Dundee Utd 2 - 1 St Johnstone

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 22nd, 1992, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,353
Referee: Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath)
Dundee Utd  St Johnstone

Paddy Connolly (13)
John O'Neil (44)
Gudmundur Torfason (87)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Totten

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Alex Cleland
Brian Welsh
Maurice Malpas
Jim McInally
John Clark
Billy McKinlay
John O'Neil
Grant Johnson
Duncan Ferguson
Paddy Connolly
Andy Rhodes
Sergei Baltacha
Sean McAuley
Gary McGinnis
John Inglis
John McCelland
Alan Moore
Tommy Turner
Paul Wright
Gudmundur Torfason
Harry Curran

Freddy van der Hoorn
Victor Ferreyra
Steve Maskrey
John Davies

Freddy van der Hoorn for Billy McKinlay (46)
Steve Maskrey for Sean McAuley (65)
John Davies for Tommy Turner (73)

John Clark (37)
Jim McInally (61)
Brian Welsh (64)
Sergei Baltacha (22)
Alan Moore (54)
John Inglis (61)
Alan Moore (84)

Red Cards
Duncan Ferguson (61)
Alan Moore (84)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 112 apps -
Alex Cleland 98 apps8 goals
Brian Welsh 46 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 546 apps19 goals
Jim McInally 270 apps15 goals
John Clark 276 apps32 goals
Billy McKinlay 156 apps6 goals
John O'Neil 51 apps4 goals
Grant Johnson 17 apps3 goals
Duncan Ferguson 62 apps24 goals
Paddy Connolly 52 apps14 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn (sub) 140 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Grant Johnson (20 years 156 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (30 years 27 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 9 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Grant Johnson (20 years 156 days)
Oldest Player:Maurice Malpas (30 years 27 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 271 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United set about Saints at a terrific rate and Rhodes was in the thick of the action from the very outset of this Tayside derby. In the 13th minute he was beaten by a beautifully executed goal. John O'Neil's neat chip forward found Paddy Connolly and the youngster dragged the ball wide left before clipping the ball into the far corner from an acute angle. It proved to be a fast flowing game with Saints unlucky not to equalise in the 33rd minute when we survived a real goalmouth scramble when a goal appeared inevitable. Indeed Saints were having the better of proceedings as the interval approached, but suddenly found themselves even further behind. It started when Baltacha was caught in possession by Duncan Ferguson. The loose ball was picked up by Paddy Connolly, but his shot hit the inside of the post. The immediate danger looked over, but Grant Johnson pounced to whip the rebound across the face of the goal and John O'Neil was left with a simple tap in to give us the cushion of a two goal interval lead.

Saints almost pegged a goal back immediately after the break when Torfason hammered in a free-kick which Alan Main couldn't hold and the ball flew up and hit the bar before going over. The talking point of the second half came on the hour mark. Duncan Ferguson and John Inglis clashed on the ground which resulted in Inglis being booked and Duncan Ferguson ordered off. The numbers were soon evened up when Moore was also red carded for a second bookable offence. In a late flurry, Brian Welsh headed a net bound Paul Wright shot off the line and Harry Curran hit a post. However, Saints did get a consolation counter when Gunni Torfason headed in a Maskrey cross.


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