Motherwell 1
Dundee Utd 2
League (Premier Division)


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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, May 3rd, 1994
Fir Park. Att. 5,208
7:30 PM Kick-off

Steve Kirk (15) Craig Brewster (4)
Sieb Dijkstra (o.g.) (63)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean Ivan Golac

Starting Eleven
Sieb Dijkstra
Rab Shannon
Rob McKinnon
Miodrag Krivokapić
Brian Martin
John Philliben
Paul Lambert
Steve Kirk
Tommy Coyne
Billy Davies
Ian Angus
Guido van de Kamp
Alex Cleland
Brian Welsh
Christian Dailly
Gordan Petrić
Maurice Malpas
Billy McKinlay
Dave Bowman
Jerren Nixon
Jim McInally
Craig Brewster

Billy Thomson
George Burley
Paul McGrillen
Alan Main
Mark Perry
Andy McLaren

Paul McGrillen for Billy Davies (74) Andy McLaren for Jerren Nixon (63)
Mark Perry for Billy McKinlay (85)

None. Guido van de Kamp (77)
Billy McKinlay (80)
Christian Dailly (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jim McGilvary (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

United entered the match looking to secure at least a point to cast off the remote spectre of relegation. There was just the one change in United's line-up Brian Welsh replacing the injured David Hannah.

Motherwell were still chasing Rangers for the title, but it was the Tangerines who took the game by the scruff of the neck from the outset and pinned Tommy McLean's men back to take an early lead. Billy McKinlay robbed Shannon in the middle of his own half, took a couple of paces forward and fired in a shot which, though not tacking in pace, was straight at Dykstra, but the keeper only succeeded in palming the ball out to the on rushing Craig Brewster who dragged the ball wide before turning to slot the ball into an empty net. It was 13 minutes before Motherwell even had a remote sniff around United's goaI, but two minutes later the home side back on level terms thanks to a soft goal. Philliben floated a free kick on the left from just inside the United half. The ball was flicked onto Steve Kirk. His close range header came back off Guido van de Kamp and the Motherwell striker followed up to score. The biggest roar of the first half was reserved for the news that Hibs had taken the lead against Rangers at Easter Road after 34 minutes. This failed to inspire Motherwell and United carved out the best chance before the break when Billy McKinlay broke quickly from his own half to send Jerren Nixon clear, but Dykstra foiled the United striker, flicking the ball away from his feet at the expense of a corner.

United continued to make most of the running with Dykstra at full stretch to hold a Maurice Malpas shot which took a deflection off Davies. Andy McLaren replaced Jerren Nixon after 63 minutes and within 30 seconds of coming on the substitution reaped dividend's. Billy McKinlay floated in a free-kick and Philliben beat Craig Brewster to in an aerial dual. The ball was running back to the Motherwell keeper, but Andy McLaren's run into the box obviously distracted Sieb Dijkstra, who half-heartedly punched the ball away, and it trundled over the line. Credit or rather blame for the goal lies in the Motherwell quarter, because at Tannadice it is going down as an own goal. With eight minutes to go Motherwell at last produced some fire up front. Guido van de Kamp turned Steve Kirk's free-kick round for a corner which was cleared to Brian Martin whose return header from the edge of the box skimmed the top of the bar and carried on over. Then in the very last minute Tommy Coyne's overhead kick was tipped over by Guido van de Kamp, but United ran out deservedly as 2-1 winners to comprehensively rubber stamp their premier survival.

Squad Statistics (as at May 3rd, 1994)

1993-94 All Time
Guido van de Kamp (GK)30 30 - 61 -
Alex Cleland23 4011599
Brian Welsh25 4931118
Christian Dailly20 4639514
Gordan Petrić24 321321
Maurice Malpas31 43 - 62419
Billy McKinlay25 501223920
Dave Bowman30 44230611
Jerren Nixon20 191191
Jim McInally30 39134021
Craig Brewster27 37183718
Mark Perry (sub)23 10 - 301
Andy McLaren (sub)20 354574

League Table (as at May 3rd, 1994)

No league table has been added for this season.