St Johnstone 1 - 4 Dundee Utd

League - SPL
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002, 7:45 PM at McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 3,711
Referee: John Underhill
St Johnstone Dundee Utd

Sammy Youssouf (65) Derek Lilley (29)
Charlie Miller (36)
Derek Lilley (44)
Derek Lilley (51)

Team Managers
Billy Stark Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Alan Miller
Darren Dods
Stuart McCluskey
Willie Falconer
Mark Lynch
Grant Murray
Paul Kane
Paul Hartley
David McClune
Graeme Jones
Sammy Youssouf
Paul Gallacher
Stephen Wright
Jamie McCunnie
Jim Lauchlan
Craig Easton
David Hannah
Jamie Fullarton
Charlie Miller
Jim McIntyre
Derek Lilley
Steven Thompson

Kevin Cuthbert
Paddy Connolly
Craig Russell
Martin Maher
Keigan Parker
Alan Combe
David McCracken
Tassos Venetis
David Winters
Stephen McConalogue

Keigan Parker for Graeme Jones (56)
Martin Maher for Mark Lynch (77)
Craig Russell for Willie Falconer (84)
Stephen McConalogue for Derek Lilley (82)
Tassos Venetis for Jim McIntyre (86)
David Winters for Steven Thompson (90)

Paul Hartley (70) Jim McIntyre (64)
Charlie Miller (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Paul Gallacher (GK) 50 apps -
Stephen Wright 15 apps -
Jamie McCunnie 45 apps -
Jim Lauchlan 54 apps3 goals
Craig Easton 179 apps14 goals
David Hannah 180 apps24 goals
Jamie Fullarton 14 apps -
Charlie Miller 56 apps10 goals
Jim McIntyre 20 apps6 goals
Derek Lilley 41 apps11 goals
Steven Thompson 126 apps18 goals
Tassos Venetis (sub) 48 apps1 goal
David Winters (sub) 7 apps -
Stephen McConalogue (sub) 41 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCunnie (18 years 287 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Wright (30 years 162 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 246 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McCunnie (18 years 287 days)
Oldest Player:Stephen Wright (30 years 162 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 180 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Paul Gallacher played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Charlie Miller reached 10 goals for the Club.

Injuries sustained in Saturday's victory over Dundee rule out Mark Wilson and Jim Hamilton for tonight’s encounter with St Johnstone; replacing those two in the starting XI are David Hannah and Steven Thompson.

United impose themselves on Saints from the kick-off and are first to threaten with Lilley’s snapshot in two minutes. There are half-chances at both ends, but Lilley is one player who will wish he had done better with his effort in 22 minutes, firing a weak left-footed shot at goal for Miller to gather easily. The same player makes amends in 29 minutes with a wonderful goal; McIntyre and Thompson combine to release Derek Lilley on a solo run towards goal. He keeps his cool and fires a low shot past Miller from 10 yards. United make it 2-0 in 37 minutes! Steven Thompson does all the hard work by capitalising on McCluskey’s error before running towards goal and cutting the ball back for Charlie Miller to side-foot home from 12 yards. It gets better for United in 45 minutes when Derek Lilley latches on to a loose ball and fires the ball into the back of the net, again from 12 yards, underneath the body of the advancing Miller.

There is a real lack of fluency to the early stages of the second half due to a number of fouls committed as Saints try to haul themselves back into contention, and it’s from a free-kick that United score their fourth goal. Thompson is upended by McCluskey 20 yards out in 51 minutes; Miller rolls the ball just a few feet and Derek Lilley thunders a terrific shot into the top left hand corner of the net for his hat-trick. Saints make a change in 55 minutes, swapping Jones for Parker. Jim McIntyre is booked in 65 minutes for persistent fouling and conceding the free-kick that Saints engineer a goal from, with Youssouf heading home Hartley’s free-kick. YUnited replace McIntyre with Venetis in 85 minutes and Thompson with Winters four minutes later. Charlie Miller is booked in 90 minutes for a foul on Keigan Parker.

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