United earned a commanding lead to take into the 2nd leg of this Bell's League Cup, 3rd round tie. However, it took them 38 minutes to find a way through the Queens defence, with Willie Pettigrew slotting home after a goalmouth scramble. Substitute Davie Dodds scored with a header from a Stark free-kick in 77 minutes, and Paul Sturrock made it 3-0 with 5 minutes to go.
We gained only our second League win of the season, and though it took an act of charity by the visitors to create our first goal, we should have been ahead by the interval. Alan Irvine senior, restored to the side, and Gordon McLeod, making his first appearance of the season, were both prominent. A cross from Alan Irvine was dropped by Marshall at lain Ferguson's feet, but the 'keeper recovered to block his shot. Almost immediately Gilmour shot straight at Billy Thomson. Gordon McLeod did likew
A dream hat-trick by Billy Dodds registered our first win of the season as Paul Sturrock made a swift return to McDiarmid Park. Playing purposefully from the very start, The former Dons striker's looping header from the edge of the box defeating Alan Main. Victory was virtually assured in the 34th minute. McCluskey was sent off for denying Kjell Olofsson a goalscoring opportunity and Billy Dodds rammed home the spot-kick. His third came when he took a lofted pass from Gar