EDGED OUT IN EAST END THRILLER

In the build up to Saturday’s big game against Motherwell, part four of our daily look at our previous Scottish Cup semi-finals

1991

With there having been a gap of 34 years between our first and second appearances in the semi-final stage of the Scottish Cup and then 21 years between the second and third semi-finals, it came as something of a surprise to the Saints faithful that they found themselves back in the last four of the competition just two years after their previous such feat.

Dundee United were the opponents, East End Park in Dunfermline the venue for a pulsating tie which was watched by 16,560 fans. Saints were as good as United on the day and had been the better side in the first half but in 41 minutes a John Clark striker gave United the lead. However, Saints managed to gain parity before the interval thanks to a Harry Curran header.

Duncan Ferguson scored the only goal of the second half and Saints fans watched in agony as then-United keeper Alan Main denied us with some great saves and a blatant handball from a Steve Maskrey shot went unpunished. A fourth semi-final defeat for the Saints and the team that day was: Hamilton, Treanor, Baltacha, McVicar, Inglis, McGinnis, Moore, Turner, Maskrey, Grant, Curran.

Photo: All eyes on the ball as Harry Curran, Darren Jackson, Roddy Grant, Miodrag Krivokapic and Duncan ferguson await the arrival of a free kick at the 1991 semi-final