Dunfermline 2
Dundee Utd 2
League (First Division)


2 - 2

Dundee Utd

League (First Division)
Saturday, February 24th, 1996
East End Park. Att. 8,400
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ivo den Bieman (8)
Hamish French (39)
Gary McSwegan (23)
Craig Brewster (76)

Team Managers
Bert Paton Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
Guido van de Kamp
Colin Miller
Derek Fleming
John Clark
Andy Tod
Craig Ireland
Allan Moore
Craig Robertson
Andy Smith
Hamish French
Ivo den Bieman
Ally Maxwell
Christian Dailly
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Rab Shannon
Steven Pressley
Grant Johnson
Ray McKinnon
Craig Brewster
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle

Ian Westwater
Greg Shaw
Stewart Petrie
Kelham O'Hanlon
Sandy Robertson
Robbie Winters

Stewart Petrie for Derek Fleming (67)
Greg Shaw for Allan Moore (81)
Robbie Winters for Rab Shannon (46)
Sandy Robertson for Owen Coyle (83)

None. Ray McKinnon (13)
Christian Dailly (47)
Owen Coyle (50)

Red Cards
None. Christian Dailly (48)

Match Officials

Willie Young (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

BBC Cameras were there to cover a First Division match for the first time this season and the two leading protagonists for the title served up a compelling match which was a tremendous advert for the First Division. Dunfermline made the better start in the driving sleet with John Clark soon having something to celebrate as he faced his former colleagues in what was his home debut for the Pars. Only 8 minutes were on the clock when Ivo den Bieman collected a headed clearance from Maurice Malpas to crash a right-footed drive into the corner of the net. United quickly recovered from what could have been an early body blow to force the pace and were rewarded with a richly deserved equaliser in the quarter of an hour later. Breaking quickly out of defence, Grant Johnson slipped the ball into the path of Gary McSwegan who ran some forty yards before despatching a low shot past Guido van de Kamp from the edge of the box.

The pace continued unabated and Ally Maxwell had to use both hands as John dark hammered in a free-kick from 35 yards. The United keeper was kept busy and tipped over a Tod header nine minutes before the intervals the Pars bombarded the Tannadice goal. Nine minutes from half-time the home side's pressure paid off. A corner was only cleared as far as Hamish French and the former United man hammered in a low shot through a ruck of players.

If Dunfermline ended the first half on top, then United's response at the start of the second couldn't have been more positive. Robbie Winters with virtually his first touch after replacing the injured Rab Shannon as play resumed in the second half set up an opening for Grant Johnson whose delay in shooting enabled the Pars defence to close him down. Two minutes later and another great move, this time down the left, saw Gary McSwegan somehow contrive to scoop an Owen Coyle cross up on to the bar from point-blank range.

The explosive start to the second period continued when Christian Dailly was booked for a foul on Moore and then sent off for a rash showing of dissent. There was no let up by ten man United though. Robbie Winters sent Gary McSwegan away, but the centre dragged his shot wide of the target. And all this within the first five minutes of the second half!

Tod came to the home side's rescue in the 61st minute when he blocked Gary McSwegan's angular drive with Craig Brewster poised to pounce at the near post. Two minutes later, United's rally brought them a spectacular equaliser. Owen Coyle laid the ball into Craig Brewster whose lightening left-foot shot on the turn crashed over the line off the under-side of the bar with Guido van de Kamp helpless. Dunfermline staged a late onslaught during which Ally Maxwell made a fine save from a Shaw snap-shot and Ivo den Bieman's raking 25 yarder in the dying minutes smashed off the face of the bar to bring a quite incredible game to, from a United stance, a satisfactory conclusion.

Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 31 - 31 -
Christian Dailly22 30116819
Mark Perry25 181602
Maurice Malpas33 25268924
Rab Shannon29 341341
Steven Pressley22 322322
Grant Johnson23 2558110
Ray McKinnon25 7 - 697
Craig Brewster29 23129940
Gary McSwegan25 218218
Owen Coyle29 215215
Sandy Robertson (sub)24 8 - 8 -
Robbie Winters (sub)21 3384610

League Table (as at February 24th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Morton 24 15 3 6 +17 48
2. DUNDEE UTD 26 13 8 5 +17 47
3. Dunfermline 23 14 3 6 +21 45
4. St Johnstone 26 13 6 7 +15 45
5. Dundee 26 12 7 7 +9 43
6. St Mirren 27 9 7 11 -4 34
7. Airdrie 26 7 9 10 -7 30
8. Clydebank 27 7 9 11 -9 30
9. Hamilton 25 5 6 14 -13 21
10. Dumbarton 26 3 2 21 -46 11

League results since United's last match
10th February 1996
Clydebank1-2St Mirren
13th February 1996
St Johnstone3-2Dundee
17th February 1996
24th February 1996
Dunfermline2-2Dundee Utd
St Mirren1-3St Johnstone