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Dundee Utd 

League (Premiership)
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,447
12:30 PM Kick-off

Greg Stewart (93)
Mario Bilate (pen.) (25)
Ryan Dow (54)
Callum Morris (59)
Keith Watson (79)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
1. Kyle Letheren
4. Thomas Konrad
5. James McPake
19. Paul McGinn
2. Gary Irvine
20. Jim McAlister
29. Gary Harkins
11. Simon Ferry
18. Paul McGowan
15. Greg Stewart
14. Phillip Roberts
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Keith Watson .12
Callum Morris .14
Jaroslaw Fojut .5
Seán Dillon .2
Chris Erskine .17
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Ryan Dow .18
Mario Bilate .19

12. Scott Bain
30. Cammy Kerr
8. Kevin McBride
16. David Clarkson
21. Luka Tankulic
23. Martin Boyle
33. Craig Wighton
Michal Szromnik .26
Euan Spark .33
Blair Spittal .24
Stuart Armstrong .10
Charlie Telfer .21
Aidan Connolly .22
Scott Smith .23

Luka Tankulic for Phillip Roberts (57)
Craig Wighton for Gary Harkins (66)
Martin Boyle for Simon Ferry (75)
Stuart Armstrong for Chris Erskine (58)
Blair Spittal for Mario Bilate (68)
Scott Smith for Paul Paton (81)

Thomas Konrad (24)
Greg Stewart (71)
Thomas Konrad (90)
Chris Erskine (40)
Paul Paton (45)
Ryan Dow (54)
Keith Watson (73)

Red Cards
Thomas Konrad (90)
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Willie Conquer & Frank Connor (Assistants)
Don Robertson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The much anticipated first Dundee derby of the season ended in bitter disappointment with Dundee United running out comfortable 4-1 winners at Dens.

The first derby for two seasons had a frenetic opening with both sides going hammer and tongs at each other. Firstly Bilate burst through the middle and shot at goal and although the flag up was up for offside, Letheren still made a smart save. Dundee then went down the right hand side of the park and when McGinn fired a low cross towards the front post, Czierznick needed his defence to dear after he could only parry.

The action continued to come thick and fast with Letheren having to dive low to gather an Erskine header and the Dundee fans shouting for a penalty when Harkins went down in the box but the referee wasn't interested and the play raged on.

Once the play settled down United started to get into the ascendancy and won a number of corners. McPake headed dear the first one after he had deflected a 25 yard shot to concede it, then a second one. moments later is eventually booted clear by Konrad after a scramble in the box.

Konrad was then involved in the match's next big incident when he brought Gary Mackay-Steven down for a controversial penalty. When Dundee gave the ball away in midfield it was fed to Mackay- Steven who burst into the box and when challenged by Konrad, the merest of touches sent the United winger to the ground and the ref gave the award.

To add insult to injury Konrad was booked for the challenge and then Mario BILATE stepped to fire the ball down the middle from 12 yards to give United a deserved lead after 25 minutes.

Dundee started to come more into the game after this and within a minute of the goal a Harkins free kick from the corner of the box was fired straight at Cierzniak.

Dundee continued to attack down the flanks and a succession of fouls on Dundee players saw Paton and Erskine given yellow cards. They couldn't capitalise on any of the free kicks given however as dead balls from Ferry, Harkins and Roberts were all chipped into the box and easily cleared by the United defence.

Dundee's best chance of the game came with eight minutes left of the half when Gary Harkins superbly worked space for himself down in the left hand corner and when he got into the box, chipped the ball towards the back of the six yard box. Phil Roberts came rushing in and met the ball sweetly but he could only volley the ball into the side netting.

Dundee continued to press and a Ferry free kick was headed wide by Harkins as Dundee looked for an equaliser.

It was a storming first half and United were probably glad to see the whistle come with their lead intact but in truth, the Roberts volley apart Dundee were only creating half chances and United probably just about deserved their lead.

In the second half however Dundee couldn't keep up the momentum they had built up in the last quarter of the first half and collapsed as the half wore on. It was painful at times for the Dark Blue faithful to watch as United rampaged forward with the pace of Mackay-Steven causing all sorts of problems.

United made it two-nil on 54 minutes when Ryan DOW netted. Like the first goal Dundee gave the ball away in midfield and when Ryan Dow ran into the box, he made some space for himself before shooting home low into the bottom left corner of the Dundee net.

Five minutes later it was three when Callum MORRIS headed home a Paton free kick. McGowan was adjudged to have fouled the United man at the comer flag and when the free kick was floated to the back post, Morris rose highest to head home. Gary Harkins then had a shot blocked inside the box on the hour but in truth Dundee looked toothless when going forward. The Dark Blues were creating little up front and in an effort to change what was an in-cohesive performance Paul Hartley brought on first Luka Tankulic and then Craig Wighton.

It didn't however curb the flow towards the Dundee box and United made it four on 79 minutes. It was a similar goal to the third when a free kick was floated into the box and this time it was Keith WATSON who headed home.

United smelt blood and went for a fifth and only a desperate tackle from McGinn on Armstrong inside the box prevented that happening as United drove into the Dundee box in numbers.

Dundee however did get a consolation three minutes into injury time when Greg Stewart shot home but it meant very little in the grand scheme of things. Minutes before that Thomas Konrad was sent off for a second yellow when he fouled United substitute Scott Smith.

Match report written by Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2014)

2014-15 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 8 - 49 -
Thomas Konrad24 9191
Gary Irvine29 6 - 1632
Paul McGinn23 9191
James McPake30 8181
Jim McAlister28 8 - 9210
Paul McGowan26 9 - 9 -
Simon Ferry26 7171
Gary Harkins29 9110926
Greg Stewart24 7373
Phillip Roberts20 4 - 4 -
Luka Tankulic (sub)23 9191
Martin Boyle (sub)21 81515
Craig Wighton (sub)17 41183

League Table (as at September 21st, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon, I would like to start by welcoming our fans along to Dens today as well as Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara, his back room staff and players.

Both ourselves and our neighbours have started the season well and I think we should be in for a good game today.

We have started the season with a run of eight matches unbeaten and hopefully we can keep that run going. We know the importance of the derby, we know how important it is for the supporters and we are looking forward to it.

Last week, we picked up a great three points against St. Johnstone. I was pleased with the way the team performed, it was a great team performance.

I was happy with the way the players worked hard for each other.

We had close to 3000 supporters through at Perth and I would like to thank them for the backing, it really inspired the players.

I'm sure we will have the same backing from the sold out home support today and when we head down the road on Wednesday with another sold out support.

Enjoy the game.