Dundee Utd 1
Dunfermline 2
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (SPL)
Saturday, September 14th, 2002
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,041
3:00 PM Kick-off

Derek Lilley (50)
Gary Dempsey (9)
Stevie Crawford (16)

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
1. Paul Gallacher
3. Warren Cummings
5. Kevin McGowne
27. Mark Wilson
4. Danny Griffin
15. Stuart Duff
6. Jim Lauchlan
8. Charlie Miller
7. Craig Easton
19. Steven Thompson
9. Derek Lilley
Marco Ruitenbeek
Scott Wilson
Andreas Skerla
Scott Thomson
Barry Nicholson
Gary Dempsey
Gary Mason
Scott Walker
Lee Bullen
Stevie Crawford
Craig Brewster

13. Paul Jarvie
24. David McCracken
11. Jim Paterson
28. Stephen O'Donnell
10. Jim McIntyre
Derek Stillie
Chris McGroarty
Jason Dair
Sean Kilgannon
Steve Hampshire

Jim Paterson for Mark Wilson (67)
Jim McIntyre for Derek Lilley (77)
Stephen O'Donnell for Craig Easton (86)
Steve Hampshire for Gary Dempsey (70)
Sean Kilgannon for Craig Brewster (70)
Jason Dair for Stevie Crawford (81)

None. Gary Mason (21)
Sean Kilgannon (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)


Match Report

Following the win at Aberdeen, manager Alex Smith elected to name the same starting eleven for the visit of Dunfermline. Eighteen year old Stephen O'Donnell was handed a place on the bench at the expense of Arnar Gunnlaughsson, following good form in the Under-21 ranks.

United had the first chance with a tame long range effort from Mark Wilson, but it was the Pars who opened the scoring after just six minutes. The former United Scottish Cup hero Craig Brewster flicked the ball into the path of Gary Dempsey who rifled a wicked swerving left foot shot into Paul Gallacher’s top right hand corner from fully 25 yards. A Derek Lilley header followed minutes later but went wide, as Dunfermline maintained control of the game. Things went from bad to worse just after the quarter hour when a defensive miscommunication between Jim Lauchlan and Kevin McGowne allowed Stevie Crawford to gleefully sneak in and slot the ball home from ten yards for the visitors' second. Defending for the remainder of the first half, United squandered a couple of chances on the counter, with Lilley missing the best of them with a header from twelve yards.

Having regrouped at half time, United emerged to pull a goal back on the 50 minute mark through Derek Lilley, with the striker finding space before slotting past Marco Ruitenbeek from twelve yards. Looking an altogether better side in the second half, United nearly equalized on the hour when Steven Thompson latched on to a Charlie Miller through ball to chip the ball across goal, however the effort was blocked on the line by Lee Bullen. As United chased a leveller, the Pars continued in their attempts to kill the game off, but it was substitute Jim Paterson for the Terrors who was next to try a shot at goal, forcing a save from Ruitenbeek with 15 minutes left. Ruitenbeek was up to the challenge of Paterson again moments later, blocking a shot with his legs. Bringing on Jim McIntyre, Alex Smith pushed United forward, and soon after Thompson crossed for Lauchlan who powered a header directly at Ruitenbeek, but the Dutchman got an all important hand to the ball to make a point blank save. Late on, a scramble in the Dunfermline box was eventually saved by Bullen who cleared the danger as the East End Park men held on to record the win.

Squad Statistics (as at September 14th, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)23 7 - 72 -
Stuart Duff20 7 - 16 -
Mark Wilson18 2 - 4 -
Warren Cummings21 4 - 4 -
Jim Lauchlan25 7 - 753
Kevin McGowne32 7 - 7 -
Danny Griffin25 7 - 634
Charlie Miller26 7 - 7611
Craig Easton23 7 - 20116
Derek Lilley28 515814
Steven Thompson23 7314726
Jim Paterson (sub)22 6 - 755
Stephen O'Donnell (sub)19 1 - 7 -
Jim McIntyre (sub)30 61297

League Table (as at September 14th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.