Aberdeen 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


2 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 9th, 1989
Pittodrie. Att. 15,070
3:00 PM Kick-off

Charlie Nicholas (49)
Paul Mason (72)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Theo Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
David Robertson
Brian Grant
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Charlie Nicholas
Jim Bett
Paul Mason
Robert Connor
Hans Gilhaus
Alan Main
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Dave Narey
Freddy van der Hoorn
Dave Bowman
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Michael O'Neill
Mixu Paatelainen
Kevin Gallacher

Calum Robertson
Willem Van der Ark
Alex Cleland
Peter Hinds

Willem Van der Ark for Paul Mason (82) Peter Hinds for Mixu Paatelainen (64)
Alex Cleland for Billy McKinlay (74)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie Yeats (Perth) (Referee)

Match Report

For many years now, in fact almost coinciding with the advent of the Premier Division, Pittodrie has been one of our favoured grounds. The price we have had to pay has been Aberdeen's equal preference for extracting points from Tannadice. Gradually over the past few seasons the success both sides have had on each others grounds has switched to their own patch. The two meetings this season have reflected these changes in fortunes all too clearly. Earlier this term we earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Dons and unfortunately our visit to Pittodrie produced a mirror image of the first meeting, but this time in Aberdeen's favour.

The first half gave little indication of how the Dons would emerge victors with room to spare, though. Newcomer Hans Gillhaus did have a couple of penetrating runs, but in terms of goal attempts neither 'keeper was seriously troubled. However, once Aberdeen edged in front we were always chasing the game. Their opener came four minutes into the second half when Charlie Nicholas pounced on a short pass from Gillhaus and sent a swerving 20 yarder past Alan Main.

Aberdeen's second goal 18 minutes from time was a scrambled affair. The ball bounced high in the box and wasn't cleared, allowing Paul Mason to sneak in and net from an acute angle. Just prior to that killer goal we had a strong penalty appeal rejected when Peter Hinds was brought down. True, we staged something of a late rally, but only a long range effort by Freddy Van Der Hoorn tested Snelders, and there could be no complaints that Aberdeen were worthy winners.

Squad Statistics (as at December 9th, 1989)

1989-90 All Time
Alan Main (GK)22 8 - 21 -
Maurice Malpas27 22242214
Gary McGinnis26 6 - 911
Dave Narey33 20 - 77636
Freddy van der Hoorn26 202202
Dave Bowman25 2011504
Jim McInally25 2131588
Billy McKinlay20 10 - 702
Michael O'Neill20 197197
Mixu Paatelainen22 1848932
Kevin Gallacher23 18218240
Alex Cleland (sub)18 81211
Peter Hinds (sub)27 142142

League Table (as at December 9th, 1989)

No league table has been added for this season.