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

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League Cup (Semi Final 2nd Leg)
Wednesday, November 10th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 15,522
7:30 PM Kick-off

Paul Sturrock (51)
Paul Sturrock (65)
Charlie Nicholas (90)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. John Holt
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Pat Bonner .1
Danny McGrain .2
Graeme Sinclair .3
Roy Aitken .4
Tom McAdam .5
Tommy Burns .6
Davie Provan .7
Paul McStay .8
Frank McGarvey .9
Murdo McLeod .10
Charlie Nicholas .11

12. Derek Stark
14. John Reilly
Mark Reid .12
George McCluskey .14

None. George McCluskey for Davie Provan (50)

John Holt (43)
Roy Aitken (41)
Danny McGrain (44)
Paul McStay (66)

Red Cards
John Holt (78)
Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balfron) (Referee)

Match Report

United had it all to do in this second leg tie after Celtic had run out 2-0 winners are Parkhead. Jim McLean fielded a very attack minded line up in an attempt to do the unthinkable.

This tactic almost backfired in the opening minute when Celtic came close to extending their aggregate lead. Proven sent Sinclair free on the right and his cross found McStay in the clear. With only McAlpine to beat, the youngster froze and send his shot high over the bar. Proven then set Nicholas free on 25 minutes. Just as the striker was about to pull the trigger, Paul Hegarty stepped in to block the danger. In a scrappy first half Aitken was shown a yellow card for a wild tackle on Sturrock when the striker looked like he may have a chance to break the deadlock. Holt too was booked for dissent and McGrain for pulling down Bannon on the stroke of half-time.

United got off to a flyer in the second half. A McGarvey slip let in Dodds who was able to get a cross in. Sturrock met it and blasted his shot against Bonner. When the United striker hit the rebound, Aitken got in the way and diverted into the goal, but Paul Sturrock was given the credit for it. On 64 minutes, Paul Sturrock levelled the tie on aggregate. He chased a Narey free-kick, cottoned onto the ball and then squeezed his shot past Bonner. Celtic were rattled and a minute later McStay lost his cool and was booked for a bad tackle on Bannon. Holt was dismissed with 12 minutes left after a second caution which handed Celtic the momentum. With just a minute remaining, Charlie Nicholas nicked the winner with a low 18-yard drive from Burns' pass to send Celtic into the final.

Squad Statistics (as at November 10th, 1982)

1982-83 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 23 - 5483
Richard Gough20 232724
Paul Hegarty28 24137354
Dave Narey26 24642031
John Holt25 13 - 21016
Maurice Malpas20 212462
Ralph Milne21 20712934
Eamonn Bannon24 14316042
Billy Kirkwood24 23624453
Paul Sturrock26 1910348112
Davie Dodds24 241219979

League Table (as at November 10th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 10 8 1 1 +14 17
2. Aberdeen 10 6 2 2 +10 14
3. United 10 5 4 1 +10 14
4. Rangers 10 4 5 1 +10 13
5. Dundee 10 3 3 4 0 9
6. St Mirren 10 2 5 3 -2 9
7. Morton 10 2 3 5 -11 7
8. Hibernian 10 1 4 5 -7 6
9. Kilmarnock 10 1 4 5 -10 6
10. Motherwell 10 2 1 7 -14 5

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

It goes without saying that I am extremely disappointed at Saturday's result though not with your support. Once again, your encouragement of the side was magnificent. The result was highly unusual and as you'll appreciate, no one at Tannadice is happy following our heaviest defeat for six years. In fact. we have let the fans down in our outings against Viking and Aberdeen but tonight provides a great chance to repay your support with our tie against Celtic. However if we are to have any chance of success it will require peak performances from every player. For too long this season we have had to tolerate too few players on top form. Even though we managed an unbeaten run of 19 games from the opening of the season, I can't, in all honesty, say our form has been out of the ordinary. Only the 2-0 win in Eindhoven, the 3-1 first leg at Pittodrie and the six-goal romp against Morton can be categorised as exceptional performances. We still have a lot of work to do but it is very difficult to unearth the exceptional players we require to strengthen the squad.

Returning to this evening's tie, it is essential we score first but, to be frank, our task is enormous, but the fact that we can even contemplate victory illustrates the strides we have made at the club. Last year we faced a similar situation against Borussia when we knew that an early goal was a must, but this will be a tall order against one of the best sides in Scotland. Eamonn Bannon returned to the side last Saturday but clearly lacked match fitness. Hopefully Paul Sturrock will have received the all clear to play tonight. However, even his return won't solve all our problems. Earlier in the season Paul's and Ralph Milne's form left us relying heavily on Davie Dodds and he is now in need of a rest. He must play tonight and again on Saturday but perhaps he can be rested against Hibs. I would not have expected to lose by that 5-1 scoreline last Saturday but tonight is different. We must have a go at Celtic. I'd prefer to make an exit in style rather than sit back to steal a couple of goals. Remember in our recent league meeting we wiped out a two-goal deficit in the last 14 minutes. Tonight we have 90 minutes to achieve the same target.