Celtic 2
Dundee Utd 0
League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)


Celtic 

2 - 0

Dundee Utd


League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)
Wednesday, October 27th, 1982
Parkhead. Att. 19,149
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Charlie Nicholas (pen) (39)
Frank McGarvey (44)
None.

Team Managers
Billy McNeill Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Pat Bonner
2. Danny McGrain
3. Mark Reid
4. Roy Aitken
5. Tom McAdam
6. Graeme Sinclair
7. Davie Provan
8. Paul McStay
9. Frank McGarvey
10. Murdo McLeod
11. Charlie Nicholas
Hamish McAlpine .1
Iain Phillip .2
Derek Stark .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
John Holt .7
Ralph Milne .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Graeme Payne .10
Davie Dodds .11

Bench
12. Davie Moyes
14. Danny Crainie
John Reilly .12
Maurice Malpas .14

Substitutions
Danny Crainie for Frank McGarvey (88) John Reilly for Graeme Payne (59)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)



Match Report


Manager Jim McLean had his player pool stretched to the limit for this League Cup semi-final first leg in Glasgow. Still without the influential pair of Paul Sturrock and Eamonn Bannon, out with an eye injury and a thigh problem respectively, Graeme Payne came in for Iain Britton, who had been taken off with a leg gash at the weekend. The more experienced Iain Phillip was preferred to younster Maurice Malpas.

Celtic began by forcing two corners in the opening minute and Hamish McAlpine cleared after Charlie Nicholas had been sent through on his own. In the fifth minute United hit back, and were unlucky when a Payne cut back was hammered of the junction of the bar and post by Davie Dodds. Both sides appeared over anxious which led to some sloppy play and hurried shots. However Celtic were given the chance to go ahead just before half-time, when Derek Stark was adjudged to have tripped Davie Provan inside the box. After strong protests by the United players, Charlie Nicholas blasted the ball home from the spot. Then almost on the stroke of half-time Celtic scored a second. Frank McGarvey hooked the ball beyond McAlpine after Nicholas had flicked on a Provan cross.

Within the first 10 minutes of the restart, Celtic had several chances to go further in front. McGarvey headed over when unmarked 10 yards from goal, a Provan shot was blocked by Narey with Celtic appealing for handball, and McAlpine saved well at the feet of McGarvey when the striker was sent clear by Paul McStay. A McAlpine clearance outside of the box was blocked by Provan, but Richard Gough cleared with the keeper stranded. Gough was involved again, charging forward and unleashing a 20 yard drive which was saved well by Pat Bonner. In the 77th minute the Celtic keeper was called into action again, saving a John Holt header as United pushed to get back into the game. United put in a great effort to pull one back, but Celtic held out, and the Terrors - finalists in the competition for the last three years - have it all to do in the second leg at Tannadice in a fortnight's time. This was United's first defeat since May, ending a run of 21 matches without defeat.



Squad Statistics (as at October 27th, 1982)


1982-83 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 19 - 5443
Dave Narey26 20641631
Paul Hegarty28 20136954
Iain Phillip31 11 - 1431
Derek Stark23 19 - 1743
Richard Gough20 191683
John Holt25 9 - 20616
Ralph Milne21 16712434
Billy Kirkwood24 19624053
Davie Dodds24 201119578
Graeme Payne26 9229021
John Reilly (sub)20 2 - 172






League Table (as at October 27th, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 8 6 1 1 +12 13
2. United 8 4 4 0 +13 12
3. Rangers 8 3 5 0 +7 11
4. Aberdeen 8 5 1 2 +6 11
5. Dundee 8 3 3 2 +2 9
6. St Mirren 8 1 4 3 -5 6
7. Morton 8 2 2 4 -9 6
8. Hibernian 8 1 3 4 -4 5
9. Kilmarnock 8 0 4 4 -9 4
10. Motherwell 8 1 1 6 -13 3