Dundee Utd 2
St Mirren 1
League (First Division)


Dundee Utd
2 - 1
St Mirren 

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 13th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,523
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gary McSwegan (7)
Gary McSwegan (24)
Barry Lavety (75)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Jimmy Bone

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Brian Welsh
Mark Perry
Christian Dailly
Rab Shannon
Andy McLaren
Jim Bett
Dave Bowman
Gary McSwegan
Craig Brewster
Robbie Winters
Alan Combe
Paul McIntyre
Martin Baker
Norrie McWhirter
Brian McLaughlin
Jamie Fullarton
Jim Dick
Bobby Law
Mark Yardley
Barry Lavety
Stephen Watson

Bench
Jamie McQuilken
Grant Johnson
Owen Coyle
Ricky Gillies
Brian Hetherston
John McMillan

Substitutions
Jamie McQuilken for Andy McLaren (79)
Grant Johnson for Gary McSwegan (84)
Owen Coyle for Robbie Winters (89)
Ricky Gillies for Brian McLaughlin (46)
Brian Hetherston for Bobby Law (51)
John McMillan for Stephen Watson (73)

Cautions
Jim Bett (82)
Jim Dick (66)
Mark Yardley (74)
Martin Baker (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)



Match Report


A double from Gary McSwegan enabled United to grab all three points from a close encounter with the Paisley Saints. With assistant manager Maurice Malpas still suffering from his hamstring injury, Mark Perry was restored to the starting line-up for the first time since early October in place of the suspended Steven Pressley. Dave Bowman took over the captaincy.

There were just four minutes on the clock when Gary McSwegan served notice of things to come when he headed a loose ball narrowly over as United dominated the early play. Three minutes later United did go ahead through Gary McSwegan. Dave Bowman angled a ball into the right hand corner which Robbie winters ran on to. He didn't quite connect properly with his cross into the middle, but it evaded the Saints defenders and landed at the feet of Gary McSwegan who fired home with a shot on the turn from ten yards.

Yardley volleyed a Law free-kick over as Saints put the United goal under pressure for the first time. An untidy spell ensued, but Combe was at full stretch to tip over a header from Christian Dailly. But Saints weren't out of it and Dick hooked a shot just over However, midway through the half United increased their lead with a goal which was a near replica of the first form the same combination of Robbie Winters and Gary McSwegan. This time Gary McSwegan's task in netting was even simpler than the first one as he sidefooted into an empty net from six yards. Gary McSwegan was then denied his hat-trick in the 31st minute when Coombe and McWhirter combined to scramble the ball after he pounced on a through ball which had deceived the visitors defence.

With United now firmly in control, a third goal almost materialised when Craig Brewster saw his shot whistle inches past. Despite trailing by two goals, Saints started the second half in sprightly fashion with United too often falling foul of the visitor's offside trap. However, only a tremendous save by Ally Maxwell after 62 minutes from a Gillies drive to retain United's two goal advantage. And with 14 minutes remaining Saints loosened United's grip on the game when Barry Lavety took advantage of United's failure to clear their lines and blasted a shot from the edge of the box past Ally Maxwell. Apart from a Hetherston shot which Maxwell tipped over ten minutes from time, United survived the remaining minutes with relative comfort. But with Dunfermline also winning the gap remained three points in favour of the Fifers who also had three games in hand.

CLUB COMMENT - "I was delighted with the way we played in the first half, but we took our foot off the pedal in the second half." - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER.



Squad Statistics (as at January 13th, 1996)


1995-96 All Time
Age
Ally Maxwell (GK)30 26 - 26 -
Mark Perry24 141562
Brian Welsh26 18 - 16512
Rab Shannon29 29 - 29 -
Christian Dailly22 25116319
Jim Bett36 222222
Andy McLaren22 2521066
Dave Bowman31 9 - 35612
Robbie Winters21 2884110
Craig Brewster29 1999537
Gary McSwegan25 166166
Jamie McQuilken (sub)21 7 - 7 -
Grant Johnson (sub)23 2157710
Owen Coyle (sub)29 163163






League Table (as at January 13th, 1996)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 23 12 7 4 +17 43
2. Dunfermline 20 13 1 6 +20 40
3. Morton 20 11 3 6 +11 36
4. Dundee 21 9 7 5 +7 34
5. St Johnstone 21 9 5 7 +8 32
6. Airdrie 20 7 7 6 0 28
7. Clydebank 20 6 7 7 -5 25
8. St Mirren 20 5 7 8 -7 22
9. Hamilton 21 3 4 14 -17 13
10. Dumbarton 20 3 2 15 -34 11