Dundee 0
Dundee United 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 20th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 10,087
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Lee Wilkie (o.g.) (41)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
30. Massimo Beghetto
17. Walter Del Rio
2. Barry Smith
23. Lee Wilkie
18. Javier Artero
5. Beto Carranza
8. Gavin Rae
32. Kiko Torres
15. Steven Milne
9. Juan Sara
Paul Gallacher .13
Stuart Duff .36
Hasney Aljofree .14
Jim Lauchlan .6
Jim Paterson .11
David McCracken .24
Tassos Venetis .18
Charlie Miller .8
Craig Easton .7
Steven Thompson .19
Derek Lilley .9

1. Jamie Langfield
4. Marcello Marrocco
14. Beto Garrido
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
7. Fabian Caballero
Paul Jarvie .33
Jamie McCunnie .12
Stephen O'Donnell .40
David Winters .23
Stephen McConalogue .25

Giorgi Nemsadze for Javier Artero (58)
Fabian Caballero for Juan Sara (68)
Beto Garrido for Beto Carranza (89)
Stephen O'Donnell for Tassos Venetis (85)
Stephen McConalogue for Derek Lilley (88)

Lee Wilkie (84)
Hasney Aljofree (37)
Craig Easton (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

United won the final Dundee derby of the season to edge ahead in the race to be top dogs in the City of Discovery this year.

While it took a first-half own-goal to give them all three points, there could be no denying that Alex Smith's men ran out worthy winners.

And, just to add extra delight for their already jubilant support, this result means the Tangerines have completed a season unbeaten in these games for the first time in eight years.

Like all the other Tannadice Street clashes this term, it was a hard-fought affair in front of a near-packed house at Dens.

The home side started brighter and Gavin Rae's angled drive kept United keeper Paul Gallacher on his toes after just five minutes. United responded quickly, and striker Derek Lilley missed a good chance when he pulled a shot wide from 16 yards.

Despite that, Dundee were still looking livelier during the early skirmishes, and squandered a great chance when Juan Sara shot against Gallagher's legs, following a mix-up in the United ranks.

As the half approached its mid-point, the visitors, with Scotland man Steven Thompson robust up front and Charlie Miller pulling the strings from midfield, began to take control of what was a frantic game.

Their problem was a lack of scoring chances and, while they were playing most of their football in their opponents' half, they seldom threatened Julian Speroni's goal. It was no surprise then to see a Dundee player give United the lead.

Miller oozed class in picking out Jim Paterson on the left of the box and, when his fierce drive was stopped one-handed by Speroni, the loose ball cannoned off helpless defender Lee Wilkie and into his own net. It was a bitter pill for the big Scotland hopeful to swallow particularly as just a few months ago he was a signing target of the Tangerines, the team he followed as a boy.

In the second half, Dundee showed some semblance of staging a fightback, but, in truth, were only able to huff and puff.

With Miller taking a grip of the game, it was United who created the best chances as the game wore on. First Thompson raced clear from a Gallagher kick-out, only to shoot wide, then Tassos Venetis shot weakly at Speroni, after being set up by Miller.

Lilley then saw one effort deflected over and put another too high himself when a goal looked on.

The only time Dundee threatened to level was with nine minutes remaining, but Beto Carranza curled his free-kick just wide. That left the arrival of substitute Georgi Nemsadze, in his first appearance for six months, as the only reason for any cheer in the Dens ranks.

By contrast, United were all smiles, and any disappointment at missing out on the top six will have been compensated for by their ascendancy over their closest rivals

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at April 20th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 19 - 19 -
Massimo Beghetto33 23 - 23 -
Walter Del Rio25 38 - 47 -
Barry Smith28 44 - 2651
Lee Wilkie22 8 - 461
Javier Artero27 26 - 754
Beto Carranza29 291554
Gavin Rae24 40618218
Kiko Torres26 202202
Steven Milne21 3566110
Juan Sara25 34137030
Giorgi Nemsadze (sub)29 91503
Beto Garrido (sub) - 23 - 33 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)24 3765414

League Table (as at April 20th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.