The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Aberdeen dented our 100% record, coming back to equalise twice, but all things considered a draw was probably a fair result. By the standards of past encounters this was a high scoring affair, but the strong wind was a major disrupting factor. We, in fact, faced that strong wind and had a narrow escape in the fourth minute when Neil Simpson shot past from a good position. Raphael Meade, who was making his League debut and starting a match for the first time was involved in a lot of the early action. First he got in a header which Snelders saved comfortabiy, then the former Sporting Lisbon striker ran on to a head flick from Dave Beaumont and made uninterrupted progress to the edge of the box, before sending in a shot which Snelders turned round the post. Quarter of an hour later, the newcomer opened his League account for the club. John Clark nodded a free-kick down to Raphael Meade, whose searing first time shot left Snelders helpless. A couple of minutes later Aberdeen should have equalised but Davie Dodds hooked wide from l0 yards. Thereafter chances were few and far between until the interval.Five minutes after the interval Aberdeen equalised when Raphael Meade was adjudged to have brought down Jim Bett, who after treatment, scored from the penalty spot. We retaliated with a searching McKinlay cross which McKimmie was forced to hurridly head to safety. Five minutes later Ian Redford sent in a shot which went inches wide, after Raphael Meade had chested the ball into his path. It was Ian Redford again in the 75th minute when his surging run took him into the box and his shot to the far corner was well saved by Snelders. Five minutes later we took the lead when Mixu Paatelainen chased a ball out on the left, chipped it back into the middle for John Clark to head the ball past Snelders. Despite Aberdeen's protestations for a foul on the keeper, the goal stood, but our joy was short lived. Within a minute Aberdeen had equalised through John Hewitt. A corner on the right wasn't cleared and John Hewitt had a simple task of nodding in the equaliser.