Dundee Utd 4
Motherwell 2
League Cup (Group Section 1)

Dundee Utd
4 - 2

League Cup (Group Section 1)
Wednesday, October 5th, 1983
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,731
7:30 PM Kick-off

John Reilly (10)
Richard Gough (19)
Richard Gough (24)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (32)
Ally Mauchlen (28)
John Gahagan (53)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jock Wallace

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Derek Stark
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. John Reilly
10. John Holt
11. Davie Dodds
Nicky Walker
Andy Dornan
Ian MacLeod
Joe Carson
Johannes Edvaldsson
Ally Mauchlen
John Gahagen
Stuart Rafferty
Jim Gillespie
Andy Ritchie
Andy Harrow

12. Maurice Malpas
14. Alex Taylor
Gary McAllister
Paul McFadden

Maurice Malpas for Davie Dodds (57)
Alex Taylor for John Reilly (73)
Gary McAllister for Stuart Rafferty (70)
Paul McFadden for Andy Ritchie (73)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D Galloway (Pitlessie) (Referee)
D Main (Bonnybridge) & L N Deas (Glenrothes) (Assistants)

Match Report

This win over Motherwell provided a double with a welcome return to form plus leadership of Section One. Eamonn Bannon was the hero of the evening being the creator of all four goals. The first came from his superb reverse pass which left John Reilly with the simple task of beating Walker. The second goal was a crashing 30-yarder by Richard Gough from Eamonn's cross-field pass.

The same combination produced the third with Richard Gough's 20-yarder going in under Walker's body. Ally Mauchlen putted one back with 'a viciously swerving 30-yarder but within a minute United made it four when John Holt was impeded in going for another Eamonn Bannon cross and Eamonn slotted home the fourth. John Gallagan hit 'Well's second early in the second half.

Squad Statistics (as at October 5th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 13 - 5923
Dave Narey27 12 - 46334
Derek Stark24 1022157
John Holt26 13224722
Paul Hegarty29 13141759
Richard Gough21 13511416
Billy Kirkwood25 13528359
Eamonn Bannon25 13420256
John Reilly21 764315
Ralph Milne22 12517053
Davie Dodds25 138243103
Maurice Malpas (sub)21 10 - 862
Alex Taylor (sub)21 92142

League Table (as at October 5th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Tonight the action switches back to the League Cup and after our lapse last Saturday against Rangers it affords us an opportunity to get back on the right rails. Our performance last weekend didn't prove anything I wasn't aware of already — our depth of pool is too thin up front and in midfield. The loss of a defender or even a midfielder we can cope with but the absence of two such positive players as Ralph IVIilne and Paul Sturrock proved too big a handicap. Having said that, f still feel we should have expected far more from the side than was on display on Saturday. No matter the level of football. positive players are essential to win matches. Our own recent success can be fairly and squarely attributed to first and foremost Paul Sturrock plus Ralph Milne and Eamonn Bannon, all of whom have that positive attitude. Unfortunately, the demands of the modern game mean that ability alone is not enough, a good player must have a winning and positive attitude. As you will probably be aware, I have been striving to strengthen our playing resources. I feel that our public deserve another player but the difficulty lies in finding a player with that so important positive attitude. Quite honestly, none are available at present.

On Saturday we carried two or three players who were well below form. We are not a side who can afford such a luxury and, with tonight's tie so vital, no repeat can be tolerated against a Motherwell side no doubt determined to atone for their performance against Dundee. In view of our loss of a point at Cappielow it is absolutely vital we secure both points to head the section at the halfway stage. There has been a great deal of criticism of this year's League Cup tournament. It is easy to criticise but there has been a distinct lack of constructive points raised to come up with anything better. I personally feel that these mid-week fixtures help break up the pressures that league football brings by giving more variety. However, I do concede that this round may stretch out a bit too long but I sincerely hope that we are still involved when the sectional ties are completed at the end of November.