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

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)
Wednesday, October 7th, 1981
Tannadice Park. Att. 13,824
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. Peter Weir (23)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Derek Stark
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
Doug Rougvie
Andy Watson
Neale Cooper
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Neil Simpson
Mark McGhee
John Hewitt
Peter Weir

Richard Gough
Graeme Payne
John McMaster
Andy Harrow

Richard Gough for Derek Stark (68)
John McMaster for Neil Simpson (58)
Andy Harrow for John Hewitt

None. Neale Cooper (34)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balfron) (Referee)

Match Report

United welcomed Aberdeen to Tannadice for the 1st leg of the League Cup semi-final tie, with Dave Narey back in the line-up and Richard Gough dropping to the bench.

After just two minutes Ian Simpson cut in from the right and fired a shot past Hamish McAlpine, which came back off the post. United immediately fought back, and Paul Sturrock had a shout for a penalty turned away after he went tumbling in the box. Peter Weir then saw a great shot brillaintly saved by McAlpine. In the 20th minute Davie Dodds had to go off for treatment after a clash with goalkeeper Jim Leighton, and while he was off the pitch Aberdeen took the lead. Gordon Strachan's cross from the right was headed neatly in to the bottom corner of the net by Peter Weir in the 23rd minute.

Thirteen minutes after the restart, Aberdeen substitute John McMaster could have scored with his first touch, but fired a Mark McGhee cross over the bar. United were struggling to threaten, with only a weak Ralph Milne header causing Leighton any trouble. After a Doug Rougvie header coming close that the United end, Milne almost equalised 10 minutes from the end when he capitalised on a Willie Miller slip, but his shot went tantalisingly past the post.

United now had to wait three weeks for the 2nd leg at Pittodrie to try and regain their grip on this trophy - which they had held for the past two years - and the team's weak display would have given the Borussia Monchengladbach contingent in the stand no concerns ahead of the UEFA Cup tie in a fortnights time.

Squad Statistics (as at October 7th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 15 - 4823
Derek Stark22 11 - 1313
Iain Phillip30 14 - 1121
Paul Hegarty27 12 - 30549
Frank Kopel32 12 - 40213
Dave Narey25 15 - 35322
Ralph Milne20 1326715
Eamonn Bannon23 16910226
Billy Kirkwood23 12318243
Davie Dodds23 14613251
Paul Sturrock24 16729285
Richard Gough (sub)19 101141

League Table (as at October 7th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 6 6 0 0 +12 12
2. Aberdeen 6 4 0 2 +4 8
3. St Mirren 6 3 2 1 +1 8
4. Rangers 5 2 2 1 +2 6
5. Morton 6 3 0 3 -1 6
6. DUNDEE UTD 5 2 1 2 +4 5
7. Hibernian 6 1 3 2 0 5
8. Dundee 6 2 0 4 -4 4
9. Airdrie 6 1 1 4 -10 3
10. Partick Th 6 0 1 5 -8 1

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening, and welcome back to Tannadice for what promises to be yet another titanic clash against our northeast rivals, Aberdeen - with the retention of the League Cup upper most in our minds.
Unfortunately, things have not gone all that well for us in recent outings and when one takes into focus our difficult programme in the weeks to come, the inevitable conclusion is that we are well and truly into a make or break spell for this season. As I have mentioned before, we have yet to top only a couple of exceptional displays this term, a fact which has been highlighted when we disappoint by the television coverage of those outstanding performances. Possibly we have relaxed too much in general, but it is indeed worrying to me that some individual performances have slumped out of all recognition. Eamonn Bannon is probably the prime example and frankly I make no excuses whatsoever for singling him out at this stage. What has shocked me has been the recent over-reaction by certain Press inclusions concerning what they believe to have been good performances by the player. Rightly these have mentioned a possible place in Scotland's World Cup squad for next year, but the fact remains that his consistency will have to improve if that goal is to be achieved. And I say that as someone who would be priviliged
to have as many United players as possible gaining international recognition.
Tonight we will most certainly face an Aberdeen side whose attitude will be tuned into the occasion following both cup and league disappointments against us in the not-too-distant past. In fact, I see tonight's home leg of the semi being as hard, if not harder, than the away leg.