Dundee Utd 3 - 1 Partick Thistle

League - Premier Division
Saturday, May 1st, 1993, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,590
Referee: Hugh Williamson (Renfrew)
Dundee Utd  Partick Thistle

Paddy Connolly (36)
Michael O'Neill (43)
Paddy Connolly (56)
Gerry Britton (64)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Lambie

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Christian Dailly
Dave Narey
Alex Cleland
Freddy van der Hoorn
Gary Bollan
Brian Welsh
Dave Bowman
Billy McKinlay
Michael O'Neill
Paddy Connolly
Andy Murdoch
Bobby Law
Don McVicar
Paul McLaughlin
Willie Jamieson
David Irons
Albert Craig
Ray Farningham
Gerry Britton
Ian Cameron
Alex Taylor

Jim McInally
Scott Crabbe
Neil McKilligan
George Shaw

Jim McInally for Dave Narey (79)
Scott Crabbe for Paddy Connolly (87)
Neil McKilligan for Alex Taylor (58)

Christian Dailly (67)
Scott Crabbe (88)
Willie Jamieson (72)

Red Cards
None. Don McVicar (42)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 151 apps -
Christian Dailly 47 apps10 goals
Dave Narey 859 apps36 goals
Alex Cleland 117 apps8 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn 167 apps5 goals
Gary Bollan 30 apps4 goals
Brian Welsh 61 apps5 goals
Dave Bowman 260 apps9 goals
Billy McKinlay 187 apps8 goals
Michael O'Neill 76 apps14 goals
Paddy Connolly 90 apps29 goals
Jim McInally (sub) 299 apps20 goals
Scott Crabbe (sub) 27 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (19 years 195 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (36 years 332 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 100 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Christian Dailly (19 years 195 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (36 years 332 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 196 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Thistle proved a much improved side from the one we defeated so comfortably at Firhill in February and had Alan Main not been in top form, we could easily have found ourselves trailing by a couple of goals as he made vital saves from Cameron and Farningham within the space of a few seconds. None-the-less, it was Thistle who found themselves in arrears after 36 minutes. Alex Cleland's cross from the right was met by Michael O'Neill at the far post and although Murdoch parried his header, the ball went on to the post and Paddy Connolly had the simple task of putting us ahead and, at that stage, probably against the run of play. Thistle's prospects dimmed even further just before the interval. First skipper Don McVicar was red-carded for a scything tackle on Alex Cleland and when the free kick was flighted over by Billy McKinlay, Michael O'Neill got in a header which Murdoch failed to keep out.

Thistle kept battling, but went further behind when Michael O'Neill timed his run on to a Gary Bollan chip to perfection and his ball into the middle was side footed home by Paddy Connolly. Ten man Thistle gained a measure of consolation with a fine individual goal by Gerry Button after he had run half the length of the park. "A performance from which I didn't derive too much pleasure," was manager Jim McLean's assessment, though like all United supporters, he wouldn't have quibbled with a result which completed a clean sweep over Thistle and put us in the driving seat for a European place after Hearts lost 6-0 to Falkirk at Brockville.


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