Motherwell 2
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)


2 - 1


League (Premier League)
Sunday, May 12th, 2002
Fir Park
Attendance: 6,574
3:00 PM Kick-off

Dirk Lehmann (15)
Stuart Elliott (44)
Fabian Caballero (pen.) (66)

Team Managers
Terry Butchart Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
17. Stevie Woods
15. Eric Deloumeaux
36. Willie Kinniburgh
16. Stevie Hammell
20. Dougie Ramsay
22. Keith Lasley
26. Stephen Pearson
11. Stuart Elliott
12. Derek Adams
9. Dirk Lehmann
27. James McFadden
Julian Speroni .12
David Mackay .24
Lee Wilkie .23
Marcello Marrocco .4
Barry Smith .2
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .8
Kiko Torres .32
Barry Forbes .26
Khaled Kemas .28
Fabian Caballero .7

38. François Dubourdeau
31. Kevin McDonald
29. David Clarke
35. Shaun Fagan
. Paul Quinn
Jamie Langfield .1
Walter Del Rio .17
Beto Carranza .5
Gavin Beith .25
Steven Milne .15

Shaun Fagan for Keith Lasley (61)
David Clarke for Dirk Lehmann (80)
Kevin MacDonald for James McFadden (86)
Beto Carranza for Kiko Torres (30)
Gavin Beith for Barry Forbes (46)
Walter Del Rio for Marcello Marrocco (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti was last night facing the full wrath of the SFA after launching a breathtaking verbal attack on referee Willie Young.

The experienced Glasgow whistler handed soft penalties to both club as Dundee's season ended on a low, this Fir Park defeat ensuring rivals United finished top dogs in the City of Discovery.

And Bonetti. whose brother Dario savaged Young earlier in the season, made accusations over his treatment of the Dark Blues, "As soon as I saw he (Young) was in charge of the game I knew we were starting off 2-0 down," he said.

"I do not respect this guy. He puts Dundee in trouble all the time."

The facts do not entirely support Bonetti's assertion. Dundee have actually lost only four of nine matches handled by Young since the Bonetti brothers took charge and twice in the past Ivano has publicly praised his officiating.

But there was no holding the Dens Park boss back.

"I hope this is his last game, that he is retiring now," he seethed. "Every time he was giving free kicks he was looking at our bench. It is a joke.

"I think he parties thennight after Dundee have lost."

A win against Motherwell, as it turned out, would have seen the Dark Blues end the campaign above their near neighbours in the SPL pecking order.

However, taking even one point from the trip to Lanarkshire proved beyond them-and that had nothing to do with Willie Young.

In a cracking match that belied its end of season status, the Dundee players generally lacked the edge that their counterparts-who in recent weeks have seen 19 team-mates thrown on the dole and their club placed in administration-had about them.

It wasn't until they were two down that Ivano Bonetti's charges really made an impression on the game and defensively they were all over the place.

The only mitigating factor, and it was significant, was the injury nightmare which unfolded during the 90 minutes as Beto Carranza and Kiko Torres were lost to knee problems (which are causing some concern and which will become the subject of special- ist attention today), Barry Forbes broke a toe and Marcello Marrocco suffered a pulled hamstring.

Bonetti's choice of line-up reflected the impending up-heavel at the club, for of the host of players whose contracts expire this summer only three-Torres, Julian Speroni and Khaled Kemas-featured and Forbes was one of five Scots fielded from the off.

Well ought to have got their noses in front after just 10 minutes, but for the second time this term Julian Speroni denied James McFadden from the spot.

The penalty award was contentious to say the least. Dave Mackay, having got himself in all sorts of bother when vying with McFadden for an Eric Deloumeaux through ball, looked to have made amends by dispossessing the Scotland man as he shaped to shoot. However, McFadden theatrically went to ground and Young ruled penalty, a decision which outraged Dundee.

Fortunately for the Dark Blues Speroni was up to the task of maintaining parity.

But four minutes later he was beaten as Derek Adams, from a Dougie Ramsay throw in, whipped in a cross which Lee Wilkie failed to cut out, allowing Dirk Lehmann to net with a downward header.

Spaniard Torres, making possibly his last appearance for Dundee, nearly levelled with a curling effort which narrowly missed the target before having to be replaced by Carranza following a collision with team-mate Fabian Caballero.

And the substitute brought a decent save out of Stevie Woods after good lead up work from Caballero.

However, Motherwell continued to harry a shaky Dens Park defence.

McFadden should have made it two when he found himself unhindered in the area only to once again be thwarted by Speroni.

But the second goal duly arrived a minute from the break when Mackay completely undercooked a pass-back to the keeper, allowing Stuart Elliott to bear down on Speroni and poke the ball home from a tight angle.

The opening 15 minutes of the second-half belonged to Well-whose Stephen Pearson struck the face of the bar with the net beckoning as they continued to pierce Dundee's back lot with worrying ease.

On the hour mark the Dees were handed a lifeline as Gavin Beith-on for the crocked Forbes-was barged by Ramsay as he latched on to a Georgi Nemsadze pass and Caballero cheekily converted from the spot.

But what momentum they gained from that was slowed in the most unfortunate of circumstances as Marrocco hirpled off to be followed by Carranza who was hurt when he and Mackay went for the same ball-leaving the visitors to play out the final 15 minutes with just 10 men.

To their credit, in those closing stages Dundee had real go but the closest they came to snatching an equaliser was from a Nemsadze shot that Woods got down well to hold.

And playing on the break the Steelmen continually threatened to extend the margin of victory with sub David Clarke bringing a terrific tip over stop out of Speroni.

Motherwell could, like Bonetti, find themselves in bother with the authorities over the pitch invasion which greeted the final whistle.

But it is to be hoped that a common sense view is taken for the outpouring of emotion which saw 1500 fans race on to the park was, given the circumstances surrounding the club, entirely understandable and order was quickly restored before the players returned to take a bow, albeit from the safety of the directors box.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at May 12th, 2002)

2001-02 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)22 21 - 21 -
Lee Wilkie22 10 - 481
David Mackay21 181181
Barry Smith28 46 - 2671
Marcello Marrocco32 15 - 44 -
Giorgi Nemsadze30 111523
Kiko Torres26 222222
Gavin Rae24 42618418
Fabian Caballero24 3985616
Khaled Kemas - 151151
Barry Forbes - 6 - 6 -
Walter Del Rio (sub)25 40 - 49 -
Beto Carranza (sub)29 311574
Gavin Beith (sub)20 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at May 12th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.