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Trailing 2-1 from the first leg of their quarter-final the single goal deficit proved no great burden for a confident looking home side. Once the barrier was breached in 18 minutes, United swarmed all over the Bankies. Joe Ward was on the end of a Paul Sturrock cross after 18 minuted to tie the score and a little over five minutes later United went into the lead for the first time when Paul Sturrock ran on to an lain Phillip pass to hammer a shot low past Gallacher. Now in full command. United's attacks were incessant for the rest of the half but brought no further goals. However, a minute after the re-start, United clinched the tie with a third goal. Eamonn Bannon slung over a cross from the left and Joe Ward scored with a brilliant diving header. Paul Hegarty headed the fourth from a Graeme Payne corner in the 69th minute and the Bankies pulled one back when Tommy McGorm, though looking well offside, ran through to score a late consolation goal to make the aggregate score 6-3 in United's favour.
Good evening and welcome back to Tannadice around which there has been quite a bit of despondency since our defeat by Aberdeen last weekend. And yet things could — and should — have been so much better after that tremendous start given us by Paul Sturrock's early lead. But it would appear that as far as we are concerned this season what used to be our greatest strength is now our greatest weakness — the defence! For long the rest of Scottish football and even further afield have looked with admiration at Tannadice and our defensive consistency, However, that was in the past as can be seen by our recent indiscretions in that department, and I have little hesitation in pointing there as the main cause for concern. For instance the most recent performances of the formerly reliable Dave Narey has slumped to a disappointing level during the past month or so. And it is particularly sad for me and others amongst his great admirers to see his recent problems, especially after the amount of sterling work he has put in for Dundee United over the years. Dave has the real class necessary to help take us back up to the spot in the game. We would hope to return to, and the sooner he regains his peak form the better it will be for all concerned here at the club. Tonight we greet First Division Clydebank to Tannadice for the second-leg tie in the League Cup. Needless to say we have a job on hand to recover from that one goal deficit from the opening game at New Kilbowie. Only a return to the form we all know we are capable of will suffice if we hope to retain thoughts of holding on to the trophy we won last term.