Dundee Utd 4
Morton 0
League (First Division)

Dundee Utd
4 - 0

League (First Division)
Tuesday, February 27th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,768
7:30 PM Kick-off

Craig Brewster (10)
Craig Brewster (19)
Gary McSwegan (30)
Owen Coyle (60)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Allan McGraw

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Maurice Malpas
Jamie McQuilken
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Dave Bowman
Ray McKinnon
Craig Brewster
Owen Coyle
Gary McSwegan
Robbie Winters
Andre Boe
Derek Collins
Scott McArthur
John Anderson
Steve McCahill
Dougie Johnstone
Janne Lindberg
Derek Lilley
Alan Mahood
Warren Hawke
Peter Cormack

Andy McLaren
Grant Johnson
Sandy Robertson
Derek Wylie
Derek Laing
Marko Rajam

Grant Johnson for Dave Bowman (57)
Andy McLaren for Robbie Winters (69)
Sandy Robertson for Ray McKinnon (78)
Marko Rajamäki for Scott McArthur (34)

None. Scott McArthur (12)
John Anderson (14)
Peter Cormack (38)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eric Martindale (Newlands) (Referee)

Match Report

Boosted by the return of skipper Dave Bowman from suspension, United had this top of the table clash won by half-time after a breath-taking opening 45 minutes. However, before United had established their supremacy, the visitors might well have been two in front. Warren Hawke strode through the middle of the Tannadice rearguard to unleash a volley which had goal written all over it until Ally Maxwell miraculously finger-tipped the ball for a comer. A minute later, a slip by Mark Perry let Hawke in again, but Ally Maxwell was at close quarters to block the striker's effort.

Thereafter, United stamped their authority on the game in no uncertain manner. Craig Brewster proceeded to score two goals in less than ten minutes to effectively kill off the opposition. The first after ten minutes was almost a re-run of his goal at East End. Again Owen Coyle was the provider and once more a cracking left-foot shot from the edge of the box by Craig Brewster beat the keeper. Nine routes later the tall United striker could pick his spot to head past Andre Boe when Jamie McQuilken's cross from the left arrived.

Goal number three arrived on the half hour mark. Mark Perry played a great ball up the right-hand touch-line to Robbie Winters whose cross was met by Craig Brewster. Boe denied him his hat-trick, but Gary McSwegan followed up to finish in devastating fashion from 12 yards. Only a great save by Andre Boe from Owen Coyle stopped United's lead being extended to four five minutes form the break as the visitor's continued to be put through the mill. The second half was something of an anticlimax.

After being so assertive in the first half, Morton took the initiative at the start of the second and could easily have pulled a goal back, but instead donated United a fourth after an hours play. Collins and Boe got in a right tangle as Owen Coyle made a run, leaving the United man to tap the ball into an empty net. That killed the game and any further excitement stone dead, although Craig Brewster would have bagged a hat-trick had Collins not cleared his lob off the line with what was virtually the last the kick of the game.

It was an emphatic victory over the team who had temporarily dislodged United at the top.

Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 32 - 32 -
Maurice Malpas33 26269024
Steven Pressley22 332332
Jamie McQuilken21 10 - 10 -
Mark Perry25 191612
Ray McKinnon25 8 - 707
Dave Bowman31 11 - 35812
Gary McSwegan25 229229
Owen Coyle29 226226
Craig Brewster29 241410042
Robbie Winters21 3484710
Sandy Robertson (sub)24 9 - 9 -
Andy McLaren (sub)22 2821096
Grant Johnson (sub)23 2658210

League Table (as at February 27th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 27 14 8 5 +21 50
2. Morton 25 15 3 7 +13 48
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
27th February 1996
Dundee Utd4-0Morton