Dundee Utd 2 - 0 Airdrieonians

Scottish Cup - 4th Round
Saturday, February 23rd, 1991, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 8,648
Referee: Hugh Williamson (Renfrew)
Dundee Utd  Airdrieonians

Goalscorers
Hamish French (49)
Hamish French (82)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jimmy Bone

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Miodrag Krivokapić
Freddy van der Hoorn
Maurice Malpas
Ray McKinnon
John O'Neil
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Hamish French
Duncan Ferguson
John Martin
Sandy Stewart
Ian McPhee
John Watson
Jim Smith
Paul Jack
Davie Kirkwood
Alan Lawrence
Graham Harvey
Owen Coyle
Evan Balfour

Substitutes
Billy McKinlay
Darren Jackson
Danny Crainie
Innes MacDonald

Substitutions
Billy McKinlay for Ray McKinnon (62)
Darren Jackson for Duncan Ferguson (78)
Danny Crainie for Jim Smith (80)
Innes MacDonald for Graham Harvey (80)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 73 apps -
Miodrag Krivokapić 90 apps1 goal
Freddy van der Hoorn 75 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 477 apps15 goals
Ray McKinnon 24 apps1 goal
John O'Neil 18 apps -
Dave Bowman 181 apps5 goals
John Clark 217 apps29 goals
Jim McInally 218 apps10 goals
Hamish French 78 apps13 goals
Duncan Ferguson 8 apps1 goal
Billy McKinlay (sub) 114 apps4 goals
Darren Jackson (sub) 67 apps23 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Duncan Ferguson (19 years 63 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 178 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 86 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Duncan Ferguson (19 years 63 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 178 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 338 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The well worn cliche "a typical Cup tie" does not apply to this fourth round tie with Airdrie. The visitors rarely looked like scoring and it was really only a question of whether we would break down the Diamonds defence. This we did early in the second half and from then on there was always going to be one winner. In the opening ten minutes or so it didn't look as though we'd have to wait until the second half to edge in front. Both Hamish French and John O'Neil sent in efforts which were just off target. Then Duncan Ferguson headed a long hanging Dave Bowman cross inches over. After that early spell of pressure, Airdrie came more into the frame, but rarely threatened any danger to Alan Main. In fact the nearest they came to scoring was when Owen Coyle almost got on the end of a Freddy Van Der Hoorn pass-back. Four minutes from half-time we almost made the break through when Duncan Ferguson drove the ball across the face of the goal and John O'Neil only just failed to get the vital touch.

Five minutes into the second half the Diamonds' defence was breached. Alan Main launched the ball deep into the Airdrie box and the ball fell to John O'Neil from the head of an Airdrie
defender, but Martin blocked his shot which landed at the feet of Hamish French who netted from inside the six yard box despite the despairing efforts of an Airdrie defender. Playing towards the Arklay Street end, we almost completely dominated proceedings. Jim Mclnally was unlucky to see his long range efforts deflected just past. John O'Neil then squared the ball to John Clark whose first time shot was well held by Martin. In the 81st minute Airdrie contrived their only real effort on target when Balfour sent in a header from 12 yards, but straight at Alan Main. A minute later the outcome was put beyond doubt with a goal which had remarkably similar build-up to the first. Alan Main again kicked out deep into the Airdrie half. Darren Jackson sent it on to Hamish French who chipped the advancing Martin and eventually knocked the ball over the line despite Watson's attempts to stop him. Two minutes from time John O'Neil almost made it three, but both his efforts were blocked. So now it is a case of hoping our fourth post-war victory over Airdrie will have a similar pattern and we will again reach the Cup Final because that is what has happened on the previous three occasions in 1974, 1987 and 1988!

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