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Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, February 18th, 1989
Pittodrie. Att. 23,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Robert Connor (26) Mixu Paatelainen (pen.) (46)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Theo Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
Ian Robertson
Neil Simpson
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Charlie Nicholas
Jim Bett
Paul Wright
Robert Connor
Willem Van der Ark
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Miodrag Krivokapić
Maurice Malpas
Mixu Paatelainen
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Kevin Gallacher
Hamish French

Brian Grant
John Hewitt
Gary McGinnis
Raphael Meade

John Hewitt for Willem Van der Ark (68) Raphael Meade for Hamish French (73)
Gary McGinnis for Mixu Paatelainen (86)

Neil Simpson (47) Maurice Malpas

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Valentine (Dundee) (Referee)

Match Report

Meetings between United and the Dons are akin to the irresistable meeting the immovable and the result always seems to be stalemate.

Even this cup-tie, in which both sides shrugged off their more studious approach to a new firm encounter, failed to separate the pair. Few could quibble that Aberdeen didn't deserve to take the lead in the 26th minute. Charlie Nicholas, whilst lying on the ground, somehow managed to find Robert Connor in space and the Dons midfielder hit a low grounder past Billy Thomson. As half-time approached we began to seize the initiative and McKimmie had to look lively to prevent Kevin Gallacher finishing off a fine move from a throw-in. A minute later Charlie Nicholas hit a free-kick which sneaked only inches past the post, but the half closed with us putting the Dons goal under pressure which augured well for the second period.

The second half was just 38 seconds old when we got an opportunity to hit back. Kevin Gallacher was tripped by Ian Robertson in the box, and Mixu Paatelainen stepped up to sweep home the penalty award to set up a rousing second period.

Jim Bett struck a low shot which Billy Thomson turned round the post shortly afterwards but that was the last time the Tannadice 'keeper was to be severely tested. Instead there was some unbelievable incidents around Snelders goal. Kevin Gallacher struck the outside of the far post when he got on the end of a Paul Hegarty back header from a long Dave Bowman throw. Mixu Paatelainen returned the ball into the middle, Hamish French flicked in and Paul Hegarty hammered the ball against the inside of the near post and this spell of bedlam ended with Jim Mclrially volleying over.

We certainly finished the match in good heart with Snelders denying Gary McGinnis on two occasions and Kevin Gallacher nodding over in between these two excellent efforts from the substitute, but the widely predicted outcome was proved correct.

Squad Statistics (as at February 18th, 1989)

1988-89 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)31 35 - 199 -
Dave Narey32 33 - 74336
Miodrag Krivokapić29 22 - 22 -
Maurice Malpas26 36 - 38611
Paul Hegarty34 27 - 68581
Mixu Paatelainen22 33135924
Dave Bowman24 3521253
Jim McInally24 2711245
John Clark24 21215822
Hamish French25 253517
Kevin Gallacher22 32915235
Gary McGinnis (sub)25 7 - 761
Raphael Meade (sub)26 207207

League Table (as at February 18th, 1989)

No league table has been added for this season.