Aberdeen 3
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premier Division)


3 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 16th, 1996
Pittodrie. Att. 13,807
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ilian Kiriakov (25)
Toni Kombouare (78)
Billy Dodds (88)
Andy McLaren (45)
Robbie Winters (65)
Kjell Olofsson (80)

Team Managers
Roy Aitken Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Nicky Walker
Stewart McKimmie
Tzanko Tzvetanov
David Rowson
Brian Irvine
Toni Kombouare
Joe Miller
Billy Dodds
Dean Windass
Ilian Kiriakov
Darren Young
Lance Key
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Erik Pedersen
Lars Zetterlund
Andy McLaren
Dave Bowman
Ray McKinnon
Kjell Olofsson
Robbie Winters

Duncan Shearer
Scott Booth
Colin Woodthorpe
David Hannah
Jim McInally
Owen Coyle

Scott Booth for Joe Miller (71)
Duncan Shearer for Darren Young (82)
David Hannah for Ray McKinnon (83)
Jim McInally for Andy McLaren (90)

Toni Kombouare (43)
Dean Windass (64)
Andy McLaren (37)
Maurice Malpas (61)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Paisley) (Referee)

Match Report

Although Aberdeen struck the underside of the crossbar through Windass after only three minutes and Irvine headed over seven minutes later, it was United who were the more fluent side. Therefore it came as something of a surprise when the Dons opened the scoring. The goal came with United caught upfield, Rowson won the ball on the left and made tracks for goal before releasing the ball to Kiriakov who drilled the ball low past Lance Key from 10 yards.

The tangerines continued domination of play deservedly brought an equaliser on the stroke of halftime. Miller lost out to Kjell Olofsson on the left-hand side bye-line before whipping the ball across the face of the goal for Andy McLaren to run it home from inside the six yard box for his first goal of the season. United's first half ascendancy was carried into the second half and before Robbie Winters did put us ahead he missed a great chance when Kjell Olofsson showed McKimmie a clean pair of heels to hammer in a cross which Robbie knocked past the post.

It was another Scandinavian inspired move which did bring the second goal. Robbie Winters ran on to a long through ball from Erik Pedersen and the young United striker took deliberate aim before firing the ball into the far corner from 12 yards.

Three minutes later the game might well have been put beyond the Dons reach. From a corner on the left by Andy McLaren, Robbie Winters had a free header, but sent it narrowly over. Those misses were regretted when Kombouare kicked in a Windass corner twelve minutes from the end. But our first win at Pittodrie looked to have been secured two minutes later when Kjell Olofsson brilliantly wheeled to turn home an Andy McLaren cutback from 16 yards.

But victory was not to be as Aberdeen exerted tremendous pressure in the closing stages and were rewarded when Billy Dodds headed a cross high into the net despite Lance getting his hand to the ball.

Squad Statistics (as at November 16th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Lance Key (GK)28 2 - 2 -
Erik Pedersen29 3 - 3 -
Mark Perry25 14 - 853
Steven Pressley23 14 - 592
Maurice Malpas34 6 - 70624
Lars Zetterlund32 2 - 2 -
Andy McLaren23 1211328
Dave Bowman32 13 - 38212
Ray McKinnon26 91868
Robbie Winters22 1457317
Kjell Olofsson31 3232
Jim McInally (sub)32 4 - 37921
David Hannah (sub)23 1017711

League Table (as at November 16th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.