Dundee Utd 0
Dunfermline 1
League (First Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 27th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,384
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Stewart Petrie (7)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Bert Paton

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Brian Welsh
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Steven Pressley
Dave Bowman
Grant Johnson
Craig Brewster
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle
Robbie Winters
Ian Westwater
Colin Miller
Marc Millar
Ivo den Bieman
Andy Tod
Derek Fleming
Allan Moore
Craig Robertson
Andy Smith
Hamish French
Stewart Petrie

Kelham O'Hanlon
Christian Dailly
Andy McLaren
Guido van de Kamp
Brian Rice
Greg Shaw

Christian Dailly for Gary McSwegan (46)
Andy McLaren for Mark Perry (75)
Brian Rice for Allan Moore (77)
Greg Shaw for Andy Smith (89)

Maurice Malpas (50)
Brian Welsh (77)
Ally Maxwell (87)
Stewart Petrie (21)
Allan Moore (25)
Hamish French (38)
Marc Millar (49)

Red Cards
None. Stewart Petrie (65)
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)

Match Report

The biggest crowd for a First Division match so far rolled up and the 10,000 or so United fans were relishing the prospect that a United victory would effectively mean automatic promotion. Unfortunately, it was not to be with the outcome decided by a soft early goal for the Pars in a match which failed to live up to its billing.

United went into the game unchanged from the side which had won at Firhill five days earlier and you cut the atmosphere with a knife as Dunfermline kicked off in front of the all-ticket crowd. It was to be a game of few chances typified by the goal which came from a defensive blunder. Den Bieman's free-kick into the box carried no apparent danger, but hesitancy between Ally Maxwell and Grant Johnson enabled Stewart Petrie to divert the ball into the net.

The pace was frantic - too frantic to be truthful and Westwater in Pars goal was rarely tested. An Owen Coyle shot with too much elevation and a deflected effort from Brian Welsh was all United could muster in a disappointing first period. Gary McSwegan was replaced by Christian Dailly at the inter/al and within two minutes of his entry, he almost equalised. Dave Bowman floated over a free-kick from the right and Christian's header came back off the face of the bar. A goal then may well have altered the whole course of the game as the visitors realty needing a victory were able to continue their spoiling tactics after being gifted the luxury of that early lead.

United's hopes looked to have received a boost 20 minutes into the second half when Pars' scorer Stewart Petrie was sent off for a second bookable offence, but United's efforts in trying to secure a precious equaliser were no more successful against ten men than they were against eleven! The only exception to that statement came four minutes from the end when Christian Dailly struck the underside of the bar with his header, but the ball stayed out to put Dunfermline firmly in the promotion driving seat!

"I don't think we did enough to win but I didn't feel we deserved to lose either." - Billy Kirkwood

Squad Statistics (as at April 27th, 1996)

1995-96 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 40 - 40 -
Brian Welsh27 27 - 17412
Mark Perry25 282703
Maurice Malpas33 35269924
Steven Pressley22 422422
Dave Bowman32 19 - 36612
Grant Johnson24 3569111
Craig Brewster29 331910947
Gary McSwegan25 29172917
Owen Coyle29 318318
Robbie Winters21 4395611
Christian Dailly (sub)22 36217420
Andy McLaren (sub)22 3631177

League Table (as at April 27th, 1996)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 35 20 8 7 +31 68
2. DUNDEE UTD 35 19 9 7 +36 66
3. Morton 35 20 6 9 +18 66
4. St Johnstone 35 19 7 9 +24 64
5. Dundee 35 15 11 9 +13 56
6. St Mirren 35 13 8 14 -4 47
7. Airdrie 35 9 11 15 -10 38
8. Clydebank 35 9 10 16 -20 37
9. Hamilton 35 9 6 20 -18 33
10. Dumbarton 35 3 2 30 -70 11

League results since United's last match
27th April 1996
Dundee Utd0-1Dunfermline
St Johnstone1-0St Mirren