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League (First Division)
Gary McSwegan (47)
Sean McEntegart for Martin McIntosh (65)
Steve McCloy for Steve McCormick (80)
Craig Brewster for Gary McSwegan (81)
Steve McInulty (22)
Paul McKenzie (84)
George Clyde (Bearsden) (Referee)
With Grant Johnson having recovered from the knock he picked up against St Johnstone, it was an unchanged United side who faced bottom of the table, Hamilton Accies.
As you'd expect, United exerted pressure on the home goal from virtually first to last, but in the end had to be content with a narrow victory which could have been worse, but for a great save from Ally Maxwell three minutes from time with what was effectively, his first and only save.
Robbie Winters was the man doing most of the damage down the right and it was his cross after 20 minutes which met Maurice Malpas at the far post, but his shot was blocked. Allan Ferguson made several fine saves, the first of which was to tinger-tip an Owen Coyle volley round the post, but the half came to a goalless conclusion despite Gary McSwegan teeing a great opening for Robbie Winters who fired over from 15 yards.
A goal, however, wasn't long delayed and fittingly Robbie Winters was the creator. He cut the ball back to Gary McSwegan who wheeled in to drill a right-foot shot low into the left-hand corner for his first goal in United's colours. The same combination almost brought a second goal nine minutes later, but Ferguson kept out Gary McSwegan's effort and Owen Coyle just failed to squeeze home the rebound.
On the hour mark, Ferguson again came to the rescue, just getting a touch to a crashing drive from Robbie Winters to deflect it on to the bar. United appeared to be cruising to victory albeit only a goal ahead and three minutes from the end an Accies equaliser looked certain. The ball fell to Gary Clark only eight yards out, but Ally Maxwell made a tremendous reaction save to block a volley and ensure that we left Firhill with all three points, much to the delight of the 1100 noisy United housed in the Main Stand.
CLUB COMMENT - "I was really pleased with the result, but we should have had the game won more comfortably, but instead had to thank Ally Maxwell for bringing off a great save near the end of the match." - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER.
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||30||12||-||12||-|
|Craig Brewster (sub)||28||5||2||81||30|