St Mirren 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (Premier Division)


St Mirren 

0 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 27th, 1982
Love Street. Att. 3,823
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Eamonn Bannon (70)
Davie Dodds (83)

Team Managers
Rikki McFarlane Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Tom Wilson
3. Steve Clarke
4. Lex Richardson
5. Mark Fulton
6. Jackie Copland
7. Billy Stark
8. Frank McDougall
9. Doug Somner
10. Frank McAvennie
11. Billy Abercromby
Hamish McAlpine .1
John Holt .2
Maurice Malpas .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Ralph Milne .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Paul Sturrock .10
John Reilly .11

Bench
12. Ian Scanlon
14. Alan Logan
Alex Taylor .12
Davie Dodds .14

Substitutions
Ian Scanlon for Frank McAvennie (78) Davie Dodds for Paul Sturrock (68)

Cautions
Doug Somner (42) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Hugh Alexander (Kilmarnock) (Referee)



Match Report


United gave Davie Dodds a well deserved rest for the visit to Love Street, with their leading goalscorer taking a seat on the bench and young John Reilly taking his place in the starting eleven. John Holt came in for Derek Stark, who had been doubtful with a thigh injury. Although St Mirren had been United's bogey team recently, the Tannadice side were on a high after their midweek victory at home to Werder Bremen, and the Buddies had conceded nine goals in their last two matches, and were without the influential Tony Fitzpatrick.

Winter was in evidence for the first time with Love St. snow covered. After five minutes, St Mirren nearly took the lead when Billy Stark, running on from what looked like an offside position, saw his shot deflected by Hamish McAlpine and Richard Gough was able to clear off the line. Five minutes later McAlpine saved well from a Fulton shot after an initial free-kick had been blocked. United replied with a John Holt header from a Bannon cross that was well held by Billy Thomson. The home keeper then had a busy spell, racing from his goal to clear from Sturrock, then saving a 20 yard drive from the same player. Paul Hegarty out jumped the Saints defence to meet a Ralph Milne corner, but his header came back off the bar.

United became stronger in the second half, and in the 68th minute Dodds came on for the tiring Sturrock, and two minutes later United broke the deadlock. Gough's floating cross was met by Eamonn Bannon's composed half volley which flew into the net. Davie Dodds notched up his 15th goal of the season with seven minutes to play, with a little help from Saints keeper Thomson. The Scotland internationalist collected the ball after the strikers effort, but let it slip and the ball crossed the line. With four points separating the top three sides, and Rangers home defeat to Aberdeen, there were now suggestions that the Premier League title was now a three horse race, with United and Aberdeen chasing Celtic at the top.



Squad Statistics (as at November 27th, 1982)


1982-83 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 27 - 5523
Richard Gough20 273765
Paul Hegarty28 28137754
John Holt26 15 - 21216
Dave Narey26 28742432
Maurice Malpas20 252502
Billy Kirkwood24 27624853
John Reilly20 81233
Eamonn Bannon24 18516444
Ralph Milne21 241013337
Paul Sturrock26 2310352112
Davie Dodds (sub)24 281520382


League Table (as at November 27th, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 13 11 1 1 +22 23
2. United 13 8 4 1 +17 20
3. Aberdeen 13 8 3 2 +15 19
4. Rangers 13 4 6 3 +7 14
5. Dundee 13 5 3 5 +3 13
6. Motherwell 13 4 1 8 -13 9
7. St Mirren 13 2 5 6 -13 9
8. Kilmarnock 13 1 6 6 -13 8
9. Morton 13 2 4 7 -14 8
10. Hibernian 13 1 5 7 -11 7

League results since United's last match
27th November 1982
Dundee5-2Kilmarnock
Hibernian2-3Celtic
Motherwell3-1Morton
Rangers0-1Aberdeen
St Mirren0-2Dundee Utd