Dundee Utd 5
Alloa Athletic 0
League Cup (Group Section 1)

Dundee Utd
5 - 0
Alloa Athletic 

League Cup (Group Section 1)
Tuesday, August 30th, 1983
Tannadice Park. Att. 4,483
7:30 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (23)
John Reilly (36)
John Reilly (59)
Davie Dodds (73)
Davie Dodds (87)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Willie Garner

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Alex Taylor
10. John Reilly
11. Davie Dodds
Donald Hunter
David Martin
Larry Hagartt
Kenny Thomson
Willie Garner
David Houston
Stewart Munro
Garry Thompson
David Lloyd
John Weir
Frank Cole

12. John Holt
14. Ian Britton
Lenny McComb
Robert Harris

John Holt for Alex Taylor (46)
Ian Britton for John Holt (84)
Lenny McComb for David Lloyd (64)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Young (Larkhall) (Referee)
J D Fraser (Larbert) & A H Wilson (Rosyth) (Assistants)

Match Report

Despite a good showing By Willie Garner's men, they had no answer to United's firepower.Davie Dodds opened the scoring when he hammered home the rebound from a blocked Richard Gough effort. Before half-time John Reilly whipped home the second after an Eamonn Bannon cross had struck Alex Taylor.

John Reilly got the third when he latched on to a Willie Garner back header before beating Hunter from an acute angle. The fourth came from an Eamonn Bannon cut back which Davie Dodds diverted into the net via the far post. Davie Dodds completed his hat-trick with a simple tap in after Paul Hegarty's header had struck the woodwork.

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 4 - 5833
Richard Gough21 4310514
Maurice Malpas21 4 - 802
Paul Hegarty29 4140859
Dave Narey27 4 - 45534
John Reilly21 123711
Alex Taylor21 4292
Eamonn Bannon25 4119353
Billy Kirkwood24 4227456
Ralph Milne22 4 - 16248
Davie Dodds24 45234100
John Holt (sub)26 4123821
Ian Britton (sub)29 1 - 182

League Table (as at August 30th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Tonight we continue on the League Cup trail with the visit of AIIoa for the first of our sectional ties which are being staged in midweek between now and the end of November, thus ensuring us a hectic autumn programme with our European commitments. The new League Cup format has come in for a certain amount of criticism, but I firmly believe that the tournament still has a role to play in Scottish football. It is essential that the smaller sides are afforded the opportunity to compete against the top clubs in the country. Surely Brechin's magnificent performance against Celtic and Forfar's narrow defeat by St Mirren can only act as a tremendous stimulus to the little clubs. Viewed in its overall context I was happy with our tie with Dunfermline. An 8-1 aggregate win in modem football is highly acceptable no matter the level of opposition. Certainly, I have few complaints concerning last Wednesday's home performance excepting the slackness in defence when Dunfermline scored.

Last Saturday, however, was not so pleasing. Even allowing for our substantial first leg lead, I am of the opinion that we should entertain at all times. However. Dunfermline worked hard, and our lack of fluency, rather than effort, caused our below par performance. In any event, we were faced with a catch 22 situation, with the 2-0 scoreline a moral victory for Dunfermline. Still it was pleasant to sample the new East End Park pitch in what must be one of the best spectating stadiums in Scotland. It is well over 20 years since we have had the pleasure of welcoming an Alloa side to Tannadice. Willie Garner's men had some outstanding results in their pre-season build-up, then eliminated a much improved Falkirk team in the last round of the League Cup. It is vitally important that we get off to a good start in the section but to do so we will have to exercise patience against a not to be under estimated Alloa side.