Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 3
League Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)

Dundee Utd
2 - 3

League Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, August 30th, 1978
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,648
7:30 PM Kick-off

George Fleming (42)
Paul Sturrock (68)
Paul Sturrock (missed pen.) (39)
Andy Lynch (32)
Roddie MacDonald (58)
Mike Conroy (67)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Ray Stewart
3. Frank Kopel
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Paul Sturrock
8. Derek Addison
9. Derek Frye
10. John Holt
11. Graeme Payne
Peter Latchford .1
Joe Filippi .2
Andy Lynch .3
Roy Aitken .4
Roddie MacDonald .5
Johannes Edvaldsson .6
Johnny Doyle .7
Mike Conroy .8
Tom McAdam .9
Tommy Burns .10
Alfie Conn .11

12. Derek Stark
14. Billy Kirkwood
Paul Wilson .12
Jimmy Lumsden .14

Billy Kirkwood for Derek Frye (62)
Paul Wilson for Alfie Conn (80)

Derek Addison (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

After a quiet start to this League Cup tie, the game came to life after 30 minutes. First, a 25 yard shot from Andy Lynch gave Celtic the lead when the ball was deflected past Hamish McAlpine by Frank Kopel. Things got worse for United seven minutes later when Paul Sturrock missed a hotly-disputed penalty after the referee had ruled that Lynch had handled a John Holt cross. But only three minutes later United's persistence brought an equaliser when George Fleming touched home a Payne cross. That lively ending to the first half left the fans waiting eagerly for the second... and they weren't disappointed.

Roddie MacDonald shot Celtic back into the lead after a mistake by Paul Hegarty. In 67 minutes Mike Conroy scored a third, hitting on the drop a Hegarty clearance past McAlpine from 25 yards. But a minute later, Paul Sturrock made it 3-2 in a scramble.

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 1978)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 4 - 3303
Frank Kopel29 2 - 2767
Ray Stewart18 4 - 131
Paul Hegarty24 4116134
Dave Narey22 4 - 19614
John Holt21 4 - 584
George Fleming29 3126732
Derek Addison23 4 - 608
Graeme Payne22 4 - 1698
Derek Frye22 4141
Paul Sturrock21 4113537
Billy Kirkwood (sub)19 2 - 4612

League Table (as at August 30th, 1978)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 3 3 0 0 +9 6
2. Aberdeen 3 2 1 0 +5 5
3. St Mirren 3 2 0 1 +2 4
4. Partick Th 3 1 2 0 +1 4
5. DUNDEE UTD 3 0 3 0 0 3
6. Hibernian 3 0 3 0 0 3
7. Rangers 3 0 2 1 -1 2
8. Motherwell 3 1 0 2 -4 2
9. Hearts 3 0 1 2 -7 1
10. Morton 3 0 0 3 -5 0

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

The Premier League gives way to the League Cup to-night when Billy McNeil's currently in form Celtic are visitors 'for our second round 1st leg tie. To say that any cup competition is important to us is m itself a gross understatement because to Dundee United to-night's clash is quite simply critical. Early exit from either of the domestic cup tournaments is something every provincial club dreads. The fact that it's Celtic we meet makes the tie resemble the final itself as far as we are concerned. Just imagine the confidence boosting opening few weeks of the season it will be if by next week-end we have managed to eliminate one of the major threats of the League Cup. Their record in the tournament over the last 14 years has been incredible but on the evidence of our own form of late we have nothing to fear. Against Aberdeen last Saturday I was really happy with the performance in general and rate us unlucky not to have taken the maximum reward for a dominating second half display.

In all three games so far, especially those against Hibs and Partick Thistle, that old failing in front of goal has cost us dearly. In fact I would go as .far as to say that with a break or two we might well have been sitting with six Premier League points instead of half that amount. Nevertheless, we can't just keep using the 'missed chances' excuse following every game — we must solve the problem ourselves. The chances are being contrived satisfactorily but at this standard of the game even the 'half chance' is of prime importance and therefore we must start cashing in on them. Percentages are what the game is all about in the opposition area — and up until now our rate is far from being adequate to compete with a view to honours. Still, the signs are there in all but the finishing department and I have high hopes that things will change for the better to-night against Celtic. They themselves, with twenty-five goals in seven competitive games so far, are obviously in fine form and this tends to suggest that to-night's meeting should be crowd pleasing.