Dundee Utd 2
Hamilton 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, April 28th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,244
7:30 PM Kick-off

Eamonn Bannon (38)
John Clark (67)
Hugh Burns (28)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Lambie

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Dave Narey
Gordon McLeod
Jim McInally
Billy Kirkwood
John Clark
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher
Rikki Ferguson
Brian Martin
Adrian Sprott
Willie Jamieson
Mark Fulton
Alex Taylor
Hugh Burns
Kevin McKee
Jerry Phillips
Steve Clarke
John Pelosi

Dave Bowman
Iain Ferguson
John Mailer
Gerry Collins

Iain Ferguson for Paul Sturrock (65)
Dave Bowman for John Clark (84)
John Mailer for John Pelosi (76)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim McGilvray (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Victory over Hamilton edges us into third place in the league, but at the same time officially consigned Hamilton to relegation.

Accies had sportingly applauded us onto the park, but found us in less charitable mood on the field, despite the absence of Ian Redford and Maurice Malpas, whilst leading scorer Iain Ferguson was only a substitute.

The crowd of over 7,244, boosted by many taking advantage of the free voucher, which was part of the UEFA Cup Semi-Final tie with Borussia, saw United fall behind to Accies against the run of play in the 28th minute. A moment of hesitancy in the heart of the Tannadice defence allowed Hugh Burns to stroke the ball into an empty net.

Stung into action, we stormed back and five minutes later we spurned a golden opportunity to equalise. Jamieson pushed Hegarty in the box, but John Clark, operating as a striker, saw his shot and follow-up effort twice acrobatically saved by Ferguson in the Accies goal. John was then unfortunate to see a header strike the post. However, John's luck turned when his long through ball found Eamonn Bannon on the left, Eamonn flashed past Martin to the bye-line and, instead of cutting the ball back, unexpectedly crashed the ball past Ferguson from the extremely narrow angle.

McKee squandered an easy chance for Accies four minutes after the break, and in the 67th minute we took the lead. John Holt captured the ball in midfield, fed Eamonn Bannon on the left and his perfect cross was headed in by John Clark running in at the far post. Although almost totally dominant in the last 20 minutes or so, we almost dropped a point had Billy Thomson not made such a good save from a McKee shot.

Squad Statistics (as at April 28th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 58 - 111 -
Paul Hegarty32 35559879
John Holt30 27139324
Dave Narey30 50 - 65236
John Clark22 4169214
Eamonn Bannon29 549396103
Billy Kirkwood28 14 - 39369
Gordon McLeod19 5 - 11 -
Jim McInally23 472472
Paul Sturrock30 466541163
Kevin Gallacher20 53157718
Dave Bowman (sub)23 33 - 33 -
Iain Ferguson (sub)24 48284828

League Table (as at April 28th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.