Date: 23rd January 2006 at 1:28pm
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The Dons and United fought out 1-1 draw at Tannadice in the North East derby on Saturday.

The away side had the better of the first half but had to survive some scary moments along the way.

The away side had played some nice passing football in the first half but United had caused a problem or two of their own as Jamie Langfield came out to collect a high ball at the edge of the box but only ended up tangling with the United forward and could easliy have given away a penalty.

Both sides were a match for each other as the defensive pairing of Archibald and McCracken were matching the Dons front pair of Crawford and Mackie stride for stride and both teams tried to make the breakthrough.

Even though the Dons were on top in the first half, it would not be until the 48th minute of the second half that visitors would make the breakthrough,and it was the man who was a thorn in his old club’s side,Stevie Crawford,again at the heart of it.

Richie Byrne had played a long ball to Crawford who chested it down perfectly in to the path of Darren Mackie,who shot flew past Derek Stillie into the corner of the net to give the Dons a 1-0 lead.

This seemed to sting United into action,as no sooner had the Dons took the lead, then the home side scored to level the match and it was a quite stupid free kick for the otherwise impressive,Kevin McNaughton to give away.

A long ball to Miller,who was going nowhere,lead to McNaughton bundling the United forward over and from Brebner’s free-kick and a touch from McIntyre,the ball found it’s way through to Alan Archibald who blasted the ball past Langfield to send the home support and Craig Brewster wild with delight !

Both Brewster and Samuel came on in the 60th minute to give the United attack some more punch up front but it was the Dons who nearly regained the lead again.

Darren Mackie had outfoxed the United defense and cut the ball back to Richie Foster who miskicked the ball and the chance was wasted.

United’s Kerr also had a chance to put his side back in front but shot high over.

United did have a chance to give their new gaffer all three points but a free-kick from the impressive on loan Charlie Mulgrew from Celtic, curled just over the bar.

The was the end of the action but new United Player-Manager,Craig Brewster had to go off injured after 25 minutes of coming on and may be out for a few weeks.

In the end a draw was a fair result.

Player Ratings

Jamie Langfield 7
Chris Clark 7
Kevin McNaughton 8
Russell Anderson 7
Richie Byrne 7
Richie Foster 7
Barry Nicholson 7
Danny Griffen 7
Jamie Smith 7
Stevie Crawford 7
Darren Mackie 7
Andrew Considine 5
Steve Lovell 5

Manager Rating
Jimmy Calderwood 7 – Unhappy after good first half

Opponent Rating
Craig Brewster 7 – Will be happy that he did not lose first match in charge