Dundee 3
Dunfermline Athletic 0
League (Premier League)

3 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 5th, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,152
3:00 PM Kick-off

Justin Skinner (o.g.) (1)
Juan Sara (pen.) (52)
Fabian Caballero (pen.) (55)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
4. Marcello Marrocco
5. Marco De Marchi
6. Steven Tweed
10. Georgi Nemsadze
18. Javier Artero
23. Hugh Robertson
19. Patrizio Billio
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Marco Ruitenbeek
Michel Doesburg
Andrius Skerla
Justin Skinner
Ian Ferguson
Junior Mendes
Scott M. Thomson
Stevie Crawford
Stuart Petrie
Eddie May
Scott Y. Thomson.

3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
16. Michael Yates
15. Steve Milne
11. Willie Falconer
Jason Dair
Andy Tod
Colin Nish
Chris Templeman

Michael Yates for Georgi Nemsadze (72)
Willie Falconer for Fabian Caballero (72)
Steve Milne for Juan Sara (87)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee continued their superb early season form with a fine win over Scottish Premier League new boys Dunfermline.

An own goal from Justin Skinner gave Dundee the lead inside 10 seconds.

Javier Artero stormed down the right wing, easily out-pacing Dundee defender Barry Smith, and when his cross came over Skinner's attempted clearance slid past helpless Pars keeper Marco Ruitenbeek.

The home crowd could scarcely believe their eyes as Dundee, whose foreign legion had created a stir with a tremendous 2-0 away win at Motherwell last week, then went in search of a second.

The visitors looked shell-shocked as the home side attacked from all angles.

In the seventh minute Fabian Caballero almost took advantage of another Skinner slip-up but Ruitenbeek was out quickly to cover.

As the first half wore on the pace of the game began to slow and Dunfermline started to make inroads into the Dundee half.

But despite winning a couple of corners the visitors still could not force Dens keeper Robert Douglas into action.

The home side were still looking dangerous on the break however and a flighted ball from Patrizio Billio just failed to find Caballero with the Pars defence caught square.

Dundee keeper Douglas was eventually called into action seven minutes from the break when he had to get down quickly to his left to save a Scott Thomson free-kick from 25 yards.

Dundee made a similarly impressive start to the second period and quickly raced into a 3-0 lead.

Just seven minutes after the re-start they were awarded a penalty when Nemsadze ran through the Dunfermline defence before being pulled down by Dunfermline skipper Ian Ferguson.

Sara confidently stepped up and gave Ruitenbeek no chance with his spot-kick.

Only three minutes later, Dundee were awarded a second penalty when Doesburg hauled Caballero to the ground in an off-the-ball incident.

This time it was Caballero who scored from the spot, sending Ruitenbeek the wrong way.

In the 74th minute Dundee were nearly gifted a fourth goal when Ruitenbeek miskicked a backpass but was relieved to see the ball roll past the post for a corner.

Four minutes later Sara should have scored when he latched onto an Artero cross from the right, but the Argentinian's shot from eight yards was weak and Ruitenbeek easily saved.

In the end Dunfermline were hanging on and it was a convincing win for the Dens Park men who remain top of the SPL.

Match report written by BBC

Squad Statistics (as at August 5th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK) - 2 - 122 -
Steven Tweed - 2 - 523
Marco De Marchi - 2 - 2 -
Marcello Marrocco - 2 - 2 -
Barry Smith - 2 - 1811
Hugh Robertson - 1 - 583
Javier Artero - 21112
Georgi Nemsadze - 2 - 2 -
Patrizio Billio - 21202
Fabian Caballero - 2121
Juan Sara - 2121
Michael Yates (sub) - 1 - 71
Steve Milne (sub)20 1 - 3 -
Willie Falconer (sub) - 2 - 7320

League Table (as at August 5th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.