Partick Th 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (Premier Division)


Partick Th 

0 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 14th, 1981
Firhill. Att. 2,754
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Willie Pettigrew (43)
Ralph Milne (44)

Team Managers
Peter Cormack Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan Rough
Dave McKinnon
Brian Whittaker
Jackie Campell
Andy Anderson
John Lapsley
Donald Park
Ian McDonald
Alex O'Hara
Kenny Watson
Tony Higgins
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Willie Pettigrew

Bench
George Clark
Bobby Torrance
Derek Stark
Derek Addison

Substitutions
None. Derek Stark for Paul Hegarty

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Louis Thow (Ayr) (Referee)



Match Report


Bar the last two minutes before the interval, United found themselves well and truly under the cosh of this league fixture at Firhill. At that point there had been no scoring, so when the halftime whistle blew with United 2-0 ahead Thistle had every justification for feeling decidedly miffed!

A Higgins header had bounced on top of Hamish McAlpine's crossbar not once, but twice and the United keeper made a great save from Park and a superlative one form McDonald. However, with the first half drawing to a close, Paul Hegarty's long ball out of defence was beautifully flicked on by Davie Dodds to send Willie Pettigrew away. Rough saved his first shot with his feet, but Willie Pettigrew netted the rebound for his first goal of the year.

Just 60 seconds later Frank Kopel crossed from the left, Rough and Campbell converged on it, but Ralph Milne nipped in between them and his diving header left them and the Thistle fans astounded. Second half was very much favoured United. Willie Pettigrew missed several chances, but once again Hamish McAlpine was in fine form, making three brilliant saves to ensure that United took full points.



Squad Statistics (as at March 14th, 1981)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 45 - 4543
John Holt24 24113311
Frank Kopel31 38 - 37813
Dave Narey24 43232722
Paul Hegarty26 45828347
Iain Phillip26 37 - 861
Ralph Milne19 2284211
Eamonn Bannon22 4287312
Billy Kirkwood22 34715835
Willie Pettigrew27 2687630
Davie Dodds22 322011042
Derek Stark (sub)22 2711093






League Table (as at March 14th, 1981)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 27 20 2 5 +36 42
2. Aberdeen 28 15 8 5 +29 38
3. United 27 13 8 6 +18 34
4. Rangers 26 11 10 5 +21 32
5. St Mirren 28 11 8 9 0 30
6. Airdrie 29 8 9 12 -11 25
7. Partick Th 28 8 9 11 -11 25
8. Morton 28 8 7 13 -16 23
9. Hearts 27 4 6 17 -25 14
10. Kilmarnock 28 3 7 18 -41 13