Dundee Utd 0 - 2 Dundee

Forfarshire Cup - Final
Saturday, November 30th, 1985, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,201
Referee: Bobby Valentine
Dundee Utd  Dundee

None. Ross Jack (44)
John Brown (pen.) (57)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Archie Knox

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John Holt
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Gordon McLeod
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Tom Carson
Stewart Forsyth
Tosh McKinlay
Stuart Rafferty
Bobby Glennie
Jim Duffy
Albert Kidd
John Brown
Graham Harvey
Bobby Connor
Ross Jack

John Clark
Stuart Beedie
Colin Hendry
John Waddell

Stuart Beedie for Ian Redford (52)
John Clark for Paul Sturrock (84)

The Tannadice undersoil heating system atoned for its midweek malfunctioning to allow the Forfarshire final to be switched from frost bound Dens Park at the last minute. However. United. without World Cup stars Richard Gough and Maurice Malpas lost their grip on the County Cup Trophy after less than two months as Dundee's Tom Carson laid the foundations for a Clark Blue win with a string of fine first half saves.

After early pressure, United's first serious threat came when Carson turned a Davie Dodds shot round the post. Shortly afterwards he blocked another effort by the United striker with his feet in mid-air. More heroics by the Dundee 'keeper followed when he brilliantly tipped over a ferocious drive by Eamonn Bannon. From the resultant corner, Carson performed equally well again to tip over a header from Davie Dodds. However, on the stroke of half-time, Dundee took a shock lead. Billy Thomson failed to hold a cross by Brown from the right and Ross Jack headed in the loose bail.

There was a further set-back 12 minutes into the second period when John Holt brought down Bobby Connor and John Brown crashed in the penalty award. Boosted by that two goals the Dens men dominated most of the second half. In a final salvo United did manage a few goal attempts but the last serious action of the match encapsulated the major factor for the win, when Tom Carson produced yet another superlative save, pushing over a 20 yard first time drive by John Holt.


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