Dundee Utd 0
Hibernian 0
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
0 - 0
Hibernian 

League (SPL)
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,405
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Craig Levein
John Collins

Starting Eleven
21. Grzegorz Szamotulski
2. Seán Dillon
4. Lee Wilkie
3. Christian Kalvenes
5. Darren Dods
6. Willo Flood
11. Barry Robson
7. Mark Kerr
16. Morgaro Gomis
15. Craig Conway
10. Noel Hunt
Yves Ma Kalambay
Rob Jones
Chris Hogg
David Murphy
Lewis Stevenson
Kevin McCann
Brian Kerr
Steven Fletcher
Merouane Zemmama
Guillaume Beuzelin
Alan O'Brien

Bench
13. Euan McLean
18. Garry Kenneth
24. Stuart Duff
12. David Robertson
20. Prince Buaben
30. Johnny Russell
26. David Goodwillie
Andy McNeil
Abdessalam Benjelloun
Thierry Gathuessi
Clayton Donaldson
Filipe Morais
Dean Sheils
Torben Joneleit

Substitutions
David Goodwillie for Craig Conway (29)
Prince Buaben for Mark Kerr (62)
David Robertson for Willo Flood (67)
Abdessalam Benjelloun for Merouane Zemmama (56)
Thierry Gathuessi for Guillaume Beuzelin (81)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)


Match Report


United started the game brightly and had an early opportunity with a Robson free-kick on four minutes, but he curled his effort just wide. Then in the tenth minute, Hunt won the ball out wide and crossed. The ball broke to Wilkie at the edge of the box, but his shot went over.

United began to take control of the midfield and Robson picked the ball up and carried it forward to hit a fierce effort that was tipped round the post by Hibs keeper Makalambay. A minute later, Robson curled a 25-yarder just past the post.

Hibs then came more into the game and had the best chance of the first half when Szamotulski scuffed a clearance straight to Zemmama, but the United keeper recovered to make the save.

Just before half-time, a cross from Hunt on the right found Wilkie at the back post, but he headed over.

In the second half, the game started to open up. Flood won a free-kick 25 yards out, which was taken by Robson, but Makalambay parried it to safety. On the hour mark United broke forward again and a cross from Kalvenes evaded the Hibs keeper, but with the goal at this mercy, Flood volleyed wide.

Hibs then hit back on the counter. Beuzelin played Kerr in on the right and his effort across goal was almost turned into his own goal by Wilkie, but thankfully for United the ball came back of the bar and was eventually cleared.

On 66 minutes, Hibs broke clear again with Fletcher. He squared the ball to substitute Benjelloun but diving to his left, Szamotulski made another great save.

A couple of minutes later, a scramble in the United box saw Benjelloun fire the ball into the net but thankfully for the home side, the goal was ruled out for offside.

The United midfield then began to take control. On 69 minutes. Prince Buaben struck a 30-yarder that was easily saved. A minute later, a scramble in the Hibs penalty area saw the ball break to Hunt, but his attempt to force the ball home was cleared by Stevenson.

Szamotulski was forced into action again when Kerr was played in on the right. After saving the first effort, the keeper managed to save the rebound as well. Szamotulski’s man-of-the-match performance was rounded off with another save from Benjelloun on 78 minutes.

United could have won it late on when another dangerous cross from Kalvenes found Hunt, but his glancing header was acrobatically saved by the Hibs goalie.



Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 2007)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Grzegorz Szamotulski (GK)31 3 - 3 -
Seán Dillon24 3 - 19 -
Darren Dods32 3 - 3 -
Christian Kalvenes30 3 - 351
Lee Wilkie27 2 - 17 -
Mark Kerr25 1 - 1515
Barry Robson28 3 - 14525
Willo Flood22 2 - 2 -
Morgaro Gomis22 3 - 15 -
Craig Conway22 3 - 37 -
Noel Hunt24 313411
Prince Buaben (sub)19 3 - 3 -
David Robertson (sub)20 31447
David Goodwillie (sub)18 2 - 291






League Table (as at August 18th, 2007)


No league table has been added for this season.