Partick Th 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)

Partick Th 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, August 3rd, 2002
Firhill. Att. 6,375
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
John Lambie Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Kevin Budinauckas
James McKinstry
Alan Archibald
Derek Whyte
Scott Paterson
Stephen Craigan
Jamie Mitchell
Jamie Buchan
Alex Burns
Martin Hardie
Scott McLean
Paul Gallacher .1
Danny Griffin .4
Jamie McCunnie .2
Stuart Duff .15
Jim Lauchlan .6
Kevin McGowne .5
Tassos Venetis .18
Charlie Miller .8
Craig Easton .7
Steven Thompson .19
Jim McIntyre .10

Kenny Arthur
Andy Gibson
Paul Walker
Danny Lennon
Ricky Waddell
Paul Jarvie .13
Jim Paterson .11
David McCracken .24
Derek Lilley .9
Arnar Gunnlaugsson .21

Paul Walker for Scott McLean (44)
Danny Lennon for Jamie Mitchell (89)
Arnar Gunnlaugsson for Tassos Venetis (57)
Jim Paterson for Jim McIntyre (82)
Derek Lilley for Charlie Miller (89)

Martin Hardie (38) Jim Lauchlan (36)
Charlie Miller (42)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)

Match Report

New signing Arnar Gunlaughsson took a place on the bench for the opening league game of the season against newly promoted Partick Thistle. Alex Smith opted for just one striker up top in the shape of Steven Thompson, with Charlie Miller just behind.

Making for a lively start, a Danny Griffin free-kick was first to test Kevin Budinauckas in goal for the Firhill men, forcing a block. Craig Easton fired a wild shot over the bar moments later before good defending from Jamie McCunnie at the other end thwarted a Partick counter. Paul Gallacher was eventually called into action on the quarter hour, pulling off a fabulous save from Scott McLean and on the 20 minute mark, Jim McIntyre headed wide from a McCunnie cross. United's best chance came after half an hour's play as Budinauckas palmed a Craig Easton free kick into the path of McIntyre, who hit a chipped shot goalward. Scott Paterson though, for Partick, was alive to the effort and cleared it off the line. Griffin offered the final test of the first half, forcing Budinauckas to make another save.

Budinauckas continued his busy afternoon, pulling off another great save five minutes from the restart when a pinpoint Griffin pass released Tassos Venetis to run in on goal and release a shot at the Partick stopper. As United pushed forward, defensive lapses allowed the Thistle attack in for a chance after an hour, but Gallacher held the tame effort from Alex Burns. Moments later, Steven Thompson hooked an overhead kick just wide and substitute Gunnlaugsson showed flashes of skill before shooting wide. McIntyre headed wide once again during the final quarter hour, and Thompson followed suit his his own wayward header in what proved to be the final chance of the game.

Squad Statistics (as at August 3rd, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)22 1 - 66 -
Jim Lauchlan25 1 - 693
Danny Griffin24 1 - 574
Stuart Duff20 1 - 10 -
Kevin McGowne32 1 - 1 -
Jamie McCunnie19 1 - 54 -
Craig Easton23 1 - 19516
Charlie Miller26 1 - 7011
Tassos Venetis22 1 - 612
Steven Thompson23 1 - 14123
Jim McIntyre30 1 - 246
Jim Paterson (sub)22 1 - 705
Arnar Gunnlaugsson (sub)29 1 - 1 -
Derek Lilley (sub)28 1 - 5413

League Table (as at August 3rd, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.