The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
United progressed to the final to face Rangers following a Semi Final Replay classic which ebbed and flowed throughout. After stalemate in the original meeting four days earlier this game was the complete opposite as both sides went all out to get the win. In the 5th minute, John Holt was adjudged to have handled a Davie Provan cross at the far post, and Charlie Nicholas sent Hamish McAlpine the wrong way from the spot. United grabbed a quick equaliser just three minutes later when Paul Sturrock burst down the right and cut back for Eamonn Bannon to hammer the ball past Pat Bonner. With Celtic still reeling United struck again. Bannon fired a free-kick across goal and Paul Hegarty, who only passed a fitness test prior to kick off, stole in behind the defence to give Bonner no chance with a shot from six yards. Celtic eventually recovered, and in the 29th minute McAlpine made a fine save from a Nicholas effort. With a minute remaining of the first half, McAlpine punched clear from a McGarvey challenge, but Davie Provan met it first time to fire home from 18 yards.As often is the case in such matches the goal deluge eased somewhat after the break and during the latter stages proceedings reached the stage where a goal for either side would probably be enough. Thankfully for United it was them who came out on top. With 14 minutes to go, a long free-kick sailed over everyone and Bannon headed back across the goal for Paul Hegarty to knock home the winner, meaning the Arabs were heading back to Hampden for their second ever Scottish Cup final.