Morton 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


Morton 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 5th, 1981
Cappielow. Att. 3,335
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Ian Cochrane (81) None.

Team Managers
Benny Rooney Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Roy Baines
Davie Hayes
Jim Holmes
James Rooney
Joe McLaughlin
Neil Orr
Robert Houston
Drew Busby
Bobby Thomson
Roddy Hutchison
Daniel Docherty
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew

Bench
Ian Cochrane
John Marr
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood

Substitutions
Ian Cochrane for ? Billy Kirkwood for Derek Stark
Ralph Milne for Willie Pettigrew

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Thomas Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)



Match Report


United returned to Premier League duty with a trip to Greenock, with Frank Kopel replacing Billy Kirkwood the only change to the starting eleven from the midweek win over Hamilton.

Morton made an impressive start, creating chances for Thomson and Hutchison, but at the other end Davie Dodds had a snap shot deflected past the post. Willie Pettigrew then saw a header from a Paul Sturrock cross dip just over the bar. Morton had a great chance when a Hutchison run down the left led to McAlpine fumbling his cross, and Drew Busby's effort was booted clear. Just before half-time, Davie Dodds somehow managed to scoop the ball over the bar from eight yards out.

As the second half went on, United faded as Benny Rooney's Morton side took control though determination and hard work, and with nine minutes left, former United man Ian Cochrane thundered home to give Morton the win and United their first defeat of the season.



Squad Statistics (as at September 5th, 1981)


1981-82 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 9 - 4763
John Holt24 9315414
Frank Kopel32 7 - 39713
Paul Hegarty27 5 - 29849
Derek Stark22 8 - 1283
Iain Phillip27 7 - 1051
Dave Narey25 9 - 34722
Eamonn Bannon23 969523
Willie Pettigrew27 849036
Davie Dodds22 7212547
Paul Sturrock24 9428582
Ralph Milne (sub)20 6 - 5913
Billy Kirkwood (sub)23 5 - 17540






League Table (as at September 5th, 1981)


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