0 - 0
0 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Jamie McQuilken for David Hannah (29)
Sandy Robertson for Andy McLaren (73)
Robbie Winters for Owen Coyle (78)
Colin McKee for Gary Holt (71)
Tom Brown for Paul Wright (85)
Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Even the return of Jim McInally failed to lift this United performance, after which Tommy McLean bemoand. After startinq off well enough this was quite a poor performance, especially in the second half during which we just petered out.
The bright opening to which he referred saw Owen Coyle head narrowly wide after a head flick from David Hannah in the 5th minute. Nine minutes later, Lekovic pulled off the first of several fine saves when he was at full-stretch to keep out David Hannah's shot on the turn. Apart from a low diagonal drive from McIntyre which slipped past the post. Killie had posed little threat in the opening half hour, but the loss of David Hannah with a badly swollen eye after a clash of heads with team-mate Rab Shannon, saw United have to survive a sticky spell before the break.
Seven minutes before half-time, Jim McInally proved his resourcefulness by blocking a Montgomerie shot from a dangerous position. Then a couple of minutes later the Tannadice Old Boy ,starting his second spell with the club, ensured that United went in on level terms when he cleared a McIntyre header off the line.
No doubt with the wisdom of Tommy McLean's interval team-talk behind them, United made a much more positive start to the second period and only some great goalkeeping by Lekovic kept the Tangerines, and more specifically, Dave Bowman at bay. The Tannadice skipper took a pass from Owen Coyle to let fly from just outside the box and Killie's Yugoslav keeper, not only made a great block, but followed that up with another fine reaction save to Jamie McQuilken's effort after the ball had run loose.
A near carbon-copy of the Owen Coyle - Dave Bowman move 13 minutes later brought an even more exacting test for the visiting keeper as the United captain's booming first time effort took a deflection, only for Lekovic to somehow turn the ball round his right-hand post.
From hereon in United lost their way in an attacking sense and there was one heartstopping moment when McKee went down in a heap in the area after a challenge from Maurice Malpas but the referee waved play on, allowing the Tangerines to claim a point from a none too convincing display.
|Ally Maxwell (GK)||31||10||-||53||-|
|Jamie McQuilken (sub)||22||10||-||23||-|
|Sandy Robertson (sub)||25||2||-||11||-|
|Robbie Winters (sub)||21||10||1||69||13|
No league table has been added for this season.