The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
United went into this Scottish Cup tie after their poorest run of the season with only a derby win in their previous seven outings after an excellent start to the season. The big-kicking hard tackling policy of the visitors was ideally suited to the occasion but carelessness in the box cost them dear. But even though the first half penalty award which led to Ian Mitchell converting the winner came into the lucky category, Ayr could hardly claim they should still have bee in the cup. But for some bad luck in the second half, United could have won much more easily, but forward failings forced United fans to suffer five agonising minutes before United finally claimed a place in the second round. Their reward for victory was a tie at Parkhead against the holders, Celtic.