Dundee United 2
Dundee 2
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd 

2 - 2


League (Premiership)
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,603
12:30 PM Kick-off

Billy Mckay (pen.) (53)
Billy Mckay (90)
Kane Hemmings (34)
Kane Hemmings (45)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Eiji Kawashima
28. Coll Donaldson
19. Gavin Gunning
5. Callum Morris
3. Paul Dixon
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
20. Blair Spittal
14. Ryan Dow
7. Billy Mckay
26. Henri Anier
Scott Bain .1
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Kevin Holt .3
Cammy Kerr .30
Paul McGinn .19
Darren O'Dea .21
Gary Harkins .29
Paul McGowan .18
Nick Ross .17
Kane Hemmings .15
Greg Stewart .7

21. Michal Szromnik
12. Kyle Knoyle
2. Seán Dillon
55. Guy Demel
22. Scott Fraser
15. Simon Murray
9. Edward Ofere
David Mitchell .12
Thomas Konrad .4
Daryll Meggatt .6
Nicky Low .8
Rory Loy .9
Arturo Rodriguez .22
Craig Wighton .33

Scott Fraser for Ryan Dow (61)
Edward Ofere for Henri Anier (68)
Simon Murray for John Rankin (76)
Thomas Konrad for Kostadin Gadzhalov (16)
Nicky Low for Thomas Konrad (40)
David Mitchell for Nicky Low (52)

Paul Dixon (44)
Edward Ofere (87)
Kevin Holt (95)

Red Cards
None. Scott Bain (51)

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
Douglas Ross & Michael Banks (Assistants)
Barry Cook (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee and Dundee United fought out a dramatic 2-2 draw at Tannadice this afternoon. Kane Hemmings put the Dee two up in the first half, but the match turned on its head early in the second half when Scott Bain was red carded for bringing Billy McKay down. McKay scored the resulting penalty and grabbed an equaliser as the match moved into injury time. The Dark Blues' derby bad luck with injuries continued as they lost centre backs Kosta Gadzhalov and substitute Thomas Konrad in the first half and had to play most of the second half with an unfamiliar defence.

The Dee were unchanged from last week's defeat against Hearts. United made only one change; Eiji Kawashima returned in goal with Michal Szromnik moving to the bench.

The opening stages were scrappy with neither side able to settle on the ball in a typically frantic derby opening. Paul McGowan managed a shot on target from 20 yards in the first minute, but it was an easy take for Kawashima.

United put together the first fluent move when Anier and Spittal combined to send McKay to the byline only for Dundee to clear his cutback. Dundee's first serious threat came when Paul McGinn won the ball with a great tackle and hit a long pass over the United defence for Greg Stewart. As Stewart moved in on goal Donaldson managed to get back to clear, getting the benefit of the doubt from the referee when the ball bounced against his arm.

For the third time in three derbies this season Dundee lost a central defender in the first quarter of an hour. Kosta Gadzhalov picked up a shoulder injury and was replaced by Thomas Konrad.

Gary Harkins' fierce shot was charged down for a corner after good work by Stewart and Kerr on the right. Dundee won a series of corners without creating serious danger, but took the lead after 34 minutes when United failed to clear a throw in sent deep into their penalty area. The ball came to McGowan, 20 yards out. His shot struck Donaldson and fell into the path of Kane HEMMINGS who slipped the ball under Kawashima and into the net despite Gunning's attempt to clear on the line.

Dundee's streak of bad luck with defenders in derbies persisted when Thomas Konrad had to leave the pitch after 40 minutes. He had taken a head knock, but tried to play on before being substituted. Nicky Low came on to play at left wing back with Kevin Holt moving into the three man defence.

Dundee added to their lead with a goal on the break right at the end of the first half. McGowan's ball over the top allowed Greg Stewart to run clear on the left and roll a pass across goal for HEMMINGS to bundle in number two.

United got the perfect start to the second half when Dundee lost track of a long ball and Billy McKay managed to nick the ball past Scott Bain before being brought down. Mr McLean pulled out his red card to send off Bain, and Nicky Low was withdrawn to allow David Mitchell to take his place in goal. McKAY rolled his spot kick down the middle to bring United back into the game after 52 minutes.

The Dark Blues switched to a four man defence with a flat midfield four in front of them. The changes left Hemmings isolated up front and Dundee rarely threatened in attack for the remainder of the game.

United sensed the game had swung in their favour and charged forward, making a series of increasingly adventurous substitutions. First Fraser replaced Dow, then Ofere and Murray came on for Rankin and the ineffective Anier as United fielded a three man attack.

At first United failed to create clear chances. Spittal wastefully fired a half chance too high, and McKay fell over in the goalmouth as he tried to turn onto a dangerous cross.

However, as the second half wore on Dundee and were sitting deeper, United's pressure increased. The Dark Blues had to defend with increasing desperation to hang onto their lead.

With the imposing figure of Ofere leading the attack United launched a series of high balls into the Dundee penalty area. David Mitchell did a superb job, catching high balls under pressure, and diving to save an Ofere header on the goalline.

The ball was spending far too much time in Dundee's penalty area for any Dark Blues' supporter to be complacent about the Dee's chances of holding out for a win. However, the longer the match lasted the noisier the Dees in the stands became as the supporters tried to urge the team over the line.

In one of Dundee's few attacks Nick Ross found himself free on the right, but he couldn't find the unmarked Kane Hemmings with his cross. As the match entered the first of four minutes of added time Dundee's makeshift defence finally cracked.

Gunning launched a high ball from the half way line into the penalty area. Mitchell, O'Dea and Ofere all challenged for it. They all battered into each other, and the ball broke for McKAY to head into the net.

There was still time for further drama as both teams passed up good opportunities. Gary Harkins broke over the half way line and had the chance to play both Stewart and Hemmings in on goal, but held onto the ball and lost possession. Finally, from a United corner, Mitchell pulled off a great save from Gunning's header and Donaldson shot over the crossbar.

Losing a late equaliser is always frustrating, but Dundee showed great character to deal with massive disruption to their lineup. Paul Hartley's ability to make tactical changes was severely limited by all three substitutions being enforced. Bizarrely, when David Mitchell came on in goal he was replacing a substitute, Low, who had previously replaced an injured substitute, Konrad.

If you are the sort of person who sees a glass as being half empty two points were thrown away today. If you see a glass that's half full you'd acknowledge that Dundee did very well to secure a point when the team had such bad luck with injuries. Whatever your view it's hard to argue that either side deserved to lose a game that might never have been pretty, but was certainly never boring!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 20th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 35 - 61 -
Kostadin Gadzhalov26 12 - 21 -
Kevin Holt23 313313
Cammy Kerr20 7 - 12 -
Paul McGinn25 341733
Darren O'Dea29 11 - 11 -
Gary Harkins31 31416233
Paul McGowan28 301642
Nick Ross24 341341
Kane Hemmings24 34223422
Greg Stewart26 3497324
David Mitchell (sub) (GK)25 1 - 1 -
Thomas Konrad (sub)26 29 - 662
Nicky Low (sub)24 22 - 22 -

League Table (as at March 20th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.