Dundee Utd 6
Dunfermline 1
League Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)

Dundee Utd
6 - 1

League Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, August 24th, 1983
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,324
7:30 PM Kick-off

Richard Gough (6)
Richard Gough (12)
John Holt (32)
Alex Taylor (52)
Davie Dodds (60)
Eamonn Bannon (70)
Steve Morrison (63)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Alex Taylor
10. John Holt
10. Billy Kirkwood
11. Davie Dodds
Hugh Whyte
Bob Robertson
John Lapsley
Joe Smith
Bobby Dall
Derek Rodier
Jim Bowie
Norrie McCathie
Steve Morrison
John Perry
Rab Stewart

12. Derek Stark
14. John Clark
Bobby Forrest
Paul Donnelly

John Clark for Alex Taylor (80)
Derek Stark for Davie Dodds (82)
Bobby Forrest for John Perry (64)
Paul Donnelly for Rab Stewart (72)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Clelland) (Referee)
J D Fraser (Larbert) & D S Crawford (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

United followed up their sparkling display of the opening day of the season with six of the best against Dunfermline to virtually clinch a place in the third round stages of the competition. The rout started in the 8th minute when Richard Gough's diving header from an Eamonn Bannon cross beat Whyte at his left hand post. United's international full back was on target again 13 minutes later when Richard Gough beat 'keeper Whyte in the same spot with a low drive from almost 25 yards. Even that effort paled against John Holt's spectacular volley from 30 yards eleven minutes later.

Seven minutes into the second half Alex Taylor ran on to a Ralph Milne flick to volley home the fourth. On the hour mark Davie Dodds slotted home his first goal of the season following a scramble in the Pars' penalty box. Three minutes later Pars pulled one back when a Steve Morrison header was parried on to the post by Hamish McAlpine but unluckily rebounded into the net via Hamish's body. Eamonn Bannon completed the scoring 20 minutes from time when he headed in an accurate Alex Taylor cross.

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 2 - 5813
Dave Narey27 2 - 45334
John Holt26 2123621
Maurice Malpas21 2 - 782
Paul Hegarty29 2140659
Richard Gough21 2210313
Alex Taylor21 2272
Billy Kirkwood24 2227256
Eamonn Bannon25 2119153
Ralph Milne22 2 - 16048
Davie Dodds24 2123296
Derek Stark (sub)24 1 - 2065
John Clark (sub)18 2 - 5 -

League Table (as at August 24th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Prior to the match against Motherwell last Saturday, the League trophy was officially presented to the club and the League flag was unfurled. Yet, despite the excitement of the occasion and the associated physical strains we got off to the best possible start with a tremendous win over Motherwell. I was especially pleased as it was an entertaining victory and was achieved, in my opinion, by another exceptional performance by all the players. What rather surprised me though was the fact that only 9.500 of the Dundee public came to witness such an historic occasion. I had expected at least two to three thousand more to see an event that doesn't come often enough for provincial clubs. We feel that we at Tannadice are good enough to hopefully repeat that feat and I can assure all of you that is precisely our aim for the coming season. Naturally the continued absence of Paul Sturrock has been a big disappointment but I have been pleased with the contribution made by John dark and especially AIex Taylor. If John Clark could have the same kind of half as Alex Taylor did against 'Spurs, it would do his confidence a power of good. However, I will take no chances with team selections as we are desperate to win at all times and risks can't be taken as in the pre - season friendlies.

Unfortunately the fixture list has left the Reserves without a match until the end of next week. In view of this a friendly was played at Stirling on Monday night and tomorrow the second team will play at Arbroath. It is vital to keep all the players match fit in case of injuries to the first team which is currently committed to fixtures twice weekly. Tonight's tie with Dunfermline makes us vulnerable up to a point. The players desperation to get the game over coupled with your desperation for goals against a side who will, undoubtedly, play it tight, are the problems we face. Hopefully, however, a repeat of Saturday's sparkling performance can see us establish the right kind of lead to take to East End Park on Saturday.