Hibernian 2
Dundee Utd 2
League (SPL)


Hibernian 

2 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
Easter Road. Att. 14,440
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Abdessalam Benjelloun (77)
Mickael Antoine-Curier (pen) (80)
David Robertson (66)
David Robertson (74)

Team Managers
John Collins Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
Yves Ma-Kalambay
Kevin McCann
Chris Hogg
Rob Jones
David Murphy
Alan O'Brien
Brian Kerr
Ross Chisholm
Lewis Stevenson
Merouane Zemmama
Steven Fletcher
Grzegorz Szamotulski .21
Lee Wilkie .4
Christian Kalvenes .3
Darren Dods .5
Seán Dillon .2
David Robertson .12
Willo Flood .6
Mark Kerr .7
Morgaro Gomis .16
Prince Buaben .20
Jon Daly .9

Bench
Andrew McNeil
Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Abdessalam Benjelloun
Thierry Gathuessi
Patrick Noubissie
Dean Shiels
Darren McCormack
Euan McLean .13
Stuart Duff .24
Garry Kenneth .18
Gordon Pope .34
Ryan McCord .29
Steven Robb .14
Ryan Dow .45

Substitutions
Abdessalam Benjelloun for Ross Chisholm (64)
Mickael Antoine-Curier for Alan O'Brien (75)
Garry Kenneth for Jon Daly (24)
Steven Robb for David Robertson (75)

Cautions
Lewis Stevenson (53)
Rob Jones (61)
Kevin McCann (80)
Brian Kerr (89)
Darren Dods (32)
Prince Buaben (53)
Garry Kenneth (60)
Christian Kalvenes (79)
Mark Kerr (87)

Red Cards
None. Seán Dillon (80)

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)



Match Report


Two second half headers from David Robertson appeared to have given United a rare win at Easter Road before a goal from Benjelloun and a penalty from Antoine-Curier gave the home side a share of the points.

A thrilling second half also saw United reduced to ten men as Sean Dillon was sent off for a professional foul on David Murphy, leading to the Hibs penalty.

With Jordan Robertson suspended and Noel Hunt injured, Craig Levein was left with only Jon Daly upfront. He was supported by David Robertson who returned to the United side after a hernia operation. Mark Kerr stepped into the centre of midfield to cover for suspended skipper Barry Robson.

Hibs started the game with real intent and could have gone ahead after only a minute when Lewis Stevenson fed Steven Fletcher on the left but his strike went across the face of goal and just wide of the far post.

The best chances continued to fall to Hibs and a Zemmama free-kick from 25 yards forced a terrific save from Szamotulski as the ball headed towards the top corner.

United’s task became much harder after 24 minutes when lone striker Jon Daly had to limp off after a 50-50 challenge with Chris Hogg. With no attackers on the bench, Craig Levein was forced to replace Daly with Garry Kenneth, allowing Lee Wilkie to go upfront.

Wilkie then had United’s first real chance when a Sean Dillon cross found him at the back post. The big centre half rose well to put a header back across goal but the ball went just over and landed on the top of the net.

The best chance of the first half fell to Hibs. David Murphy crossed the ball in and Rob Jones managed to knock the ball down to Fletcher at the far post. He stretched a leg out but could only hit the ball against the post and United were able to clear.

The second half started at a frantic pace and Hibs should have taken the lead just three minutes in. The ball broke to Fletcher inside the box but with plenty of time to steady himself, the striker blasted the ball well wide.

Three minutes later, Fletcher was again denied a goal when Szamotulski dived at his feet to block the ball with the striker one-on-one with the keeper.

United silenced the home crowd after 66 minutes. A sweeping cross from Sean Dillon was met by the head of David Robertson just outside the six-yard box and he steered the ball past Ma-Kalambay and into the net.

United were now dominating the game and Mark Kerr shot narrowly over before Prince Buaben found himself one on one with Ma-Kalambay but the keeper was able to block the Ghanaian’s shot with his legs.

The 900 Arabs behind the Hibs goal went wild once again after 74 minutes when a carbon copy goal put United two ahead. This time the cross came in from Willo Flood and again David Robertson was there to nod the ball past Ma-Kalambay.

However, the two-goal lead was to last only three minutes. Good work by Zemmama saw him play the ball into Hibs substitute Benjelloun and he had plenty of time to slot the ball past Szamotulski from 12 yards out.

Hibs were now on top and after 82 minutes they were level. Sean Dillon allowed David Murphy to get goalside of him and then attempted to tackle the Hibs defender but could do nothing but bring him down. Referee Collum pointed to the spot and also showed Dillon a red card, judging that the United right back had committed a professional foul. Substitute Mickael Antoine-Curier stepped up and, after a stuttering run, placed the ball low into the net.

Despite having only 10 men, United continued to battle and makeshift striker Lee Wilkie had a golden chance to win it with a minute to go. Powerful running by Morgaro Gomis allowed him to play in Wilkie who carried on into the box but a great tackle from Rob Jones prevented him from getting a shot at goal.

In what was a committed but far from dirty game, referee Collum showed nine yellow cards, five to United and four to Hibs, in addition to the straight red for Sean Dillon



Squad Statistics (as at November 24th, 2007)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Grzegorz Szamotulski (GK)31 16 - 16 -
Seán Dillon24 171331
Christian Kalvenes30 14 - 461
Darren Dods32 171171
Lee Wilkie27 143293
Mark Kerr25 11 - 1615
Willo Flood22 15 - 15 -
Morgaro Gomis22 16 - 28 -
David Robertson21 83499
Prince Buaben19 172172
Jon Daly24 2 - 152
Garry Kenneth (sub)20 7 - 503
Steven Robb (sub)25 10 - 271


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at November 24th, 2007)


No league table has been added for this season.