The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Newcomer Peter Hinds made his Premier debut in this match and although his name doesn't appear on the scoresheet, he was very impressive and had a big hand in our winning goal. We started off like a train and created numerous chances before taking tho lead after only seven minutes. Freddy van der Hoorn collected a loose ball some thirty yards out and powered in a low drive which beat Westwater and went via the inside of the far post. It might have been two nine minutes later when Westwater appeared to drop a cross and Peter Hinds knocked the ball into an empty net, but the referee ruled that Westwater had been fouled. There was a rude awakening for us in the 33rd minute when Sharp crossed for Ross Jack to head in strongly. Five minutes later we were back in front. Freddy Van Der Hoorn's cross from the right was headed down but blocked by Westwater, but Michael O'Neill was following up and had the simple of task of netting.Newly promoted Dunfermline fought tooth and nail in the second half in a match which looked more like a cup-tie than a League encounter. Ross Jack broke clear on two occasions but his finishing let him down, but a header in the final minute looked to have secured a point, until Billy Thomson launched himself to his left to tip Jack's header to safety and ensure our first League win of the season.