Dundee Utd 5
East Fife 2
League Cup (Sectional Tie)

Dundee Utd
5 - 2
East Fife 

League Cup (Sectional Tie)
Wednesday, August 29th, 1973
Tannadice Park. Att. 3,120
7:30 PM Kick-off

Kenny Cameron (6)
Andy Gray (30)
Walter Smith (37)
Doug Smith (pen.) (53)
Duncan MacLeod (73)
Kevin Hegarty (59)
Billy McPhee (72)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Pat Quinn

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Jackie Copland
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Frank Kopel
Walter Smith
Tommy Traynor
Duncan MacLeod
Kenny Cameron
Graeme Payne
Andy Gray
Ernie McGarr
Bobby Duncan
Billy Gillies
John Love
Drew Rutherford
David Clarke
Kevin Hegarty
Jim Hamilton
Graham Honeyman
Billy McPhee
Grahame Ritchie

George Fleming
Pat Gardner
Ron McIvor
Doug Dailey

George Fleming for Andy Rolland (75)
Doug Dailey for Graham Honeyman (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

T Kyle (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

The challenge to qualify from the section was still alive although were virtually ruled out of contention by that stage. Goals were to be of prime consideration for the Tannadice side as joint section leaders Aberdeen and Motherwell met at Fir Park the same afternoon and second qualifying spot jested on a clear cut result there, and United's ability to hammer in the goals.

Things appeared bright for the home side by the interval, by which time goals from Kenny Cameron, Andy Gray and Walter Smith had pointed the side in the right direction. United had completely dominated this match and the three first half goals were just reward for their efforts.

By the 53rd minute the chances were even better after Doug Smith had stretched the lead to 4-0 from the penalty spot (pictured below) but on the hour mark came the first blemish when Kevin Hegarty pulled one back for the Fifers. Then a 30-yarder from Billy McPhee was deflected past Hamish McAlpine to lessen the hopes even further before Duncan MacLeod completed United's 5-2 victory with a 20-yard effort. But it was all in vain as the section's leading pair played out a stalemate at Fir Park to ease their way through comfortably enough with this goal difference .

Squad Statistics (as at August 29th, 1973)

1973-74 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)25 6 - 109 -
Frank Kopel24 5 - 583
Andy Rolland30 6124125
Jackie Copland26 4 - 8614
Doug Smith36 6154621
Walter Smith25 61772
Tommy Traynor29 4 - 9911
Duncan MacLeod24 6161
Graeme Payne17 4 - 4 -
Kenny Cameron30 6315682
Andy Gray17 2121
George Fleming (sub)24 6 - 544

League Table (as at August 29th, 1973)

No league table has been added for this season.