In The Irish News on Dec 11 1996: Richard Gough own-goal rocks Rangers at Tannadice
RANGERS hit the skids at Tannadice last night as skipper Richard Gough scored an own goal to gift Dundee United a shock victory.
It gave Celtic a title tonic with the gap at the top still eight points but Walter Smith’s side have played one game more.
A rare error by goalkeeper Andy Goram led to the 66thminute matchwinner, with the ball spinning off the head of Gough after he misjudged a cross from Andy McLaren.
Tommy McLean’s United move up to fifth in the Premier Division as a result of a second league defeat of the season for Rangers by the Tannadice club.
They leapfrog Hibs who are at Dunfermline tonight.
But United lost substitute Neil Duffy on a stretcher, and then in an ambulance to hospital, after a bad tackle which earned David Robertson a booking from referee Willie Young.?
A GLORIOUS Stephen Baxter double sent Crusaders into second spot in the Irish League last night and left Cliftonville looking even more remote in bottom place. Cliftonville just about shaded a deadly dull first half marked only by a number of half chances although Kevin McKeown did have one save to make in the 29th minute when he stopped a shot from Paul Stokes with his feet.
Glen Dunlop completed the clearance as Shaun Strang threatened but that was the only real action of note in the first half but after the break it was a different story.
Cliftonville: P Rice, I Hill, G Flynn, M Tabb, D Davey, S Strang, T McCann, M O’Neill, B O’Connor, P Stokes, M Donnelly (Capt). Subs: P McAtee for Flynn, S Small for Strang, J Toland for McCann
Crusaders: K McKeown, R Lawler, T McMullan, G Dunlop, A Callahan (Capt), G Howlett, D O’Bryan, A Dornan, S Baxter, G Hunter, S Burrows. Subs: G McCartney for McMullan, P Dwyer for Hunter.
TYRONE’S footballers have denied reports that they have turned down a holiday in Tenerife so they can start training early for the Ulster Championship.
Team spokesman Jimmy Treacy confirmed that the squad will not be going on the planned trip on January 10, but explained it is purely because the date was unsuitable to many of the players.
“The players will have an opportunity to go on a holiday at more suitable time,” he said.
PAT McENEANEY must have officiated at more boxing matches than Harry Gibbs, declares Opinion by Stevie O’Reilly.
The run of big bill contests began with THAT MacRory Cup final, was rivalled by the All-Ireland final replay (should that be rematch?) and Sunday’s Ulster club final replay did not disappoint the fight fans.
If you ever see him adjudicating at an Irish dancing feis watch out for the toe-tappers with the knuckle dusters.
Apart from saying Pat should have sent some people off, it’s hard to see what a referee can do to stop upwards of 20 players beating seven bells out of each other.
Seriously though, it’s hard to be serious about a problem which seems to have become synonymous with big-occasion football finals.
A MAKESHIFT UUJ team had to come back from four points in arrears at half-time to carve out a narrow two-point, 2-8 to 2-6 win over unfancied Maynooth in this freshers division one football clash at Jordanstown.
The Poly were without the majority of the players who played in the impressive victories over Dundalk and Queen’s.
Crossmaglen man Tony McEntee, Bellaghy duo Paul Diamond and David O’Neill plus Fermanagh intercounty man Kieran Donnelly also didn’t line out yesterday.
However former St Patrick’s Maghera star Michael Kelly did play for UUJ at centre-half back. Brendan Moley was the scoring hero for the Poly, the right half-forward registering 1-2 while midfielder Ray Johnston notched 0-4.
The victory means both Jordanstown and Queen’s have qualified for the All-Ireland quarter-finals scheduled to take place after Christmas.
PAUL Russell and Stuart Paul matched each other stride for stride around the tight Lurgan track to share 41 points and take the honours in the Ulster Golfers’ Alliance outing.
Irish Assistants’ Championship and former Ulster PGA Open winner Russell was the best of the professionals, pencilling in five birdies without a dropped shot on his impressive card.
The Mount Ober assistant was two points clear of Jimmy Heggarty while amateur winner Paul, from Tandragee, was also two points clear of the chasing posse of unpaid players as three shared 39.
Five finished on 38 points with Norman Hayes taking the fifth and last prize.
Teenager Robin Symes (Shandon Park) took the Gross prize with 34 points. He plays off a three handicap.
Professionals: 41pts – P Russell (Mt Ober) 39 – J Heggarty (Spawell) 38 – E Logue (Lisburn) 37 – M Bannon (Holywood), K Gray (Gilnahirk), J Robinson (Ballyearl), P Leonard (Dunmurry), D Mooney (Laganview) 34 – W Ramsey (Balmoral), M McGivern (Newforge Lane), G Loughrey (Knockbracken), B Wilson (Shandon Pk)
Amateurs: 41pts – S Paul scr (Tandragee) 39 – J Dickinson 10 (Fortwilliam), B Baxter 10 (Whitehead), D Mitchell 12 (Fortwilliam) 38 – N Hayes 21 (Blackwood) from four other players Gross: 34pts – R Symes (Shandon Pk)
Team: 98pts – E Logue (Lisburn) with J Dickinson , D Mitchell & K Loy (all Fortwilliam).
ST JOHN’S GAC Belfast have had a successful end to the year with the senior hurlers and juvenile hurlers picking up silverware.
The Johnnies senior hurlers defeated St Paul’s in the Antrim League division 1 B at the weekend and now are promoted to division 1A of the league again.
St John’s were rocked by an early goal St Paul’s forward Paul Donnelly but a penalty from Paul Montgomery got the Johnnies back on terms midway through the first half. Montgomery emerged at the hero of the hour for the Johnnies seniors as he hit two late points ensured a four point success over their Shaw’s Road rivals.
Monty finished up with a match tally of 1-6. St John’s U10s, meanwhile, recently lifted the Whiterock Leisure Centre tournament.
AN opponent for Darren Corbett’s first Irish cruiser-weight title defence will be named next Friday.
Corbett (above) will defend his crown at the now confirmed Ulster Hall Belfast Fight Night bill on January 28 with Eurosport screening Matchroom’s venture live.
Former world welterweight champion Eamon Loughran may make his comeback to the ring on the same bill which includes Eamon Magee as chief support.
CELTIC manager Tommy Burns has booked his Bhoys in for some pre-Christmas rest and recuperation from the pursuit of Rangers – as he hit back at the snipers undermining his Parkhead job.
A 2–1 defeat at Motherwell on Saturday completed a run of just one point from a possible nine for Celtic and sparked almost the first criticism since Burns took over in July 1994. But Burns has responded positively.
He said: “You don’t like criticism, but you put up with it. We’ve been fortunate in that in the last 18 months we’ve not really had a run where we’ve not been playing well. “Realistically there has been a huge improvement here. People seem to forget that in 50-odd league games before Saturday, Rangers are the only side to beat us.’’