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Scottish Cup (1st Round)
Ian Mitchell (pen.) (49)
John Paterson (Bothwell) (Referee)
United went into this Scottish Cup tie after their poorest run of the season with only a derby win in their previous seven outings after an excellent start to the season. The big-kicking hard tackling policy of the visitors was ideally suited to the occasion but carelessness in the box cost them dear.
But even though the first half penalty award which led to Ian Mitchell converting the winner came into the lucky category, Ayr could hardly claim they should still have bee in the cup. But for some bad luck in the second half, United could have won much more easily, but forward failings forced United fans to suffer five agonising minutes before United finally claimed a place in the second round.
Their reward for victory was a tie at Parkhead against the holders, Celtic.
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No league table has been added for this season.
After a number of big disappointments in recent League games we now find ourselves lining up in the Scottish Cup and we are very hopeful our luck will change for the better. Our rivals from Ayr have returned to the First Division in style and their form indicates they are much better prepared than they were when they visited Tannadice on cup business last season. Ally McLeod and his side are certain to tackle today's game with great zest and we fully realise a great effort will be needed to move into Round 2. In our last two games against Hearts and Airdrie, injuries played a big part in upsetting the side, and at Broomfield the much-changed defence found the job too much for them in the end.
With four of the regular side out, the side rarely got into its stride, although lan Mitchell must take great credit for his opportunism in the first half. The absence of Andy Holland and Jim Henry was a vital factor as in the rear the side lacked drive and punch and in time Airdrie's forwards took command. Today, we hope to have at least three regulars back in the team and I'm sure this will have a settling effect. No one needs to be told how vital a cup run is to a club, and with home advantage in the opening round we know a victory is essential.