Hamilton 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (First Division)


0 - 2

Dundee Utd

League (First Division)
Monday, April 22nd, 1996
Firhill. Att. 3,291
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. Grant Johnson (64)
Christian Dailly (88)

Team Managers
Iain Munro Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
Allan Ferguson
Chris Hillcoat
Steve Renicks
Paul McKenzie
Martin McIntosh
David Craig
Martin Tighe
Sean McEntegart
Crawford Baptie
John McQuade
Paul Hartley
Ally Maxwell
Brian Welsh
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Steven Pressley
Dave Bowman
Grant Johnson
Craig Brewster
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters

David Cormack
Kelham O'Hanlon
Christian Dailly
Andy McLaren

José Quitongo for Martin Tighe (68) Christian Dailly for Gary McSwegan (60)

David Craig (70)
Steve Renicks (87)
Brian Welsh (55)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Fleming (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Two second half goals gave United a hard earned victory which took them back to the top of the First Division and relegated luckless Accies. Both Gary McSwegan and Brian Welsh returned to the side after missing the defeat against St Johnstone on the sandy wastes of Firhill. And the condition of the the pitch produced few threatening moments by the Tangerines against an Accies side fighting for their First Division lives.

An error by Ferguson almost gave United an 18th minute lead when the Accies keeper missed his attempted punched clearance of Dave Bowman's freekick, but Baptie got back to clear the ball off the line. Ten minutes from the break the pitch almost contributed to United going in front. Gary McSwegan first timed a shot on the turn from a Robbie winters cross and the ball bounced off the uneven surface, forcing Ferguson to scramble the ball away. Two minutes from the interval as United last began to exert some authority, Craig Brewster flicked on a Grant Johnson pass to Owen Coyle but Ferguson held his shot.

After a few words of encouragement from Billy Kirkwood, United dictated play in the second half, but worryingly passed up good chances when Grant Johnson shot weakly at Ferguson after Gary McSwegan had put him in the clear. Then Gary McSwegan chipped over the 'keeper and the bar from Owen Coyle's perfect opening.

However, the nerves of the 2,364 United supporters who made up the bulk of the crowd were soothed at little under 20 minutes into the second period. Owen Coyle out on the left headed a cross from Robbie winters back into the danger area and when the ball was knocked out to Grant Johnson he hit a blistering first timer which raged through a forest of legs and the joy amongst the United fans was matched by the relief as the ball bulged the back of the net.

Eighteen minutes from the end, United fans had their hearts in their mouths when José Quitongo blasted a shot narrowly past. Although Craig Brewster had a chance to wrap up the points when he scooped the ball over from close range, all doubt about the result was removed when United's top scorer laid on a great ball for Christian Dailly who stylishly curled the ball just inside Ferguson's near post for 16 yards to seal three priceless points.

"The players needed a good rollicking at half-time and I gave them it and they improved in the second half. We have backed the players all season and even although we have gone down, I don't think that we could have asked any more of them than they gave tonight." - Billy Kirkwood

Squad Statistics (as at April 22nd, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 39 - 39 -
Brian Welsh27 26 - 17312
Mark Perry25 272693
Maurice Malpas33 34269824
Steven Pressley22 412412
Dave Bowman32 18 - 36512
Grant Johnson24 3469011
Craig Brewster29 321910847
Gary McSwegan25 28172817
Owen Coyle29 308308
Robbie Winters21 4295511
Christian Dailly (sub)22 35217320

League Table (as at April 22nd, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 34 19 9 6 +37 66
2. Dunfermline 34 19 8 7 +30 65
3. Morton 34 19 6 9 +17 63
4. St Johnstone 34 18 7 9 +23 61
5. Dundee 34 15 10 9 +13 55
6. St Mirren 34 13 8 13 -3 47
7. Airdrie 34 9 10 15 -10 37
8. Clydebank 34 9 10 15 -18 37
9. Hamilton 34 8 6 20 -20 30
10. Dumbarton 34 3 2 29 -69 11

League results since United's last match
20th April 1996
Morton1-0St Johnstone
St Mirren2-1Airdrie
22nd April 1996
Hamilton0-2Dundee Utd