Kilmarnock 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


Kilmarnock 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 18th, 1979
Rugby Park. Att. 5,882
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Bobby Street (57) None.

Team Managers
Davie Sneddon Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Alan McCulloch
2. Stuart McLean
3. Alan Robertson
4. Jim Clark
5. Paul Clarke
6. Derrick McDicken
7. Ian Gibson
8. George Maxwell
9. John Bourke
10. Ally Mauchlen
11. Bobby Street
Peter Bonetti .1
Ray Stewart .2
Frank Kopel .3
Iain Phillip .4
Derek Stark .5
Dave Narey .6
Derek Addison .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Willie Pettigrew .10
Graeme Payne .11

Bench
12. Iain Jardine
14. Robert Docherty
Davie Dodds .12
Walter Smith .14

Substitutions
Robert Docherty for Bobby Street (83) Davie Dodds for Derek Addison (69)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


Dundee United fielded the side which finished the derby against Dundee. George Fleming failed to recover from an achilles tendon injury and Kirkwood retained his place. John Bourke, the striker who walked out on United, won his fitness battle and started for Killie.

After only a minute it was Bourke who created the problems for his old colleagues when he won a McDicken free-kick in the air but had his fierce shot blocked for a corner. Determined play from Payne allowed Stewart to break into the Killie box in 16 minutes but his cross was missed by both Narey and Pettigrew and the chance was gone. Then Kirkwood sent in a flashing cross that Payne was only inches away from converting. Bonetti showed his experience when he punched over a dangerous McLean cross with Bourke challenging. With 10 minutes to half-time, McCulloch made two superlative saves to deny Stewart and Narey. Then just before the whistle, Pettigrew was unfortunate when his snap shot was deflected over the bar.

Killie were first to threaten in the second half and on 50 minutes, Mauchlen calmly controlled a McLean cross on the edge of the United box before volleying narrowly past. Gibson then broke quickly from the halfway line and raced into he penalty box. However, he delayed his shot, which was blocked away for a corner. But Killie's goal was only delayed a minute. Clark found Maxwell in the box, whose shot was dramitacally cleared off th eline by Kopel. However, the ball only went as far as Bobby Street, who headed the rebound past Bonetti from six yards. Killie could have doubled their lead in 68 minutes but for Bonetti who kept United in the game with a save that was little short of incredible. He twisted in mid-air to get a finger tip to a Gibson shot that was enough to divert it onto the bar and into the his hands. Dodds came on for Addison with 20 minutes remaining but even that change couldn't turn the game and Killie held on for a precious win. Apart from the disappointments of their own display, United can have no complaints regarding this upset to form. Baulked by the brilliant Alan McCulloch during the opening half, the Tannadice men faded into insignificance after the break to eventually lose out to a Bobby Street winner.



Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 1979)


1979-80 All Time
Age
Peter Bonetti (GK)37 2 - 2 -
Ray Stewart19 41516
Iain Phillip28 4 - 15 -
Derek Stark20 41372
Frank Kopel30 4129710
Dave Narey23 4 - 23719
Derek Addison24 3 - 9411
Billy Kirkwood20 318624
Willie Pettigrew25 2 - 2 -
Paul Sturrock22 4217345
Graeme Payne23 4120012
Davie Dodds (sub)20 3 - 4914






League Table (as at August 18th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 2 1 1 0 +2 3
2. Celtic 2 1 1 0 +1 3
3. Kilmarnock 2 1 1 0 +1 3
4. Aberdeen 2 1 0 1 +2 2
5. United 2 1 0 1 +2 2
6. Dundee 2 1 0 1 0 2
7. Morton 2 1 0 1 0 2
8. Partick Th 2 1 0 1 0 2
9. St Mirren 2 0 1 1 -3 1
10. Hibernian 2 0 0 2 -5 0