Hearts 0
Dundee Utd 4
League (Premier Division)


Hearts 

0 - 4

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 28th, 1981
Tynecastle Park. Att. 3,786
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Paul Sturrock (1)
Billy Kirkwood (21)
Paul Sturrock (46)
Billy Kirkwood (82)

Team Managers
Bobby Moncur Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Brough
Stephen Hamilton
Peter Shields
Colin More
Frank Liddell
Alex Hamill
Paul O'Brien
Willie Gibson
Gary Liddell
Alex MacDonald
Walter Kidd
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Joe Ward
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Pat McShane
Dave Bowman
Willie Pettigrew
Graeme Payne

Substitutions
None. Graeme Payne for Paul Hegarty (38)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)



Match Report


A depleted Dundee United team made short work of Heart of Midlothian at a gusty Tynecastle. United were missing Ralph Milne, John Holt and Davie Dodds, and also had to suffer losing Paul Hegarty during the first half with a nasty head injury. However, they managed to take the lead in the first minute.

Exploiting the awful conditions, a wind assisted corner kick from Eamonn Bannon was headed into the net by Paul Sturrock. Twenty minutes later, it was 2-0. Frank Kopel sent a perfect pass through to the onrushing Billy Kirkwood, who slotted the ball past the out-rushing Hearts goalkeeper John Brough. United lost Paul Hegarty after 38 minutes, who suffered concussion after an unpleasant but accidental head clash with Gary Liddell. Hegarty was replaced by Graeme Payne. United did not let that blow derail them.

Having to play against the gale force wind in the second half did not affect their dominance either, despite the occasional flurry from the home team and a penalty shout when Kopel appeared to handle the ball in the United box. Midway through the second half, with United well in control, they increased their lead. Paul Sturrock latched on to a poor back pass from Alex Hamill to make it 3-0. United’s fourth and final goal came in the 82nd minute. Billy Kirkwood beat the home side’s ineffective offside trap, dummied Brough in the Hearts goal and ran the ball into an empty net.



Squad Statistics (as at March 28th, 1981)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 48 - 4573
Derek Stark22 2911113
Iain Phillip30 40 - 891
Dave Narey24 46233022
Frank Kopel32 41 - 38113
Paul Hegarty26 48828647
Billy Kirkwood22 371016138
Eamonn Bannon22 45107614
Derek Addison25 19313415
Paul Sturrock24 472226677
Joe Ward26 147147
Graeme Payne (sub)25 36426617






League Table (as at March 28th, 1981)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 30 22 3 5 +40 47
2. Aberdeen 29 15 9 5 +29 39
3. United 30 15 8 7 +24 38
4. St Mirren 30 13 8 9 +2 34
5. Rangers 28 11 10 7 +17 32
6. Airdrie 31 9 9 13 -11 27
7. Partick Th 30 9 9 12 -12 27
8. Morton 30 9 7 14 -15 25
9. Kilmarnock 30 4 7 19 -40 15
10. Hearts 30 4 6 20 -34 14