Dundee Utd 1
Morton 0
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Sunday, February 17th, 1974
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Brian Rankin (61)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Hal Stewart

Starting Eleven
Sandy Davie
Jackie Copland
John Holt
Frank Kopel
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Walter Smith
George Fleming
Archie Knox
Pat Gardner
Brian Rankin
Roy Baines
Davie Hayes
Mike Hepburn
George Anderson
John Nelson
Stan Rankin
Neil Murray
Danny McCallion
Hugh McIlmoyle
Alan Johnstone
John Lavelle

Graeme Payne
Sean Sheehy
Billy Osborne
Ian Hunter

Graeme Payne for Andy Rolland (55)
Ian Hunter for Alan Johnstone (60)
Billy Osborne for Danny McCallion (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Davidson (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

The restrictions of the three day week brought Sunday football to Tannadice for the first time as the sides disputed the right to appear in the quarterfinals. Conditions were well nigh perfect but, unfortunately, that failed to provide an enthralling Cup-tie. The match generally was scrappy and for so long the tie seemed destined for a goal-less draw and replay. Archie Knox came closest to scoring in the early stages and that prompted Morton into retaliation, and the visitors came close on three occasions, particularly on the latter, when George Fleming had to head a Hugh Mcllmoyle shot off the line. Three minutes later George was in action at the other end with a header which went only inches past. Obviously Manager Jim McLean's half-time lecture had its desired effect as the Tannadice men buzzed round Roy Baines' goal. The game progressed somewhat haphazardly until the 61st minute, that is! The ball had been hovering around the Morton box when it arrived at the feet of Brian Rankin. The 18 year old responded by instantly crashing a venemous left-foot shot which screamed past a helpless Roy Baines. Apart from a John Holt clearance on the line, United had few further anxious moments in a match in which they rarely played well, but a passport to a quarter-final tie with Dunfermline was more than acceptable solace for the standard of performance. Unfortunately, notwithstanding a fine Sunday afternoon only 7,000 watched what was overall a disappointing tie. We, of course, went on to reach our first final that season.

Squad Statistics (as at February 17th, 1974)

1973-74 All Time
Sandy Davie (GK)28 4 - 168 -
Jackie Copland26 29 - 11114
John Holt17 3 - 3 -
Frank Kopel24 333866
Andy Rolland31 30426528
Doug Smith36 26256622
Walter Smith25 3321043
George Fleming25 345829
Archie Knox26 2355011
Pat Gardner30 3058620
Brian Rankin20 3131
Graeme Payne (sub)18 16 - 16 -

League Table (as at February 17th, 1974)

No league table has been added for this season.