St Johnstone 1
Dundee 1
League (First Division)

St Johnstone 

1 - 1


League (First Division)
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
McDiarmid Park
Attendance: 5,172
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kevin Rutkiewicz (13) Steven Craig (10)

Team Managers
Owen Coyle Alan Kernaghan

Starting Eleven
1. Kevin Cuthbert
2. Steven Anderson
3. Scott Paterson
4. Goran Stanic
5. Kevin Rutkiewicz
6. Simon Mensing
7. Ryan McCann
8. Darren Sheridan
9. Steve Milne
10. Jason Scotland
11. Paul Sheerin
Kelvin Jack .1
Stuart McCluskey .2
Bobby Mann .3
Tom Hutchinson .4
Adrian Madaschi .5
Tam McManus .6
Barry Smith .7
Scott Robertson .8
Iain Anderson .9
Simon Lynch .10
Steven Craig .11

12. Mark Paston
14. Stephen Dobbie
15. David Hannah
16. Peter MacDonald
17. Ryan Stevenson
Scott Murray .12
Kevin McDonald .14
Callum MacDonald .15
Andy Ferguson .16
Paul Dixon .17

Kevin Rutkiewicz for Ryan Stevenson (71)
Peter MacDonald for Jason Scotland (76)
Paul Dixon for Iain Anderson (67)
Kevin McDonald for Steven Craig (81)
Andy Ferguson for Tam McManus (88)

Goran Stanic (39)
Steven Anderson (59)
Paul Dixon (74)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Ritchie (Referee)
William Gilfillan & Alan Hogg (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee earned their first point under Alan Kernaghan at Perth, and it was a scoring debut for striker Steven Craig who put Dundee ahead in ten minutes. The lead was short lived though, and St Johnstone dominated possession for much of the match, but rarely troubled the Dundee goal.

Stuart McCluskey and Steven Craig were in the starting line up as Alan Kernaghan shuffled the pack for the visit to McDiarmid Park after defeats in his opening two matches in charge. Garry Brady was absent due to his ankle injury and Paul Dixon dropped to the bench. Joining him there was sixteen-year-old Kevin McDonald, who had made his debut as a substitute at Hamilton in midweek, as well as Callum Macdonald, who was making a welcome return to the squad after injury.

The game started at a fair pace, but there was little composure about the play in the early stages. Tam McManus had been moved to the right to allow new boy Craig to partner Simon Lynch and he forced the first corner of the match by chasing a lost cause, it was an early indication that Dundee were putting in more effort than they had in recent weeks. That was in seven minutes and three minutes later Dundee were ahead.

Dundee earned a free kick when Steven Craig was fouled by Scott Patterson 30 yards out, lain Anderson curled the free kick around the wall and Kevin Cuthbert appeared to have made a good stop diving low to his left. However, the Saints keeper spilled the ball and Simon Lynch reacted quicker than the home defence, Cuthbert got a touch on his effort, but it spun across the goal and Craig had a simple task in making a scoring debut as he headed home from close range.

That lead had the 2000 plus travelling support bouncing, but they were put firmly back in their seats on thirteen minutes as the home side drew level. Jason Scotland was fouled thirty-yards out and Darren Sheridan's floated cross was only half cleared before Kevin Rutkiewicz forced the ball home. That equaliser settled St Johnstone and for much of the remainder of the match they had the bulk of possession, but there was little goal threat at either end as both defences turned in solid performances.

Kelvin Jack in the Dundee goal gave the Dark Blue fans behind him a fright midway through the first half as he took two attempts to clutch a high ball right underneath his crossbar, but he also came for two crosses he had not business getting and each time got to the ball and held it in outrageous style.

Simon Lynch gave Saints a scare with a low drive from twenty yards which whistled inches wide but the best chance of the half came right on the break, Stanic finding space inside the Dundee box, but lashing his shot high into the relieved away support.

Early in the second period Craig got on the end of Anderson's headed knockdown and had the chance to double his tally as confusion reigned in the home defence, but the striker stabbed his effort into the side netting.

The home side began to dominate the game, but the quality of their crossing from wide areas was woeful, the ball often not getting past full backs McCluskey and Madachi.

Jack was largely untroubled but was alert when he was needed midway through the half, Ryan McCann drilling in a shot from the edge of the box and the keeper getting down smartly to his left to tip the ball around the post.

Kernaghan was forced to make changes with the tiring Craig being replaced by youngster Kevin McDonald who looked composed and eager on his league debut, while lain Anderson limped off with a groin strain and was replaced by another who could still turn out for the under 19s in Paul Dixon.

The final whistle came with Dundee happy to have ended the mini losing streak after a performance that again lacked much creativity, but showed a better work rate and more solid defensive display than in recent matches.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 17th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 9 - 11 -
Tom Hutchinson23 9 - 401
Adrian Madaschi - 10 - 10 -
Bobby Mann31 102422
Stuart McCluskey - 1 - 1 -
Barry Smith31 10 - 3984
Iain Anderson28 10218525
Scott Robertson20 91191
Steven Craig24 1111
Simon Lynch23 106106
Tam McManus24 91235
Paul Dixon (sub)18 8 - 8 -
Kevin McDonald (sub)16 2 - 2 -
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 8 - 8 -

League Table (as at September 17th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.