Aberdeen 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 28th, 1987
Pittodrie. Att. 12,850
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Eamonn Bannon (55)

Team Managers
Ian Porterfield Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
David Robertson
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Joe Miller
Brian Grant
Jim Bett
John Hewitt
Bobby Connor
Peter Weir
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Jim McInally
John Clark
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher
Iain Ferguson

Ian Porteous
Paul Wright
Gary McGinnis
Paul Kinnaird

Ian Porteous for David Robertson (74) None.

David Robertson (49)
Stewart McKimmie (59)
Iain Ferguson (29)
John Clark (33)
Kevin Gallacher (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Cleland) (Referee)

Match Report

Pittodrie was regarded as the ideal preparation for the forthcoming European clash with Barcelona, but at the end of ninety minutes the relevance of our victory was a tremendous boost to our title hopes, quite apart from building confidence for Wednesday's European tie. The spectating Barcelona spy wouldn't have been too upset at half-time as we contained Aberdeen. Our only scoring chance game when an Ian Redford header was cleared from the vacant goal by Billy Stark. John Hewitt and Brian Grant had been denied on a couple of occasions in the first half in which Aberdeen was slightly ahead on points.

However, the second period presented an entirely different picture. Stepping up a gear the United midfield snuffed out Aberdeen's and with Paul Sturrock playing wide on the left, United emerged the more likely winners. From a break by Jim Mdnally Paul Sturrock fired in a low cross which Eamonn Bannon rammed into the net. Kevin Gallacher went very close to increasing our lead which was only rarely threatened. Brian Grant twice was only fractionally off target before a cross from Porteous was cleared by Maurice Malpas only for the ball to strike Dave Narey and rebound onto the underside of the bar before being scrambled clear. An Aberdeen equaliser would hardly have been deserved after a second half in which we controlled proceedings.

Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 45 - 98 -
John Holt30 14 - 38023
Dave Narey30 35 - 63736
Maurice Malpas24 41 - 2758
Ian Redford26 4188418
Jim McInally23 322322
Eamonn Bannon28 408382102
John Clark22 2737811
Paul Sturrock30 346529163
Kevin Gallacher20 38136216
Iain Ferguson24 33203320

League Table (as at February 28th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.