The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Owing to the cancellation of Dundee's Scottish Cup tie with Motherwell, the interest of the Dundee enthusiasts concentrated on the encounter between Dundee and the Dundee Hibernians in the competition for the Forfar-shire Cup. The Irishmen have come through their first season, so far as it is gone, remarkably well, and although they suffered defeat on Saturday by 2-1, they were by no means disgraced. In fact, some of their most sanguine supporters did not imagine that an odd goal would cover the difference in the scores when it was learned that the Dundee eleven, originally comprised chiefly of the second team player, were to include Sandy Hall as centre forward and James Lawson in defence.It was a varying game. At times there were dashes of excitement, and at other stages the play deteriorated into a slovenly and ragged style. Seldom, indeed, did either side portray any skilful or the finer touches of the game. In the first half, the play was fairly equally divided, the balance going to the Dens Parkers. The Hibs' defence put up a stubborn opposition to the roads of the Dundee quintette and Hannan's able clearances were a feature of the play. The Dundee defence, mainly through Lawson's ineffective clearing, placed not a few opportunities in the way of the Irishmen, but the forward in front of the goal were sadly weak, and, although combination was absent, even the individualists were inclined to throw away their chances. Mudie and Carrol were particularly brilliant in this direction during the first stage of the initial half, both failing to take advantage of glorious chances. Hall emulated their example on one or two occasions, evidently experiencing some difficulty in maintaining his equilibrium.The first half was almost spent before first blood was drawn. Comrie had the first hand in the pie, placing well to McCann, who in turn ably centred. His shot was partially cleared, but Hall managed to gather the leather in, and as he held undisputed possession of a goodly portion of the ground in Brady's vicinity the centre forward's skill was by no means over-taxed to place the ball in the net. Hibs lost no time in responding, for shortly after the ball had again been set in motion, Mudie wiped his former mistake off the slate by a capital dash down the centre, and as the result of an error by McEwan, he netted the ball and enabled the teams to cross over with equal accounts.It took the second half to produce an improvement in the play. Dundee filled the most of the picture, and with a better combination could have achieved greater success. The credit of Dundee's second goal was divided between Dinnie and Hall. From a free kick, Gowans placed faultlessly to the forwards. Gallacher and Hall and Dinnie marked, but the latter got the ball on his head, and with a neat and gentle twist placed it to Hall, completely hoodwinking the back, and giving Hall a soft job in getting his second point. In the closing stages of the game, excitement was at fever pitch, and Dundee on many occasions looked likely scorers. Time and again they made the descent on Brady, and Hibs could count themselves lucky in keeping their goal immune from further disaster. Philip's desertion of his stronghold well-nigh brought it down, for he found himself on his back well out, and Strachan's centre, if more skilfully accomplished, would have given Mudie a chance. As it was the cross was too high, and Mudie, with an open goal, failed to convert it by a header. A low shot from the winger was all that was necessary.Neither team played outstanding football, and in both forward lines there was an almost entire lack of understanding. Philip did well in the goal. The Dundee backs, especially Lawson in the first half, were not particularly sound, and the half-back line often burst up the Hibs' efforts. The forwards played a bustling game. Jackson gave a good account of himself on the left wing, and, although McCann was the outstanding winger, Dinnie did not prove an able partner, and Dan had occasionally to do a bit on his own account. Hall worked heroically, but succumbed to the soft pitch rather often in the first half, and in the second half he made the mistake of shooting from too far out during his dashes to the Hibs' citadel. For the Hibs, Brady proved just as capable as Philip. Hannan was "the" back on the field, and without him the result would have been different. Gallacher is somewhat light for a back, but, although making some mistakes, he proved his worth. Yule played as centre half, but the line was not in great trim. Brown was off colour on the wing, and his famous dashes were looked for in vain. Mudie played a fair game, but did not feed the wings to any great advantage his passes for the most part being too strong.Report from the Dundee Courier, Monday, February 21, 1910.