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League (First Division)
|Hugh Ward (33)||
Craig Brewster (12)
Rab Shannon (30)
Gary McSwegan (75)
Steven Dallas for Martin Mooney (77)
Alan Granger for Hugh Ward (77)
Martin McGarvey for Roland Fabiani (81)
Marino Keith for Craig Brewster (65)
Owen Coyle for Andy McLaren (76)
Mark Perry for Robbie Winters (87)
Dave Bowman (15)
John Underhill (Edinburgh) (Referee)
United made sure that there was no repeat of their shock defeat at Boghead back in October with a fictory which could have been even more convincing. Steven Pressley returned from suspension to the exclusion of Mark Perry in defence, but this was the only change in the United line-up from the one which defeated St Mirren. Dumbarton had the first shot on goal from King before the Tangerines started to dominate play and taking a twelfth minute lead.
Christian Dailly initiated the move, feeding Robbie Winters down the right and he was in the middle to drill in a shot from the return. The Sons keeper made a magnificent flying save to keep out Christian's shot, but Robbie Winters headed the ball back across goal and Craig Brewster was left with the simple task of turning the ball home from almost on the goal-line. There was a blow for United when Dave Bowman was booked for a late tackle on Roland Fabiani on the quarter of an hour mark because that put the United skipper out of the reckoning for four matches due to suspension.
Two chances fell to Gary McSwegan within a minute. First he failed to get enough contact on a Robbie Winters cross and almost instantly, he latched on to a Rab Shannon high ball only to blaze the ball high and wide when clean through. But United did increase their lead in the 31st minute with as good a goal as they have scored all season. It began in midfield with Craig Brewster chesting the ball down for Gary McSwegan. He switched the ball out wide left to Andy McLaren who laid the bal into the path of the incoming Rab Shannon who hammered a low drive past MacFarlane from the edge of the box for his first goal for the club.
A stuffy home side pulled a goal back three minutes later when Hugh Ward took a Charlie Gibson header in his stride and cut inside to dispatch the ball past Ally Maxwell. This had been one of the home side's few scoring chances, but it put them right back in the game. Encouraged by this they had their best spell of the game either side of the interval, but United were soon back on top even if chances were few and far between. An exception to that came ten minutes after the break when Christian Dailly arrived in the box to glance in a header from Craig Brewster's corner from which MacFarlane had to drop to the ground quickly to keep out. United almost allowed the home side back into the game after this but Steven Pressley twice made timely tackles when he was last man to prevent further danger. However, 15 minutes from the end, United finally killed off the home side with a third goal. Gary McSwegan found himself in the clear from a Steven Pressley header and steered the ball past the keeper from 12 yards.
United clearly cruised the remaining few minutes and Mark Perry almost scored with his first touch as a header at the far post. There was more good news for United fans after the game as Dunfermline had only drawn with Hamilton which extended United's lead to five points, albeit both Morton and Dunfermline had games in hand.
CLUB COMMENT - "Considering what happened last time we were here this was a good result." • BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER.
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||30||27||-||27||-|
|Mark Perry (sub)||24||15||1||57||2|
|Marino Keith (sub)||21||3||-||3||-|
|Owen Coyle (sub)||29||17||3||17||3|
|League results since United's last match|
|16th January 1996|
|20th January 1996|