Hearts 0
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premier Division)


Hearts 

0 - 3

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 14th, 1979
Tynecastle Park. Att. 7,564
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Davie Dodds (5)
Davie Dodds (11)
Billy Kirkwood (64)

Team Managers
Willie Ormond Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Thomson Allan
Walter Kidd
Ian Black
Frank Liddell
Jim Jefferies
Jim Brown
Malcolm Robertson
Cammy Fraser
Willie Gibson
Drew Busby
Denis McQuade
Hamish McAlpine .1
Ray Stewart .2
Derek Stark .3
George Fleming .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Derek Addison .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Davie Dodds .9
John Holt .10
Billy Kirkwood .11

Bench
John Craig
Bobby Prentice
Graeme Payne .12
Walter Smith .14

Substitutions
John Craig for Ian Black (53)
Bobby Prentice for Denis McQuade (53)
Graeme Payne for Derek Addison (68)

Cautions
Bobby Prentice (70) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

C White (Glasgow) (Referee)



Match Report


United were keen to make amends for a recent defeat to the Tynecastle side, while Hearts facing the ever growing prospect of relegation were without long term injury pair, Derek O'Connor and Graham Shaw.

Dundee United threatened from the kick-off and Dodds had an early chance from a long Stewart throw but Black blocked. Hearts were only really getting joy from set-pieces and they had a couple of efforts which came to nothing. However, it was United who opened the scoring after just 5 minutes. Stewart made progress on the left and fed Sturrock who was motoring forward. The winger hooked in a cross and Davie Dodds headed in. United continued to press and looked likely to add to their early goal. They did, and it was Davie Dodds who doubled his tally when a Fleming pass went astray and the striker pounced to smash past Allan. Hearts tried to get a foot hold in the game but their chances were from range with Gibson and Busby having efforts, the later scraping the bar. Unite had their chances too, and Sturrock missed a sure thing, hitting a fast drive just outside the post.

The home team tried a little harder after the restart and Robertson raced onto a good cross, but Stark chipped the ball out from under his feet. In 64 minutes Billy Kirkwood notched number 3 for United. Dodds headed a Holt cross to the No.11, who made no mistake. McAlpine then kept the deficit intact when he made a good save from a Busby header. It was a fine display from United who effectively put the lid on Hearts' chances of avoiding relegation.



Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 1979)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 37 - 3633
Dave Narey22 37522919
John Holt22 282826
Derek Stark20 281291
Ray Stewart19 342433
Paul Hegarty24 37419437
Billy Kirkwood20 35107922
George Fleming30 33429735
Derek Addison23 2938711
Paul Sturrock22 34716543
Davie Dodds20 2684212
Graeme Payne (sub)23 27219210






League Table (as at April 14th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 32 17 7 8 +20 41
2. Rangers 27 12 9 6 +11 33
3. Aberdeen 28 10 11 7 +19 31
4. Celtic 26 13 5 8 +12 31
5. St Mirren 31 13 5 13 +5 31
6. Hibernian 30 9 13 8 0 31
7. Morton 32 10 11 11 -4 31
8. Partick Th 28 10 7 11 -1 27
9. Hearts 28 8 7 13 -14 23
10. Motherwell 32 5 5 22 -48 15