Aberdeen 2 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, October 23rd, 1993, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 13,566
Referee: Alistair Huett (Edinburgh)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Mixu Paatelainen (26)
Duncan Shearer (36)
None.

Team Managers
Willie Miller Ivan Golac

Starting Eleven
Theor Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
Gary Smith
Paul Kane
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Lee Richardson
Brian Grant
Eoin Jess
Duncan Shearer
Mixu Paatelainen
Alan Main
Freddy van der Hoorn
Alex Cleland
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Christian Dailly
Grant Johnson
Andy McLaren
John Clark
Billy McKinlay
John O'Neil

Bench
Michael Watt
Stephen Wright
Joe Miller
Guido van de Kamp
Craig Brewster
Scott Crabbe

Substitutions
Joe Miller for Eoin Jess (67)
Stephen Wright for Brian Grant (79)
Scott Crabbe for John O'Neil (77)

Bookings
Lee Richardson (45)
Gary Smith (82)
Brian Welsh (45)
Grant Johnson (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 172 apps -
Freddy van der Hoorn 186 apps5 goals
Alex Cleland 128 apps8 goals
Brian Welsh 80 apps6 goals
Maurice Malpas 590 apps19 goals
Christian Dailly 68 apps13 goals
Grant Johnson 40 apps4 goals
Andy McLaren 39 apps2 goals
John Clark 326 apps37 goals
Billy McKinlay 207 apps15 goals
John O'Neil 82 apps6 goals
Scott Crabbe (sub) 40 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (20 years 5 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (31 years 89 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 289 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (20 years 5 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (31 years 89 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 118 days
Domestic Players:12 (85.71 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The United side showed three changes from the one which had drawn with Thistle. Freddy van der Hoorn returned in place of Mark Perry; Grant Johnson came in for the injured Dave Bowman while Craig Brewster dropped down to the subs bench art the expense of John O'Neil.

Whilst Aberdeen had most of the early possession, neither keeper was unduly troubled until midway throutgh the opening half and it was Snelders who was first called into action. Christian Dailly got his head to a Grant Johnson cross and the Dutch keeper was at full strength to hold the ball. Three minutes later, however we fell behind and again it was a bad goal to lose. There seemed little danger when Stuart McKimmie flighted in a cross, but Brian Welsh let it go when he could easily have headed the ball clear and Mixu Paatelainen followed the ball in to net from a tight angle at the far post. Nine minutes before the break, United's task of extending a run of six games unbeaten at Pittodrie became a very much an uphill battle as Paatelainen provided a cross to Duncan Shearer from which the former Blackburn Rovers striker scored with a spectacular hook shot from the edge of the box.

Dons grew in confidence following this and twice Paatelainen sidefooted narrowly past and Kane blasted wide when well placed before the interval. United began the second half displaying a lot of neat possession football, but apart from that first half Christian Dailly header, had failed to really trouble Snelders until ten minutes into the second half. The ball was transferred from John O'Neil on the left to Andy McLaren on the right and he clipped the ball back to Billy McKinlay on the edge of the box. Snelders was at full stretch to knock Badger's shot up and over the bar. However, this was the nearest we came to scoring and Grant Johnson cleared an Irvine header off the line shortly afterwards. A John O'Neil drive was deflected past, but there was never any real threat to the Dons two goal advantage as the home side emerged comfortable winners.

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