Dunfermline Athletic 2
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


2 - 0


League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 23rd, 2002
East End Park
Attendance: 7,299
3:00 PM Kick-off

Barry Nicholson (33)
Stevie Crawford (52)

Team Managers
Jimmy Calderwood Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Ruitenbeek
21. Lee Bullen
5. Andrius Skerla
18. Gus MacPherson
29. Mark McGarty
6. Scott Thomson
15. Gary Mason
7. Barry Nicholson
4. Justin Skinner
8. Ian Ferguson
9. Stevie Crawford
Julian Speroni .12
Massimo Beghetto .30
Walter Del Rio .17
Barry Smith .2
Lee Wilkie .23
Javier Artero .18
Temur Ketsbaia .6
Gavin Rae .8
Kiko Torres .32
Fabian Caballero .7
Juan Sara .9

20. Scott Thomson
12. Steven Hampshire
3. Jason Dair
26. Colin Nish
Andre Karnebeek
Jamie Langfield .1
David Mackay .24
Beto Carranza .5
Beto Garrido .14
Khaled Kemas .28

Andre Karnebeek for Ian Ferguson (76)
Steven Hampshire for Stevie Crawford (86)
Beto Carranza for Massimo Beghetto (44)
David Mackay for Javier Artero (67)
Khaled Kemas for Fabian Caballero (71)

Gus MacPherson (82) Temur Ketsbaia (64)
Beto Carranza (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Willie Dishington & Robert McKendry (Assistants)
Dougie Smith (Fourth Official)

Match Report

There are times when it's just not your party and this was one of them as Dunfermline clinched a top six place with some neat football before hanging on nervously as Dundee forced a measure of panic in the last quarter.

The kick off was delayed by five minutes to let in the 7299 crowd and when the teams emerged Dundee were fielding the same eleven which had beaten Motherwell.

A minutes silence for former Dunfermline player Jim Fraser was observed perfectly and as the game got underway the home team were playing towards the 800 or so Dundee fans who had travelled hoping that the Dark Blues could spoil Dunfermline's day.

It was obvious that Dunfermline were up for the contest right from the start and in five minutes a through ball found Bullen and from a tight angle he rapped a shot off the outside of the post. Dundee knocked the ball around reasonably well and a minute later Artero picked out Sara and his low angled drive forced Ruitenbeek into a good block.

With the half hour approaching Dunfermline applied a fair bit of pressure and Wilkie, Del Rio and Speroni all did well to deny Crawford as the Scotland squad man got involved on three separate occasions.

The opener was only delayed for a short time however as The Pars worked a neat move down the right with Bullen cutting inside Beghetto and sliding a low ball to Crawford who fed Nicholson. The former Ranger took a touch before looping a left foot 22-yarder into the top corner.

Crawford nearly made it two moments later with his 30-yard drive screaming inches wide and as half time approached Speroni again did well to deny the striker. Dundee replaced Beghetto with, back from injury Beto Carranza, seconds before the interval and the start of the second half saw the Dark Blues adopting a 3-2-3-2 formation.

The home side started the better though and doubled their lead seven minutes into the half when a Ruitenbeek punt was head flicked on by Bullen and Crawford ran on to net with a low angled drive.

Dundee introduced Mackay and switched back to 4-4-2 as it became apparent that the reshuffle hadn't worked, but the young defender was soon pushing forward and Ruitenbeek had to do well to save his low shot at his right hand post.

Kemas was the final substitute, replacing Caballero, and Dundee finally began to apply pressure to the now nervous Pars defence.

Ruitenbeek made easy work of a Del Rio drive from just outside the box and then in quick succession Del Rio and Sara both blasted high from positions where a goal seemed certain.

One goal might have led to panic stations as the home fans got on their team's backs for sitting too deep, but the two goal margin became more and more unlikely to be dragged back as time ran out. Skerla did well to block a Torres fifteen-yarder on the goal line, but as the game wound down, only a Gavin Rae clipped shot that went inches wide bothered Ruitenbeek.

At the final whistle Dunfermline celebrated their win and top six spot while the Dundee players and support slunk away reflecting on a wasted season.

Best for Dundee were the hard working Juan Sara and defender Lee Wilkie, who hardly put a foot wrong.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 23rd, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 16 - 16 -
Massimo Beghetto33 22 - 22 -
Walter Del Rio25 37 - 46 -
Barry Smith28 41 - 2621
Lee Wilkie21 5 - 431
Javier Artero26 23 - 724
Temur Ketsbaia34 256256
Gavin Rae24 37617918
Kiko Torres26 182182
Fabian Caballero24 3665314
Juan Sara25 31126729
David Mackay (sub)20 141141
Beto Carranza (sub)29 261524
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 121121

League Table (as at March 23rd, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.