The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
For the first time in many a long time, Tannadice fans were fed stale beer instead of sampling a sparkling vintage European night. Without doubt this was a below par performance by the Tangerines against an Iron Curtain side displaying a great deal more attacking enterprise than many from Eastern Europe. The Czechs started off very well and gained their reward in 13 minutes. Dostal rounded Maurice Malpas and curled over an inviting cross which was headed strongly past Billy Thomson by Chmela. The reversal stung us into action and Hamish French posed our first real threat, but his shot, though deflected, was well saved by Zapalka. We then had strong appeals for penalty turned down after Eamonn Bannon was tripped in the box by Bartl. Shortly afterwards we equalised. Paul Kinnaird over on the left sent in a cross which, despite the high bounce, was netted via the underside of the bar by Iain Ferguson's well controlled shot. The equaliser signalled a hectic spell of pressure round the Czech goal. Their 'keeper palmed away and Paul Hegarty shot, Dave Narey hit a shot which went only inches past and Maurice Malpas just failed to connect from close in. In the second half the Czechs again opened well. Chemla almost scored a carbon-copy of his first half goal, but fortunately headed over. At the other end Paul Kinnaird hammered over a low cross which Paul Sturrock almost made contact with, but then came a devastating blow. Dostal, from a seemingly innocuous position, picked up a loose ball and cracked in a 30 yarder which deceived Billy Thomson and sneaked inside his left-hand post. Both lain Ferguson and Paul Kinnaird came close to equalising.