Dundee Utd 1
Dunfermline 0
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, February 17th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,342
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig Brewster (82)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Bert Paton

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Christian Dailly
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Grant Johnson
Sandy Robertson
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters
Guido van de Kamp
Colin Miller
Marc Millar
Ivo den Bieman
Andy Tod
Hamish French
Allan Moore
Craig Robertson
Andy Smith
Stewart Petrie
Derek Fleming

Kelham O'Hanlon
Ray McKinnon
Craig Brewster
Ian Westwater
Greg Shaw
Gerald Farrell

Ray McKinnon for Sandy Robertson (46)
Craig Brewster for Gary McSwegan (65)
Greg Shaw for Derek Fleming (85)

Gary McSwegan (62)
Andy Smith (50)
Marc Millar (56)
Stewart Petrie (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alistair Huett (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

After three rip-roaring matches between the two sides, it was expected that the additional impetus of a cup tie would guarantee another cracking contest. This, however, was a game which failed to live up to its much vaunted billing. The exception to that was the opening stages. Andy Smith nodded a foot or so past the post after three minutes and two minutes later Grant Johnson fired in a 25 yarder which flew not too far over.

The Dunfermline goal was lucky to survive intact in the seventh minute when Craig Robertson cleared off the line not once, but twice from net bound shots from Robbie Winters. A goal then may well have changed the pattern of the game which developed into something of a stalemate. Dunfermline possibly edged the first half, thanks to a couple of good chances before the break. First, a Tod header was blocked and then a Petrie shot was cleared off the line, with Pars fans daiming it had gone over. But United responded immediately before the interval with Sandy Robertson sending in a diving header which went just wide.

That was the last contribution from the midfietder who was replaced by Ray McKinnon as the game re-started in the second half. The cagey nature of the game continued until the hour mark when Ally Maxwell made a fine save from Smith's shot on the turn and at the other end Guido van de Kamp was at full stretch to tip over a snapshot from Robbie Winters.

The United goal did survive a couple of hairy moments 13 minutes from the end when Craig Robertson just failed to make contact with Moore's low cross. But the tie was to be decided at the other end eight minutes from time. Ally Maxwell's long clearance was knocked on by Christian Dailly. Craig Robertson, who had starred for the visitors, slipped and the ball ran to substitute Craig Brewster who fired in a low angular drive into the far corner.

Squad Statistics (as at February 17th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 30 - 30 -
Christian Dailly22 29116719
Mark Perry25 171592
Maurice Malpas33 24268824
Rab Shannon29 331331
Steven Pressley22 312312
Grant Johnson23 2458010
Sandy Robertson24 7 - 7 -
Gary McSwegan25 207207
Owen Coyle29 205205
Robbie Winters21 3284510
Ray McKinnon (sub)25 6 - 687
Craig Brewster (sub)29 22119839

League Table (as at February 17th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 25 13 7 5 +17 46
2. Morton 23 14 3 6 +15 45
3. Dunfermline 22 14 2 6 +21 44
4. St Johnstone 25 12 6 7 +13 42
5. Dundee 25 11 7 7 +7 40
6. St Mirren 26 9 7 10 -2 34
7. Airdrie 25 7 9 9 -5 30
8. Clydebank 26 7 8 11 -9 29
9. Hamilton 24 5 5 14 -13 20
10. Dumbarton 25 3 2 20 -44 11

League results since United's last match
10th February 1996
Clydebank1-2St Mirren
13th February 1996
St Johnstone3-2Dundee
17th February 1996