2 - 2
2 - 2
League (Division One)
Ian Mitchell (5)
Dennis Gillespie (missed pen.) (30)
Dennis Gillespie (missed pen.) (85)
H Dempsey (Glasgow) (Referee)
Played at an unrelenting pace this was a game which left the fans breathless. Only two minutes were on the clock when Killie forged ahead with a text-book goal. Tommy McLean beat Doug Smith out on the wing before crossing for top scorer Ross Mathie to head home.
Three minutes later and United were level. Alex Reid's through ball was picked up by Ian Mitchell who tucked the ball away between McLaughlin and his right-hand post. The action continued unabated with United missing a penalty on the the half hour mark. Davie Wilson was up-ended in the box, but Denis Gillespie drove the ball wide of the target.
There was another burst of scoring midway through the second half. From Davie Wilson's hard-driven low cross, Alan Gordon, on his knees, steered the ball into the net. But there was no time to rest on their laurels because just within two minutes, Killie had equalised. A defensive blunder allowed Eddie Morrison to gain possession and he streaked through the Tannadice rearguard to drive home strongly from ten yards. There was pandemonium five minutes from the end when McGrory brought down Gordon for a second penalty. Again Gillespie stepped up to take the spot-kick, but he incredibly missed the target for the second time in the match.
|Don Mackay (GK)||29||22||-||196||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
After a blank Saturday last week, due to a late postponement at East End Park, we face the club who partnered us- in America during the close season... Kilmarnock. The Rugby Park boys hit the headlines by holding out against C.S.K. Sofia to grab a place in the next round of the Fairs Cup and there's no doubt they have the talent to challenge hard on the domestic scene. In recent years their visits to Tannadice have always been eagerly awaited and last season, in a thriller, we managed to stage a comeback to get a 2-2 draw. At Stark's Park we got back on the winning way, thanks to a Davy Wilson goal and, considering the dreadful conditions, we were quite happy. This result pushed us back up the table and today we simply must get the points to keep in step with the leaders.
Although our last four games have brought in five points, our scoring average has not matched up to our outfield play. Two goals in four games hardly looks good on paper, but just the same this fails to tell the story of fantastic pressure and a lack of good fortune in front of goal. In recent home games we have found our rivals have set out right from the start to defend and pack the penalty box. But I'm quite confident we will get back on the goal trail again socn. With the defence turning in splendid performances, five goals lost in 10 games, I feel the team has settled down very well, and I must say I have been disappointed at the lack of representative honours to come our way.