Dundee Utd 0 - 1 St Mirren

Scottish Cup - 5th Round Replay
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008, 7:45 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 3,723
Referee: Alan Freeland
Dundee Utd  St Mirren

Goalscorers
None. Andy Dorman (48)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Gus MacPherson

Starting Eleven
Lukasz Załuska
Lee Wilkie
Christian Kalvenes
Darren Dods
David Robertson
Willo Flood
Craig Conway
Mark Kerr
Morgaro Gomis
Noel Hunt
Mark de Vries
Mark Howard
David Barron
John Potter
Will Haining
Ian Maxwell
David van Zanten
Hugh Murray
Andy Dorman
Mark Corcoran
Billy Mehmet
Craig Dargo

Substitutes
Euan McLean
Seán Dillon
Prince Buaben
Danny Swanson
Eric Odhiambo
Paul Mathers
Stewart Kean
Franco Miranda
Stephen McGinn
Andy Millen

Substitutions
Danny Swanson for David Robertson (57)
Seán Dillon for Lee Wilkie (82)
Eric Odhiambo for Christian Kalvenes (88)
Stewart Kean for Craig Dargo (82)

Bookings
Lee Wilkie (36)
Billy Mehmet (32)
Craig Dargo (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Lukasz Załuska (GK) 5 apps -
Lee Wilkie 41 apps3 goals
Christian Kalvenes 49 apps2 goals
Darren Dods 31 apps2 goals
David Robertson 58 apps11 goals
Willo Flood 30 apps1 goal
Craig Conway 47 apps2 goals
Mark Kerr 174 apps5 goals
Morgaro Gomis 43 apps1 goal
Noel Hunt 61 apps25 goals
Mark de Vries 5 apps -
Seán Dillon (sub) 47 apps1 goal
Danny Swanson (sub) 6 apps -
Eric Odhiambo (sub) 6 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:David Robertson (21 years 148 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (32 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 148 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Eric Odhiambo (18 years 281 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (32 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 294 days
Domestic Players:7 (43.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

It was a disappointing night for United after a clear ‘offside’ goal early in the second half proved enough to send Saints through. Although never at their very best, United fought hard to equalise and came closest on 76 minutes when a Noel Hunt overhead kick was turned over spectacularly by Mark Howard.

United came very close to making a nightmare start when the visitors broke upfield and they had Christian Kalvenes to thank for a last ditch challenge which prevented Craig Dargo netting from close range. The next big chance also fell to St Mirren on 17 minutes after a slip from Kalvenes allowed Dargo to run in behind and when Zaluska spilled the ball on the bye line the striker had an empty net to aim at, albeit from a very acute angle. Fortunately for United the ex Inverness man aimed his shot off target resulting in only a throw on the far side. Kalvenes repeated his feat of earlier in 29 minutes when he charged in to block Andy Dorman getting a shot away from 6 yards following good wing play by Marc Corcoran. During a half in which the Tangerines struggled to get to grips with the game they were limited to less clear cut chances, with Noel Hunt going closest when he forced Mark Howard into an excellent save diving down low to his left to turn away a curling shot destined for the bottom corner.

Unfortunately for United the visitors broke the deadlock in the 48th minute in a controversial incident. Dargo was retreating from an offside position when he became ‘active’ by assisting the ball towards Dorman, who then raced in behind the home defence to prod the ball into the net with the home defence claiming offside. Despite protests, neither the referee or linesman appeared to have noticed.

The hosts desperately needed a spark and almost found it 10 minutes later when Hunt latched onto a De Vries knockdown 8 yards out forcing Howard to react well to block his shot. Substitute Danny Swanson turned nicely at the edge of the area in the 73rd minute before curling a decent shot over the bar before Hunt brought out a fantastic save from the goalkeeper after 76 minutes when, following a De Vries flick on, he attempted a spectacular overhead kick which was heading for the roof of the net before Howard intervened and turned the ball over the bar. Hunt then met a Kalvenes free kick from the right, arguably his most clear cut chance of the night so far, but agonisingly his header was off target. Unfortunately it was not the Tangerines’ night and but for a Zaluska save in injury time from Marc Corcoran it would have been 2-0.

None.

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