Rangers 7 - 1 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Semi Final
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005, 7:45 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 25,622
Referee: Hugh Dallas
Rangers Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Nacho Novo (7)
Dusan Prso (18)
Thomas Buffel (67)
Fernando Ricksen (77)
Steven Thompson (80)
Nacho Novo (85)
Steven Thompson (88)
Jason Scotland (50)

Team Managers
Alex McLeish Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Ronald Waterreus
Maurice Ross
Marven Andrews
Sotiros Kyrgiakos
Michael Ball
Fernando Ricksen
Alex Rae
Gregory Vignal
Nacho Novo
Dusan Prso
Thomas Buffel
Nick Colgan
Lee Mair
Alan Archibald
David McCracken
Paul Ritchie
Mark Wilson
Mark Kerr
Barry Robson
Derek McInnes
Stevie Crawford
Jim McIntyre

Bench
Steven Smith
Hamed Namouchi
Barry Ferguson
Steven Thompson
Bob Malcolm
Tony Bullock
Stuart Duff
Billy Dodds
Jason Scotland
James Grady

Substitutions
Barry Ferguson for Alex Rae (69)
Steven Thompson for Dusan Prso (75)
Stuart Duff for Alan Archibald (45)
Jason Scotland for Derek McInnes (45)
Billy Dodds for Lee Mair (75)

Bookings
None. Alan Archibald
Mark Kerr

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Nick Colgan (GK) 2 apps -
Lee Mair 4 apps -
Alan Archibald 70 apps5 goals
Mark Wilson 95 apps9 goals
David McCracken 126 apps5 goals
Paul Ritchie 16 apps -
Mark Kerr 55 apps3 goals
Barry Robson 57 apps8 goals
Derek McInnes 63 apps2 goals
Stevie Crawford 5 apps2 goals
Jim McIntyre 121 apps36 goals
Stuart Duff (sub) 81 apps1 goal
Billy Dodds (sub) 127 apps41 goals
Jason Scotland (sub) 46 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mark Wilson (20 years 247 days)
Oldest Player:Derek McInnes (33 years 221 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 192 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mark Wilson (20 years 247 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Dodds (36 years 6 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 153 days
Domestic Players:13 (81.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Dundee Unitedís disappointing season had a chance to turn for the better in this CIS Cup semi final. Having what appeared to be an Indian sign over Rangers in recent games the team and the fans went into this on a positive note contemplating a final place against Motherwell in March. Unitedís recent loan signing Nick Colgan continued in goal. The defence lined up with Mair at right back, McCracken and Ritchie in the centre and Archibald at left back. Kerr and skipper McInnes were flanked by Robson on the left and Wilson on the right of midfield. The partnership of McIntyre and Crawford was again preferred up front. Rangersí new signing Ferguson started the game on the bench.

United were finding it hard to settle but in the 5th minute Crawford won a free kick 25 yards out. Wilsonís curling cross-shot was held easily by the Rangersí keeper. It looked as if United had weathered the early storm and were settling in to the game, yet in the 9th minute they fell behind. A lovely swift passing move involving three Rangers players saw Novo sent clear one on one with Colgan. The Spaniard rounded the United keeper and despatched ball into the empty net for the first goal of the night. In the 18th minute, the wheels well and truly fell off the United cup final bandwagon. A long free kick from Andrews was headed goalwards by Prso and Colgan appeared to react late as the ball glanced off the left hand post and into the net. With less than 20 minutes gone the cup dream appeared over and things did not get any better in the next few moments as both Novo and Prso took advantage of inadequate defending to almost increase the Rangers lead. In the 29th minute Kerr almost got United back into the game. Great link-up play between McIntyre and Wilson saw Kerr meet the ball on the edge of the area but he was muscled off by Buffel and the chance went a-begging.

United reappeared for the second half with Scotland and Duff on for McInnes and Archibald and set up with Mair, McCracken and Ritchie across the back. The midfield saw Duff and Kerr flanked by Robson and Wilson. Scotland was pushing up the right alongside Crawford and McIntyre. Within 5 minutes the more aggressive tactics from United reaped rewards. A hopeful lob forward by Duff was controlled superbly by McIntyre on the edge of the area and although Andrews was able to stick a foot in, the ball broke to Scotland who steadied himself before lashing the ball past the helpless Waterreus. Sadly it all came unstuck once more in the 67th minute as Novoís pace down the right again outwitted the United defence and the Spaniardís cut back was bundled into the net by Buffel. United were now a well beaten team and Rangers drove forward at every opportunity. In the 74th minute Crawford, who by now had resorted to playing in midfield, almost gifted Prso an opportunity to take the keeper on one on one but the Croatian was adjudged to be offside. One minute later saw the introduction of Dodds for the previously injured Mair and Prso make way for Thompson for Rangers. With 77 minutes on the clock, a dismal night got darker for the Tangerines after Duff was adjudged to have fouled Thompson on the edge of the area. Ricksen flighted a free kick past the poorly positioned Colgan to make it 4-1. Within 90 seconds it was 5-1 as Thompson met Rossís cross to drive the ball past Colgan. The United defensive unit had simply crumbled by this stage and most of the players were simply wishing to be off the park. In the 85th minute came goal number 6. Duff reacted slowly to a quickly taken free kick and Novo was left one on one with Colgan and dispatched the ball into the keeperís far corner. The United support so vociferous throughout had seen enough by now and was ebbing away from the stands. The final indignity on an awful night for the club was added by Thompson in the 88th minute after Colgan had spilled a Ferguson effort. As the final whistle blew, the dejected United team made a beeline for the tunnel followed closely by Manager Ian McCall.



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