Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Aberdeen

Scottish Cup - Semi Final
Saturday, April 9th, 1994, 3:00 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 21,397
Referee: Jim McCluskey (Stewarton)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Brian Welsh (88)
Duncan Shearer (7)

Team Managers
Ivan Golac
Willie Miller

Starting Eleven
Guido van de Kamp
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Alex Cleland
Gordan Petrić
Jerren Nixon
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Andy McLaren
Billy McKinlay
Craig Brewster
John Burridge
Stewart McKimmie
Hugh Robertson
Paul Kane
Gary Smith
Brian Irvine
Eoin Jess
Lee Richardson
Ray McKinnon
Duncan Shearer
Brian Grant

Christian Dailly
Gary Bollan
Joe Miller
Mixu Paatelainen

Christian Dailly for Jerren Nixon
Joe Miller for Hugh Robertson (69)
Mixu Paatelainen for Eoin Jess (84)

None. Brian Grant (79)
Stewart McKimmie (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Guido van de Kamp (GK) 56 apps -
Brian Welsh 107 apps8 goals
Maurice Malpas 619 apps19 goals
Alex Cleland 153 apps9 goals
Gordan Petrić 26 apps -
Jerren Nixon 14 apps1 goal
Jim McInally 335 apps20 goals
Dave Bowman 300 apps11 goals
Andy McLaren 51 apps4 goals
Billy McKinlay 234 apps19 goals
Craig Brewster 33 apps16 goals
Christian Dailly (sub) 89 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jerren Nixon (20 years 293 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (31 years 257 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 110 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (20 years 173 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (31 years 257 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 164 days
Domestic Players:10 (76.92 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Dave Bowman made his 300th competitive appearance for the Club.

Played at Hampden Park, Manager Ivan Golac sprang something of a surprise, by electing to field both Andy McLaren and Jerren Nixon, which meant Gary Bollan dropped down to the bench with Dave Bowman coming in. The same old tale of Hampden woe appeared to be on the cards as Andy McLaren was denied by first Burridge and then the post, whilst Aberdeen in the first, and one of their few attacks, stole into the lead.

The tangerine's almost got off to a flying start when Maurice Malpas floated the ball over from the left and Andy McLaren rose to send in a near post header which was behind Burridge when he clawed the ball to safety with one hand. There was almost an action replay of Andy McLaren's header seven minutes later when with the Dons defence under pressure Jim McInally headed a clearance back into a crowded penalty area and Andy McLaren's header this time beat Burridge only to come back off the post!

In between times, the Dons had sneaked ahead when McKimmie's first timed a Richardson cross into the box. Duncan Shearer controlled it before turning to shoot. Guido Van de Kamp dropped on the ball, but allowed it to squirm under him and roll over the line to make it a disastrous start to the match. The incident abated there after with neither side making much impression until Richardson hit a drive from the edge of the box which came off one of his own players, but this time Guido van de Kamp made a fine save. United's Dutchman was to be rarely troubled again in the match! Shortly afterwards Gordan Petric curled a 30 yarder just over from a short free-kick.

Jerren Nixon, who was starting his first game for almost a month, had a quiet return, but he burst into life early in the second period when he latched on to a deflected Billy McKinlay pass and engineeered an opening from a tight situation, but Gary Smith locked his shot from 12 yards. There was a bizarre incident in the 63rd minute when Ray McKinnon, perhaps remembering his old allegiance, side-footed a volley straight at John Burridge. The referee construed it as a passback and Craig Brewster was crowded out by Burridge as a short free-kick was rolled to him. Christian Dailly had replaced Jerren Nixon as United began to press hard for the equaliser, Billy McKinlay burst through the middle, but skied his shot over the bar when he got near goal. Christian Dailly then met a McInally cross first time, but his shot went past the near post.

The pressure was intense around the Dons box and two minutes from the end Dave Bowman flung over a cross and Brian Welsh charged forward to head powerfully past Burridge low at his right hand post. It was no more than United's efforts deserved and indeed Billy McKinlay curled a free-kick round the post two minutes into injury time, but it was back to Hampden three days later.

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