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League (First Division)
|Ricky Gillies (pen.) (27)||
Robbie Winters (23)
Brian Hetherston for Steve Watson (56)
Gary McGrotty for Barry Lavety (64)
Brian Smith for Paul Archdeacon (78)
Ray McKinnon for Gary McSwegan (54)
Craig Brewster for Grant Johnson (72)
Paul Fenwick (58)
Ricky Gillies (62)
Maurice Malpas (5)
Jim Bett (26)
Graeme Allison (Dumfries) (Referee)
The same side which had won the past four league games was entrusted with trying to make it five on the trot. That meant Ray McKinnon and Jamie McQuilken were cast in the roles of substitutes. United made an assured start to this match played in driving rain torrential rain and their purposeful play had Saints as mere spectators for the first half of the opening half. We deservedly went ahead midway through that opening period when Maurice Malpas floated a right foot cross over from the left and Robbie Winters headed down past Combe from close range.
But instead of sitting tight on that lead, Saints almost sneaked a goal back immediately when Steven Pressley miscued a headed clearance fractionally wide of the goal. A minute later the United goal appeared to have survived when Yajdley headed over after Christian Dailly had cleared off the line. Steven Pressley barged into the big striker and even though he had already got his effort in on goal, the referee awarded a penalty which Ricky Gillies duly converted after Mark Yardley had recovered from treatment.
Unfortunately, United never recovered the same fluency of the early stages, but Law cleared off the line after Robbie Winters failed to connect for what would have been a certain goal. After the interval chances were few and far between as the conditions worsened. The best ones did fall to Saints. Yardley broke clear only for Ally Maxwell to block his shot and the big striker also hooked the ball well wide of the target when a through ball reached him. In reply, Combe had to save at the feet of Robbie Winters and substitute Craig Brewster had a couple of pot shots on goal.
In the end, however, a draw was a fair result and saw us slip two points behind Dunfermline at the top of the table.
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||30||16||-||16||-|
|Ray McKinnon (sub)||25||2||-||64||7|
|Craig Brewster (sub)||28||9||2||85||30|