchimbakala (58)
Barry Robson for James Grady (46)
Steven Bell for Graeme Holmes (59)
Aaron Conway for Jason Scotland (59)
Stephen O'Donnell for Garry Kenneth (65)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)



Match Report


United started the match well, claiming early possession and looking assured on the ball, yet it was Rovers who managed to create two clear-cut chances within the first five minutes, neither of them troubling Jarvie though.
United went on to dominate the early part of the game with Pinault, Scotland and Wilson all playing a major role in some slick passing moves. Jason Scotland was also showing the good form in which he finished last season and caused the Raith defence more than a few problems with his direct running with the ball. He won a free kick that was taken by Wilson and well saved by Pounassamy. McLaren also elicited a great save from the goalkeeper when his shot came off a defender and was tipped over. Just before half time, United took the lead. Scotland was again fouled as he bore down on goal and, from the resulting free kick, Grady had little more than a half chance but lashed a great shot into the net from the edge of the box.

Barry Robson replaced Grady at half time and Raith freshened things up with five substitutes within ten minutes of the restart. United set out positively with McIntyre getting close to a through ball and having an arguable claim for a penalty after eluding his marker in the box. Raith began to come more and more into the game and it was only thanks to a great tackle by Abbot and a save from Jarvie that Raith was denied getting onto the score sheet sooner. The equaliser was almost inevitable and Sacko drilled in low past Jarvie with 20 minutes left to play. Almost immediately after that, the same player clattered the ball against the junction of post and bar. Robson gave the Raith keeper a late fright with a cross which almost sneaked in at his front post but the game ended, probably fairly, in a draw.



Squad Statistics (as at July 21st, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age






League Table (as at July 21st, 2004)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2. Celtic 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. Hearts 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Hibernian 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Motherwell 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Dundee 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Dundee Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Dunfermline 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Inverness CT 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Kilmarnock 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Livingston 0 0 0 0 0 0

* - Table split into two divisions of six.