Motherwell 2
Dundee Utd 1
League Cup (3rd Round 1st Leg)


Motherwell 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League Cup (3rd Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, September 3rd, 1980
Fir Park. Att. 3,327
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John McKeever (38)
Ian Clinging (40)
Derek Addison (9)

Team Managers
Ally McLeod Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Hugh Sproat
2. Tommy O'Rourke
3. Chic McLelland
4. Bobby Carberry
5. Joe Carson
6. Mike Larnach
7. Steve McLelland
8. Albert Kidd
9. John McKeever
10. Brian McLaughlin
11. Ian Clinging
Hamish McAlpine .1
Billy Kirkwood .2
Derek Stark .3
Iain Phillip .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Ralph Milne .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Eamonn Bannon .9
Derek Addison .10
Joe Ward .11

Bench
12. John Gahagan
14. Graeme Forbes
Graeme Payne .12
Frank Kopel .14

Substitutions
John Gahagan for Steve McLelland (76) Frank Kopel for Derek Stark (75)
Graeme Payne for Joe Ward (75)

Cautions
None. Eamonn Bannon (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)



Match Report


Manager Jim McLean stuck with the same starting eleven that eased past Cowdenbeath in the previous round, with the experienced Frank Kopel replacing Colin Campbell on the bench.

United almost snatched the lead after two minutes when the home defence allowed Eamonn Bannon in for a free header which hit the top of the bar. The First Division side then were unlucky not to score, when Steve McLelland found himself with just Hamish McAlpine to beat, but his volley came off the keepers shoulder and over. United took the lead in the 9th minute, when Hugh Sproat blocked a Joe Ward shot from 18 yards, and Derek Addison nipped in to score from eight yards. Ralph Milne was next to threaten, but his header from a Kirkwood chip fell weakly into Sproats hands. After 38 minutes of United pressure, Motherwell came storming back just before the interval. John McKeever got to the ball before both McAlpine and Narey to equalise from six yards, and two minutes later Ian Clinging put Motherwell in front when he headed home after an Albert Kidd long throw.

United started the second half strongly, with chances for Bannon and Ward, but the home side had gained confidence from the two goals just before the interval, and in the 71st minute a McKeever effort scraped the post. Both teams made substitutions and the match became untidy before the end. The home side had made United very uncomfortable, but fortunately they failed to give themselves more of a cushion to take to Tannadice for the 2nd leg.



Squad Statistics (as at September 3rd, 1980)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 8 - 4173
Iain Phillip29 6 - 551
Derek Stark21 8 - 902
Dave Narey24 8129221
Paul Hegarty26 8424643
Billy Kirkwood22 8 - 13228
Ralph Milne19 72285
Eamonn Bannon22 83397
Derek Addison25 8112113
Paul Sturrock23 8422759
Joe Ward25 7575
Frank Kopel (sub)31 2 - 34213
Graeme Payne (sub)24 7223715


League Table (as at September 3rd, 1980)


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

League results since United's last match
None.