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Sunday, 30 January, 2000, 17:56 GMT
Four off in fiery tie

David Hannah: Two of Dundee United's goals

Dundee United are through to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup after a big win against Airdrie which ended with both sides down to nine men.

Meanwhile Sunday afternoon also saw lowly Brechin came from behind to snatch a replay at first division Greenock Morton.

Dundee Utd 4-1 Airdrie

A game full of drama saw four sendings split between the two sides but the Premier League outfit take a greater share of the five goals.

The dismissals of Bernard Pascual and Antoine Preget of the home team and Airdrie's Eddie Forrest and Jim Dick came in four seperate incidents.

It all overshadowed the goalscoring exploits of midfielder David Hannah, who scored two of United's goals.

There were no broken bones yet both sides ended up with nine men. It is a contact sport after all
Airdrie manager Gary Mackay
Airdrie, Scottish Cup finalists in 1992 and 1995 but now second bottom of the first division, arrived at Tannadice as underdogs.

And United, currently third in the Premier League, were soon creating chances.

Hannah made amends for an earlier miss after 17 minutes when Stevie Thompson cut the ball back and Hannah rattled it home at the second attempt.

The first red card came in the 37th minute when Forrest followed up a booking for a challenge on keeper Alan Combe with a bad tackle on Thompson.

Pascual followed two minutes before half-time after picking up a second yellow, both of them for challenges on Gareth Evans.

Airdrie gave themselves hope 12 minutes after the break with Austin McCann's penalty.

Our discipline disappointed me and there were a lot of silly yellow cards
United manager Paul Sturrock
Hannah was the offender, handling in the area as Stewart Easton tried to control it.

But United regained the lead a minute later to make it 2-1 when Alex Mathie swept the ball in first time after a superb cross from Davidson.

Airdrie were down to nine men in the 77th minute when Jim Dick was sent off.

He had already been booked for diving when he lunged at Antione Preget.

Preget himself received the only straight red of the game five minutes from time after apparently elbowing Sandy Stewart in the face.

By then Hannah had grabbed his second goal to make it 3-1 ten minutes from time, while substitute Joaquim Ferraz added a fourth for United with three minutes remaining.

Dundee Utd: Combe, De Vos, Jonsson, Partridge, Pascual, Davidson, Hannah, Telesnikov, Preget, Mathie, Thompson. Subs: Malpas, Skoldmark, Ferraz.

Airdrie: Thomson, Johnston, McCann, Jack, Stewart, Moore, Forrest, Easton, Dick, Thompson, Evans. Subs: Neil, Taylor, McCormick.

Referee: Alan Freeland (Scotland)

Morton 1-1 Brechin

Brechin's fighting display in the wind and rain kept the third division strugglers' cup hopes alive.

John Anderson headed Morton into the lead after 25 minutes and the first division side seemed set to go on and win it, particularly as they faced a second half with the wind behind them.

But Brechin came back and forced keeper Ally Maxwell into a number of outstanding saves.

And the visitors' efforts were rewarded eight minutes from time when Roddie Black headed into the net after a corner to earn his side a replay.

Greenock Morton: Maxwell, Murie, Morrison, Fenwick, D. Anderson, Millen, Curran, J. Anderson, Matheson, Whalen, McDonald. Subs: Hart, McPherson, Tweedie.

Brechin: Geddes, Donnachie, Cairney, Bain, Raynes, Christie, Riley, Black, Sorbie, Honeyman, Bailey. Subs: Coulston, Kerrigan, Durie.

Referee: Jim McCluskey (Scotland)

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