7 - 0
7 - 0
League (Premier Division)
John Reilly (38)
Eamonn Bannon (48)
John Reilly (68)
Dave Narey (73)
Ralph Milne (78)
Davie Dodds (87)
Davie Dodds (90)
Davie Dodds for Billy Kirkwood (54)
John Holt for John Reilly (82)
|Ian Bryson for Stuart McLean (57)|
Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)
United had just returned from the siege of Bremen where United's thin tangerine line had somehow held firm in the face of awesome aggression from Rudi Voller and his Werder colleagues. That had been enough to allow United to get to the last eight of the UEFA cup for the second successive season. But, league matters were uppermost on United's minds. As a thank you gesture to the fans, the club reduced admission to the terracing by 50p to £1 and Stand prices were dropped from £3 to £2.50. Unfortunately, only 7,259 took advantage of the cut-price football, but they weren't short-changed by United who turned on a blistering performance which had Killie reeling long before the end.
Thanks to some stout defending by McDicken and Clarke, the visitors did reasonably well in the first half. Their resistance was finally broken in the 38th minute. Ralph Milne's drive was half-blocked by team-mate John Reilly and he chased the loose ball to shoot past McCulloch.
After the break, the floodgates opened and Jim Clunie's men were all at sea. The second half was only three minutes old when Killie got themselves in a right pickle and a neat back-heeler from Billy Kirkwood left Eamonn Bannon with time and space to shoot past McCulloch from eight yards. Dave Narey smashed a thunderbolt off the inside of the post as United went in search of a third and that duly arrived midway through the second period when Paul Sturrock's cross from the left was headed on by Ralph Milne to John Reilly who converted from point-blank range. In the last quarter of the game the goals flowed thick and fast. Five minutes later a Milne corner was only cleared as far as Dave Narey who was lurking on the 18 yard line and he volleyed with velocity past McCulloch's outstretched right hand. The goals were coming at regular five minute intervals. The fifth ranking as probably the goal of the game, possibly the season. Ralph Milne embarked on a magnificent solo run from the halfway line, beating four defenders before calmly crashing the ball past a bemused McCulloch. In the last four minutes United grabbed a couple more. Number six was scored by Davie Dodds as he turned a Ralph Milne cross home and a minute from the end, Davie Dodds bagged his second by heading in Eamonn Bannon's free-kick from the left. United had been cheered on to the park after the glory in Germany against Werder Bremen, and left the field to a standing ovation after carving Killie apart. The visitors, however, could take consolation from the fact that when this United side turned it on, the cream of Europe struggled to live with them. Despite this handsome victory, United still trailed Celtic who headed the table by three points with both sides having played 14 games. Whilst United fans would have no doubt relished watching it all over again on, I am sure that few Killie fans would have taken in STV's highlights of the match that evening.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||34||29||-||554||3|
|John Holt (sub)||26||17||-||214||16|
|Davie Dodds (sub)||24||30||17||205||84|
This afternoon we return to league football after our mid-week involvement in Europe. Unfortunately these notes had to be penned prior to our visit to Werder Bremen and I hope that our interest in the U.E.F.A. Cup is not now merely of an academic nature. After the first leg against the Germans we obviously left ourselves with a lot to do, holding only a single goal advantage as we entered the second leg on Wednesday. It is, however, very important for the club to enjoy continued participation in the U.E.F.A. Cup. It was indeed a fortunate break for us that we were without a match last weekend. A heavy cold and throat bug has been lingering around Tannadice over the past two weeks or so and has laid low several of the first team squad. It is a typical winter complaint and I can only hope all those affected have shrugged off the effects. I am extremely happy with the improvement in our first team pool, brought about by the form of John Reilly and Alex Taylor, but they still have the most difficult part of their task to accomplish — to completely establish themselves not just in the squad but in the first team. However, as both are forwards it does mean we now have five forwards vying for three places, a 66% improvement in our forward resources at first team level.
I must repeat that the hard part has still to be done as other fringe players in the forward department have fallen short in the past. We require a very high standard for the most difficult department in the modern game and new blood must come from our existing staff. You will probably be fed up reading in the press about you, the supporters, for your magnificent turn-out again this season. Even after increased attendances in the past couple of years, the attendance figures this term have again remarkably shown yet further improvement. It is vitally important for the players to get the atmosphere a large crowd generates and for the club to receive the finance but in return we must continually provide the right kind of entertainment. Once again it is a pleasure to welcome back Kilmarnock. Even their manager looks seven feet tall to me. I don't know what they breed them on in Ayrshire but the Rugby Park side must be the tallest in Scotland. Our task this afternoon will therefore not be easy, but we must look for two points to maintain our Championship challenge and register a win over the only side in the Premier Division we have not yet beaten this season.