Raith Rovers 1
Dundee Utd 3
League Cup (Group Stage - Section 4)

Raith Rovers 

1 - 3

Dundee Utd

League Cup (Group Stage - Section 4)
Wednesday, September 1st, 1982
Starks Park. Att. 1,934
7:30 PM Kick-off

Colin Harris (47) Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (45)
Davie Dodds (70)
Paul Sturrock (74)

Team Managers
Gordon Wallace Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Tommy Walker
2. Craig Robertson
3. Chris Candlish
4. Dave Thomson
5. Allan Forsyth
6. Colin More
7. Bobby Robinson
8. Willie Gibson
9. Colin Harris
10. Ally McCulloch
11. John Mitchell
Hamish McAlpine .1
Iain Phillip .2
Derek Stark .3
John Holt .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Ian Britton .7
Eamonn Bannon .8
Graeme Payne .9
Paul Sturrock .10
Davie Dodds .11

12. Donald Urquhart
14. Colin Spence
Billy Kirkwood .12
Dave Beaumont .14

Donald Urquhart for Ally McCulloch (72)
Colin Spence for Willie Gibson (72)
Billy Kirkwood for Davie Dodds (71)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

United wrapped up their League Cup Section 4 matches with a trip to Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers. A win for United would ensure their 100% record in this seasons competition remained intact. Jim McLean fielded a young defence for this match, knowing they were already qualified.

Both teams were slow to settle into this match, with passes often going astray and neither 'keeper troubled in the opening phase. Then United burst into action with a fine move. After a great run from Holt, Sturrock crossed from the right and Dodds' header was turned round the post by Walker. In 19 minutes, Hegarty got his head on a Britton corner but it was Walker again who came out on top, saving from point-blank range. Mitchell countered for Raith when he fired in a 25 yard shot that just flew past McAlpine's post. It was a reminder to United that failing to score could leave them exposed. Just as it looked as though Raith would survive the first half, they conceded a penalty seconds from the whistle. Mitchell made a hash of a passbook and as Dodds ran in with the ball, Walker impeded him. Eamonn Bannon stepped up to score from the resultant spot-kick.

Raith who were obviously aggrieved at the decision, made a storming start to the second half. Within a couple of minutes they were level. Gibson laid the ball into the path of Colin Harris and he shocked United with a fierce equaliser from an acute angle. United now had a fight on their hands and Harris had another effort that went a yard high. Bannon did break for United and was fouled on the edge of the area. His shot however, sailed over the bar. On 70 minutes, United regained the lead. This time it was Davie Dodds who hooked in a Bannon cross to regain the advantage. A silky Paul Sturrock finish sealed the match just a few minutes later. Payne chipped th eball over the defence and Sturrock snuck in to lob the 'keeper. Kirkwood came on for Dodds soon after and he too forced Walker into a great save. Walker was becoming the Raith hero of the night as he save brilliantly again, this time from Britton. The game finished with a 3-1 United win and while this was United's closest game of section, they ensured that their 100% record was maintained.

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 1982)

1982-83 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 5 - 5303
Paul Hegarty28 6 - 35553
Iain Phillip31 5 - 1371
Dave Narey26 6340228
Ian Britton28 6161
John Holt25 3 - 20016
Derek Stark23 6 - 1613
Eamonn Bannon24 3214941
Paul Sturrock25 64335106
Graeme Payne26 5228621
Davie Dodds23 6518172
Billy Kirkwood (sub)24 5222649

League Table (as at September 1st, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

League results since United's last match