Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Falkirk

League - Premier Division
Saturday, January 23rd, 1993, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,626
Referee: Ian Taylor (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Falkirk

Scott Crabbe (15)
Paddy Connolly (40)
Neil Duffy (4)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Jefferies

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Billy McKinlay
Michael O'Neill
Jim McInally
John Clark
John O'Neil
Paddy Connolly
Scott Crabbe
Tony Parks
Fraser Wishart
Forbes Johnston
Neil Duffy
David Weir
Neil Oliver
Kevin McAllister
Kevin Drinkell
Richard Cadette
Ian McCall
Eddie May

Gary Bollan
Victor Ferreyra
Scott Sloan
Scott McKenzie

Gary Bollan for Scott Crabbe (78)
Scott Sloan for Forbes Johnston (73)

Jim McInally (58)
John Clark (66)
Dave Narey (85)
Gary Bollan (88)
Neil Oliver (3)
David Weir (69)

Red Cards
Jim McInally (87)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 135 apps -
Mark Perry 7 apps1 goal
Maurice Malpas 567 apps19 goals
Dave Narey 844 apps36 goals
Billy McKinlay 171 apps8 goals
Michael O'Neill 62 apps12 goals
Jim McInally 292 apps19 goals
John Clark 294 apps33 goals
John O'Neil 69 apps5 goals
Paddy Connolly 73 apps19 goals
Scott Crabbe 10 apps3 goals
Gary Bollan (sub) 24 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:John O'Neil (21 years 207 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (36 years 234 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 50 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gary Bollan (19 years 310 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (36 years 234 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 317 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


On a day when few Scottish matches survived the atrocious weather as snow and then rain swept across Scotland, our game with Falkirk was one of the few survivors. Without a win in our last three outings, Manager Jim McLean rang the changes, particularly in defence. Conditions may have been far from ideal, but they didn't prevent both sides serving up an exciting encounter with drama in evidence. Oliver was booked for holding back Paddy Connolly after only three minutes, but a minute later, it was the visitors who struck. McCall was fouled out on the right touchline and he flighted over the kick himself from which Neil Duffy sent a glancing header into the far corner. This was the fifth consecutive match in which we had found ourselves going behind, but we responded in the perfect way and pushed the visitors back. Finally, our pressure told when Scott Crabbe collected the ball before letting fly with a shot from the edge of the box which entered the net in the bottom right-hand comer. A thin layer of wet snow had by now covered the pitch, but the action continued to rage thick and fast and five minutes before a welcome respite from the elements, we forged ahead. A fine move on the right involving Mark Perry and John O'Neil saw the ball eventually transferred to Paddy Connolly and he cut inside to fire in a shot which Parks got a touch to, but couldn't prevent rolling over the line.

The snow had turned to unrelenting rain by the time the second half got under way and the pace remained the same, even if chances weren't as abundant. Falkirk fought furiously to the end and only a last minute goal-line clearance by Billy McKinlay ensured that both points remained at Tannadice.


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