Morton 1
Dundee Utd 2
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Dundee Utd

League (Division One)
Saturday, October 9th, 1971
Cappielow. Att. 4,331
3:00 PM Kick-off

Borge Thorup (82) Andy Rolland (13)
Jackie Copland (62)

Team Managers
Hal Stewart Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
Erik Sorenson
Davie Hayes
Denis Laughton
Jimmy Lumsden
George Anderson
John Clark
Paul Smith
Joe Mason
Billy Osborne
John Murphy
Steve Chalmers
Hamish McAlpine
Stuart Markland
Jim Cameron
Jackie Copland
Andy Rolland
Billy Gray
Tommy Traynor
Jim Henry
Sandy White
Alec Reid
Alan Devlin

Borge Thorup Walter Smith

None. Walter Smith for Alan Devlin

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

A Paterson (East Kilbride) (Referee)

Match Report

With two wins under their belt, Jerry Kerr's United looked ahead to Cappielow, where they would attempt to take their winning form on the road against a Morton side who were sitting eight places above them in the league. The only change to the squad was on the substitute's bench, as Walter Smith replaced Alan Gordon.

The Tangerines drew blood after only three minutes. Morton's John Clark was adjudged to have handled the ball just outside the penalty box and from the resultant free-kick, Andy Rolland stepped up to power the ball home for the opener. A weak effort from Billy Osborne at the other end saw the striker fire past Hamish McAlpine's post. Alan Devlin almost made it two for United shortly after when he picked up an Alec Reid pass and shot hard at Erik Sorensen.

Altogether, United's more studious approach had Morton in a tangle and it wasn't until after the interval that the home side truly threatened. Making a better fist of it this time around, Osborne rattled the crossbar, as did Paul Smith shortly afterwards. Despite Morton's attempts to equalise, it was United who broke away to score their second. Tommy Traynor created the opening for Jackie Copland, who converted to score his fourth goal in two games. The Danish substitute Borge Thorup pulled one back for the home side with seven minutes left, but United held on to score a rare win at the oft unlucky turf at Cappielow, making it three wins in a row.

Squad Statistics (as at October 9th, 1971)

1971-72 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)23 12 - 43 -
Stuart Markland23 5 - 652
Jim Cameron24 14 - 165 -
Jackie Copland24 66188
Andy Rolland28 14817421
Tommy Traynor28 101433
Billy Gray26 13 - 13 -
Sandy White20 3 - 3 -
Alec Reid24 13312716
Jim Henry22 9 - 786
Alan Devlin17 62114
Walter Smith (sub)23 11 - 43 -

League Table (as at October 9th, 1971)

No league table has been added for this season.