Dundee Utd 2
Dunfermline 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 1st, 1997
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,160
3:00 PM Kick-off

Andy McLaren (38)
Kjell Olofsson (90)
Derek Fleming (61)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean
Bert Paton

Starting Eleven
Sieb Dijkstra
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Erik Pedersen
Lars Zetterlund
Andy McLaren
Ray McKinnon
Jamie Dolan
Gary McSwegan
Robbie Winters
Ian Westwater
Ray Sharp
Derek Fleming
Andy Tod
Steve Welsh
Harry Curran
Hamish French
Craig Robertson
Gerry Britton
Marc Millar
Stewart Petrie

David Sinclair
Neil Duffy
Kjell Olofsson
Zoran Lemajic
Allan Moore
Ivo den Bieman

Kjell Olofsson for Gary McSwegan (68)
Neil Duffy for Lars Zetterlund (78)
Allan Moore for Stewart Petrie (90)

Lars Zetterlund (12)
Harry Curran (76)
Ray Sharp (78)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Sandy Roy (Aberdeen) (Referee)

Match Report

United extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches thanks to Kjell Olofsson's last minute goal. Gary McSwegan for Kjell Olofsson was the only change in the United line-up which had started the Scottish Cup replay with Hearts.

With the swirling wind at their backs, the tangerines almost scored in the very first minute. Gary McSwegan fed a pass down the centre which Robbie Winters ran on to and with only Westwater to beat he shot past the near post. With the advantage of the elements, the Tangerines were well on top.

Westwater did well to fingertip over a sharp first time volley from Erik Pedersen after the ball fell to the Norwegian just outside the box midway through the half. The Pars keeper again came to his sides rescue blocking Robbie Winters' shot on the turn twelve minutes from the break. But five minutes later, Westwater was helpless as United went in front. Andy McLaren's dipping volley speeding into the roof of the net after a Ray McKinnon header was cleared to him by Welsh.

If United dominated the opening period, the same can be said of Dunfermline in the second half when United were on the receiving end. Within ten minutes of the re-start Petrie blasted a shot against the bar and Britton chipped inches over. But on the hour mark, Dunfermline did restore parity, Derek Fleming curling in a 30 yard free-kick. Britton again chipped just over with 15 mintues left, but then United exerted their most concentrated spell of second half pressure but without unduly
troubling Westwater.

However, the last minute of the game brought intensive action and the goal which decided the issue. First, Pressley cleared a Hamish French header off the line and United raced to the other end where Kjell Olofsson tucked away a Jamie Dolan cross to secure three points which extended our lead over Hearts back in fourth place to eight very valuable points.

Squad Statistics (as at March 1st, 1997)

1996-97 All Time
Sieb Dijkstra (GK)30 17 - 17 -
Maurice Malpas34 25172525
Steven Pressley23 332784
Erik Pedersen29 21 - 21 -
Mark Perry26 33 - 1043
Jamie Dolan28 9 - 9 -
Andy McLaren23 31315110
Ray McKinnon26 24610113
Lars Zetterlund33 21 - 21 -
Robbie Winters22 3399221
Gary McSwegan26 2986025
Neil Duffy (sub)29 121121
Kjell Olofsson (sub)31 22102210

League Table (as at March 1st, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.