7 - 0
League (Southern 'B')
J S Cox (Rutherglen) (Referee)
In their opening game of the new Southern League season, United were simply no match for Dunfermline, and the score, big as it is, can hardly be reckoned an exaggeration. The home team took command of the game from the start, and the goals came easily in spite of some good goalkeeping. The visiting defence was sadly overworked.
United never really got going, and the second half was somewhat in the nature of a debacle. McGowan, a junior from Thornliewood United, took his place at left back, as had been speculated, which allowed Kennedy to fill the void at centre forward left by the outgoing Albert Juliussen who had just joined Dundee. As far as McGowan goes, the defence was so overwhelmed by the strong-going Athletic attack that he could not be judged on this one game. Shirley at inside-right deserved credit for his valiant efforts to get his team out of the rut, and aside from that, United were best served by Mackay and McWalter. Clark, in goal, made some clever first half saves and was not altogether to blame for the hefty scoreline.
For the home team, in spite of missing a couple of sure things, Wilson, a Lumphinnan lad, starred at inside-right and helped himself to a "hat-trick". Wood, Dunfermline's new centre from Possil United, impressed with his fine leading out work, and had a couple of well-taken counters to his credit. Baxter, too, was crafty in attack.
Report adapted from The Sunday Post, The Evening Telegraph and The Courier and Advertiser, Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13, 1945.
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No league table has been added for this season.