Celtic 3 - 0 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Semi Final
Thursday, February 6th, 2003, 8:00 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 18,856
Referee: Stuart Dougal
Celtic Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Bobo Balde (52)
Henrik Larsson (80)
Bobo Balde (90)
None.

Team Managers
Martin O'Neill Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Magnus Hedman
Joos Valgaeren
Bob Balde
Ulrik Laursen
Didier Agathe
Paul Lambert
Neil Lennon
Chris Sutton
Jamie Smith
Henrik Larsson
John Hartson
Alan Combe
Jim Paterson
David McCracken
Stuart Duff
Jim Lauchlan
Mark Wilson
Charlie Miller
Craig Easton
Jim McIntyre
Derek Lilley
Billy Dodds

Bench
David Marshall
Stephen Crainey
David Fernandez
Momo Sylla
Alan Thompson
Paul Gallacher
Jamie McCunnie
Stephen O'Donnell
Jim Hamilton
Allan Smart

Substitutions
Alan Thompson for Jamie Smith (73)
David Fernandez for John Hartson (73)
Momo Sylla for Didier Agathe (82)
Jim Hamilton for Billy Dodds (63)
Jamie McCunnie for Jim Paterson (70)
Stephen O'Donnell for Charlie Miller (74)

Bookings
Jamie Smith
Paul Lambert
Jim McIntyre
Charlie Miller

Red Cards
None. Jim Lauchlan (55)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Combe (GK) 81 apps -
Jim Paterson 96 apps5 goals
Mark Wilson 25 apps1 goal
David McCracken 56 apps1 goal
Stuart Duff 35 apps -
Jim Lauchlan 91 apps3 goals
Charlie Miller 99 apps12 goals
Craig Easton 224 apps16 goals
Jim McIntyre 49 apps12 goals
Derek Lilley 81 apps17 goals
Billy Dodds 60 apps28 goals
Jamie McCunnie (sub) 71 apps -
Stephen O'Donnell (sub) 19 apps4 goals
Jim Hamilton (sub) 84 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mark Wilson (18 years 250 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Dodds (34 years 9 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 298 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mark Wilson (18 years 250 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Dodds (34 years 9 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 57 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United played as well against Celtic as they had done in recent matches but still lost this eveningís CIS Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden Park.

Manager Ian McCall restored Alan Combe to the goalkeeping position but there was no place for Gary Bollan and Danielle Chiarini, both being Cup tied.

In a battling first forty five minutes, United performed well and deserved their level standing at the interval. Despite being under pressure, United were holding out comfortably and actually came back into the game, pressurising the Celtic defence on more than one occasion.

Celtic started the second half strongly and Balde who had been outstanding for Matin OíNeillís side, netted nine minutes into the second half.

Unitedís situation became even more difficult when Jim Lauchlan was red carded for a tackle which the referee deemed violent conduct. Two more goals came Celticís way through Larsson and a second for Balde.

United deserved better than a 0-3 reverse and the Arab support showed their appreciation of the Tangerines with a superb level of support throughout the entire match.



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