Dundee Utd 0
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 19th, 1988
Tannadice Park. Att. 10,403
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Charlie Nicholas (7)
Tom Jones (58)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Ian Porterfield

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Jim McInally
Ian Redford
Eamonn Bannon
Dave Bowman
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Willie Falconer
Neil Simpson
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Davie Dodds
Jim Bett
Charlie Nicholas
Peter Nicholas
Tom Jones

Mixu Paatelainen
Iain Ferguson
Brian Grant
Robert Connor

Mixu Paatelainen for Gary McGinnis (50)
Iain Ferguson for Hamish French (67)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim McCluskey (Stewarton) (Referee)

Match Report

The effects of the mid-week marathon Cup tie with Dundee certainly appeared to take its toll. Aberdeen took control at the start and got the additional boost of an early goal. Bett sent over across from the left and Alan Main punched it away only for Charlie Nicholas to head back into the net. We immediately hit back and Jim Leighton had to look lively to collect a Kevin Gallacher shot which had taken a deflection off Willie Miller. After half an hour we began to make some impact on Aberdeen. Ian Redford shot over but there was an even nearer thing at the other end before half-time. Davie Dodds picked up a stray JIm McInally pass, but Alan Main somehow managed to tip his chip over the bar.

We started the second half much better than the first, putting pressure on the Dons defence. Mixu Paatelainen, who'd replaced Gary McGinnis, saw Leighton save his shot almost immediately. After he came on the Finn was then involved in the minute's action which was to decide the issue in Aberdeen's favour. Eamonn Bannon embarked on a run down the left, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake and sent over a cross, which Mixu headed goalwards. Jim Leighton somehow managed to get his fingers to the ball and tip it on to the post. Relieved at this let-off, Aberdeen promptly surged upfield to score a killer goal. Neil Simpson crossed or Davie Dodds to flick the ball to Tom Jones who tucked the ball past Alan Main. There was no way back from that but Jim Leighton was lucky to record his 24th shut out when lain Ferguson, in the clear, was foiled by Willie Miller who was back to mop up the danger.

Squad Statistics (as at March 19th, 1988)

1987-88 All Time
Alan Main (GK)56 0 - 0 -
Dave Narey67 0 - 0 -
Maurice Malpas61 0 - 0 -
Gary McGinnis60 0 - 0 -
Paul Hegarty69 0 - 0 -
Eamonn Bannon65 0 - 0 -
Ian Redford64 0 - 0 -
Dave Bowman60 0 - 0 -
Jim McInally60 0 - 0 -
Hamish French60 0 - 0 -
Kevin Gallacher57 0 - 0 -
Mixu Paatelainen (sub)57 0 - 0 -
Iain Ferguson (sub)61 0 - 0 -

League Table (as at March 19th, 1988)

No league table has been added for this season.