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League (Division One)
John Connolly (57)
Henry Hall (67)
Jim Henry for Morris Stevenson (46)
Archie Webster (Falkirk) (Referee)
It was anything but a Guid New Year for United and their fans as their neighbours from up the A85 had all the reasons to celebrate after recording a fine victory. Mind you, it should have been all so different, with the men from Tannadice wasting chance after chance before Saints dealt their killer blows after the interval. The visitors survived relentless United pressure early on, with Jim Donaldson's goal appearing to lead a charmed life. But no sooner had the second period got under way than a Saints strike changed the whole nature of the game. And it was no surprise that the brilliant John Connolly put Saints in front in the 57th minute with a superb angled shot from the edge of the penalty box. Ten minutes later and little Henry Hall settled things for the now rampant Perth men when he accepted yet another piece of Connolly magic to place the game out of reach of a disappointing United.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||22||11||-||12||-|
|Jim Henry (sub)||21||27||1||52||3|
No league table has been added for this season.
After three good results, particularly our success at Easter Road, we line up this afternoon against a strong going St. Johnstone side and we get a real chance to prove our return to form was no flash in the pan.
The other week I mentioned a couple of good results would put us in a happier position and two wins against St. Mirren and Hibs have helped our cause greatly. While we have not jumped many places, the points' position is a lot healthier and one can see we are just behind a number of the sides in the top section.
One of those teams is St. Johnstone and its obvious another victory today would push us to the forefront as well as setting us up nicely for our "trip" to Dens Park tomorrow.
Our meetings with Willie Ormond's boys have always been exciting affairs especially the New Year" games at Tahnadice. Our record is a good one against Saints and earlier in the season we took a point from the Muirton game.
I would say, without hesitation, our result at Easter Road was one of our best of the season and the general display was highly satisfactory. I would like to mention the efforts of Hamish McAlpine and Walter Smith, two boys who have
graduated from the reserve side. Hamish had an outstanding game and while he grabbed a fair share of the headlines it must be said Roy Baines in the Hibs goal also had a glory day. Walter, who came to us along with Jim Cameron from Ashfield four years ago, stepped into the side following a string of fine 2nd XI displays and ended up one of the defensive stars.
Up front Jacky Copland and Alan Gordon appear to have struck up a fine
partnership and I'm certain the centre will be a tremendous asset once the
benefit of full-time training take effect.
Already the big fellow is taking a great deal of pressure off other members of the attack and it was noticeable against Hibs he is settling down very well.
Tomorrow we face our near neighhours Dundee and we will be fighting hard to keep up our successful sequence at Dens Park. There's no doubt full
points from the holiday programme would be the best possible start to 1971.
A Happy New Year to you all.