Dundee Utd 0
Stenhousemuir 0 (4-5 on pens)
Challenge Cup (Final)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0
(4-5 on pens.)

Challenge Cup (Final)
Sunday, November 5th, 1995
McDiarmid Park. Att. 7,856
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Terry Christie

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Christian Dailly
Maurice Malpas
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Andy McLaren
Grant Johnson
Ray McKinnon
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters
Roddy McKenzie
Eamonn Bannon
Lloyd Haddow
Graeme Amstrong
George McGeachie
Adrian Sprott
Paul Hunter
Jimmy Fisher
Miller Mathieson
Gareth Hutchison
Graham Little

Kelham O'Hanlon
Jamie McQuilken
Craig Brewster
Neil Aitken
Paul Logan
Tommy Steel

Jamie McQuilken for Andy McLaren (61)
Craig Brewster for Owen Coyle (73)
Tommy Steel for Jimmy Fisher (118)

Andy McLaren (48)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Kirkcaldy) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Both recent acquisitions were stripped for this Final with Ray McKinnon taking Jim Bett's place, whilst Jamie McQuilken was on the bench after his transfer 24 hours earlier.

In the early stages, Stenhousemuir gave as good as they got and that set the trend for the whole match. In fact they came closest to opening the scoring after 21 minutes when hesitancy in the United defence following a corner from the left gave Muir a sight of goal, but the ball was headed wide.

A couple of speculative efforts which didn't trouble McKenzie was all United could muster until seven minutes before the interval when Robbie Winters probing run sent Gary McSwegan clear, but the Muir keeper diverted the ball for a corner. Although United finished the half strongly, it was Stenhousemuir who had the bit between their teeth at the start of the second. Ally Maxwell was at full stretch to keep out a Haddow shot. Owen Coyle lifted a shot over the bar as United struggled to come to grips with their Second Division opponents.

The Ochilview men had the ball in the net 17 minutes from the end of normal time, but Ally Maxwell had clearly been fouled.
The warriors mounted a concerted attacking spell as the final whistle grew closer, but a glancing header from Grant Johnson and a deflected shot from Jamie McQuilken almost broke the deadlock as the tie came to life in the closing minutes of normal time.

But extra-time was required and the one real chance to fall to either side came in the 108th minute when McKenzie made a tremendous reaction save to keep out Gary McSwegan's diving header from Robbie Winters' cross.

In truth, a Tangerine victory would have been undeserved and when it came to penalties, they scored from all five with Craig Brewster missing United's first proving crucial, while Christian Dailly, McSwegan, Grant Johnson and Maurice Malpas all followed and all scored on a disappointing afternoon all round.

Squad Statistics (as at November 5th, 1995)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)30 15 - 15 -
Christian Dailly22 16115419
Maurice Malpas33 15 - 67922
Rab Shannon29 19 - 19 -
Steven Pressley22 171171
Andy McLaren22 172986
Grant Johnson23 123688
Ray McKinnon25 1 - 637
Gary McSwegan25 6262
Owen Coyle29 5252
Robbie Winters21 174306
Jamie McQuilken (sub)21 1 - 1 -
Craig Brewster (sub)28 828430

League Table (as at November 5th, 1995)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 12 8 1 3 +11 25
2. DUNDEE UTD 12 8 1 3 +6 25
3. Morton 12 7 2 3 +13 23
4. Dundee 12 6 5 1 +10 23
5. Clydebank 12 4 5 3 +1 17
6. Airdrie 12 4 3 5 -1 15
7. St Johnstone 12 4 3 5 -1 15
8. St Mirren 12 2 5 5 -7 11
9. Dumbarton 12 3 0 9 -17 9
10. Hamilton 12 0 3 9 -15 3

League results since United's last match
4th November 1995
Dumbarton1-3St Johnstone
Dunfermline1-1St Mirren