Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Heart of Midlothian

League - Premier Division
Saturday, May 4th, 1991, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,820
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Balfron)
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

Goalscorers
Hamish French (30)
Hamish French (81)
Scott Crabbe (75)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Joe Jordan

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Miodrag Krivokapić
Freddy van der Hoorn
Gary Bollan
Maurice Malpas
Ray McKinnon
John O'Neil
John Clark
Billy McKinlay
Darren Jackson
Hamish French
Nicky Walker
Alan McLaren
Tosh McKinlay
Craig Levein
George Wright
Jimmy Sandison
John Colquhoun
Eamonn Bannon
John Robertson
Gary Mackay
Wayne Foster

Substitutes
Gijs Steinmann
Michael O'Neill
David McCreery
Scott Crabbe

Substitutions
Michael O'Neill for Darren Jackson (79)
Scott Crabbe for John Colquhoun (70)
David McCreery for George Wright (75)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 84 apps -
Miodrag Krivokapić 97 apps1 goal
Freddy van der Hoorn 85 apps4 goals
Gary Bollan 2 apps -
Maurice Malpas 488 apps15 goals
Ray McKinnon 34 apps3 goals
John O'Neil 28 apps -
John Clark 228 apps30 goals
Billy McKinlay 123 apps4 goals
Darren Jackson 77 apps25 goals
Hamish French 87 apps15 goals
Michael O'Neill (sub) 43 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Gary Bollan (18 years 45 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 248 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 229 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gary Bollan (18 years 45 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 248 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 303 days
Domestic Players:9 (69.23 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The final home match of the season provided us with two welcome points to end a run of three successive away single goal defeats. Hero of this valuable victory was two goal Hamish French who took his personal tally for the season to six goals. Apart from the obvious pleasure derived from the result there was also the bonus of seeing what must be one of the youngest midfielders ever to be fielded in a Premier match perform so well. Gary Bollan was starting a Premier match for the first time and he was joined by 'veterans' Ray McKinnon and Billy McKinlay. Exchanges were fairly even in the early stages, and it was Hearts who first came closest to opening the scoring. Eamonn Bannon's free-kick was knocked down by Levein to Robertson whose first time return gave Levein a shooting opportunity and grazed the top of the cross-bar. Towards half-time we gained momentum and eventually broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining. John Clark hit a pass through the Tynecastle rearguard which found Hamish French who shrugged off the challenges of both Sandison and Levein before squeezing the ball past Walker and into the far corner.

A rare moment of slackness in the United defence allowed the visitors in for a somewhat undeserved equaliser fifteen minutes from the end. An Eamonn Bannon corner landed in the heart of the box where it reached the unmarked Scott Crabbe who turned and shot past Alan Main. Equality lasted a mere five minutes and once again Hamish French was the man who breached Hearts' defence. Sandison failed to cut out a Ray McKinnon cross and the ball conveniently landed at the feet of Hamish French who coolly slotted the ball past Walker. Indeed, we may well have added to that lead because only a superb point-blank save by Walker from O'Neill stopped us getting a third. This victory put Europe within easy reach but events were to prove differently even with two avenues still open.



None.

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