Airdrie 1
Dundee Utd 1
League (First Division)


Airdrie 

1 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (First Division)
Saturday, March 2nd, 1996
Broomfield. Att. 1,810
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Steve Cooper (72) Gary McSwegan (14)

Team Managers
Alex MacDonald Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
John Martin
Sandy Stewart
Paul Bonar
Jimmy Sandison
Sean Sweeney
John Davies
Jimmy Boyle
Peter Hetherston
Steve Cooper
Paul Harvey
Jim McIntyre
Ally Maxwell
Maurice Malpas
Jamie McQuilken
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Ray McKinnon
Grant Johnson
Craig Brewster
Owen Coyle
Gary McSwegan
Robbie Winters

Bench
Marvin Wilson
Tommy McIntyre
Paddy Connolly
Kelham O'Hanlon
Christian Dailly
Andy McLaren

Substitutions
None. Christian Dailly for Ray McKinnon (63)
Andy McLaren for Craig Brewster (77)

Cautions
None. Mark Perry (50)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Les Mottram (Forth) (Referee)



Match Report


On two visits to Broadwood, United have allowed Airdrie to come back and claim a point after going ahead and then failing to kill the game off. There was disappointing news before the start with Dave Bowman ruled out, so Grant Johnson took his place. After a quietish opening United went ahead in the 14th minute. Robbie Winters played the ball into the box from the right. Sweeney made a hash of his clearance and the ball ran to Gary McSwegan who controlled the ball before advancing to neatly clip the ball over Martin.

There were chances to extend that lead, most notably when Robbie Winters drove an angular shot just past the far post after the airdrie defence had been opened up. Increasingly and worryingly Airdrie posed more and more of an attacking threat. Ally Maxwell blocked a Mclntyre header and twice saved well from Boyle immediately before the break.

Two minutes after the restart, Sweeney almost headed a Gary McSwegan cross past his own keeper, but disappointingly from virtually that point on it was Airdrie who dominated. Within a couple of minutes Ally Maxwell was at full stretch to save from Cooper, but despite Airdrie's possession they created few real chances. In view of his earlier saves it was ironic that Ally Maxwell was at fault when the home side did equalise, as he came for Bonar's inviting cross from the left and Steve Cooper rose to head over for what proved to be the equaliser.

Airdrie maintained the momentum to the end and Cooper headed wide when well placed to prevent a damaging afternoon proving even more costly.

"After a reasonable first half performance, we were very disappointing in the second and you could sense that an Airdrie equaliser was coming." - Billy Kirkwood



Squad Statistics (as at March 2nd, 1996)


1995-96 All Time
Age
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 33 - 33 -
Steven Pressley22 342342
Jamie McQuilken21 11 - 11 -
Mark Perry25 201622
Maurice Malpas33 27269124
Ray McKinnon25 9 - 717
Grant Johnson23 2758310
Owen Coyle29 236236
Craig Brewster29 251410142
Gary McSwegan25 23102310
Robbie Winters21 3584810
Christian Dailly (sub)22 31116919
Andy McLaren (sub)22 2921106






League Table (as at March 2nd, 1996)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 25 16 3 6 +25 51
2. United 28 14 9 5 +21 51
3. St Johnstone 28 14 6 8 +15 48
4. Morton 26 15 3 8 +10 48
5. Dundee 27 13 7 7 +12 46
6. St Mirren 28 9 7 12 -5 34
7. Airdrie 27 7 10 10 -7 31
8. Clydebank 28 7 9 12 -10 30
9. Hamilton 26 6 6 14 -12 24
10. Dumbarton 27 3 2 22 -49 11