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
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Willie Pettigrew

Bench
George Clark
Bobby Torrance
Derek Stark
Derek Addison

Substitutions
George Clark for Tony Higgins Derek Stark for Paul Hegarty

Cautions
Dave McKinnon Davie Dodds

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
Paul Hegarty26 45828347
Iain Phillip30 37 - 861
John Holt24 24113311
Frank Kopel31 38 - 37813
Dave Narey24 43232722
Ralph Milne19 2284311
Eamonn Bannon22 4287312
Billy Kirkwood22 34715835
Davie Dodds22 322011042
Willie Pettigrew27 2687630
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. DUNDEE UTD 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

League results since United's last match
4th March 1981
St Mirren2-1Airdrie
7th March 1981
Aberdeen4-1Hearts
Airdrie2-0Partick Th
St Mirren1-1Kilmarnock
11th March 1981
Airdrie3-0Kilmarnock
14th March 1981
Celtic7-0St Mirren
Hearts2-1Rangers
Kilmarnock1-0Aberdeen
Morton0-1Airdrie
Partick Th0-2Dundee Utd