Dundee Utd 1
Kilmarnock 0
League Cup (Sectional Tie)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League Cup (Sectional Tie)
Saturday, August 14th, 1971
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,613
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alec Reid (75)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Walter McCrae

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Doug Smith
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Billy Gray
Joe Watson
Jim Henry
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Alan Gordon
Kenny Cameron
Ally Hunter
Jim Whyte
Billy Dickson
George Maxwell
Jackie McGrory
Frank Beattie
Jim Cook
Eddie Morrison
Jim McCulloch
Alan MacDonald
Ian Fleming

Walter Smith
Alex Cairns

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J Grant (Larbert) (Referee)

Match Report

For the first game of the new season, manager Jerry Kerr handed new signing Billy Gray his debut as United looked to kick off the campaign with a win in their League Cup opener at home to Kilmarnock.

Joe Watson and Alex Gordon combined early on to threaten the Killie goal, playing Alec Reid in for a shot which rebounded off Alan MacDonald to safety. Only the acrobatics of Ally Hunter in the visitor's goal prevented a rout early on, saving twice following a break and moments later from a fierce Gordon effort. All over the Ayrshire men, United were far and away the dominant side in the first half - only a goal was missing.

As the game progressed into the second half, it looked more and more as if Killie were going to steal a point. Then, fifteen minutes from the end, just as Killie were beginning to make some impression in attack, United made the breakthrough. Frank Beattie, playing his first game since 1969, misjudged a Davie Wilson corner and the ball fell to Alec Reid who hammered the ball high into the roof of the net. Even at that, Killie almost snatched an equaliser when MacDonald hit the bar, but United held on for the win.

Squad Statistics (as at August 14th, 1971)

1971-72 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)23 1 - 32 -
Doug Smith34 1 - 4669
Jim Cameron24 1 - 152 -
Andy Rolland28 1 - 16113
Joe Watson19 1 - 6 -
Alec Reid24 1111514
Billy Gray26 1 - 1 -
Davie Wilson34 1 - 15727
Jim Henry22 1 - 706
Alan Gordon27 1 - 8131
Kenny Cameron28 1 - 8856

League Table (as at August 14th, 1971)

No league table has been added for this season.