Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - 4th Round
Saturday, February 18th, 1989, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Bob Valentine (Dundee)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Robert Connor (26) Mixu Paatelainen (pen.) (46)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Theo Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
Ian Robertson
Neil Simpson
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Charlie Nicholas
Jim Bett
Paul Wright
Robert Connor
Willem Van der Ark
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Miodrag Krivokapić
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Mixu Paatelainen
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher

Brian Grant
John Hewitt
Gary McGinnis
Raphael Meade

John Hewitt for Willem Van der Ark (68) Raphael Meade for Hamish French (73)
Gary McGinnis for Mixu Paatelainen (86)

Neil Simpson (47) Maurice Malpas

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 199 apps -
Paul Hegarty 685 apps81 goals
Miodrag Krivokapić 22 apps -
Maurice Malpas 386 apps11 goals
Dave Narey 743 apps36 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 59 apps24 goals
Dave Bowman 125 apps3 goals
John Clark 158 apps22 goals
Jim McInally 124 apps5 goals
Hamish French 51 apps7 goals
Kevin Gallacher 152 apps35 goals
Gary McGinnis (sub) 76 apps1 goal
Raphael Meade (sub) 20 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Mixu Paatelainen (22 years 21 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 217 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 38 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mixu Paatelainen (22 years 21 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 217 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 330 days
Domestic Players:10 (76.92 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Meetings between United and the Dons are akin to the irresistable meeting the immovable and the result always seems to be stalemate.

Even this cup-tie, in which both sides shrugged off their more studious approach to a new firm encounter, failed to separate the pair. Few could quibble that Aberdeen didn't deserve to take the lead in the 26th minute. Charlie Nicholas, whilst lying on the ground, somehow managed to find Robert Connor in space and the Dons midfielder hit a low grounder past Billy Thomson. As half-time approached we began to seize the initiative and McKimmie had to look lively to prevent Kevin Gallacher finishing off a fine move from a throw-in. A minute later Charlie Nicholas hit a free-kick which sneaked only inches past the post, but the half closed with us putting the Dons goal under pressure which augured well for the second period.

The second half was just 38 seconds old when we got an opportunity to hit back. Kevin Gallacher was tripped by Ian Robertson in the box, and Mixu Paatelainen stepped up to sweep home the penalty award to set up a rousing second period.

Jim Bett struck a low shot which Billy Thomson turned round the post shortly afterwards but that was the last time the Tannadice 'keeper was to be severely tested. Instead there was some unbelievable incidents around Snelders goal. Kevin Gallacher struck the outside of the far post when he got on the end of a Paul Hegarty back header from a long Dave Bowman throw. Mixu Paatelainen returned the ball into the middle, Hamish French flicked in and Paul Hegarty hammered the ball against the inside of the near post and this spell of bedlam ended with Jim Mclrially volleying over.

We certainly finished the match in good heart with Snelders denying Gary McGinnis on two occasions and Kevin Gallacher nodding over in between these two excellent efforts from the substitute, but the widely predicted outcome was proved correct.

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