The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Ian Mitchell fires home a hat-trick to help United to a 4-2 victory over the Fifers. Mitchell was playing the last game before his transfer to Newcastle United and it took him three minutes to get on the score sheet when Polland drove a clearance against Ian Mitchell who stumbled forward to hammer the ball past Reid from ten yards. United's continuing pressure told after 31 minutes when Tommy Dunne sent Jim Henry away down the right and the half-back cut inside and let fly with a shot which flew into the net. Three minutes from half-time, United made it three thanks to a fine individual goal by Ian Mitchell as he left two players in his wake before crashing the ball home. Lindsay brought down Alan Gordon and Ian Mitchell completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot to put United four up after 56 minutes. The scoring emphasis shifted to the other end four minutes later when George Falconer drove a spot kick high past Mackay. Raith pulled back another quite out-of-the-blue when Sinclair put Pat Wilson in the clear and the winger made no mistake from 12 yards. The image shows Mitchell rounding Kenny Brown of Raith to score United's third goal.