Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Rangers

(Lost 3 - 2 on pens.)
League Cup - Final
Sunday, March 16th, 2008, 3:00 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 50,019
Referee: Kenny Clark
Dundee Utd  Rangers

Goalscorers
Noel Hunt (34)
Mark de Vries (96)
Kris Boyd (85)
Kris Boyd (113)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Walter Smith

Starting Eleven
Lukasz Załuska
Christian Kalvenes
Mihael Kovačević
Garry Kenneth
Lee Wilkie
Prince Buaben
Willo Flood
Mark Kerr
Morgaro Gomis
Mark de Vries
Noel Hunt
Allan McGregor
Kirk Broadfoot
Carlos Cuellar
David Weir
Sasa Papac
Brahim Hemdani
Christian Dailly
Chris Burke
Barry Ferguson
Steve Davis
Lee McCulloch

Substitutes
Euan McLean
Darren Dods
Seán Dillon
Craig Conway
David Robertson
Neil Alexander
Kevin Thomson
Kris Boyd
Jean-Claude Darcheville
Steven Whittaker

Substitutions
Craig Conway for Noel Hunt (78)
David Robertson for Prince Buaben (97)
Jean-Claude Darcheville for Brahim Hemdani (45)
Kris Boyd for Sasa Papac (61)
Steven Whittaker for Chris Burke (116)

Bookings
Christian Kalvenes (94)
Kirk Broadfoot (54)
Lee McCulloch (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Lukasz Załuska (GK) 11 apps -
Christian Kalvenes 52 apps2 goals
Mihael Kovačević 2 apps -
Garry Kenneth 61 apps4 goals
Lee Wilkie 46 apps3 goals
Prince Buaben 30 apps3 goals
Willo Flood 36 apps1 goal
Mark Kerr 180 apps5 goals
Morgaro Gomis 48 apps2 goals
Mark de Vries 10 apps1 goal
Noel Hunt 67 apps26 goals
Craig Conway (sub) 50 apps2 goals
David Robertson (sub) 61 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Prince Buaben (19 years 332 days)
Oldest Player:Mark de Vries (32 years 213 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 364 days
Domestic Players:3 (27.27 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Prince Buaben (19 years 332 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Dods (32 years 291 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 342 days
Domestic Players:7 (43.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Craig Conway played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Mark de Vries scored his first goal for the Club.

Dundee United were cruelly denied a famous victory after losing to Rangers in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the CIS Cup final at Hampden.

Craig Levein made a few changes to the anticipated starting line-up, with Craig Conway, Darren Dods and Sean Dillon surprise omissions from the eleven. Mihael Kovacevic was given only his second start for the club, while Garry Kenneth, who impressed against Celtic in midweek, was preferred to Dods.

Rangers’ line-up had a European look about it, with the suspended duo of Nacho Novo and Charlie Adam being replaced by Chris Burke and Lee McCulloch in a 4-5-1 formation.

After dominating the first half, United went into half-time 1-0 up thanks to a Noel Hunt strike. A cross from Christian Kalvenes was spilled by Allan McGregor under pressure from Mark de Vries, leaving Noel Hunt to force the ball home in the ensuing goalmouth scramble.

Rangers looked more dangerous in the second half, having brought on Darcheville for Hemdani and Boyd for Papac, but it was United who had the first opportunity of note.

Kalvenes advanced down the left and forced his way into box, only to be wrestled to the floor by Carlos Cuellar, but the referee Kenny Clark waved away claims for a penalty.

However, United were pegged back with just minutes of the 90 remaining when Kris Boyd pounced on a Mark Kerr pass-back to fire past Lukasz Zaluska and take the match into extra time.

United recovered from the set-back and a Mark de Vries wonder goal in the first period of extra time – his first goal for the club – put Craig Levein’s men 2-1 in front.

But Kris Boyd rescued Walter Smith’s side when he snatched his second of the afternoon – bundling home a back post header with just eight minutes to go – to take the match to penalties.

In the shoot-out, Willo Flood stepped up to put United 1-0 up before Jean-Claude Darcheville smacked his effort off the under side of the bar and out.

Craig Conway then saw his strike come back off the post and Stephen Whittaker made it 1-1.

United went 2-1 up when de Vries coolly slotted home, but Rangers levelled through Steven Davis.

David Robertson saw his penalty parried away by McGregor, but Zaluska saved Lee McCulloch’s effort to keep the score at 2-2.

United captain Lee Wilkie then stepped up, only to see his penalty saved, leaving Boyd to break Tangerine hearts for a third time when he slammed home the winner and ended United's hopes of a fairytale victory for their chairman, Eddie Thompson.



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