St Johnstone 1 - 2 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - Semi Final
Saturday, April 6th, 1991, 3:00 PM at East End Park
Attendance: 16,560
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
St Johnstone Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Harry Curran (44) John Clark (40)
Duncan Ferguson (61)

Team Managers
Alex Totten Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Lindsay Hamilton
Mark Treanor
Sergei Baltacha
Don McVicar
John Inglis
Gary McGinnis
Alan Moore
Tommy Turner
Steve Maskery
Roddy Grant
Harry Curran
Alan Main
Maurice Malpas
Miodrag Krivokapić
Freddy van der Hoorn
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Ray McKinnon
John O'Neil
Duncan Ferguson
Darren Jackson

Bench
John Davies
Paul Sweeney
Brian Welsh
Hamish French

Substitutions
John Davies for Mark Treanor (82) Hamish French for Ray McKinnon (74)

Bookings
Alan Moore (55) Darren Jackson (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 79 apps -
Maurice Malpas 483 apps15 goals
Miodrag Krivokapić 96 apps1 goal
Freddy van der Hoorn 81 apps3 goals
Dave Bowman 187 apps5 goals
John Clark 223 apps30 goals
Jim McInally 224 apps11 goals
Ray McKinnon 30 apps2 goals
John O'Neil 24 apps -
Duncan Ferguson 12 apps4 goals
Darren Jackson 72 apps25 goals
Hamish French (sub) 83 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Duncan Ferguson (19 years 105 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 220 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 46 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Duncan Ferguson (19 years 105 days)
Oldest Player:Miodrag Krivokapić (31 years 220 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 19 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
John Clark reached 30 goals for the Club.

Semi-finals are well renowned for being tense, nervy affairs and our eleventh such venture turned out exactly that way. Saints hustle-bustle style meant play rarely flowed, but in the end the only objective of any Cup tie is to win and that was what we narrowly achieved. If anything Saints had very marginally the better of the first half in which a bumpy pitch and swirling wind made good football extremely difficult. Saints almost grabbed an early goal when Grant pumped in a high ball which Alan Main punched over to Moore who drove narrowly wide. For long periods of the first period the ball was airborne and play duly suffered. In fact, the only danger to either 'keeper came in the form of set pieces. Indeed it was a long throw which brought about the opening goal. Dave Bowman's long throw found the head of Duncan Ferguson who flicked the ball to Darren Jackson. He in turn pushed the ball into the path of John Clark who hit a twenty yarder into the far corner to give us the lead five minutes before half-time. This goal brought the game into life and a minute before the interval Saints equalised. Again it was a set piece which reaped reward. McVicar swung over a corner which Alan Main got a touch to, but it took Jim McInally, covering at the far post, to chest the ball off the line. Unfortunately, it went straight to Harry Curran who headed the ball home.

Early in the second half, Harry Curran got in another header from a Treanor free kick, but Alan Main made a fine save. However, gradually we assumed greater control of the match and a surging left wing run by Maurice Malpas almost brought a goal. The United skipper played the ball into Duncan Ferguson whose quick turn beat the Saints defender marking him, but Hamilton turned Duncan's shot away for a corner. However, the same combination were to enjoy better fortune only minutes later. John O'Neil sent over a corner from the right. Inglis cleared it, but only to Maurice Malpas whose shot found Duncan Ferguson, well on side and he hammered the ball down past Hamilton.

Saints came back with Harry Curran heading past; Tommy Turner shooting wide and a Maskrey volley blocked by Dave Bowman which brought fruitless claims for a penalty. However, we also had opportunities to extend our lead. Hamilton was fortunate to get a foot to John O'Neil's shot after the keeper had failed to hold a cross and Hamish French saw his fierce drive go wide of the near post. But the closest we came to scoring again was in the very last minute when Darren Jackson swivelled on a header down from Duncan Ferguson only to see Hamilton make a fine save in turning the ball away for a corner in what was almost the last piece of action before the final whistle which brought us our passport to our sixth Cup appearance.

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