Dundee Utd 1
Hibernian 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, December 16th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,095
7:30 PM Kick-off

Ian McPhee (3)
Paul Kane (12)
Mixu Paatelainen o.g. (17)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Miller

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
John Clark
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Gordon McLeod
Ian McPhee
Mixu Paatelainen
Iain Ferguson
Kevin Gallacher
Andy Goram
Gordon Hunter
Alan Sneddon
Eddie May
Gordon Rae
Tom McIntyre
Paul Kane
Andy Watson
George McCluskey
John Collins
Joe Tortolano

Dave Bowman
Joe McLeod
Doug Bell
Paul McGovern

Dave Bowman for Gary McGinnis (46)
Joe McLeod for Billy McKinlay (74)
Paul McGovern for George McCluskey (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)

Match Report

Hibs, who had only won once in twenty-two visits prior to this season, accomplished their second victory of the season by an identical scoreline. Yet we got off to the perfect start and finished strongly, but that wasn't enough to prevent Hibs grabbing both points. That dream start came in the shape of an exhilarating third minute goal. Ian McPhee took a free-kick, followed up to collect that loose ball before blasting in a twenty yarder into the postage stamp corner, giving Goram no chance whatsoever. Hibs retaliated quickly. In the twelfth minute former United midfielder, Eddie May drove in a cross which Paul Kane swept sweetly into the corner of the net. Five minutes later Tortolano's corner from the right to the near post was diverted in via the far post by Mixu Paatelainen as he challenged George McCluskey. Hibs continued to hold the upper hand. A volley by Eddie May was blocked, and Billy Thomson saved well from a strike by Andy Watson. Then it was Andy Goram's turn to show his ability. First he dealt with a Kevin Gallacher drive, then he got down well to save from a header.

Dave Bowman replaced Gary McGinnis at the interval and gradually we began to assert some pressure. However, the general outcome was a succession of unproductive corners, though John Clark wasn't too far off the mark on more than one occasion. The last minute produced our best chances of an equaliser. Joe McLeod whipped over a cross from which Mixu's header was tipped over the bar. From the corner John Clark was only just kept out by the combined efforts of May and Goram. The ball ran loose to Dave Bowman who prodded in a shot which shaved the wrong side of the far post.

Squad Statistics (as at December 16th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 32 - 146 -
Maurice Malpas25 32132310
Gary McGinnis24 12 - 641
John Clark23 19411719
Jim McInally23 191703
Billy McKinlay18 81131
Gordon McLeod20 113253
Ian McPhee26 132132
Mixu Paatelainen20 7373
Iain Ferguson25 29118039
Kevin Gallacher21 1629721
Dave Bowman (sub)23 26 - 64 -
Joe McLeod (sub)19 7 - 9 -

League Table (as at December 16th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.