Morton 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (Premier Division)


Morton 

0 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 1st, 1980
Cappielow. Att. 3,075
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Billy Kirkwood (77)
Billy Kirkwood (86)

Team Managers
Benny Rooney Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Roy Baines
Davie Hayes
Jim Holmes
James Rooney
Joe McLaughlin
Neil Orr
Jim Tolmie
Ian Cochrane
Bobby Thomson
Drew Busby
Andy Ritchie
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
Frank Kopel
Paul Hegarty
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Joe Ward
Graeme Payne
Paul Sturrock

Bench
John McNeil
Roddy Hutchison
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds

Substitutions
None. Billy Kirkwood for Joe Ward
Davie Dodds for Graeme Payne

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)



Match Report


Morton were first to threaten when Ritchie hammered a 25 year free-kick through the United wall and McAlpine had to look lively to beat away the effort. United came close just on the quarter hour mark. Paul Sturrock broke free down the right before crossing. Ward nipped in and struck his effort just skimming over the bar. Sturrock weaved his way to the by-line soon after but his cross found no-one waiting. Much of the first half was confined to the midfield with neither side really looking like scoring.

Tolmie almost broke the deadlock early in the second half when he shot hard at McAlpine from the edge of the box. The 'keeper and Narey got in each others way but fortunately for the pair the ball went just wide. Fourteen minutes into the second half and United brought on Kirkwood for Payne. This prove to be the turning point in the match. From a corner United claimed the ball had crossed the line but the ball appeared to bounce of the a Morton defender before being cleared. The referee consulted his linesman before over-ruling United's claims. Then with thirteen minutes remaining the super sub Billy Kirkwood smashed home the opener. And as time ran out for Morton, who else but Billy Kirkwood appeared to double United's lead on 86.



Squad Statistics (as at November 1st, 1980)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 23 - 4323
Paul Hegarty26 23626145
Iain Phillip29 16 - 651
Frank Kopel31 16 - 35613
Dave Narey24 22130621
Derek Stark21 2211043
Ian Gibson24 3 - 3 -
Eamonn Bannon22 204518
Paul Sturrock24 23824263
Graeme Payne24 21425117
Joe Ward25 117117
Billy Kirkwood (sub)22 18214230
Davie Dodds (sub)22 1249026






League Table (as at November 1st, 1980)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 12 9 3 0 +21 21
2. Rangers 12 7 5 0 +21 19
3. Celtic 12 8 2 2 +13 18
4. Partick Th 12 6 2 4 -3 14
5. Airdrie 12 4 5 3 -1 13
6. United 12 2 6 4 -5 10
7. St Mirren 12 3 3 6 +1 9
8. Morton 12 2 3 7 -12 7
9. Hearts 12 2 2 8 -10 6
10. Kilmarnock 12 1 1 10 -25 3