Hibernian 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 3rd, 1979
Easter Road. Att. 5,045
3:00 PM Kick-off

Des Bremner (46) None.

Team Managers
Eddie Turnbull Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Jim McArthur
2. Ally Brazil
3. Arthur Duncan
4. Des Bremner
5. George Stewart
6. Jackie McNamara
7. Tony Higgins
8. Ally MacLeod
9. Bobby Hutchison
10. Ralph Callachan
11. Duncan Lambie
Hamish McAlpine .1
Ray Stewart .2
Derek Stark .3
Iain Phillip .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
John Holt .7
George Fleming .8
Paul Sturrock .9
Billy Kirkwood .10
Graeme Payne .11

12. Gordon Rae
14. Willie Murray
Davie Dodds .12
Derek Frye .14

Gordon Rae for Duncan Lambie (45) Davie Dodds for Iain Phillip (64)
Derek Frye for Graeme Payne (85)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

C White (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

George Fleming made a return to the United side at Easter Road after serving a suspension in last weeks Scottish Cup defeat. With John Holt promoted to the starting eleven, Derek Addison and Frank Kopel missed out, and Derek Frye was given a place on the bench.

United dominated throughout the opening half an hour, with much of their attacking play up to the penalty box very effective, though they fizzled out 18 yards from goal. Billy Kirkwood had an acutely angled shot across the goal fail to be converted by anyone, and John Holt's 20 yard shot was blocked after a good move by Graeme Payne and Fleming. Holt was again involved on the half hour mark, with a strong wind-assisted drive flash narrowly past the Hibs goal. Two minutes before the interval Sturrock sprinted down the wing and pulled inside before crossing to the unmarked Felming on the other side of the box, who headed down to the feet of Holt, but his hurried shot went well past.

Within two minutes of the restart Hibs, who couldn't do a thing right in the first half and were jeered off by their fans, shocked United with a goal. MacLeod rolled the ball across the edge of the box to Des Bremner who turned and let fly a shot from 18 yards when deflected of Narey and over McAlpine's head into the net. Hutchiston then split the United defence, and Callachan rounded the advancing McAlpine, but couldn't get control of the ball and was cleared by a United defender. Hegarty controlled a corner on the edge of the box to drive narrowly past, and at the other end Rae managed to get a toe in front of McAlpine but Stark was on hand to bundle the ball off the line. Hibs had an incredible escape in the 74th minute when Kirkwood lobbed into the goalmouth, where Dodds reacted with a header to beat McArthur only for two Hibs defenders to clear off the line at the last second. United claimed a goal but the referee was not interested. United made a desperate effort to pull that vital goal back, but the Hibs defence managed to survive the last-gasp pressure. Once again United had few breaks and plunged to their fourth straight defeat, and having been League leaders for so long now found themselves in 4th spot, with high-flying St Mirren leading the pack.

Squad Statistics (as at March 3rd, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 26 - 3523
Paul Hegarty24 26218335
Derek Stark20 17 - 18 -
Dave Narey22 26421818
John Holt22 18 - 724
Ray Stewart19 241332
Iain Phillip28 5 - 5 -
Billy Kirkwood20 2466818
George Fleming30 22228633
Graeme Payne23 24218910
Paul Sturrock22 23215438
Derek Frye (sub)23 121121
Davie Dodds (sub)20 164328

League Table (as at March 3rd, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. St Mirren 22 10 5 7 +6 25
2. Aberdeen 23 7 10 6 +11 24
3. Rangers 21 8 8 5 +6 24
4. DUNDEE UTD 21 8 7 6 +6 23
5. Partick Th 21 8 7 6 +2 23
6. Hibernian 22 6 10 6 0 22
7. Morton 22 7 8 7 -4 22
8. Celtic 19 8 5 6 +6 21
9. Hearts 21 6 5 10 -13 17
10. Motherwell 22 4 5 13 -20 13

League results since United's last match
17th February 1979
Morton2-2Partick Th
St Mirren1-0Motherwell
24th February 1979
St Mirren2-2Aberdeen
28th February 1979
Aberdeen2-1Partick Th
3rd March 1979
Hibernian1-0Dundee Utd
Partick Th0-0Motherwell