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Dundee Utd

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 6th, 1996
Kilbowie Park. Att. 1,383
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Lovering (73) Robbie Winters (8)

Team Managers
Jack Steedman Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
Gary Matthews
Craig Tomlinson
Paul Lovering
Scott Murdoch
Tom Currie
Davie Nicholls
Steven Jack
Graham Connell
Joe Robertson
James Grady
Gary Bowman
Ally Maxwell
Brian Welsh
Christian Dailly
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Dave Bowman
David Hannah
Jim Bett
Craig Brewster
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters

Derek Crawford
Dean Connelly
Scott Miller
Mark Perry
Grant Johnson
Marino Keith

Derek Crawford for Craig Tomlinson (36) Marino Keith for Owen Coyle (70)

None. Rab Shannon (84)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Louis Thow (Prestwick) (Referee)

Match Report

Grant Johnson was dropped and replaced by Dave Bowman - back from his face injury which he sustained in September. Another enforced absentee was Jamie McQuilken who was suspended. At the outset, United dictated play and took the lead after eight minutes, albeit courtesy of an error by the Bankies keeper. Robbie Winters chased a long ball from Ally Maxwell and drilled in a low shot which slipped through Matthews hands and into the net.

A great start, but not for the first time this season, one on which United failed to capitalise. Not that the chances weren't there. Two minutes after going in front, another long ball out of defence, this time from Rab Shannon, found Owen Coyle clear in on goal down the left, but the former Bankie pulled his shot narrowly wide of the far post. Bankies didn't threaten until the 16th minute when Jack worked his way into the box, but Ally Maxwell quickly advanced from his line to block his effort.

There was a livelier start to the second half when United should have stretched their lead. Owen Coyle drove in a shot from the right which David Hannah scooped back into the middle at the far post, but Craig Brewster's header was straight at Matthews.

Currie fired one in just over the top as the home side began to put pressure on United for the first time in the match. And with 17 minutes left, the home side equalised. Ally Maxwell went for a corner from the left, but failed to deflect it away properly. The ball fell to Robertson whose shot was blocked and Paul Lovering scored what was his first ever goal in senior football and that was enough to secure Bankies their first point in three meetings with United this season.

It might have been different had Brian Welsh's header not drifted narrowly wide and David Hannah's raging shot not flown just over, but once more, we paid for our failure to kill off the opposition after going in front.

CLUB COMMENT - "We must start turning draws into victories. I'm disappointed . Once again Dunfermline lose and we pass up the chance of going top." - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER.

Squad Statistics (as at January 6th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)30 24 - 24 -
Brian Welsh26 16 - 16312
Christian Dailly22 23116119
Rab Shannon29 27 - 27 -
Steven Pressley22 261261
Dave Bowman31 7 - 35412
David Hannah22 516510
Jim Bett36 202202
Craig Brewster29 1799337
Owen Coyle29 143143
Robbie Winters21 266398
Marino Keith (sub)21 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at January 6th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 19 12 1 6 +19 37
2. DUNDEE UTD 21 10 7 4 +14 37
3. Dundee 19 9 7 3 +10 34
4. Morton 18 10 3 5 +15 33
5. St Johnstone 19 8 5 6 +4 29
6. Airdrie 18 6 6 6 -1 24
7. Clydebank 18 6 6 6 -4 24
8. St Mirren 19 5 7 7 -6 22
9. Dumbarton 19 3 2 14 -33 11
10. Hamilton 20 2 4 14 -18 10

League results since United's last match
6th January 1996
Clydebank1-1Dundee Utd
St Johnstone3-0Dumbarton
St Mirren2-1Dunfermline