'Well Drop to Sixth

Last updated : 08 May 2004 By Firparkcorner

Will we score a goal before the season ends? Not on today’s showing!

United won the toss and switched ends. Unusually we faced the Cooper Stand in the first half. Scott McDonald got the starting nod over Craig and the game was underway in bright sunshine.

Gallagher recovers from meeting 'Dooogay'
It was McDonald who impressed early on and his aggressive style caused the Tangerine defence a few problems. Gallagher felt the weight of his enthusiasm early on, though he recovered quickly.

The random element introduced by the poor surface contributed to some poor play by both teams. Misplaced passes, poor control and stumbling players were typical results of the contribution from the pitch. An instance occurred in ten minute4s when a fine break down the right wing from McDonald resulted in a lovely cross to Fagan who had time, ten yards out, to have an attempt on goal. But he lost his footing and the chance was gone.

We had the most of the possession throughout the match. Many of our attacks werev generated on the right wing and Paul Quinn has to take some credit for that.

United’s winner came five minutes after the break when Miller delivered the ball to Wilson some twenty odd years out. His shot was the highlight of the game and from the moment it left his foot those of us in the Cooper stand could see that it was goal-bound.

We stepped up a gear and charged forward. Adams, McDonald and Hammell had attempts on goal but the lack of cutting edge was evident.

With ten minutes remaining Craig replaced Burns. Clarkson have a good driving run into the box only to see his shot blocked. Our last chance came with the final kick when Adams had a blast from a free kick but by the time it flew over the bar many of the home fans had left the ground.

Last kick of the game flies over the top
There was a feeling of anti-climax about the place. Everyone is thrilled that the team’s efforts throughout the season has resulted in a top six finish but our lack of success to date in the post split section has put a damper on the celebration. Maybe we’ll get a goal against Celtic on Wednesday!