Dundee Utd 8 - 0 Dumbarton

League - First Division
Saturday, December 2nd, 1995, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,285
Referee: George Simpson (Peterhead)
Dundee Utd  Dumbarton

Goalscorers
Craig Brewster (8)
Craig Brewster (15)
Grant Johnson (39)
Craig Brewster (51)
Craig Brewster (56)
Martin Melvin (o.g.) (67)
Owen Coyle (78)
Gary McSwegan (90)
None.

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Jim Fallon

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Rab Shannon
Jamie McQuilken
Steven Pressley
Maurice Malpas
Brian Welsh
Grant Johnson
Jim Bett
Robbie Winters
Owen Coyle
Craig Brewster
Peter Dennison
Martin Melvin
Roland Fabiani
Jim Meechan
Paul Martin
Jim Marsland
Colin McKinnon
Toby King
Charlie Gibson
Steven Dallas
Alan Foster

Substitutes
Christian Dailly
Marino Keith
Gary McSwegan
Chic Charnley
Alan Granger
Martin Mooney

Substitutions
Gary McSwegan for Owen Coyle (80)
Marino Keith for Craig Brewster (80)
Chic Charnley for Colin McKinnon (60)
Martin Mooney for Toby King (62)
Alan Granger for Roland Fabiani (82)

Bookings
None. Alan Foster (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ally Maxwell (GK) 19 apps -
Rab Shannon 23 apps -
Jamie McQuilken 2 apps -
Steven Pressley 21 apps1 goal
Maurice Malpas 683 apps24 goals
Brian Welsh 158 apps12 goals
Grant Johnson 72 apps9 goals
Jim Bett 15 apps2 goals
Robbie Winters 34 apps7 goals
Owen Coyle 9 apps3 goals
Craig Brewster 88 apps35 goals
Marino Keith (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Gary McSwegan (sub) 10 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Winters (21 years 33 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Bett (36 years 16 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 204 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Marino Keith (20 years 356 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Bett (36 years 16 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 195 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Marino Keith(Signed October 13th, 1995)

Milestones

After the embarrassing defeat at Boghead earlier in the season, a full measure of revenge was extracted by this emphatic defeat of Dumbarton - United's biggest league win, would you believe, for almost 28 years!

Dumbarton were in this game for the first two minutes. In fact had it not been for Ally Maxwell, the Sons would have taken a shock lead. The United keeper couldn't hold on to the ball after he denied an opposition forward by diving at his feet and from the rebound. Colin McKinnon sent in a sweetly struck first time shot which Ally just managed to touch over.

However, from the moment that United took the lead six minutes later there was only going to be one winner. Robbie Winters' first contribution brought a goal when the youngster scampered down the right and sent over a low cross which Craig Brewster swept in at the near post.

United took a firm grip on proceedings and on the quarter of an hour mark Craig Brewster rose high to head Jim Bett's corner in via the underside of the bar. It was all United, though the third goal didn't come until five minutes from the interval when Owen Coyle knocked down a cross from Rab Shannon and Grant Johnson slotted the ball home from 10 yards.

Goal number four arrived just minutes after the re-start when Owen Coyle laid the ball into Craig Brewster's path and he completed his first ever hat-trick in senior football, picking his spot with a curling left-foot shot.

The scoring procession continued five minutes later with Jamie McQuilken, in the starting line-up for the first time, cutting the ball back and Craig Brewster prodding home his fourth and United's fifth. Dumbarton got in on the scoring act mid-way through the second half but at the wrong end! And the quality of it matched anything of the other seven! Robbie Winters forced his way down the left and Martin Melvin under pressure from Owen Coyle headed high into the top right-hand corner giving his keeper no chance.

Only the cross-bar saved the Sons from further embarrassment quarter of an hour from the end when Maurice Malpas sent a header from a Jim Bett corner crashing off the underside of the bar. Goal number seven was only put on hold, though. Robbie Winters again crossed from the right and Owen Coyle picked his spot with a header from 6 yards.

United's twin strike force of Brewster and Coyle, with five goals between them, came off ten minutes from time and Marino Keith came on to make his debut as he and Gary McSwegan both had chances before Gary McSwegan wrapped up proceedings with a goal in the final minute, lashing the ball past Peter Dennison, the shellshocked 17 year old keeper, from the edge of box after he had run on to a clearance form Brian Welsh.

CLUB COMMENT "After embarrassing ourselves at Boghead, we had something to prove and the good thing was that the goals were shared about and we kept on playing for the full ninety minutes." - MAURICE MALPAS, ASSISTANT MANAGER.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Dunfermline 16 10 1 5 30 14 16 31
2. Morton 16 9 3 4 29 14 15 30
3. UNITED 16 9 3 4 31 18 13 30
4. Dundee 15 8 6 1 29 17 12 30
5. Airdrie 16 6 5 5 21 20 1 23
6. Clydebank 16 6 5 5 19 22 -3 23
7. St Johnstone 16 6 4 6 19 19 0 22
8. St Mirren 16 3 6 7 17 25 -8 15
9. Dumbarton 15 3 0 12 14 41 -27 9
10. Hamilton 16 1 3 12 10 29 -19 6
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