Dundee Utd 2 - 3 Aberdeen

Scottish Cup - 3rd Round
Saturday, January 7th, 2006, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 8,218
Referee: Stuart Dougal
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
David Fernández (26)
David Fernández (29)
Stevie Crawford (64)
Stevie Crawford (69)
Barry Nicholson (79)

Team Managers
Gordon Chisholm
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
Derek Stillie
Stuart Duff
David McCracken
Alan Archibald
Charlie Mulgrew
Mark Wilson
Barry Robson
Mark Kerr
David Fernández
Jim McIntyre
Collin Samuel
Jamie Langfield
Kevin McNaughton
Danny Griffin
Russell Anderson
Richie Byrne
Jamie Smith
Barry Nicholson
Gary Dempsey
Chris Clark
Stevie Crawford
Steve Lovell

Substitutes
Craig Samson
Garry Kenneth
Grant Brebner
Derek McInnes
Lee Miller
Ryan Esson
Ricky Foster
Darren Mackie
Andrew Considine
John Stewart

Substitutions
Lee Miller for Stuart Duff (82)
Ricky Foster for Gary Dempsey (45)
Darren Mackie for Steve Lovell (59)
Andrew Considine for Stevie Crawford (85)

Bookings
Mark Kerr
Barry Nicholson
Jamie Langfield

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Derek Stillie (GK) 25 apps -
Stuart Duff 116 apps3 goals
David McCracken 151 apps6 goals
Alan Archibald 113 apps6 goals
Charlie Mulgrew 1 app (debut) -
Mark Wilson 138 apps11 goals
Barry Robson 98 apps13 goals
Mark Kerr 96 apps4 goals
David Fernández 18 apps4 goals
Jim McIntyre 158 apps43 goals
Collin Samuel 74 apps8 goals
Lee Miller (sub) 25 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Charlie Mulgrew (19 years 312 days)
Oldest Player:Jim McIntyre (33 years 236 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 98 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Garry Kenneth (18 years 205 days)
Oldest Player:Derek McInnes (34 years 195 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 333 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Charlie Mulgrew(Signed January 5th, 2006)

Milestones

An unbelievable second half comeback by Aberdeen knocked United out of the Cup at the first hurdle. In a game completely dominated by United for the first hour, they had a comfortable two-goal lead at half time thanks to two David Fernandez efforts. But after Collin Samuel missed a header that should have put the game beyond the visitors, the fight back started. Two goals from Crawford and the winner from Barry Nicholson stole the tie for Aberdeen.

Gordon Chisholm handed a debut to on-loan Celt, Charles Mulgrew, who replaced the suspended Paul Ritchie. Also starting were the doubtful Collin Samuel and despite mounting speculation, Mark Wilson. Fellow injury concern Grant Brebner only managed a place on the bench. Aberdeen had two former United men in their line-up in the shape of Stevie Crawford and debutant Danny Griffin.

In a first half with chances a plenty, the visitors should have had the lead after 15 minutes. A Crawford shot was mishandled by Stillie but the United keeper made up for his error with a point blank save from Nicholson. The rebound fell to McNaughton who should have scored but he smashed the ball over. Ten minutes later the game was turned on its head. Samuel played in a great low cross and David Fernandez bravely headed home. A minute later the same two combined with Samuel playing in his strike partner and the Spaniard rolled the ball past the oncoming Langfield. It was so close to a first half hat-trick on the stroke of half time but an excellent free kick was superbly saved by the Dons keeper.

The second half started with a series of corners for the visitors but on the hour mark United should have put the game beyond Aberdeen. A Wilson free kick picked out Fernandez who saw his shot deflected for a corner. The corner was played short to Stuart Duff who picked out Samuel but the United forward headed wide from six yards. A minute later the tie was alive again when a mistake from Stillie was pounced on by Crawford and the former United man could not fail to score. Seven minutes later the game was level when Byrne picked out Crawford again and he made it 2-2. With both teams pressing for the winner it was the visitors who booked their place in the next round with ten minutes left. Crawford and Foster combined well to set up Barry Nicholson who slotted the ball past the helpless Stillie.

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