Hibernian 2 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Wednesday, September 2nd, 1992, 7:30 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 7,721
Referee: Eric Martindale (Newlands)
Hibernian Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Joe Tortolano (71)
Darren Jackson (pen.) (73)
Paddy Connolly (46)

Team Managers
Alex Miller Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Burridge
Calum Milne
Graham Mitchell
Neil Orr
Dave Beaumont
Darren Jackson
Micky Weir
Brian Hamilton
Keith Wright
Gareth Evans
Pat McGinlay
Alan Main
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
Alex Cleland
Dave Narey
John O'Neil
Grant Johnson
Jim McInally
John Clark
Duncan Ferguson
Paddy Connolly

Bench
Willie Findlay
Joe Tortolano
Dave Bowman
Victor Ferreyra

Substitutions
Joe Tortolano for Gareth Evans (27)
Willie Findlay for Darren Jackson (88)
Victor Ferreyra for Alex Cleland (82)
Dave Bowman for Jim McInally (87)

Bookings
Neil Orr (12)
Dave Beaumont (33)
Keith Wright (41)
Darren Jackson (59)
Micky Weir (67)
John O'Neil (54)
Dave Narey (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 115 apps -
Maurice Malpas 549 apps19 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn 143 apps5 goals
Alex Cleland 101 apps8 goals
Dave Narey 836 apps36 goals
John O'Neil 54 apps4 goals
Grant Johnson 20 apps3 goals
Jim McInally 273 apps15 goals
John Clark 279 apps32 goals
Duncan Ferguson 64 apps26 goals
Paddy Connolly 55 apps16 goals
Dave Bowman (sub) 239 apps9 goals
Victor Ferreyra (sub) 31 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Grant Johnson (20 years 167 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (36 years 91 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 260 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Grant Johnson (20 years 167 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (36 years 91 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 53 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

They say lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place, but you'd have a hard job convincing United fans of this, as, for the second successive match at Easter Road, Hibs, somehow, snatched both points, from a seemingly irretrievable position. On the previous visit, three goals in the last twenty minutes turned defeat into an improbable home victory.

Hibs plight on this occasion wasn't so perilous, but turned out to be no less dramatic. Apart from a brief early flurry, United were very much in control of the match and within a minute of the start of the second half deservedly forged ahead.

A long clearance from defence found the head of Duncan Ferguson. He flicked the ball on and this allowed Paddy Connolly to home in on goal, neatly side-step Burridge before slotting the bail into the empty net from six yards. Frustration in the Hibs camp had manifested itself in the 5 yellow cards they had accumulated, but in the 71st minute came the first of the incidents which turned the match on its head. The ball was played up to Weir on the left. The standside linesman raised his flag to indicate offside against at least three Hibs players, but the referee chose to wave play on and Joe Tortolano scored easily when Weir's cross came over. We hadn't regained our composure when a second disaster befell us. Skipper Maurice Malpas was adjudged to have pulled down Keith Wright and Darren Jackson, playing against his former colleagues for the first time, chose this unfortunate moment to net his first goal in Hibs' colours by sinking the hotly disputed penalty -kick. It was, to say the least, an unfortunate manner in which to be knocked off our perch at the top.

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