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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, April 18th, 1995
Firhill. Att. 4,962
7:30 PM Kick-off

Steve Pittman () David Hannah 
Brian Welsh (65)
Brian Welsh (79)

Team Managers
Murdo McLeod Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
Nicky Walker
Alan Dinnie
Steve Pittman
Gregg Watson
Steve Welsh
Tommy Turner
Roddy Grant
Albert Craig
Derek McWilliams
Ian Cameron
Alex Taylor
Kelham O'Hanlon
Brian Welsh
Christian Dailly
Gordan Petrić
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Billy McKinlay
Dave Bowman
David Hannah
Jim McInally
Scott Crabbe

Mike Cairns
Rod McDonald
Stuart Garden
Andy McLaren
Sérgio Gomes

Rod McDonald for Alex Taylor (60) Andy McLaren for Scott Crabbe (60)
Sérgio Gomes for Brian Welsh (89)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Gareth Evans (Bishopbriggs) (Referee)

Match Report

This was crunch time in the relegation battle, because there is little doubt that defeat at Firhill would have been severely injurious to the club's chances of avoiding the drop. Anything less than victory against one of the relegation rivals would have meant a play-off place would have been the best that could have been hoped for. Thistle went into this six-pointer without a defeat in seven games, and unbeaten on their home ground since the end of October.

United meanwhile were without a win in seven outings and trying to put a halt to three straight defeats since the arrival of Billy Kirkwood. Dire straits demand desperate measures and the new manager elected to field Brian Welsh in the role of striker and this was a move which paid off handsomely as the make-shift striker scored twice in a resounding and deserved victory over Thistle.

From the very start the much changed United side, backed by a substantial and viceferous support, stamped their authority on the game. Playing neat possession football brought early reward when Dave Bowman, crossed from the right and David Hannah ran in to head the ball high into the net from 8 yards.

Having set their stall out to dictate play, that was exactly what we did virtually until the end of the game. So it came as a real body blow when Thistle, who scarcely threatened all night got back in the match with a goal from nowhere. There appeared no danger when Jim Mclnally headed a cross away, but it fell into the path of Steve Pittman who despatched a real screamer into the bottom corner from 35 yards!

It wasn't long, however, before United were back in command and at the start of the second half the pressure mounted on the Thistle goal. Twenty minutes into the second period, This told when a Thistle defender hooked the ball away from substitute Andy McLaren as he chased a through pass. The clearance was gathered by Billy McKintay on the edge of the box and he slipped it to Brian Welsh who cracked in a right shot on the turn from the edge of the box in true striker's style. The relief the goal brought was shown by the celebrations of United players and fans alike!

Thistle mustered their first spell of danger after this but apart from a Grant header and a dash from goal by Kelham O'Hanlon to clear, United never looked in danger. With eleven minutes left, any possible doubt about the outcome was removed when, Brian Welsh, who had looked far from out of place in his unfamiliar role, rose to head in a corner from Andy McLaren. Sergio replaced United's two goal striker who came off to a hero's welcome from the very vocal Tannadice support and they greeted the final whistle a minute later with even louder acclaim. The battle against relegation may not be over, but this was surely a big step in the right direction.

Kirkwood beamed, "That's a great result for us but there is still a lot of work to be done."

Squad Statistics (as at April 18th, 1995)

1994-95 All Time
Kelham O'Hanlon (GK)32 30 - 30 -
Brian Welsh26 35414712
Christian Dailly21 37413518
Gordan Petrić25 413764
Mark Perry24 8 - 391
Maurice Malpas32 35366122
Billy McKinlay25 34527525
Dave Bowman31 38134712
David Hannah21 387579
Jim McInally31 30 - 37221
Scott Crabbe26 7 - 638
Andy McLaren (sub)21 20 - 784
Sérgio Gomes (sub)25 144144

League Table (as at April 18th, 1995)

No league table has been added for this season.