Dundee Utd 1
Motherwell 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 1st, 1990
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,651
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alex Cleland (32)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Alex Cleland
Christian Dailly
Miodrag Krivokapić
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
Brian Welsh
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Michael O'Neill
Darren Jackson
Ally Maxwell
George Burley
Tom Boyd
John Philliben
Luc Nijholt
Chris McCart
Bobby Russell
Colin O'Neill
Dougie Arnott
Steve Kirk
Davie Cooper

John O'Neil
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Angus
Nick Cusack

John O'Neil for Michael O'Neill (51)
Mixu Paatelainen for Christian Dailly (75)
Ian Angus for Colin O'Neill (56)
Nick Cusack for Bobby Russell (66)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Duncan (Gorebridge) (Referee)
W Irvine & H Gould (Assistants)

Match Report

The opening home league match against Motherwell was played on a perfect Tannadice playing surface and there is no doubt that we played some lovely football, particularly in the first half. The only criticism was that we failed to win by more than one goal, though we certainly created plenty of chances. The first of these came when Maxwell dropped a corner, but Colin O'Neill cleared Freddy Van Der Hoorn's shot. Two minutes later Michael O'Neill's crossfield path found Darren Jackson who cut inside and fired in a low shot, but Maxwell made a fine save. Motherwell weren't entirely out of it and twice Chris McCart was up at set pieces. Once he headed over, but his other effort was well saved by Billy Thomson. In the 31st minute we almost went ahead when O'Neill's corner was flicked on to the inside of the post by Maxwell. A minute later and the Motherwell keeper was well beaten. Alex Cleland intercepted Bobby Russell's pass, swept past a defender before giving Maxwell no chance with his low grounder. Five minutes later Billy Thomson made a magnificent save from a long range Davie Cooper free-kick. Just on half-time Darren Jackson rounded Maxwell but his shot rebounded off the post.

Maxwell continued to be the busier keeper in the second half. He had to tip a shot from Brian Welsh round the post and even when he was beaten George Burley was on hand to clear John O'Neil's netbound effort off the line. In the end this was a more comfortable win than the scoreline suggested and was a fine confidence booster not just for the Skol Cup Quarter-Final re-match with Motherwell three days later, but for the season as a whole.

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 1990)

1990-91 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)32 2 - 226 -
Alex Cleland19 41342
Christian Dailly16 4343
Miodrag Krivokapić30 4 - 691
Maurice Malpas28 4 - 44414
Freddy van der Hoorn26 41463
Brian Welsh21 41122
Jim McInally26 4 - 1879
Billy McKinlay21 4 - 822
Michael O'Neill21 3 - 287
Darren Jackson24 443712
John O'Neil (sub)19 1 - 12 -
Mixu Paatelainen (sub)23 2 - 11437

League Table (as at September 1st, 1990)

No league table has been added for this season.