The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
United travelled up the A90 to Brechin for their Scottish Cup 3rd Round tie, with John Holt and Derek Addison making the starting eleven in place of Ian Gibson and Willie Pettigrew.Fresh from having the previous weekend off due to a postponement, United flew into a commanding lead. Seven minutes in, a John Holt throw-in was met by Paul Hegarty, whose header was flicked home by Davie Dodds to put United in front. Nine minutes later Billy Kirkwood blasted a shot into the corner of the net when Watt failed to clear a dangerous cross and a rout had looked on the cards at this stage. However, shortly after half time Ian Patterson reduced the leeway, shrugging off three challenges to shoot home. United endured a nervy wait until the final whistle sounded to see off their Second Division opponents, as they moved into the fourth round to face Partick Thistle.