Hearts 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


Hearts 

2 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, April 4th, 1979
Tynecastle Park. Att. 6,480
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Graham Shaw (15)
Derek O'Connor (83)
None.

Team Managers
Willie Ormond Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Thomson Allan
2. Walter Kidd
3. Jim Brown
4. Frank Liddell
5. Jim Jefferies
6. Graham Shaw
7. Willie Gibson
8. Cammy Fraser
9. Derek O'Connor
10. Drew Busby
11. Malcolm Robertson
Hamish McAlpine .1
Ray Stewart .2
Derek Stark .3
Iain Phillip .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Derek Addison .7
Paul Sturrock .8
George Fleming .9
John Holt .10
Bobby Robinson .11

Bench
12. Ian Black
14. Denis McQuade
Billy Kirkwood .12
Davie Dodds .14

Substitutions
Ian Black for Drew Busby (80) Billy Kirkwood for Iain Phillip (57)

Cautions
None. Ray Stewart (57)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Syme (Glasgow) (Referee)



Match Report


United brought in Phillip, Holt and Robinson and fielded Fleming at number nine for this trip to Tynecastle Park.

After Fraser had pu tin a weak shot for Hearts, United produced a brilliant move in five minutes. Addison carved his way through the home defence before putting Robinson clear on the right. Bobby's cross to the far post forced Liddell to head desperately past his own goal. The difference in the teams' league placings was evident, with all the composed moves coming from the visitors, and Hearts moving forward with grim determination. There was nothing ragged about the home goal in 15 minutes. The move started with Fraser and Gibson, and ended with Graham Shaw rising to head home a Robertson cross at the far post. The conditions were poor with the pitch a bit of a mud bath. The best try of the half came just before the interval - a raking Robinson shot from 25 yards which Allan just managed to tip over the bar.

A deflected shot by Addison almost caught out Allan as United resumed aggressively. Then the ex-Dundee keeper dived to cut out a low Sturrock cross in great style. It was all United, with Addison hitting a vicious shot too high and being crowded out a few minutes later as he tried to line up another effort. Despite all the effort, the Tannadice team couldn't get that breakthrough they deserved. They did look to earn a penalty kick in 68 minutes when Sturrock received a push in the back. However, the long expected goal came at the 'wrong' end. In a rare home attack, Gibson crossed from the right and for the second time during the evening United's defence were beaten as Derek O'Connor rose to head past McAlpine. It was a travesty considering all that had gone before - but United learned again that you can't win if you don't score.



Squad Statistics (as at April 4th, 1979)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 34 - 3603
Derek Stark20 251261
Ray Stewart19 312403
Dave Narey22 34522619
Paul Hegarty24 34319136
Iain Phillip28 11 - 11 -
John Holt22 251795
George Fleming30 30429435
Derek Addison23 2638211
Bobby Robinson28 12 - 391
Paul Sturrock22 31716243
Billy Kirkwood (sub)20 3287620


League Table (as at April 4th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 29 14 7 8 +14 35
2. St Mirren 28 13 5 10 +9 31
3. Rangers 24 11 8 5 +10 30
4. Hibernian 28 9 11 8 0 29
5. Aberdeen 26 9 10 7 +18 28
6. Celtic 23 11 5 7 +10 27
7. Morton 29 9 9 11 -5 27
8. Partick Th 25 9 7 9 0 25
9. Hearts 25 7 7 11 -12 21
10. Motherwell 29 4 5 20 -44 13

League results since United's last match
4th April 1979
Hearts2-0Dundee Utd
Hibernian0-2St Mirren
Morton0-1Aberdeen
Motherwell3-4Celtic