The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
This was the sixth time that we have met St. Mirren in the League Cup and we maintained our 100% record with this convincing win, our second of the season at Paisley. Apart from a twenty minute spell in the second half, the game was dominated by us. The match started in bright late summer sunshine and Saints started in the mood of the weather with Martin trying a pot shot from 30 yards less than a minute from the kick-off. On seven minutes, Kevin Gallacher almost capitalised on a slip by Godfrey, but the danger was cleared by Cooper. A Billy McKinlay cross went tantalising across the face of the Saints goal and then Ian Redford was released by Kevin Gallacher, but again there was no takers for his hard hit ball into the middle. Billy Thomson was called into action for the first time when he had to dart from his box to hammer the ball away as McGarvey and Chalmers menacingly chased a long through ball. Alan Irvine had to limp off with a back injury two minutes before half-time, which saw Raphael Meade make his United debut. Within a minute the newcomer saw his colleagues take the lead with a superb goal. Maurice Malpas hit a first time ball out to Mixu Paatelainen out on the left, and the Finn's cross to the near post was met by Kevin Gallacher, whose glancing header entered the far corner leaving Fridge helpless.After Mixu Paatelainen missed a good chance just after the interval, Saints began to enjoy their best spell. In 67 minutes Ian Cameron cut in from the left and fired in an equaliser from the edge of the penalty area. Two minutes later Paul Chalmers almost did likewise from the same spot, but this time Billy Thomson turned the ball round the post for a corner. Our reply was immediate and clinical. In the 71st minute, Billy McKinlay threaded the ball through to Kevin Gallacher who squared the ball for Mixu Paatelainen to turn the ball into the net from inside the six yard box. A minute later and the game was safe. Kevin Gallacher found Ian Redford free on the left and he turned the ball inside for Raphael Meade to score his first goal for the club via Saints' keeper Les Fridge. Before the end Fridge had to dive full length to turn an Ian Redford drive away to safety.