0 - 4
Challenge Cup (Semi Final)
Christian Dailly (3)
Robbie Winters (17)
Grant Johnson (40)
Robbie Winters (62)
Guido van de Kamp
Ivo den Bieman
Norrie McCathie for Paul Fenwick (60)
Gerry Farrell for Mark McCulloch (65)
Paul Walker for Andy McLaren (62)
Robbie Winters (81)
Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Manager Billy Kirkwood made six changes from the side which won at Dens Park as United attempted to reach the final of the League Challenge Cup in their debut in the competition. Steven Pressley had an ankle injury and Billy McKinlay's bruised toes kept him out. Jim Bett was rested and Kelham O'Hanlon took over from Ally Maxwell in goal. The other two to come in were Brian Welsh in defence with Sandy Robertson and Dale Gray.
Ivo den Bieman caused the first panic at the either end when he sliced a clearance from a Mark Perry cross past his own goal after three minutes and when Andy McLaren's comer came over Christian Dailly rose to head in a looping header which Robbie Winter's dummied at the back dropped in at Guido van der Kamp's left -hand post to give United an early lead.
The pace of Robbie Winters and Andy McLaren was causing the Pars defence a lot of problems and in the 17th minute they combined to bring United a second goal, Andy McLaren clipped the ball forward to Robbie Winters who lifted the ball over Guido van der Kamp and slotted the ball into the unguarded net from inside the 6 yard box. Dunfermline's best effort of the opening half hour was a Petrie shot which flew narrowly over from 20 yards.
Understandably given United's two goal lead, Dunfermline found themselves with bags of possession, but struggled to carve out any real openings and with five minutes of the first half remaining United increased their lead with a finely worked move down the left flank. Rab Shannon played the ball up the left touchline to Andy McLaren who cut past Den Bieman and shipped over a cross from which Grant Johnson stooped to head the ball strongly past Guide van de Kamp.
There was a flurry of activity round Kelham O'Hanlon in the last few minutes of the first period, particularly when Petrie drove in a shot into the united keeper's mid-drift as he lay prone to the ground from a previous block! United's control of the game continued well into the second half and in the 61st minute Andy McLaren, without argument the man of the match, again skinned Den Bieman on the left to cross for Robbie Winters head home the fourth past a despairing Guido van der Kamp.
The game was well and truly dead thereafter. Kelham O'Hanlon made a great save from Shaw who was clean through in the 76th minute, - but that was as near Pars came to putting a better face on matters against a United side reduced to ten men after Robbie Winters was sent off for exchanging words with a linesman.. That was the only sour note on a night when United more than gained revenge for the 3-0 league reversal.
|Kelham O'Hanlon (GK)||33||4||-||37||-|
|Paul Walker (sub)||18||5||-||5||-|