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 Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 21:51 GMT
Thompson double sinks Diamonds
United's Thompson squandered a penalty chance
A penalty miss denied Steven Thompson a hat-trick
Airdrie United 1-2 Dundee United

Two second half goals from Steven Thompson were enough for Dundee United to see off the brave challenge of Airdrie United and progress to the quarter finals of the CIS Cup.

The Second Division side made the Premier League outfit battle throughout a cold and wet night in Lanarkshire and Simon Vella gave them hope with a last minute goal.

Scotland striker Thompson was denied a hat-trick when he missed from the penalty spot in the first half.

United will now face the winners of the St Johnstone v Livingston tie, which was abandoned due to heavy fog.

The visitors were less than impressive for long spells but the victory keeps alive caretaker-manager Paul Hegarty's chances of the job on a permanent basis.

Airdrie United v Dundee United
United struggled to see off Second Division opponents
It was the home side who took the early initiative and in the second minute defender Neil McGowan came close with a close range header from a Paul Armstrong corner.

In the 23rd minute Dundee United midfielder Mark Wilson brought out a good save from McGeown with a low drive which the goalkeeper did well to parry for a corner.

Airdrie fought back and nearly took the lead in the 28th minute when Jerome Veraille latched on to a Paul Ronald knock down and bundled the ball past Gallacher from close range.

The ball appeared to be over the line when Tannadice defender Kevin McGowne swept it away but referee Dougie McDonald waved play on.

The impressive McGeown then made a great save to deny Thompson's 16-yard shot.

Better was to come from the home keeper in the 43rd minute when he dived spectacularly to his left to send Thompson's penalty kick round the post.

Jerome Vareille appeals for a goal
Airdrie United battled hard
The spot kick was given after Thompson and Kenny Brannigan tangled going for a high ball.

On the hour mark Thompson made amends for his earlier misses when he latched onto a ricocheted ball and from 12 yards out he slammed the ball home.

The goal sparked an Airdrie United fightback and substitute Alan Gow sent a tremendous shot whistling inches wide.

But the visitors notched a second in the 67th minute when, following a Jim McIntyre shot which hit the post, Thompson was handily placed to slam the ball in from 10 yards out.

Airdrie got a goal back a minute from time when Simon Vella headed an Armstrong cross past Paul Gallacher from close range to set up a storming finish.

Airdrie Utd: McGeown, Stewart, Brannigan, Vella, William Wilson, McGuire, Docherty, Armstrong, N McGowan (Miller 87), Ronald (Glancy 72), Vareille (Gow 63).
Subs Not Used: McKeown, Cherry.

Booked: Stewart, Ronald, McGuire.

Dundee Utd: Gallacher, McCunnie, McGowne, McCraken, Duff, Wilson, Miller, Easton, McIntyre, Lilley (Paterson 56), Thompson.
Subs Not Used: Lauchlan, Hamilton, O'Donnell, Combe.

Booked: Thompson, McIntyre.

Attendance: 1,768
Referee: D McDonald

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