The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
There was an early shock for Tannadice fans as Saints scored before most of the crowd had settled in their places. Frank McAvennie's cross from the right was palmed onto the bar by Hamish McAlpine and full-back Dave Winnie knocked the ball over the line. That disadvantage was soon negated, however. A corner by John Reilly was only half cleared and Eamonn Bannon picked his spot with a well-struck volley. Eamonn then struck the cross-bar with a tremendous drive but was on target a few minutes later. A long spell of possession eventually came to a halt when Eamonn Bannon jinked inside and his shot deceived Stewart for United to take the lead. John Reilly almost increased our lead with an overhead kick just after the turnaround, but another similar effort did bring the third when Stewart palmed his shot on to the bar and Davie Dodds nodded in the rebound.