Dundee Utd 1
Dunfermline 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 14th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,699
3:00 PM Kick-off

Mixu Paatelainen (67)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Paul Kinnaird
Eamonn Bannon
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Mixu Paatelainen
Iain Ferguson
Ian Westwater
Bobby Robertson
Bobby Smith
Norrie McCathie
John Holt
Stuart Beedie
Mark Smith
Ross Jack
John Watson
Craig Robertson
George Cowie

Gordon McLeod
Ian McPhee
Grant Jenkins
Stevie Morrison

None. Stevie Morrison for George Cowie (78)

Paul Kinnaird (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Don McVicar (Carluke) (Referee)

Match Report

As anticipated the clash with the Premier newcomers was a close encounter, but eventually, a goal by Mixu, the Finn, earned us both points, Our victory would have been greater had a brilliant strike by Dave Narey not been cancelled out by a Linesman's flag, indicating off-side. Dunfermline started well with our former midfielder Stuart Beedie prominent. The first real threat on goal came in thirteen minutes when lain Ferguson headed an Eamonn Bannon cross just wide of the near post. At the other end Stuart Beedie's defence splitting past was knocked past the far post by Mark Smith, but ten minutes later we went even closer when lain Ferguson steered a Paul Kinnaird cross against the post, and the ball rebounded into Westwater's arms.

Gradually as the second half progressed. we gained the upper hand. In fact, around the hour mark near siege conditions existed in the Dunfermline penalty box. Stuart Beedie came to the Pars rescue when he cleared a fierce header from Mixu off the line. The goal which had looked on the cards finally came in the 67th minute. A neat interchange between Maurice Malpas and Eamonn Bannon on the left and Eamonn's perfect cross was headed past Westwater by Mixu Paatelainen. The big Finn went close in 76 minutes with a close range shot. The issue seemed to have been put beyond doubt in 84 minutes. Westwater punched out a cross but only to Dave Narey, who acrobatically hammered in a volley, which went in off the underside of the cross-bar. A raised linesman's flag brought premature Tannadice celebrations to a halt. The let-off rose Dunfermline's spirits and for the first time in the match Billy Thomson was tested, firstly by a John Holt drive and then a Steve Morrison free-kick, but a draw would have been an injustice.

Squad Statistics (as at November 14th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)66 0 - 0 -
Maurice Malpas61 0 - 0 -
Paul Hegarty69 0 - 0 -
Dave Beaumont60 0 - 0 -
Dave Narey67 0 - 0 -
Eamonn Bannon65 0 - 0 -
Jim McInally60 0 - 0 -
Paul Kinnaird57 0 - 0 -
Dave Bowman60 0 - 0 -
Mixu Paatelainen57 0 - 0 -
Iain Ferguson61 0 - 0 -

League Table (as at November 14th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.