Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

Scottish Cup - 4th Round
Saturday, February 17th, 1996, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,342
Referee: Alistair Huett (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Dunfermline Athletic

Craig Brewster (82)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Bert Paton

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Christian Dailly
Rab Shannon
Mark Perry
Steven Pressley
Maurice Malpas
Grant Johnson
Sandy Robertson
Gary McSwegan
Robbie Winters
Owen Coyle
Guido van de Kamp
Colin Miller
Marc Millar
Ivo den Bieman
Andy Tod
Hamish French
Allan Moore
Craig Robertson
Andy Smith
Stewart Petrie
Derek Fleming

Kelham O'Hanlon
Ray McKinnon
Craig Brewster
Ian Westwater
Greg Shaw
Gerald Farrell

Ray McKinnon for Sandy Robertson (46)
Craig Brewster for Gary McSwegan (65)
Greg Shaw for Derek Fleming (85)

Gary McSwegan (62)
Andy Smith (50)
Marc Millar (56)
Stewart Petrie (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ally Maxwell (GK) 30 apps -
Christian Dailly 167 apps19 goals
Rab Shannon 33 apps1 goal
Mark Perry 59 apps2 goals
Steven Pressley 31 apps2 goals
Maurice Malpas 688 apps24 goals
Grant Johnson 80 apps10 goals
Sandy Robertson 7 apps -
Gary McSwegan 20 apps7 goals
Robbie Winters 45 apps10 goals
Owen Coyle 20 apps5 goals
Ray McKinnon (sub) 68 apps7 goals
Craig Brewster (sub) 98 apps39 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Winters (21 years 110 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (33 years 206 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 108 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Winters (21 years 110 days)
Oldest Player:Kelham O'Hanlon (33 years 285 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 360 days
Domestic Players:12 (85.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


After three rip-roaring matches between the two sides, it was expected that the additional impetus of a cup tie would guarantee another cracking contest. This, however, was a game which failed to live up to its much vaunted billing. The exception to that was the opening stages. Andy Smith nodded a foot or so past the post after three minutes and two minutes later Grant Johnson fired in a 25 yarder which flew not too far over.

The Dunfermline goal was lucky to survive intact in the seventh minute when Craig Robertson cleared off the line not once, but twice from net bound shots from Robbie Winters. A goal then may well have changed the pattern of the game which developed into something of a stalemate. Dunfermline possibly edged the first half, thanks to a couple of good chances before the break. First, a Tod header was blocked and then a Petrie shot was cleared off the line, with Pars fans daiming it had gone over. But United responded immediately before the interval with Sandy Robertson sending in a diving header which went just wide.

That was the last contribution from the midfietder who was replaced by Ray McKinnon as the game re-started in the second half. The cagey nature of the game continued until the hour mark when Ally Maxwell made a fine save from Smith's shot on the turn and at the other end Guido van de Kamp was at full stretch to tip over a snapshot from Robbie Winters.

The United goal did survive a couple of hairy moments 13 minutes from the end when Craig Robertson just failed to make contact with Moore's low cross. But the tie was to be decided at the other end eight minutes from time. Ally Maxwell's long clearance was knocked on by Christian Dailly. Craig Robertson, who had starred for the visitors, slipped and the ball ran to substitute Craig Brewster who fired in a low angular drive into the far corner.


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