Dundee Utd 1 - 2 Airdrieonians

League - First Division
Saturday, September 23rd, 1995, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,005
Referee: Sandy Roy (Aberdeen)
Dundee Utd  Airdrieonians

Goalscorers
Mark Perry (49)
Peter Duffield (86)
Steve Cooper (88)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Maurice Malpas
Rab Shannon
Christian Dailly
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Andy McLaren
Billy McKinlay
Jim Bett
Robbie Winters
Paddy Connolly
John Martin
Tommy McIntyre
Tony Smith
Jimmy Sandison
Sean Sweeney
Kenny Black
Jimmy Boyle
John Davies
Steve Cooper
Paul Harvey
Jim McIntyre

Substitutes
Kelham O'Hanlon
Grant Johnson
Paul Walker
Marvin Wilson
Steve Tait
Peter Duffield

Substitutions
Paul Walker for Paddy Connolly (72)
Peter Duffield for Paul Harvey (63)

Bookings
Jim Bett (65)
Christian Dailly (67)
Tommy McIntyre (35)
Paul Harvey (46)
Sean Sweeney (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ally Maxwell (GK) 8 apps -
Maurice Malpas 670 apps22 goals
Rab Shannon 10 apps -
Christian Dailly 145 apps18 goals
Steven Pressley 10 apps1 goal
Mark Perry 50 apps2 goals
Andy McLaren 90 apps4 goals
Billy McKinlay 283 apps28 goals
Jim Bett 5 apps1 goal
Robbie Winters 23 apps3 goals
Paddy Connolly 144 apps40 goals
Paul Walker (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Winters (20 years 328 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Bett (35 years 311 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 217 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Paul Walker (18 years 38 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Bett (35 years 311 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 92 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Mark Perry played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

The writing was on the wall in the last twenty minutes when the Tangerlnes simply stopped playing after taking the lead and failed to kill off the opposition. Matters were only compounded by yet another serious injury to a striker with Paddy Connolly being led off with what transpired to be a broken collar-bone. From that moment on Airdrie, who had rarely been seen as an attacking force, surged forward. That the game should end in such a fashion was in complete contrast to how the opening seventy minutes had unfolded.

Within the opening ten minutes, John Martin was tested three times as shots from Billy McKinlay, Andy McLaren and Robbie Winters all tested the Alrdrie keeper. The latter then missed a great chance, failing to make proper contact to Mark Perry's cross from the right and gave United their best scoring opportunity. Maurice Malpas played the ball up to Paddy Connolly whose first time square ball left Billy McKinlay in the clear, but the midfielder side-footed the ball past the post with Martin diving the wrong way.

It took just four minutes of the second half for United to get their noses in front. Andy McLaren crossed from the left and Mark Perry headed the ball just inside Martin's left hand post from ten yards to make it 1-0.

Only a brilliant save by Martin kept out a 20 yarder from Andy McLaren as United continued to press forward and Paddy Connolly then found himself with only the keeper to beat but overran the ball as he tried to go past him. Worse followed for the United striker as he was sandwiched between Martin and Sandison when the trio all challenged for a high bouncing ball, leaving Paddy injured and holding his arm as he left the pitch.

Ally Maxwell kept out Cooper's awkwardly bouncing header and Airdrie suddenly looked threatening and with two minutes left Peter Duffield, a Tannadlce transfer target during the summer, collected a Sandison pass and drove into the box to shoot under Ally Maxwell for the equaliser. That was calamitous enough, but it was even harder to bear the visitor's shock winner in the very last minute when Steve Cooper rose above everyone else to head home a Boyle free-klck.

"To lose the game was disgraceful, but we got what we deserved" - BILLY KIRKWOOD, MANAGER

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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 6 5 0 1 12 3 9 15
2. Dundee 6 2 4 0 12 6 6 10
3. Airdrie 6 3 1 2 9 8 1 10
4. UNITED 6 3 1 2 7 8 -1 10
5. Morton 6 2 2 2 10 8 2 8
6. St Johnstone 6 2 2 2 9 7 2 8
7. Clydebank 6 1 3 2 8 8 0 6
8. St Mirren 6 1 3 2 5 7 -2 6
9. Dumbarton 6 2 0 4 6 16 -10 6
10. Hamilton 6 0 2 4 4 11 -7 2
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