Aberdeen 0
Dundee Utd 3
League Cup (Final Replay)


Aberdeen 

0 - 3

Dundee Utd


League Cup (Final Replay)
Wednesday, December 12th, 1979
Dens Park. Att. 28,984
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Willie Pettigrew (15)
Willie Pettigrew (65)
Paul Sturrock (79)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Clark
2. Stuart Kennedy
3. Doug Rougvie
4. Alex McLeish
5. Willie Garner
6. Willie Miller
7. Gordon Strachan
8. Steve Archibald
9. Mark McGhee
10. John McMaster
11. Ian Scanlon
Hamish McAlpine .1
Derek Stark .2
Frank Kopel .3
George Fleming .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Willie Pettigrew .9
John Holt .10
Billy Kirkwood .11

Bench
12. Drew Jarvie
14. Drew Hamilton
Graeme Payne .12
Iain Phillip .14

Substitutions
Drew Jarvie for Mark McGhee (45)
Drew Hamilton for Ian Scanlon (64)
None.

Cautions
None. John Holt (65)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balfron) (Referee)



Match Report


United made two changes from the side that earned a draw in the first match at Hampden. Fleming and Kirkwood replaced Phillip and Payne. Over 28,000 squeezed into Dens Park for this League Cup Final replay and those of a United persuasion were left exhilarated, seeing their side win their first major trophy.

United were a much changed side in terms of their approach to this game. Confident attacking football was the order of the night. They dominated the game from start to finish. It only took 15 minutes for the tangerines to do what they failed to do in 120 minutes at Hampden. Derek Stark arrowed in a low cross and Willie Pettigrew was on hand to steal in between a ruck of players to fire home the opening goal.

It wasn't until the 65th when United were able to double their lead. Again, it was Willie Pettigrew who scored, getting his head to a Sturrock cross to effectively finish the game.

However, United were not content to hold their lead and made it 3-0 eleven minutes later. Paul Sturrock raced clear after springing the Aberdeen off-side trap and after a 40 yard run, beat 'keeper Clark to send the Arabs into raptures.

They had done it! A first major trophy for United after 70 years....



Squad Statistics (as at December 12th, 1979)


1979-80 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 21 - 3883
Derek Stark21 281612
John Holt23 6 - 926
Frank Kopel30 29432213
Dave Narey23 29 - 26219
Paul Hegarty25 20221839
George Fleming31 25232537
Eamonn Bannon21 9191
Billy Kirkwood21 23410627
Paul Sturrock23 301019953
Willie Pettigrew26 28122812






League Table (as at December 12th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 15 9 3 3 +15 21
2. Morton 15 9 3 3 +14 21
3. Rangers 17 7 3 7 +2 17
4. St Mirren 16 6 5 5 -3 17
5. Aberdeen 14 6 3 5 +7 15
6. Partick Th 16 5 5 6 -3 15
7. United 15 5 4 6 +4 14
8. Kilmarnock 15 5 4 6 -8 14
9. Dundee 15 6 1 8 -12 13
10. Hibernian 16 2 3 11 -16 7