0 - 1
0 - 1
League (Division One)
|None.||Peter Marinello (17)|
Ian Scott for Dennis Gillespie
Ian Foote (Glasgow) (Referee)
An unfortunate afternoon this for United who saw an unbeaten record of eight games dashed by a formidable Easter Road side who themselves were in the middle of an impressive run.
The all-action affair favoured the visitors during the early exchanges and it was no surprise when Peter Marinello capped a glorious 17th minute solo run with a blistering drive which produced what turned out to be the winner. It was an all action first half but United did not deserve to be behind. At half time there was trouble as young fans broke free from the covered enclosure and spilled onto the pitch. There was an appeal over the loudspeaker and police moved in. Then trouble kicked off behind the Arklay Street goal and police had to wade in to resolve.
Despite putting everything into their attempts to find that elusive leveller United found that there was no way past a resolute Edmburgh defence in which goalkeeper Gordon Marshall was in superb form. In fact it was he who denied a deserved equaliser with a super touch over of the Tannadice side's best effort.
|Don Mackay (GK)||29||20||-||194||-|
|Ian Scott (sub)||23||16||5||55||17|
No league table has been added for this season.
This afternoon we face a Hibs team who, in recent weeks, liave been making a big bang in the championship race. Now managed by old friend Willie McFarlane, the Easter Road side have emerged as a top personality side and our meeting today promises to be one of the top highlights of the season at Tannadice. In addition to star names like Pat Stanton, Peter Marinello and Peter Cormack, Manager McFarlane has added a former United man to the stafif within the last few days, Johnny Graham. We wish John well with his new club but this afternoon we will be working hard to bring his scoring run to an end! In recent seasons our games with Hibs have always produced the goods for the fans and I'm hopeful we will see another cracker today. And I see no reason why we should not repeat our success of last season.
At Pittodrie last Saturday our players maintained the form they have been showing recently and in a finishing bu^st could well have snapped three goals 'Only the brilliance of Ernie stopped us from taking full points. I considered our outstanding performers were Andy Rolland and Alex Reid. The Fifer shook off all thoughts of his bookings problem to turn on a great show and was unlucky not to score near the end. All over, the point was won thanks to sood team work and after the game an Aberdeen director named United as the best side to visit Pittodrie this season.