St Mirren 1
Dundee Utd 0
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)


St Mirren 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd


Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Saturday, January 29th, 1983
Love Street. Att. 7,020
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Doug Somner (28) None.

Team Managers
Rikki McFarlane Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Tommy Wilson
3. Steve Clarke
4. John McCormack
5. Mark Fulton
6. Billy Abercromby
7. Billy Stark
8. Lex Richardson
9. Frank McDougall
10. Frank McAvennie
11. Doug Somner
Hamish McAlpine .1
Derek Stark .2
Maurice Malpas .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
John Holt .7
Ralph Milne .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Paul Sturrock .10
Davie Dodds .11

Bench
12. Ian Scanlon
14. Gardner Spiers
Iain Phillip .12
John Clark .14

Substitutions
None. John Clark for Billy Kirkwood (70)

Cautions
John McCormack
Frank McDougall
Billy Kirkwood

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)



Match Report


United welcomed back striker Paul Sturrock for the second part of the double header against St Mirren, this time in the Scottish Cup at Love Street. The Buddies have been United's bogey team in the Cup competition in recent years, knocking United out of the quarter finals the previous season, as well as in 1979 and 1977. However the team from Paisley have been struggling in the Premier Division this season, so United were expected to progress from this 3rd Round tie.

An early change for St Mirren saw Doug Somner in on goal, but had controlled the ball with his hand. United's John Holt had to be helped from the pitch after an early clash with Billy Abercrombie, and eventually returned to the pitch with his head heavily bandaged. In the 21st minute Paul Hegarty did well to block Frank McDougall in the box, and from the rebound Doug Somner's effort was magnificently saved by Hamish McAlpine. St Mirren took the lead in the 28th minute, when Doug Somner met a McDougall shot to force it over the line from close range. Maurice Malpas shot wide after a knock down from Davie Dodds, and Dave Narey tried a drive from fully 35 yards but it went past the post. St Mirren's Steve Clarke was stretchered off at half-time after a tackle on Sturrock.

In the second half, Billy Kirkwood had a low shot brilliantly saved by Thomson after great play by Ralph Milne. As the hard fought match went on, United threw everything up front in an attempt to get an equaliser, and almost paid the price when Frank MacAvennie was sent clear at the other end. However, McAlpine raced from his box to clear from the strikers toes. For all of United's huffing and puffing, St Mirren always looked the more likely to score again and the Saints cup-jinx continued, with the Paisley side knocking United out for the sixth time in seven meetings over 22 years.



Squad Statistics (as at January 29th, 1983)


1982-83 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 37 - 5623
Maurice Malpas20 342592
Derek Stark24 35 - 1903
Richard Gough20 373865
Paul Hegarty28 38338756
Dave Narey26 38843433
John Holt26 23 - 22016
Ralph Milne21 341414241
Billy Kirkwood24 35725654
Paul Sturrock26 3112360114
Davie Dodds24 381921386
John Clark (sub)18 3 - 3 -






League Table (as at January 29th, 1983)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 21 17 2 2 +35 36
2. Aberdeen 22 15 4 3 +29 34
3. United 21 13 5 3 +29 31
4. Rangers 21 6 9 6 +3 21
5. Dundee 21 6 7 8 -1 19
6. Motherwell 22 8 1 13 -19 17
7. Hibernian 22 3 10 9 -13 16
8. St Mirren 22 3 9 10 -15 15
9. Morton 22 4 7 11 -17 15
10. Kilmarnock 22 2 8 12 -31 12