Ayr Utd 3
Dundee Utd 4
League Cup (Section 4)

Ayr Utd 

3 - 4

Dundee Utd

League Cup (Section 4)
Saturday, August 8th, 1981
Somerset Park. Att. 3,341
3:00 PM Kick-off

Bobby Connor (6)
Steve Nicol (26)
Derek Frye (43)
Eamonn Bannon (28)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (47)
Paul Sturrock (63)
Eamonn Bannon (75)

Team Managers
Willie McLean Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Stuart Rennie
Mark Shanks
Steve Nicol
Billy Hendry
Ian McAllister
Jim Fleeting
Jim Kean
Brian Ahern
Eric Morris
Bobby Connor
Derek Frye
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Derek Stark
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Billy Kirkwood
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
John Reilly
Paul Sturrock

Gerry Christie
Jim McSherry
George Nicol
Willie Pettigrew

Gerry Christie for Eric Morris Willie Pettigrew for John Reilly (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balfron) (Referee)

Match Report

United opened the season at Somerset Park, defending their hold on the League Cup after last seasons final victory over Dundee at Dens Park. 19 year-old striker John Reilly, who had been a regular scorer during pre-season, was given a starting place ahead of Davie Dodds, and with skipper Paul Hegarty missing through injury, new signing George Nicol was given a place on the bench.

United started in determined manner, with Paul Sturrock shooting inches wide, but the holders suffered an early setback when the First Division side took a 6th minute lead. In their first real attack, Jim Kean found space and cut the ball back to Bobby Connor who tapped the ball into the net. United stepped up the pace to try and get back on level terms, but the home side were marking tightly and attacking on the break. Their hard work paid off when full-back Steve Nicol collected an Ian McAllister pass and doubled their lead with a vicious shot in the 26th minute. Two minutes later Sturrock caught Ayr stretched at the back and set up Eamonn Bannon to pull one back for United. Bannon then set up Sturrock who mis-kicked from just five yards out. It was a costly miss, as a long ball from Nicol found ex-United striker Derek Frye who rounded Hamish McAlpine before slotting the ball into the empty net to give the home side a shock 3-1 lead at half-time.

Two minutes into the second half and United earned a controversial penalty, when Willie Pettigrew, who had come on for John Reilly at the interval, crossed into the box where the ball struck McAllister's arm. Eamonn Bannon converted the spot-kick to reduce the deficit. Pettigrew's introduction allowed Bannon and Sturrock to find more time and space on the ball, and it was Paul Sturrock who pulled United level with a long range shot past Stuart Rennie in the 63rd minute. With 15 minutes remaining Rennie could only block Sturrock's shot and Eamonn Bannon completed his hat-trick by firing home the rebound. Ayr had their chances to get back into the game, with Shanks and Frye coming close as well as a decent shout for a penalty, but United held on for an entertaining win.

Squad Statistics (as at August 8th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 1 - 4683
Dave Narey25 1 - 33922
Derek Stark22 1 - 1213
Frank Kopel32 1 - 39113
Iain Phillip30 1 - 991
John Holt24 1 - 14611
Billy Kirkwood22 1 - 17140
Derek Addison26 1 - 13515
Eamonn Bannon23 138720
John Reilly19 1 - 3 -
Paul Sturrock24 1127779
Willie Pettigrew (sub)27 1 - 8332

League Table (as at August 8th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

League results since United's last match