Dundee Utd 2
Dundee 0
League (First Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, March 16th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 9,831
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary McSwegan (30)
Craig Brewster (61)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
Kelham O'Hanlon
Brian Welsh
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Steven Pressley
Dave Bowman
Grant Johnson
Craig Brewster
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters
Michel Pageaud
Barry Smith
Dariusz Adamczuk
Neil Duffy
Jim Duffy
Chic Charnley
George Shaw
Gary McKeown
Paul Tosh
Jim Hamilton
Iain Anderson

Rab Shannon
Andy McLaren
Ray McKinnon
Roddy Manley
Barry Thompson
Gerry Britton

Andy McLaren for Robbie Winters (55)
Ray McKinnon for Dave Bowman (67)
Gerry Britton for Iain Anderson (67)

Dave Bowman (23)
Ray McKinnon (69)
Jim Duffy (31)
Dariusz Adamczuk (44)
Paul Tosh (44)

Red Cards
None. Chic Charnley (43)
Jim Duffy (77)
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Motherwell) (Referee)

Match Report

Defeat for either side in the final derby of the season would deal a harsh blow to both City club's promotion ambition and in the end there was no doubting United's right to the spoils of victory. Kelham O'Hanlon for the injured Ally Maxwell was the only change from the side which was trying to pick itself up after the last two numbing minutes at Parkhead.

An compromising start by both sides saw little by way of clear-cut chances at either end. Maurice Malpas had a couple of efforts on goal and sandwiched between them was Hamilton header which sneaked inches past. The opening goal was obviously going to be vital and Gary McSwegan gets all the credit for the opportunism he showed on the half hour mark. The ball was played up to him on the edge of the box and the United striker chested it down to fire a low shot into the corner of the net. As the interval drew nearer, the visitor's goal came under increasing pressure and two minutes from the interval, Dundee's hopes suffered a severe blow when Chic Charnley maintained his 100% record in derby matches by making it two red cards in two derby appearances after elbowing the same player Robbie Winters.

Curiously, ten man Dundee had their best I spell immediately after the break. Gary McKeown hit a post from a Paul Tosh cross and Kelham O'Hanlon with just about his only save of the afternoon made a vital block when George Shaw had a clear view on goal. But United's second goal, 16 minutes into the second half, effectively killed off the match. Maurice Malpas found Gary McSwegan out on the left who bore in on goal, cut inside and released a pass straight into the path of Craig Brewster who side-footed home strongly from 12 yards.

There was one more incident of high drama. Jim Duffy, booked earlier, brought Gary McSwegan crashing to the ground and was automatically red carded for a second bookable offence to leave Dundee reduced to nine men and United in cruise mode for the rest of the game.

"It was another outstanding team performance but I've got to single out Grant Johnson. He has been superb this season - he has emerged as a vital player and is enjoying the responsibility." - Billy Kirkwood

Squad Statistics (as at March 16th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Kelham O'Hanlon (GK)33 5 - 38 -
Brian Welsh27 22 - 16912
Mark Perry25 221642
Maurice Malpas33 29269324
Steven Pressley22 362362
Dave Bowman32 13 - 36012
Grant Johnson23 2958510
Craig Brewster29 271510343
Gary McSwegan25 25112511
Owen Coyle29 257257
Robbie Winters21 3785010
Ray McKinnon (sub)25 11 - 737
Andy McLaren (sub)22 3121126

League Table (as at March 16th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 28 17 5 6 +28 56
2. DUNDEE UTD 29 15 9 5 +23 54
3. Morton 28 16 3 9 +12 51
4. St Johnstone 29 14 7 8 +15 49
5. Dundee 29 13 8 8 +10 47
6. St Mirren 29 10 7 12 -4 37
7. Airdrie 29 8 10 11 -7 34
8. Clydebank 29 8 9 12 -9 33
9. Hamilton 29 7 6 16 -15 27
10. Dumbarton 29 3 2 24 -53 11

League results since United's last match
6th March 1996
9th March 1996
16th March 1996
Dundee Utd2-0Dundee
Morton1-2St Mirren
St Johnstone2-2Dunfermline