Dundee 3 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - SPL
Saturday, May 6th, 2000, 3:00 PM at Dens Park
Attendance: 8,581
Referee: Jim McCluskey
Dundee Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Willie Falconer (49)
James Grady (64)
Willie Falconer (74)
None.

Team Managers
Jocky Scott Paul Sturrock

Starting Eleven
Rab Douglas
Barry Smith
Steven Tweed
Lee Wilkie
Lee Maddison
Javier Artero
Steven Boyack
Gavin Rae
Patrizio Billio
Willie Falconer
Paco Luna
Alan Combe
Jason De Vos
John McQuillan
Darren Patterson
David Partridge
Craig Easton
Tassos Venetis
David Hannah
Jan Telesnikov
Alex Mathie
Joaquim Ferraz

Bench
Jamie Langfield
Graeme Bayne
Hugh Robertson
James Grady
Willie Miller
Paul Gallacher
Bernard Pascual
Hugh Davidson
Stephen McConalogue
Steven Thompson

Substitutions
James Grady for Paco Luna (46)
Willie Miller for Steven Tweed (57)
Hugh Robertson for Gavin Rae (84)
Stephen McConalogue for Alex Mathie (54)
Steven Thompson for Tassos Venetis (54)
Bernard Pascual for Craig Easton (54)

Bookings
None. Craig Easton (42)
David Partridge (76)

Red Cards
None. Joaquim Ferraz (44)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Combe (GK) 51 apps -
Jason De Vos 69 apps2 goals
John McQuillan 10 apps -
Darren Patterson 31 apps1 goal
David Partridge 38 apps -
Craig Easton 111 apps5 goals
Tassos Venetis 18 apps -
David Hannah 131 apps21 goals
Jan Telesnikov 28 apps4 goals
Alex Mathie 43 apps6 goals
Joaquim Ferraz 36 apps8 goals
Bernard Pascual (sub) 57 apps -
Steven Thompson (sub) 64 apps9 goals
Stephen McConalogue (sub) 17 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tassos Venetis (20 years 48 days)
Oldest Player:Alex Mathie (31 years 145 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 41 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Stephen McConalogue (18 years 329 days)
Oldest Player:Bernard Pascual (33 years 35 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 30 days
Domestic Players:9 (56.25 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

So good is the record at Dens Park, that when United venture across the road, victory is almost taken for granted. After all Dundee hadn't won on their own patch against their city rivals for 11 years, but this latest encounter wasn't to follow that trend after a second half which all United fans will want to forget. After a good enough start in which Joaquim Ferraz almost immediately struck an overhead kick wide of the target, Dundee soon threatened when Rae overran a through ball, allowing Alan Combe to gather. For most of the opening half hour, it was nip and tuck, but the outcome of this game was to hinge on two events before the break. Firstly, Dundee were awarded a penalty after Craig Easton bundled Boyack to the ground in the 31st minute. Fortunately, Billio fired the ball just wide from the spot. But instead of United taking heart from that let off, it was the Dark Blues who turned the screw even more. Right on half-time came the incident on which the outcome was to wholly hinge. Joaquim Ferraz and Lee Wilkie were involved in an off the ball incident. After consulting his assistant on the far-side, referee McCluskey dished out a red card to the Portuguese striker. If Dundee hadn't created too many clear-cut chances in the opening half, they atoned for that after the break. Setting off at break neck speed, it took them only four minutes of the second period to take the lead. A precision cross from Artero on the right was met by Falconer at the far post and his header found the net via the underside of the bar. It was no surprise when Grady, a derby hero in the past, increased Tannadice discomfort, meeting Boyack's cross to put Dundee two ahead with a diving header. When Falconer headed a third with a little over quarter of an hour left, many United fans decided it was time to head for the exits in deepening disappointment. For many it was the first time Dens had been the scene of a derby defeat and the magnitude of the victory - it equalled Dundee's best in the Premier Division - was for some too hard to bear.

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