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Dundee Utd 2
League Cup (Section 4)


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Dundee Utd

League Cup (Section 4)
Saturday, August 15th, 1981
Fir Park. Att. 2,884
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brian McLaughlin (pen.) (42) Willie Pettigrew (23)
Richard Gough (76)

Team Managers
Ally MacLeod Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Hugh Sproat
Joe Wark
Ian MacLeod
Chic McLelland
Joe Carson
Brian McLaughlin
Ian Clinging
Graeme Forbes
Bruce Cleland
Alfie Conn
John Gahagan
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds

Gordon Soutar
Willie Irvine
Richard Gough
John Reilly

Gordon Soutar for Alfie Conn
Willie Irvine for Brian McLaughlin
Richard Gough for Graeme Payne (52)

Ian MacLeod
Hugh Sproat
Frank Kopel

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Alexander (Irvine) (Referee)

Match Report

United maintained their 100% record in the League Cup when completing a hat trick of wins, this time triumphing 2-1 over Motherwell at Fir Park. Manager Jim McLean stayed with the same starting eleven from the midweek win over Partick Thistle, with John Reilly replacing Ian Gibson on the bench.

After Davie Dodds and Paul Sturrock had come close in the first quarter of an hour, United got the goal their play deserved after 23 minutes. Eamonn Bannon won possession in midfield and embarked on a 30 yard run up the left wing, wiggling past two defenders in the process. A finely judged pass found Willie Pettigrew who side-stepped one player before slamming the ball inside Hugh Sproat's inside post. Two minutes from the break, Motherwell were awarded a penalty, with Ian Clinging's header hitting Iain Phillip's arm. Brian McLaughlin scored from the spot.

Six minutes into the second half Richard Gough replaced Graeme Payne and it proved an inspired substitution. The big defender scored his first goal for the club, rising to powerfully head in another cross from Eamonn Bannon 13 minutes from the end of a match in which United were made to fight all the way.

Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 3 - 4703
Derek Stark22 3 - 1233
Dave Narey25 3 - 34122
Iain Phillip30 3 - 1011
Frank Kopel32 3 - 39313
John Holt24 3 - 14811
Eamonn Bannon23 338920
Paul Sturrock24 3227980
Willie Pettigrew27 328534
Davie Dodds22 2 - 12045
Graeme Payne25 2 - 26917
Richard Gough (sub)19 2161

League Table (as at August 15th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

League results since United's last match