3 - 0
3 - 0
League (First Division)
Robbie Winters (11)
Grant Johnson (24)
Andy McLaren (30)
Craig Brewster for Andy McLaren (67)
Mark Perry for Robbie Winters (83)
Dean Connelly for Ray Dunn (46)
Joe Robertson for Craig Flannigan (64)
Ken Eadie (53)
James Grady (60)
Craig Tomlinson (88)
Alan Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)
It was same again when it came to team selection for this which was brought forward because of United's involvement in the League Challenge Cup Final the following Sunday. With the prize for victory being top spot in the table, United set about their task with great gusto. It took them just eleven minutes to get their noses in front. Owen Coyle's persistence won a corner out on the left. The keeper missed Andy McLaren's kick, allowing Christian Dailly to head the ball back into the middle and Robbie Winters swivelled to sweep the ball home from six yards.
The Bankies were their usual stuffy selves, but fell further behind thirteen minutes later. Maurice Malpas deftly sent Gary McSwegan away on the left before he cut inside to shoot Matthews blocked the shot with his feet, but Grant Johnson was following up and knocked in the rebound from 8 yards. A third goal followed six minutes later to complete a marvellous thirty minute spell. This was the pick of the three goals and was set up by Gary McSwegan's defence splitting pass to Andy McLaren who beautifully curled the ball inside the far post from 15 yards.
Three up at the break and it should have been four right on the resumption. Gary McSwegan was clean through but dragged the ball wide of the target. That set the trend for a second half in which United's play never matched that of the first half hour. Owen Coyle wasted a chance and Gary McSwegan hit the base of the post twenty minutes from time, but by then the outcome was secure, though the winning margin ought to have been much greater.
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||30||14||-||14||-|
|Mark Perry (sub)||24||13||1||55||2|
|Craig Brewster (sub)||28||7||2||83||30|