Partick Th 2
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premier Division)

Partick Th 

2 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, April 14th, 1982
Firhill. Att. 2,997
7:30 PM Kick-off

Iain Jardine (24)
Kenny Watson (86)
Davie Dodds (12)
Davie Dodds (18)
Davie Dodds (55)

Team Managers
Peter Cormack Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan Rough
Dave McKinnon
John Lapsley
Andy Anderson
Andy Dunlop
Kenny Watson
Donald Park
Jamie Doyle
Maurice Johnston
Alex O'Hara
Iain Jardine
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Ian McDonald
Tony Higgins
Iain Phillip
John Reilly

Tony Higgins for Alex O'Hara (68) Iain Phillip for Derek Stark (2)

Dave McKinnon (89) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

With the games coming thick and fast, Billy Kirkwood and Ralph Milne came in for John Holt and John Reilly for this rearranged match that had originally been postponed way back in December.

After just two minutes, Derek Stark had to go off after twisting an ankle in a challenge with Park and Doyle, Iain Phillips coming on as a substitute. Ten minutes later, Davie Dodds began and finished the move which put United in front, sending Ralph Milne down the right, and then sweeping home the wingers cross after a dummy from Paul Sturrock. Partick keeper Alan Rough saved well after an incredible scramble in the Thistle penalty area, then soon after Sturrock should have made it two when clean through, but saw Rough push the ball away. In the 19th minute, Davie Dodds scored his second, heading Eamonn Bannon's cross out of the goalkeeper's reach. Ian Jardine smashed a 30 yard drive past Hamish McAlpine to bring the Glasgow club back into contention, and almost brought the team level with a similar drive moments later, but this time McAlpine saved well.

Early in the second half, Rough saved well from a fine effort from Sturrock, but couldn't prevent United's third in the 56th minute, with Davie Dodds completing his hat-trick, slotting home from a low Milne cross. With four minutes left a cross from Kenny Watson fooled everybody and bounced into the net.

An efficient performance from United, with Dodds grabbing his fourth senior hat-trick, with both Hibs and St Mirren losing, United went three points clear of their rivals for a UEFA Cup slot, and with Rangers losing at Dens Park, the Tannadice men climbed to third in the Premier Division table.

Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 51 - 5183
Richard Gough20 382422
Paul Hegarty27 49234251
Maurice Malpas19 18 - 18 -
Dave Narey25 51338925
Derek Stark23 34 - 1543
Eamonn Bannon23 532013937
Billy Kirkwood23 46721647
Ralph Milne20 481310226
Davie Dodds23 502016865
Paul Sturrock25 4622322100
Iain Phillip (sub)31 32 - 1301

League Table (as at April 14th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 19 6 4 +33 44
2. Aberdeen 27 15 7 5 +21 37
3. DUNDEE UTD 29 13 8 8 +23 34
4. Rangers 29 12 10 7 +8 34
5. St Mirren 27 12 7 8 +6 31
6. Hibernian 31 9 12 10 +2 30
7. Morton 31 8 10 13 -21 26
8. Dundee 30 9 4 17 -16 22
9. Partick Th 29 5 8 16 -17 18
10. Airdrie 30 5 6 19 -39 16

League results since United's last match
14th April 1982
Aberdeen4-1St Mirren
Partick Th2-3Dundee Utd