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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 August 2005, 19:18 GMT 20:18 UK
My-Pa 47 0-0 Dundee United
Dundee United worked hard to earn a goalless draw in the first leg of their Uefa Cup second round qualifying match in Finland.

The home side struck the woodwork twice in the first half, while Barry Robson poked United's best chance wide from close range early in the game.

A sodden pitch at the Anjalankoski Stadium made life difficult and the Finns posed a threat from set-pieces.

United were pinned back for long spells but they dug in and defended well.

MyPa threatened first, with Tero Karhu's shot from 30 yards forcing United goalkeeper Derek Stillie into a fine save and then from a corner Tero Taipale hit the bar with a header.

The Tangerines first showed promise in the 10th minute when a low 25-yard drive from Mark Kerr flashed wide.

Robson then squandered a great opportunity when he could only prod a bouncing knock-down from Lee Miller wide from just six yards out.

As United enjoyed a good spell, the lively Jim McIntyre forced a save from MyPa goalkeeper Janne Korhonen with an angled shot from close range.

In the 20th minute the home side hit the woodwork again when defender Tuomo Kononen hit a 30-yard thunderbolt which beat Stillie but clipped the crossbar before going over.

McIntyre's lay-off from a Mark Wilson cross in 32 minutes only evaded Miller by inches inside the six-yard box.

McIntyre then set up Kerr at the edge of the MyPa penalty box but the former Falkirk player slipped just as he shaped to shoot and the chance was lost.

Early in the second half Miller neatly set McIntryre up with a backheel 25 yards from goal but the former Kilmarnock player shot wide of the target.

The home side then threatened when a wicked Kenonen cross was met by Nikklas Tarvajarvi who only managed to clear the danger for the visitors by miskicking from close range.

Taipale later drove a 30-yard effort past the post after a hesitant Stillie had punched clear a Kononen corner.

The home side were on top now and Adriano's dipping free-kick from 30 yards had Stillie backtracking to tip the ball over the bar.

As the Tannadice men dropped increasingly deeper, Toni Huttunen drove an angled shot wide from 18 yards.

Stevie Crawford fashioned space for himself on the left edge of the penalty area but the striker's shot lacked fizz and was easily gathered.

United were given another warning when Karhu's header a Kimmo Taukiainen corner from the right flashed past the post.

Gordon Chisholm's side might have sneaked a late winner when McIntyre met Wilson's dangerous cross but the striker failed to make proper contact and the 'keeper made an easy save.


MyPa: Korhonen, Kononen, Huttunen, Lindstrom, Miranda, Taipale, Haapala, Tauriainen (Muinonen 75), Karhu, Tarvajarvi (Kaijasilta 80), Adriano. Subs Not Used: Kiljunen, Puhakainen, Kansikas, Manso, Kangaskolkka.

Booked: Miranda, Tauriainen.

Dundee Utd: Stillie, Wilson, McCracken, Archibald, Duff, Crawford, Kerr, Brebner, McIntyre, Robson, Miller. Subs Not Used: Samson, McInnes, Dodds, Kenneth, Samuel, Robertson, Cameron.

Booked: Robson.

Att: 1,820

Ref: Dragomir Tanovic (Serbia & Montenegro)


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