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Scottish Cup (Semi Final)


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Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup (Semi Final)
Saturday, April 11th, 1981
Hampden Park. Att. 40,337
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Billy McNeill Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Pat Bonner
Murdo MacLeod
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Mark Reid
Dom Sullivan
Mike Conroy
Tommy Burns
Davie Provan
George McCluskey
Charlie Nicholas
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Johnny Doyle
Roddie MacDonald
Derek Stark
Willie Pettigrew

Johnny Doyle for George McCluskey Derek Stark for Paul Hegarty

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

The team travelled through to Glasgow for the Semi Final against Celtic at Hampden, a ground that United had recorded just one victory in nine visits as a neutral venue. After the defeat at Ibrox the week before, Frank Kopel was promoted from the bench, with Derek Stark finding a place in the dugout. Davie Dodds was back in the starting eleven after missing the last three matches, with Ian Gibson making way.

In 21 minutes there was a solid penalty claim when Paul Sturrock, running in the box, went down after a tackle from Roy Aitken. Referee George Smith indicated a dive by Sturrock and waved play on. A minute later Sturrock was downed again but this time outside the box. A free-kick was awarded but came to nothing and there was little other fare in the first half.

United came close in the 74th minute when Davie Dodds hit a low shot on the turn from 18 yards but the ball was deflected up and smacked off the face of the post. As the game wore on, Celtic began to pressurise United, and Dave Narey did well to dispossess Doyle at the edge of the area when the Celtic man was closing in on goal. However, twice in the closing minutes United almost clinched it. Pat Bonner was forced into two great saves from long range Eamonn Bannon efforts. A limping Paul Hegarty had to be replaced by Derek Stark near the end of the game, but it stayed level.

Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 1981)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 50 - 4593
Paul Hegarty26 50828847
Iain Phillip30 42 - 911
John Holt24 28113711
Frank Kopel32 43 - 38313
Dave Narey24 48233222
Eamonn Bannon22 47107814
Billy Kirkwood22 391016338
Ralph Milne19 2594512
Davie Dodds22 342011242
Paul Sturrock24 492226877
Derek Stark (sub)22 3111133

League Table (as at April 11th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 32 24 3 5 +47 51
2. Aberdeen 32 18 9 5 +34 45
3. United 31 15 8 8 +23 38
4. St Mirren 32 15 8 9 +5 38
5. Rangers 30 13 10 7 +22 36
6. Airdrie 32 9 9 14 -13 27
7. Partick Th 33 9 9 15 -16 27
8. Morton 32 9 7 16 -21 25
9. Hearts 33 5 6 22 -40 16
10. Kilmarnock 31 4 7 20 -41 15