Falkirk 4
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


4 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, November 24th, 1987
Brockville. Att. 3,772
7:30 PM Kick-off

Crawford Baptie (43)
Crawford Baptie (50)
Stuart Burgess (75)
Crawford Baptie (pen) (89)
Gordon McLeod (82)

Team Managers
Dave Clarke Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Gordon Marshall
Ian MacLeod
Jim Dempsey
Crawford Baptie
Stuart Burgess
Roddie Manley
Stuart Romaines
John McVeigh
John Stewart
Derek McWilliams
Sammy Conn
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Billy McKinlay
Gordon McLeod
J Alan Irvine
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Iain Ferguson

Lex Grant
Hugh Hill
Dave Beaumont
Joe McLeod

Lex Grant for John Stewart (79)
Hugh Hill for Stuart Romaines (88)
Dave Beaumont for Ian Redford (13)
Joe McLeod for Billy McKinlay (59)

Roddie Manley (20)
Stuart Burgess (52)
Gordon Marshall (83)
Dave Narey (75)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

K O'Donnell (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

The final scoreline may have flattered the home side, but there was little doubt they deserved the points. Falkirk did threaten first when Conn headed wide, but for most of the first half we controlled the game and were unlucky not to go ahead. In the 32nd minute Dave Beaumont crossed into the middle and lain Ferguson's header somehow crept past the far post with the Falkirk 'keeper completely stranded. A couple of minutes later a Billy McKinlay comer was flicked on by Alan Irvine, but the ball flew across the face of the goal. Two minutes before half time a rare Falkirk raid brought reward. Crawford Baptie's looping header struck the bar and went in off the unlucky Billy Thomson as he tried to retrieve the ball.

Five minutes into the second half Crawford Baptie got a second. He combined well with Stewart on the right and sent a curling shot into the far corner of the net. Play was mainly confined to midfield for long spells in the second half until Maurice Malpas hit a volley just wide. Falkirk immediately replied by winning a corner which McWilliams took and Stuart Burgess headed in powerfully with quarter of an hour left. With eight minutes left we got some reward for our efforts. Dave Bowman turned the ball inside to Alan Irvine who knocked the ball to Gordon McLeod who turned it over the line. A miserable evening was completed in the final minute. Baptie broke clear on the right. Billy Thomson parried his effort, Grant knocked the ball goalwards and as Dave Beaumont slid in to try and prevent a goal, the ball hit his arm and Crawford Baptie crashed home the spot kick.

Squad Statistics (as at November 24th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 28 - 142 -
Dave Narey31 26 - 68236
Paul Hegarty33 28162980
Maurice Malpas25 28131910
Jim McInally23 151663
Ian Redford27 18312024
Billy McKinlay18 61111
J Alan Irvine29 10 - 10 -
Dave Bowman23 23 - 61 -
Gordon McLeod20 72212
Iain Ferguson25 25107638
Dave Beaumont (sub)23 111963
Joe McLeod (sub)19 4 - 6 -

League Table (as at November 24th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.