2 - 0
2 - 0
League (Premier Division)
Paul Hegarty (42)
Maurice Malpas (49)
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. John Holt
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
12. Dave Beaumont
14. John Reilly
Dave Beaumont for Billy Kirkwood (78)
||Gordon Rae for Paul Kane 60)|
Ally Brazil (44)
Willie McLeish (Stonehouse) (Referee)
United recorded their third consecutive league victory over a Hibs side still suffering from that shock Cup exit at the hands of East Fife. It wasn't a vintage United performance with the effects of the long lay-off still apparent. United opened their account when a Davie Dodds header struck the bar and Paul Hegarty nodded in the rebound three minutes from the Interval.
Maurice Malpas, who had twice been denied by 'keeper Robin Rae, deservedly volleyed in the second thirteen minutes after the restart. Alan Sneddon, John Blackley and Ally Brazil of Hibs were all booked, with the latter ultimately sent off for a second caution.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||36||33||-||612||3|
|Dave Beaumont (sub)||20||4||-||4||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
Over the last few weeks in Scotland the only winner on the football front has been the weather. At the risk of repeating myself, I still cannot understand the stupidity of winter football, competing as it does with television and the comfort of a fireside. It is absolutely crazy to think otherwise. My views on the Premier Division set-up are well known although I am still dead set against the present League format, I feel there has been an improvement in Scottish football recently. The competition is now very keen and players must work hard for the whole 90 minutes. The biggest boost, therefore, would be to ensure that we play in good conditions all the time. Given a less arduous programme, players' skills can be worked upon without taking too much out of them, given reasonable conditions. If the game in Scotland is to make further sh"ides forward it is essential that players' skills are unproved and that can only happen by ta'aining and practising in reasonable conditions. Monday's cup tie was a case in point with such treacherous conditions prevailing. Consequently, I would like to thank everyone who himed up on such an appalling evening. My gratitude, however, does not extend to the idiots, who were throwing snowballs. Their actions harmed our cause as it was vitally important that we maintamed the pace of the game. Every stoppage was to the advantage of the visitors, as our play flows, the more our confidence increases.
Still the most important outcome of the night was that we progressed to the next round of the cup. Hibs, our visitors today, suffered the indignity of a cup exit at the hands of East Fife, but we too could have suffered the same fate at the hands of Ayr. We still have an outside chance of four trophies and we must keep winning as these opportunities can be frittered away so quickly, so we must mauitaui our concentration in all our remaining matches.