Dundee Utd 1
Airdrie 2
League (First Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (First Division)
Saturday, September 23rd, 1995
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,005
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mark Perry (49)
Peter Duffield (86)
Steve Cooper (88)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Christian Dailly
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Andy McLaren
Billy McKinlay
Jim Bett
Robbie Winters
Paddy Connolly
John Martin
Tommy McIntyre
Tony Smith
Jimmy Sandison
Sean Sweeney
Kenny Black
Jimmy Boyle
John Davies
Steve Cooper
Paul Harvey
Jim McIntyre

Kelham O'Hanlon
Grant Johnson
Paul Walker
Marvin Wilson
Steve Tait
Peter Duffield

Paul Walker for Paddy Connolly (72)
Peter Duffield for Paul Harvey (63)

Jim Bett (65)
Christian Dailly (67)
Tommy McIntyre (35)
Paul Harvey (46)
Sean Sweeney (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Sandy Roy (Aberdeen) (Referee)

Match Report

The writing was on the wall in the last twenty minutes when the Tangerlnes simply stopped playing after taking the lead and failed to kill off the opposition. Matters were only compounded by yet another serious injury to a striker with Paddy Connolly being led off with what transpired to be a broken collar-bone. From that moment on Airdrie, who had rarely been seen as an attacking force, surged forward. That the game should end in such a fashion was in complete contrast to how the opening seventy minutes had unfolded.

Within the opening ten minutes, John Martin was tested three times as shots from Billy McKinlay, Andy McLaren and Robbie Winters all tested the Alrdrie keeper. The latter then missed a great chance, failing to make proper contact to Mark Perry's cross from the right and gave United their best scoring opportunity. Maurice Malpas played the ball up to Paddy Connolly whose first time square ball left Billy McKinlay in the clear, but the midfielder side-footed the ball past the post with Martin diving the wrong way.

It took just four minutes of the second half for United to get their noses in front. Andy McLaren crossed from the left and Mark Perry headed the ball just inside Martin's left hand post from ten yards to make it 1-0.

Only a brilliant save by Martin kept out a 20 yarder from Andy McLaren as United continued to press forward and Paddy Connolly then found himself with only the keeper to beat but overran the ball as he tried to go past him. Worse followed for the United striker as he was sandwiched between Martin and Sandison when the trio all challenged for a high bouncing ball, leaving Paddy injured and holding his arm as he left the pitch.

Ally Maxwell kept out Cooper's awkwardly bouncing header and Airdrie suddenly looked threatening and with two minutes left Peter Duffield, a Tannadlce transfer target during the summer, collected a Sandison pass and drove into the box to shoot under Ally Maxwell for the equaliser. That was calamitous enough, but it was even harder to bear the visitor's shock winner in the very last minute when Steve Cooper rose above everyone else to head home a Boyle free-klck.

"To lose the game was disgraceful, but we got what we deserved" - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER

Squad Statistics (as at September 23rd, 1995)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)30 8 - 8 -
Christian Dailly21 7 - 14518
Mark Perry24 81502
Maurice Malpas33 6 - 67022
Rab Shannon29 10 - 10 -
Steven Pressley21 101101
Andy McLaren22 9 - 904
Billy McKinlay26 8328328
Jim Bett35 5151
Robbie Winters20 101233
Paddy Connolly25 10514440
Paul Walker (sub)18 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at September 23rd, 1995)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 6 5 0 1 +9 15
2. Dundee 6 2 4 0 +6 10
3. Airdrie 6 3 1 2 +1 10
4. DUNDEE UTD 6 3 1 2 -1 10
5. Morton 6 2 2 2 +2 8
6. St Johnstone 6 2 2 2 +2 8
7. Clydebank 6 1 3 2 0 6
8. St Mirren 6 1 3 2 -2 6
9. Dumbarton 6 2 0 4 -10 6
10. Hamilton 6 0 2 4 -7 2

League results since United's last match
23rd September 1995
Dundee Utd1-2Airdrie
Hamilton2-2St Mirren
St Johnstone2-2Clydebank