Floriana 0 - 0 Dundee Utd

Cup Winners' Cup - 1st Round 1st Leg
Tuesday, September 6th, 1988, 7:30 PM at National Stadium
Attendance: 3,250
Referee: Vaso Vujović (Montenegro)
Floriana Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Hugh Caruana Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
David Cluett
James Briscoe
Dennis Cauchi
Pierre Brincat
Charles Magri
John Holland
John Aquilina
Mario Spiteri
Michael Greeno
George Xuereb
Mark Miller
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Alex Cleland
Mixu Paatelainen
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Billy McKinlay
Raphael Meade
Kevin Gallacher

Bench
George Attard
Patrick Demanuele
Jeremy Holland
Bernard Licari
Patrick Delia
Scott Thomson
Gary McGinnis
Dave Beaumont
Ian McPhee
Hamish French

Substitutions
Jeremy Holland for Mario Spiteri (88) Hamish French for Raphael Meade (70)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 172 apps -
Dave Narey 718 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 662 apps81 goals
Maurice Malpas 358 apps11 goals
Alex Cleland 6 apps -
Mixu Paatelainen 33 apps16 goals
Jim McInally 101 apps4 goals
Dave Bowman 98 apps1 goal
Billy McKinlay 27 apps1 goal
Raphael Meade 4 apps2 goals
Kevin Gallacher 128 apps30 goals
Hamish French (sub) 31 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (17 years 275 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 117 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (17 years 275 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 51 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

This was a new experience for us in Europe as the Maltese had but one thought in mind to keep the score down. Unfortunately their tactics of consistently having nine men behind the ball meant we failed to score for the first time this season, but with the second leg at Tannadice early next month, the lack of goals was the only disappointment in a match played in great heat and on an uneven surface.

The first of the fifteen corners we won almost brought a goal after twelve minutes. Billy McKinlay's cross was headed down but Raphael Meade just failed to connect.

A header from Paul Hegarty in the 23rd minute was only saved by Cluett at the second attempt. Most of our goal threat came from set pieces and another Paul Hegarty header went too high, Paul's presence in the Floriana box created another chance when his flick found Mixu Paatelainen who kept the high bouncing ball down but shot straight at the not inconsiderable frame of Cluett in goals.

A minute later a shot from Raphael Meade was deflected just past as we continued to press forward. Three minutes from half-time, Floriana had their only chance of the entire ninety minutes. Aquilina's run from the half-way line aided and abetted by some weird bounces allowed him to get a shot in on goal, but it was straight at Billy Thomson.

A minute later, Floriana won the first of their two corners during the game. A couple of minutes into the second half Dave Bowman saw his shot well saved by the 'keeper. As we maintained our attacking momentum a Billy McKinlay free found the head of Mixu Paatelainen, but his header went straight to CIuett.

Dave Bowman saw a shot cleared off the line, but there was to be no way past Cluett, the Maltese international 'keeper, who lived up to his international rating to help his colleagues attain a goalless draw which was acclaimed as if it were a victory by the home fans and players when the final whistle sounded.

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