Dundee Utd 0
Aberdeen 1
League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)
Wednesday, September 25th, 1985
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,585
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. Eric Black (63)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Dave Beaumont
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
Eamonn Bannon
Stuart Beedie
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Eric Black
Neil Simpson
Frank McDougall
Neale Cooper
John Hewitt

Billy Kirkwood
Ian Redford
Steve Gray
Willie Falconer

Ian Redford for Dave Beaumont (46)
Billy Kirkwood for Stuart Beedie (82)
Steve Gray for Neil Simpson (76)
Willie Falconer for Frank McDougall (86)

Dave Beaumont (16)
Davie Dodds (24)
Stuart Beedie (47)
Richard Gough (61)
Alex McLeish (25)
Neil Simpson (30)
Frank McDougall (69)
Brian Mitchell (78)
Steve Gray (87)

Red Cards
Richard Gough (70)
Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Clelland) (Referee)
L Mottram & K Rice (Assistants)

Match Report

This latest clash between the new firm produced little in the way of constructive football and plenty in the way of field offences! No less than nine players were booked (four United and five Dons) and a second booking meant Richard Gough was ordered off 20 minutes from the end. By then Aberdeen had already taken the lead in this ill tempered contest. Willie Miller was the instigator. Breaking from defence he found Hewitt on the left and the winger's cross was met by Eric Black who bulleted in a header at the far post.

In a match where flowing football was a rarity, United failed to create many chances in the penalty box, but still had their moments, chiefly from long range. Maurice Malpas sent in a stinging volley which Leighton did well to divert for a corner just before halftime. Mid-way through the second period Davie Dodds hooked in a Maurice Malpas free-kick and that just scraped the wrong side of the bar.

So United now have a not unfamiliar scenario ahead of them at Pittodrie next week, because they are in exactly the same position as in 1981-82 when they travelled north, trailing by a goal, only to win 3-0. A repeat would be most welcome.

Squad Statistics (as at September 25th, 1985)

1985-86 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)37 11 - 6853
Richard Gough23 11221729
Maurice Malpas23 11 - 1936
Dave Beaumont21 7 - 332
Paul Hegarty31 11 - 52268
Dave Narey29 11 - 56236
John Holt28 5 - 33323
Eamonn Bannon27 10330582
Stuart Beedie25 111508
Paul Sturrock28 96458150
Davie Dodds27 11 - 335137
Billy Kirkwood (sub)27 6 - 36068
Ian Redford (sub)25 7171

League Table (as at September 25th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.