Dundee Utd 2 - 3 Aberdeen

League - Premier Division
Saturday, November 24th, 1990, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,345
Referee: Les Mottram (Forth)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
Stewart McKimmie (o.g.) (8)
Maurice Malpas (pen.) (39)
Eoin Jess (10)
Eoin Jess (17)
Eoin Jess (47)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Alex Cleland
Christian Dailly
Miodrag Krivokapić
Freddy van der Hoorn
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Ray McKinnon
Duncan Ferguson
Michael Watt
Stewart McKimmie
David Robertson
Eoin Jess
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Peter Van der Ven
Jim Bett
Paul Mason
Robert Connor
Hans Gillhaus

Substitutes
Gijs Steinmann
Michael O'Neill
Ian Cameron
Craig Robertson

Substitutions
Gijs Steinmann for Alex Cleland (83)
Ian Cameron for Eoin Jess (83)

Bookings
Freddy van der Hoorn (73)
Paul Mason (62)
Stewart McKimmie (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 58 apps -
Christian Dailly 14 apps4 goals
Miodrag Krivokapić 76 apps1 goal
Freddy van der Hoorn 60 apps3 goals
Brian Welsh 28 apps2 goals
Maurice Malpas 462 apps15 goals
Alex Cleland 51 apps3 goals
Jim McInally 203 apps10 goals
Billy McKinlay 100 apps3 goals
Ray McKinnon 21 apps1 goal
Duncan Ferguson 2 apps -
Gijs Steinmann (sub) 6 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (17 years 36 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 87 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 105 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (17 years 36 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 87 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 229 days
Domestic Players:9 (69.23 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Billy McKinlay played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

What a game this was! So often, past matches with Aberdeen have resembled chess on a football park with both sides cancelling each other out. There were no such inhibitions in this end-to-end encounter, however. As early as the fourth minute Gillhaus took a Bett cross, wheeled and somehow knocked the ball past the far post. In keeping with the trend of the whole match, Duncan Ferguson, starting a match for the first time, broke clear but was robbed just as he reached the edge of the penalty box. Brian Welsh cleared a dangerous cross from Gillhaus with his head but in doing so clashed heads with goalkeeper Alan Main. Immediately, Duncan Ferguson won a corner at the other end and when Ray McKinnon's corner came over Stewart McKimmie won a race between Duncan Ferguson and Michael Watt to the ball and his header sailed into the far corner. Our lead was short-lived. First Van De Ven's shot was well saved by Alan Main, but there was nothing he could do about Eoin Jess's goal two minutes later. The youngster drove at the United defence on the left and his shot took a deflection off Maurice Malpas and went in at the near post. Jess almost put the Dons further ahead two minutes later when he met Bett's right wing cross at the near post, but his flick ran just past the far post. Four minutes later better fortune awaited Eoin Jess when he ran through and hammered in a low shot to put Aberdeen ahead. A minute later Alan Main palmed away another Jess effort. At this stage Maurice Malpas and Alex Cleland switched wings and we gradually took a grip on proceedings. In the 27th minute Ray McKinnon laid the ball off to Billy McKinlay and only an inspired save kept out his dipping shot. A minute later Alex Cleland hooked narrowly past. Aberdeen's threat wasn't entirely subdued though because Alan Main had to tip a Mason shot round the post and then the woodwork came to our rescue when Gillhaus hit the post from close range and Alan Main pounced on the loose ball.

Still the frantic pace was maintained when Watt turned Christian Dailly's shot round the post. Seven minutes from half-time Jim Mclnally was brought down by Connor and whilst the referee waved play on, an upraised flag prompted the official to consult his linesman and award a penalty. Once the Dons' protests had died down, Maurice Malpas stepped up to score his first penalty for United. As one spectator was heard to remark as he went for his halftime cuppa, "it was a half of two halves!"

The crowd had barely settled down for the second half when Aberdeen took the lead again. Connor laid the ball into Eoin Jess who had a simple task of tapping in his hat-trick. The post-interval action wasn't quiet as fast and furious, but that was understandable. We did have the better of the second half chances, but couldn't breach the Dons defence once more. Despite that we kept plugging away and right at the death Billy McKinlay fired in a shot which dipped just over. So ended a quite classic encounter which had everyone enthusing. From our point of view the only drawback was that Aberdeen had captured both points!



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