Motherwell 0
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


Motherwell 

0 - 2

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, July 29th, 2000
Fir Park
Attendance: 6,161
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Patrizio Billio (8)
Javier Artero (86)

Team Managers
Billy Davies Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Andy Goram
2. Martyn Corrigan
4. Benito Kemble
6. Greg Strong
3. Stephen McMillan
18. Derek Townsley
8. John Davies
5. Ged Brannan
21. Paul Harvey
14. Kevin Twaddle
11. Stevie Nicholas
Robert Douglas .1
Barry Smith .2
Steven Tweed .6
Marcello Marrocco .4
Marco De Marchi .5
Ivano Bonetti .8
Javier Artero .18
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Patrizio Billio .19
Fabian Caballero .7
Juan Sara .9

Bench
16. Steven Hammell
17. Stevie Woods
19. Stuart Elliott
24. Martin Wood
23. Ange Queifio
Jamie Langfield .3
Shaun McSkimming .12
Steven Milne .15
Graham Bayne .21
Willie Falconer .11

Substitutions
Martin Woods for Kevin Twaddle (16)
Stuart Elliott for Stephen Nicholas (54)
Ange Oueifio for Martyn Corrigan (83)
Shaun McSkimming for Juan Sara (54)
Willie Falconer for Fabian Caballero (79)

Cautions
Benito Kemble (24)
Ged Brannan (49)
Ivano Bonetti (44)
Patrizio Billio (88)

Red Cards
None. Ivano Bonetti (50)

Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)




Match Report


Welcome to all that is the Scottish Premier League, Mr Bonetti!

After his first 90 minutes, the Dens player-manager experienced the full gamut of football emotions as his "United Nations" XI. turned in a five-star display.

Sadly for Ivano, he watched most of the second half from the Fir Park stand after being booked twice either side of half-time.

By that stage, 10-man Dundee were heading for their first win under their new management and although perhaps temporarily, the top of the League.

The scoreline did little to emphasise the ease with which Bonetti's Boys collected their first three points.

The large Dundee following travelled west in expectation of a new dawn and left jubilant and optimistic of what this season might hold.

In the early minutes, Bonetti led by example, slipping past the home defence with ease a feat repeated by his team-mates throughout the match.

With only eight minutes played, Fabian Caballero set up fellow-Argentine Juan Sara, whose shot spun out to Patrizio Billio. The Italian drilled a 15-yard strike past a helpless Andy Goram to make it 1-0.

It got worse for 'Well when Kevin Twaddle was stretchered off after a clash with Marco di Marchi, another Italian who shone throughout.

The Dark Blues showed little sympathy for the home side.

Caballero set off on a fantastic run, dragging the ball into the six-yard box, only to watch his angled shot beat Goram, but rebound off the post.

The first half onslaught on Goram's woodwork continued and Sara rattled the post when an open goal beckoned. His embarrassment was saved by the assistant referee's flag indicating he was offside.

Minutes later, Caballero, the game's outstanding player, set up Artero, who rattled the same post with Goram rooted. In between times, a rather inept Motherwell raise the spirits of the home fans.

Fittingly, it was defender Stevie McMillan who came close to equalising with a header back across goal which rebounded from the post, and a sizzling left-foot drive which Robert Douglas somehow palmed over the top.

Otherwise, it was all Dundee, and the only black spot was Bonetti's two yellow cards which left thebDens men down to 10 for most of the second period.

A lot of excitement also left with the Italian's departure, but Dundee always looked the more likely side to score. And, when it came, it was a wonderful effort from "Harry" Artero, who took his time before ramming the ball in off the post to round off a great afternoon and an impressive start by Dundee.

Man of the Match - FABIAN CABALLERO.

Match report written by The Sunday Post



Squad Statistics (as at July 29th, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)28 1 - 121 -
Marco De Marchi - 1 - 1 -
Marcello Marrocco31 1 - 1 -
Steven Tweed27 1 - 513
Barry Smith26 1 - 1801
Ivano Bonetti - 1 - 1 -
Patrizio Billio26 11192
Giorgi Nemsadze28 1 - 1 -
Javier Artero25 11102
Juan Sara23 1 - 1 -
Fabian Caballero22 1 - 1 -
Shaun McSkimming (sub)30 1 - 887
Willie Falconer (sub)34 1 - 7220






League Table (as at July 29th, 2000)


No league table has been added for this season.