Dundee Utd 6
Motherwell 1
Scottish Cup (5th Round)

Dundee Utd
6 - 1

Scottish Cup (5th Round)
Saturday, March 7th, 1981
Tannadice Park. Att. 10,236
3:00 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (10)
Davie Dodds (11)
Paul Sturrock (14)
Davie Dodds (17)
Billy Kirkwood (59)
Dave Narey (62)
Gordon Soutar (32)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Ally MacLeod

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Hugh Sproat
Joe Wark
Ian MacLeod
Chic McLelland
Joe Smith
Graeme Forbes
Brian McLaughlin
Bruce Cleland
Willie Irvine
Gordon Soutar
John Gahagan

Graeme Payne
Willie Pettigrew
Joe Carson
Stuart Rafferty

Graeme Payne for Ralph Milne (53)
Willie Pettigrew for Iain Phillip (75)
Joe Carson for Bruce Cleland (75)

Frank Kopel
Gordon Soutar

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

The Terrors secured a fine win over First Division Motherwell at Tannadice to secure a safe passage into the Scottish Cup Semi Finals.

Motherwell threatened early on, with a Bruce Cleland shot blocked by Hamish McAlpine and Gordon Soutar fired the rebound wide. In the 10th minute United took control, with Davie Dodds scoring his first before adding a second a minute later. Three minutes later Paul Sturrock made it three goals in four minutes with a marvellous first-time shot. In the 17th minute Davie Dodds completed his hat-trick, having scored his three goals in an incredible seven minute spell. Motherwell did pull a goal back in the 32nd minute through Gordon Soutar to make it 4-1 going into half-time.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, Billy Kirkwood made it 5-1, following up after Motherwell keeper Hugh Sproat had failed to hold the ball. Dave Narey completed the scoring in the 62nd minute, hitting home from fully 35 yards out to complete the rout in front of a large crowd as United were assured of progress with plenty to spare.

After the match, the headlines were more about manager Jim McLean's decision to withhold a third of the players entertainment bonus. After stating that the finishing was the best at any time since he took charge of the team, he also claimed that they had been "insufficiently entertaining, with far too many slack moments and that technically they were capable of playing much better".

Squad Statistics (as at March 7th, 1981)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 44 - 4533
Dave Narey24 42232622
Frank Kopel31 37 - 37713
Iain Phillip30 36 - 851
John Holt24 23113211
Paul Hegarty26 44828247
Billy Kirkwood22 33715735
Eamonn Bannon22 4187212
Ralph Milne19 2174210
Davie Dodds22 312010942
Paul Sturrock24 441926374
Willie Pettigrew (sub)27 2577529
Graeme Payne (sub)25 34426417

League Table (as at March 7th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 26 19 2 5 +29 40
2. Aberdeen 27 15 8 4 +30 38
3. Rangers 25 11 10 4 +22 32
4. DUNDEE UTD 26 12 8 6 +16 32
5. St Mirren 27 11 8 8 +7 30
6. Partick Th 27 8 9 10 -9 25
7. Morton 27 8 7 12 -15 23
8. Airdrie 27 6 9 12 -15 21
9. Hearts 26 3 6 17 -26 12
10. Kilmarnock 26 2 7 17 -39 11

League results since United's last match
4th March 1981
St Mirren2-1Airdrie
7th March 1981
Airdrie2-0Partick Th
St Mirren1-1Kilmarnock

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to another Tannadice occasion, vital to the club — with the prospect of money spinning ties ahead as the reward for victory. And I see today's quarter-final clash against Motherwell as potentially one of the most entertaining ninety minutes of the term so far. My reason is simple. The Fir Park outlook, especially under present boss Ally MacLeod, has seldom looked other than to the firm belief that attack is the best form of defence. Therefore the memory of their tremendous fight against us in the League Cup earlier in the season allied to their determination towards a positive approach to any game, should assist towards a crowd-pleaser.

Needless to say our recent continuation along the winning lines has been encouraging — if not altogether satisfying! Three successive single-goal winning margins emphasise the too close for comfort aspect of these performances when in my opinion we played only for around half of the allotted spans of each game. To offset the inconsistencies displayed by several of the side in these games I have sought to pressure the offenders by introdudng a change or two each week. Therefore I have continually attempted to get through to the side the message that recent opponents have taken us so close simply because of our own failure to maintain their true potential — for the entire game!

Finally, thanks are again due to you, our support, for your appreciation and patience at recent home games to the problems faced nowadays at Premier League level. The effect of your wholehearted backing is getting through to those that matter — the players.