Kilmarnock 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 28th, 1981
Rugby Park. Att. 2,109
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Davie Dodds (60)

Team Managers
Jim Clunie Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan McCulloch
Stuart McLean
Jim Cockburn
Jim Clark
Ken Armstrong
Paul Clarke
Bobby Street
Derrick McDicken
John Bourke
Ally Mauchlen
Joe Cairney
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Iain Phillip
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Tommy Bryce
Jim McBride
Frank Kopel
Willie Pettigrew

Tommy Bryce for Bobby Street
Jim McBride for Joe Cairney
Frank Kopel for Eamonn Bannon
Willie Pettigrew for Ian Gibson

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee United made only one change from the side which beat Morton last week, with Ian Gibson brought back into midfield in place of Derek Addison for the visit to Kilmarnock.

Kilmarnock threatened early on, with Derrick McDicken blasting wide and Dave Narey headed clear after Ken Armstrong had beaten Hamish McAlpine to an Ally Mauchlen corner. A series of Kilmarnock corners came to nothing, but Joe Cairney did have the ball in the net in the 23rd minute, but was clearly offside. Ex-United striker John Bourke came close three minutes later, heading just past the far post. United’s first real chance came in the 29th minute, when Davie Dodds capitalised on a defensive mistake, but his header came back off the bar. Ralph Milne then came close, cutting in from the right wing, but his 22 yard shot slipped just past.

United started the second half in the same fashion, with Paul Sturrock flicking a John Holt throw-in into the path of Milne, who shot inches over the bar. The chances kept coming, with Sturrock continuing to create them; firstly setting up Eamonn Bannon who shot straight at Alan McCulloch, and then crossing for Davie Dodds, with McCulloch producing a great save from the strikers 15 yard volley in the 50th minute. United’s second half pressure eventually paid off ten minutes later. Sturrock slipped a pass to the overlapping Milne, and his low cross from the byline was perfectly sidefooted past McClulloch by Davie Dodds. United were nearly caught out later on, when a Cockburn pass split the defence for Jim Clark to bear down on goal alone, but McAlpine rushed off his line to block his effort.

Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 1981)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 43 - 4523
John Holt24 22113111
Dave Narey24 41132521
Paul Hegarty26 43828147
Iain Phillip30 35 - 841
Ralph Milne19 2074110
Ian Gibson24 122122
Eamonn Bannon22 4087112
Billy Kirkwood22 32615634
Davie Dodds22 301710839
Paul Sturrock24 431826273
Frank Kopel (sub)31 36 - 37613
Willie Pettigrew (sub)27 2477429

League Table (as at February 28th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 26 19 2 5 +29 40
2. Aberdeen 26 14 8 4 +27 36
3. Rangers 25 11 10 4 +22 32
4. DUNDEE UTD 26 12 8 6 +16 32
5. St Mirren 25 10 7 8 +6 27
6. Partick Th 26 8 9 9 -7 25
7. Morton 27 8 7 12 -15 23
8. Airdrie 25 5 9 11 -16 19
9. Hearts 25 3 6 16 -23 12
10. Kilmarnock 25 2 6 17 -39 10

League results since United's last match
28th February 1981
Aberdeen1-2St Mirren
Hearts1-1Partick Th
Kilmarnock0-1Dundee Utd