Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Ross County

Scottish Cup - Final
Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 3:00 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 47,122
Referee: Dougie McDonald
Dundee Utd  Ross County

Goalscorers
David Goodwillie (61)
Craig Conway (75)
Craig Conway (86)
None.

Team Managers
Peter Houston
Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
Dušan Perniš
Mihael Kovačević
Garry Kenneth
Andy Webster
Seán Dillon
Craig Conway
Danny Swanson
Morgaro Gomis
Prince Buaben
Jon Daly
David Goodwillie
Michael McGovern
Gary Miller
Scott Morrison
Martin Scott
Scott Boyd
Alex Keddie
Michael Gardyne
Steven Craig
Richard Brittain
Iain Vigurs
Andy Barrowman

Substitutes
Steve Banks
Keith Watson
David Robertson
Scott Robertson
Danny Cadamarteri
Joe Malin
Stuart Kettlewell
Paul Lawson
Paul di Giacomo
Garry Wood

Substitutions
Scott Robertson for Danny Swanson (74)
David Robertson for David Goodwillie (78)
Keith Watson for Mihael Kovačević (83)
Paul Lawson for Steven Craig (52)
Paul di Giacomo for Michael Gardyne (77)
Garry Wood for Martin Scott (79)

Bookings
David Goodwillie (61)
Morgaro Gomis (72)
Gary Miller (22)
Garry Wood (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dušan Perniš (GK) 25 apps -
Seán Dillon 121 apps2 goals
Garry Kenneth 128 apps6 goals
Andy Webster 31 apps4 goals
Mihael Kovačević 56 apps1 goal
Prince Buaben 98 apps8 goals
Craig Conway 137 apps13 goals
Danny Swanson 87 apps7 goals
Morgaro Gomis 138 apps6 goals
David Goodwillie 87 apps20 goals
Jon Daly 78 apps24 goals
Keith Watson (sub) 13 apps -
Scott Robertson (sub) 42 apps5 goals
David Robertson (sub) 108 apps16 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Goodwillie (21 years 53 days)
Oldest Player:Andy Webster (28 years 29 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 179 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Keith Watson (20 years 187 days)
Oldest Player:Steve Banks (38 years 105 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 173 days
Domestic Players:8 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

28000 Arabs watched on as United enjoyed Scottish Cup glory for the second time in their history, running out convincing 3-0 winners over Ross County at Hampden. Lee Wilkie, who that season had been forced to retire due to injury, led the team out in front of what was the clubs biggest ever following at the national stadium.

Both teams understandably appeared nervous for the first twenty minutes but as the game progressed, United began to dominate proceedings. The engine room of Prince Buaben and Morgaro Gomis proved instrumental as they gradually wrestled control of the midfield battle. United’s quality then began to tell as they exerted sustained pressure on the Staggies’ defence. Young player of the year David Goodwillie started to find space in behind the County defence and after being clattered by Gary Miller, the first yellow card of the day was handed out. Craig Conway and Danny Swanson provided some good deliveries into the box but found Scott Boyd and Scott Morrison standing firm at the heart of the opposition defence. United then came agonisingly close to opening the scoring ten minutes before half time with what would have been a candidate for goal of the season. A one-two between Goodwillie and Swanson led to the latter bearing down on goal after a run from inside his own half. Just as he was due to unleash a shot, the outstretched Alex Keddie made a superb tackle to prevent the young prodigy from scoring. John Daly then met a flighted Conway ball with a firm header and had it been either side of goalkeeper Michael McGovern surely would have broken the deadlock.

The second half began in similar fashion. United had their opponents pinned back in the final third without really testing keeper McGovern. This was all to change however in 60 minutes as the emotion within the Arab masses erupted in stunning style. A through ball from Gomis was cleared by McGovern who made the decision to come off his line to head the ball from the edge of the 18-yard box ahead of Daly. The clearance fell to David Goodwillie 25 yards out who precisely lobbed the ball back with the side of his foot first time over the head of McGovern and the helpless defenders, rising high into the net after one bounce. United were soon to bring further joy to tangerine end of Hampden when a headed flick-on from Goodwillie met the run of Craig Conway who sped through on goal before coolly placing it under the charging McGovern with his left foot in the 75th minute.
United turned the National Stadium into an Arabs' festival on 86 minutes when Craig Conway controlled a deft flick from Gomis in the 18-yard box and shot into the ground past McGovern to claim the Terrors’ third. At this moment even the most sceptical of United fans would have realised the trophy was coming back to Dundee. United saw out the rest of the game professionally and everyone with an Arab affiliation will long remember the incredible atmosphere when the referee blew the final whistle to confirm Dundee United Football Club’s second Scottish Cup and fifth trophy in their illustrious history, and that in their centenary year!

The celebrations lasted long into the night and all weekend as a parade in the City square followed by a further party at Tannadice on the Sunday rounded off a weekend that will live with Arabs forever.



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