St Mirren 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)

St Mirren 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 13th, 1988
Love Street. Att. 5,852
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. John Clark (48)

Team Managers
Tony Fitzpatrick Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Campbell Money
Tommy Wilson
Derek Hamilton
Brian Hamilton
Peter Godfrey
Neil Cooper
Ian Cameron
Brian Martin
Paul Lambert
Kenny McDowell
Paul Chalmers
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Alex Cleland
J Alan Irvine
Dave Bowman
Billy McKinlay
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Redford
Kevin Gallacher

Norrie McWhirter
Frank McGarvey
Dave Beaumont
Hamish French

Frank McGarvey for Kenny McDowell (56)
Norrie McWhirter for Derek Hamilton (76)
Hamish French for Ian Redford (46)
Dave Beaumont for Alex Cleland (80)

None. Billy McKinlay (37)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Hope (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

The new season kicked-off at Paisley with a satisfactory performance and result on a ground where we haven't always experienced the best of fortune. Certainly we started off extremely well and John Clark hooked just over after Alan Irvine provided the assist. The match however, fell a bit flat after that promising start. Alan Irvine and Alex Cleland had shots which were wide of the mark. Saints, who previously hadn't figured much as an attacking force, had a sustained spell of pressure as the interval approached.

Only three minutes after the re-start we scored our first goal of the season. Kevin Gallacher was floored by Cooper. John Clark struck the resultant free-kick low and very hard. Money initially saved his shot, but couldn't prevent the ball squirming under his body and over the line.

The frequency of United raids increased and Alan Irvine was unlucky to see Brian Hamilton head his netbound chip over the bar. The winger then created an opportunity for Mixu Paatelainen. Kevin Gallacher dummied his cross at the near post and only Godfrey's late intervention stopped Mixu from scoring at the far post.

The third goal-line clearance came when Alan Irvine's cross was deflected goal wards but Wilson was on hand to clear the danger. Only a Neil Cooper header which went straight to Billy Thomson caused any real anxiety as we ran out more comfortable winners than the scoreline suggests.

Squad Statistics (as at August 13th, 1988)

1988-89 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)30 1 - 165 -
Dave Narey32 1 - 71136
Maurice Malpas26 1 - 35111
Alex Cleland17 1 - 2 -
Ian Redford28 1 - 14129
Billy McKinlay19 1 - 201
Dave Bowman24 1 - 911
J Alan Irvine30 1 - 204
John Clark23 1113821
Mixu Paatelainen21 1 - 2711
Kevin Gallacher21 1 - 12126
Dave Beaumont (sub)24 1 - 983
Hamish French (sub)24 1 - 274

League Table (as at August 13th, 1988)

No league table has been added for this season.