Aberdeen 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


Aberdeen 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
Pittodrie. Att. 10,312
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Ricky Foster (30)
Karim Touzani (53)
Danny Swanson (49)

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Stuart Duff
Scott Severin
Andrew Considine
Ricky Foster
Jeffrey De Visscher
Barry Nicholson
Karim Touzani
Derek Young
Lee Miller
Chris Maguire
Lukasz Załuska .1
Danny Grainger .8
Darren Dods .5
Lee Wilkie .4
Seán Dillon .2
Willo Flood .6
Mark Kerr .7
Danny Swanson .23
Morgaro Gomis .16
Mark de Vries .22
Noel Hunt .10

Bench
Derek Soutar
Steve Lovell
Dave Bus
Josh Walker
David Ross
Euan McLean .13
Mihael Kovačević .24
David Robertson .12
Jim O'Brien .11
Jon Daly .9
Eric Odhiambo .25
Johnny Russell .30

Substitutions
Josh Walker for Chris Maguire (73)
Dave Bus for Barry Nicholson (79)
Johnny Russell for Noel Hunt (45)
Jim O'Brien for Mark Kerr (79)
Jon Daly for Morgaro Gomis (84)

Cautions
Ricky Foster (61)
Lee Miller (64)
Danny Grainger (70)
Darren Dods (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)



Match Report


United’s hopes of finishing third in the SPL and securing a place in the UEFA Cup next season were dealt a blow after they lost 2-1 to rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

A goal in each half from Richard Foster and Karim Touzani gave Craig Levein’s men too much to do and despite a Danny Swanson wonder-goal, United could not find the equaliser.

United started the game brightly and could have taken a first minute lead when a free-kick from Sean Dillon was met by Lee Wilkie, but the United captain could only head straight at Jamie Langfield in the Aberdeen goal.

United enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and managed to create several half chances, but it was the home side who took the lead.

Derek Young broke free of the United defence and struck a powerful shot goalwards, which Zaluska could only parry into the path of the advancing Foster who slotted home on the half hour mark.

United hit back almost immediately when Willo Flood crossed for Lee Wilkie, whose header looked to be heading for the top corner until Jamie Langfield managed to get a finger tip to the ball and push it to safety.

Mark Kerr then went close just before half-time when he fired Danny Grainger’s cut-back just wide of the post.

The interval seemed to come too soon for the Tangerines, as with a minute gone in the second half, the home side went 2-0 up when a Barry Nicholson corner was met at the far post by Touzani.

However, United dragged themselves right back into the game from the re-start when Swanson picked the ball up in midfield and danced his way past three players before firing a low shot in off the post.

The goal clearly gave United a boost and they could have equalised when Wilkie tee-ed the ball up for Swanson at the edge of the box, who curled his effort inches wide of the post.

But that, unfortunately, was the closest United came to getting back on level terms.



Squad Statistics (as at May 3rd, 2008)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Lukasz Załuska (GK)25 17 - 17 -
Seán Dillon24 392552
Lee Wilkie28 374524
Danny Grainger21 14 - 14 -
Darren Dods32 382382
Mark Kerr26 36 - 1865
Willo Flood23 421421
Morgaro Gomis22 422542
Danny Swanson21 122122
Noel Hunt25 42187328
Mark de Vries32 162162
Jim O'Brien (sub)20 9 - 9 -
Johnny Russell (sub)18 2 - 4 -
Jon Daly (sub)25 8 - 212






League Table (as at May 3rd, 2008)


No league table has been added for this season.