3 - 1
3 - 1
League (First Division)
Owen Coyle (40)
Andy McLaren (55)
Gary McSwegan (90)
|Greg Shaw (13)|
Guido van de Kamp
Ivo den Bieman
Craig Brewster for Owen Coyle (83)
||Neale Cooper for David Bingham (86)|
Christian Dailly (7)
Ivo den Bieman (27)
Guido van de Kamp (70)
|None.||Ivo den Bieman (66)|
Mike Pocock (Aberdeen) (Referee)
For the third consecutive match, manager Billy Kirkwood was able to field the same side as we faced the league leaders. In front of Tannadice's biggest crowd of the season. United made almost all the running from first to last, yet very much against the run of play, found themselves trailing after 13 minutes.
Bingham's cross from the right was deflected into Greg Shaw's path off Maurice Malpas and the former Falkirk striker gratefully swept the ball home. Unruffled by the goal, United's assured play had Dunfermline on their heels. The pressure had to tell and did five minutes from half-time when Robbie Winters won a corner on the right which Andy McLaren took. Steven Pressley directed a header in on goal which Owen Coyle, with a flick of his head, diverted home from close range.
Dunfermline soon found themselves back under the cosh in he second half and fell behind to a terrific second goal. Gary McSwegan nodded on a throw-in from Maurice Malpas into the path of Andy McLaren who crashed the ball into the side of the net at the far post. From then on it was only a matter of how many United would score, especially after den Bieman was ordered off after being administered a second yellow card.
But United just couldn't kill the Pars off despite creating a whole host of chances. Guido van de Kamp saved from Owen Coyle who then just failed to make enough contact with his header to get the ball on target and the striker also hit the bar with a shot. Gary McSwegan cut a swathe through the Pars defence to set up a chance for Grant Johnson, but Guido van de Kamp once more denied his former team-mates.
Craig Brewster replaced Owen Coyle and almost immediately was thwarted by Guido van de Kamp who tipped over his well struck shot from 25 yards, but a richly deserved third goal eventually arrived in the final minute. Craig Brewster was sent clear carried on even although he was fouled by Guido van de Kamp outside his area and squared the ball into the middle for Gary McSwegan to tap home from a yard. The only mystery was how Dunfermline had managed to stay in contention for so long after being totally over-run, particularly in the second half.
CLUB COMMENT - "Perhaps we should have finished them off earlier and we missed a few chances, but at least we are getting into scoring positions" - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER .
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||30||13||-||13||-|
|Craig Brewster (sub)||28||6||2||82||30|