Hibernian 1
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Hibernian 

1 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, May 1st, 2004
Easter Road
Attendance: 6,180
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Derek Riordan (42) None.

Team Managers
Bobby Williamson Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
13. Daniel Andersson
22. Alan Reid
26. Gary Caldwell
5. Colin Murdock
3. Roland Edge
18. Scott Brown
8. Grant Brebner
12. Kevin Nicol
19. Kevin Thomson
7. Thomas McManus
10. Derek Riordan
Julian Speroni .1
Lee Mair .19
Callum MacDonald .27
Jonay Hernández .16
Brent Sancho .18
David Mackay .3
Dougie Cameron .34
Garry Brady .26
Nacho Novo .17
Steven Milne .15
Neil Jablonski .24

Bench
30. Alistair Brown
23. Alen Orman
17. Stephen Dobbie
27. Steven Fletcher
15. Steven Whittaker
Derek Soutar .22
Stephen McNally .28
Chris Hegarty .31
Alan Youngson .37
Neil Clark

Substitutions
Steven Whittaker for Grant Brebner (74)
Stephen Dobbie for Thomas McManus (80)
Steven Fletcher for Derek Riordan (90)
Neil Clark for Dougie Cameron (74)
Chris Hegarty for Neil Jablonski (78)
Alan Youngson for Callum MacDonald (90)

Cautions
Scott Brown (33)
Roland Edge (61)
Nacho Novo (33)
Jonay Hernández (35)
Lee Mair (58)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig McKay (Referee)



Match Report


Derek Riordan looks likely to become the first Hibs player since 1973 to hit the 20 goal mark in a season, having taken his tally to 18 when he scored the winner against Dundee. Remarkably, he's scored a quarter of them against the Dark Blues. What's even more remarkable is that he's scored all Hibs five goals in the four meetings between the clubs this season, and in addition missed a penalty and had a screamer disallowed. His latest strike proved enough to win an entertaining and intriguing contest.

He's undoubtedly the best young player Dundee have faced this season, but there was plenty more young talent on show down Leith way, eight under 21s were named in the Hibs squad and seven in the Dundee party.

Dundee could claim to be hard done by in getting no reward from this match, they played some of their best football in a long time and dominated for long periods, a hatful of chances were passed up and luck was against them when a brilliant move ended with Nacho Novo's shot poked under keeper Anderson, only to come back off the post.

While youthful flair and enthusiasm were on show in abundance the man of the match honours would surely have gone to Garry Brady, and more especially Jonay Hernandez. Brady ran the show for much of the match, linking up superbly well alongside Neil Jablonski. In fact, Brady was the only person with any real experience in the Dees midfield, not that a lack of experience showed in the passing game played by the Dees, the only criticism that could be levelled is that the midfield didn't get forward to support the strikers quickly enough.

Hernandez turned in an excellent performance at left back, the addition of Dougie Cameron on the left of midfield seemed to have given the Venezuelan more confidence to surge forward. and he was involved in a stream of silky moves. He looked every inch an established international player.

The first chance of the match came Dundee's way as early as the second minute, Steven Milne played in Novo and the Spaniard jinked past two defenders before firing a low shot which was well held by Daniel Anderson in the Hibs goal,

Hibs hit on the break in 17 minutes and Julian Speroni came to the rescue, diving to his right to pull off a stunning save from McManus' effort. Five minutes later, Hernandez sent in a superb cross from the left which fell to Calum Macdonald who fired in a shot only to be denied by a great block from Thomson.

On the half hour mark, Hernandez' was again involved, feeding Milne who flicked the ball over the defence for Novo to run in and poked the ball underneath the advancing Anderson, only to watch in dismay as his effort came back off the upright.

Referee Craig Mackay was making his Premier League debut and allowed the game to flow.

With three minutes of the first-half left, Dundee were made to pay for their missed chances. A corner from the left fell to Nicol fifteen yards out and he fired in an unconvincing effort, only for the lurking Riordan to flick it past Speroni from six yards.

After the break, it was clear that Hibs had taken confidence from the goal and began pushing forward much more than they had earlier. On fifty minutes, Riordan ran onto a ball over the top and fired in a low ten-yarder, but Speroni was again equal to the task.

Lee Mair was next to pick up a card in 57 minutes, and again Mr Mackay had allowed play to continue before calling across the defender and pointing out his offence.

Moments later there were loud appeals for a penalty from the away support as Murdock appeared to handle, as play was waved on, the ball broke to Milne and his shot on the turn was well held by Anderson.

Dundee came close again in 63 minutes, a great run and fine low cross from Hernandez was deflected towards goal as Murdock and Milne challenged but Anderson got just enough of a touch to deflect it wide of the target. Hibs surged straight upfield and Thomson looked ready to pull the trigger but was denied by a fantastic tackle from Mair.

With twenty minutes to go. Macdonald was denied by the Hibs goalie, his header being held on the line, Dundee continued to press and great skill from Novo on the right took him deep into the box, he again slid the ball under the keeper from a tight angle, but Caldwell came to the rescue with a goal line clearance. Jim Duffy threw on Neil Clark and Chris Hegarty to help maintain the attacking momentum, but the Hibs defence was holding firm.

Alan Youngson became the latest youngster to make his first team debut with just a couple of minutes of regulation time remaining, but Hibs weren't about to give up their advantage, while their youngsters are of comparable age to the kids in the Dundee eleven, they have much more Premier league experience and it showed in the closing minutes as they pushed forward.

Dobbie crashed in a great shot which Speroni tipped onto the crossbar and then seconds later pulled off a great double save from Whittaker and Dobbie.

The final whistle went with Dundee defeated, but far from disgraced. They'd more than held their own in an excellent match with the fare on show was light years ahead of the previous match at Firhill and the future of Scottish football looked a little brighter after an afternoon watching lots of young talent perform for the two teams.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at May 1st, 2004)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 44 - 111 -
Jonay Hernández25 35 - 721
Callum MacDonald20 5 - 5 -
Lee Mair23 421762
David Mackay22 42 - 1032
Brent Sancho27 22 - 22 -
Dougie Cameron21 9 - 9 -
Garry Brady27 41 - 741
Nacho Novo25 42228531
Neil Jablonski21 11 - 13 -
Steven Milne23 19611423
Chris Hegarty (sub) - 2 - 2 -
Alan Youngson (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Neil Clark (sub) - 2 - 2 -






League Table (as at May 1st, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.