Dundee Utd 0
Hibernian 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 17th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,589
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Kevin McAllister (27)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Alex Miller

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Mark Perry
Jamie McQuilken
Armand Benneker
Steven Pressley
Neil Duffy
David Hannah
Dave Bowman
Andy McLaren
Owen Coyle
Gary McSwegan
Jim Leighton
Willie Miller
Andy Dow
Andy Millen
Brian Welsh
Gordon Hunter
Barry Lavety
Kevin McAllister
Keith Wright
Darren Jackson
Pat McGinlay

Lance Key
Rab Shannon
Robbie Winters
Darren Dods
Micky Weir
Kevin Harper

Robbie Winters for Jamie McQuilken (51)
Rab Shannon for David Hannah (80)
Kevin Harper for Barry Lavety (84)
Micky Weir for Kevin McAllister (87)

None. Keith Wright (3)
Andy Dow (9)
Pat McGinlay (17)

Red Cards
Dave Bowman (3)
Match Officials

George Clyde (Bearsden) (Referee)

Match Report

There is no doubt that the pivotal point of this match came as early as the 3rd minute when Dave Bowman was dismissed. Following a clash with Keith Wright, the United skipper was red carded and the Hibs striker booked. It is often argued that it is more difficult playing against ten men, and whilst United's effort could not be faulted, the handicap of playing so long understrength was the telling factor in this defeat. Having said that, Jim Leighton was undoubtedly the busier of the two keepers. Indeed, he had just pulled off two great saves immediately prior to the visitors taking the lead. First the Scotland keeper tipped over an Owen Coyle shot and then demonstrated his international class with a tremendous stop when Gary McSwegan's contact with a Steven Pressley cross looked to have beaten him.

There was consternation in the ranks when Hibs raced up field. Armand Benneker slipped which let in Lavety. Only a magnificent save by Ally Maxwell kept out his volley, but the Hibs newcomer who had attracted interest from United picked up the rebound and his cross to the far post was headed in via the far post by Kevin McAllister. Brian Welsh making a quick return to Tannadice, almost made contact to put the game beyond United's reach on the stroke of half-time. United remained well in contention and were unlucky to see Andy McLaren's volley from Owen Coyle's cross come back off an upright. The United flankman then shot inches over after a fine solo run, but that was to be typical of our luck that afternoon. And exemplifying that further was a Neil Duffy header which slipped past the post nine minutes from the end and with that went any hopes of salvaging a deserved point.

Squad Statistics (as at August 17th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 3 - 46 -
Mark Perry25 3 - 743
Armand Benneker27 3 - 3 -
Jamie McQuilken21 3 - 16 -
Steven Pressley22 3 - 482
Neil Duffy29 3 - 3 -
Dave Bowman32 3 - 37212
David Hannah23 1 - 6810
Andy McLaren23 1 - 1217
Gary McSwegan25 313418
Owen Coyle30 313710
Rab Shannon (sub)30 3 - 401
Robbie Winters (sub)21 316213

League Table (as at August 17th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.