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1 - 2
League (Division One)
Billy McNeill (o.g.) (19)
Vic Davidson (50)
Stuart Markland (o.g.) (73)
I Bain (Bankhead) (Referee)
Own goals played an important part in this game as United forged ahead only to be pulled back by the Champions who for long periods struggled. It was all United in the early stages and Fallen had to brilliantly tip over a volley from Kenny Cameron. This was the prelude to United going ahead in the 20th minute. Davie Wilson was fouled by Gemmell on the edge of the box, but though Davie's free-kick was going no where other than down the goalkeeper's throat until Billy McNeill stepped in to flick the ball over the head of the advancing Fallen.
Just as they had done at the start, United made a whirlwind opening to the second period, but Celtic were soon swarming around Donald Mackay's goal. However, their was an air of inevitability about an equaliser and it came on the hour mark when Donald Mackay failed to hold a Hughes shot. It broke to Jimmy Johnstone who whipped it across the goal for Davidson to prod home. Fifteen minutes later hopes of a home success were dashed by the second own goal of the match. A through ball looked to be easy meat for Donald Mackay until Stuart Markland decided to help the ball on its way and the slight change in direction was enough to divert it past the keeper to give Celtic a victory they scarcely deserved.
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No league table has been added for this season.
A visit from Celtic is always a highlight in the season and for the second time this season we welcome Jock Stein and his players to Tannadice.
In two League Cup meetings we managed to share the points in thrilling games and we look forward to another action packed affair this afternoon.
Last Saturday we managed to notch up our second away win of the season and while Cowdenbeath have not managed to win a game at Central Park, one must rate it a reasonable performance. For one thing, the park was in a shocking state making controlled play difficult and just before the start we were forced to make team changes.
But Morris Stevenson and Tommy Dunne gave us fine service and but for some poor finishing we would have collected a few more goals. I was also pleased with the form displayed by Davy Wilson. Davy's experience greatly upset the home defence at times and it's little wonder Central Park club named him as the kind of player they would like to have !
One of our most consistent performers these days is Alan Gordon. I have always felt the big fellow was more of an asset at inside forward and he is certainly proving this in the No. 10 jersey. With 12 goals scored Alan is the club's highest scorer by far and this only serves to highlight the lack of sharpness in front of goal by the other forwards.
Three of our last four home games ended in 2-2 draws and there's little
doubt we would have taken full points had the forwards shown more punch.
Obviously we will have to solve this problem one way or another before the
difficult New Year programme comes along.