Dundee Utd 6
Dumbarton 1
League (First Division)

Dundee Utd
6 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 6th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,142
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary McSwegan (5)
Gary McSwegan (8)
Gary McSwegan (41)
Gary McSwegan (43)
Mark Perry (59)
Craig Brewster (85)
Lee Sharp (3)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Jim Fallon

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Grant Johnson
Dave Bowman
Craig Brewster
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters
Gary McSwegan
Ian MacFarlane
Stevie Gow
Lee Sharp
Martin Melvin
Jim Meechan
Toby King
Martin Mooney
Colin McKinnon
Charlie Gibson
Martin McGarvey
Alan Granger

Kelham O'Hanlon
Christian Dailly
Andy McLaren
Kenny Meechan
Steven Dallas
Alan Foster

Andy McLaren for Gary McSwegan (47)
Christian Dailly for Grant Johnson (62)
Steven Dallas for Martin Mooney (55)
Alan Foster for Charlie Gibson (84)

None. Toby King (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Sons have paid heavily for that shock victory over United in October as United banged in six for the second successive home game to take their tally to 17 in the last three games against the men from Boghead. Despite the 3-1 victory at Paisley, Billy Kirkwood made one change for the visit of already relegated Dumbarton, Gary McSwegan replacing Andy McLaren who joined Christian Dailly and Kelham O'Hanlon on the bench.

The game had a sensational start, but not in the manner United fans expected! The visitors with only one goal in their last seven outings found themselves ahead with a little under three minutes on the clock, Lee Sharp's 20 yarder beating Ally Maxwell after taking a deflection of Mark Perry. It took under two minutes for United to allay any tears amongst the large Tannadice support as they hit back quickly to equalise. Robbie Winters floated over A cross from the right and Gary McSwegan blasted a first time volley past McFarlane from 12 yards. The brisk scoring rate continued as United forged in front a mere three minutes later with the combination of Winters and Gary McSwegan again proving deadly as the United centre rose high to head in another pinpoint cross from the right.

The visitors had a brief spell of ascendancy before two goals in double-quick time totally sunk them. For the third time in the match, the Winters-McSwegan duo wreaked havoc. A great run by Robbie Winters down the right took him half the length of the park and left three defenders in his wake before delivering a perfectly flighted cross which Gary McSwegan dived to head home to complete his hat-trick. That state of affairs wasn't to last for long because just two minutes later Gary McSwegan chased a high Steven Pressley clearance and hoisted the ball over the onrushing keeper to see the ball bounce into the net, which was as well for the keeper who fouled him after he had got his shot in.

With the game over as a contest, United cruised in the second half, but added two further goals. The fifth came when Brian Welsh met a Craig Brewster corner and Mark Perry finished the move off, nodding home from close range. Near the end Craig Brewster headed an Andy McLaren cross low past the keeper to end the scoring and take United to the top of the table after Dunfermline's shock home defeat Hamilton.

"It was a good day for us, but to be fair, we got the goals at the right time." - Billy Kirkwood

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 37 - 37 -
Steven Pressley22 392392
Maurice Malpas33 32269624
Brian Welsh27 25 - 17212
Mark Perry25 252673
Grant Johnson24 3258810
Dave Bowman32 16 - 36312
Gary McSwegan25 27172717
Owen Coyle29 288288
Craig Brewster29 301910647
Robbie Winters21 4095311
Christian Dailly (sub)22 33117119
Andy McLaren (sub)22 3431157

League Table (as at April 6th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 32 18 9 5 +36 63
2. Dunfermline 32 18 7 7 +27 61
3. St Johnstone 32 17 7 8 +23 58
4. Morton 32 17 6 9 +15 57
5. Dundee 32 14 9 9 +10 51
6. St Mirren 32 11 8 13 -5 41
7. Airdrie 32 9 10 13 -8 37
8. Clydebank 32 8 10 14 -16 34
9. Hamilton 32 8 6 18 -17 30
10. Dumbarton 32 3 2 27 -65 11

League results since United's last match
6th April 1996
Airdrie1-3St Johnstone
Dundee Utd6-1Dumbarton
St Mirren2-1Dundee