Morton 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


Morton 

2 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 18th, 1981
Cappielow. Att. 2,262
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Drew Busby (16)
Jim Tolmie (40)
None.

Team Managers
Benny Rooney Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Roy Baines
Davie Hayes
Jim Holmes
James Rooney
Joe McLaughlin
Neil Orr
Ian Cochrane
Drew Busby
Bobby Thomson
Jim Tolmie
Andy Ritchie
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Derek Stark
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Edward McNab
Bobby Houston
Derek Addison
Willie Pettigrew

Substitutions
Edward McNabb for Bob Thomson Derek Addison for Derek Stark
Willie Pettigrew for Billy Kirkwood (10)

Cautions
Bobby Thomson (47) Hamish McAlpine (40)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bill Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


Following on from their midweek Scottish Cup Semi-Final success over Celtic, match winner Paul Hegarty was rested for the trip to Cappielow after only just passing a fitness test for the match on Wednesday night. Derek Stark was the man who came in for the missing skipper.

In the 16th minute McAlpine completely lost the ball at a corner and Drew Busby hooked the ball home to give Morton the lead. United were obviously suffering a hangover from their midweek success. With the team struggling to threaten, manager Jim McLean appeared on the pitch to confront the referee after a bad foul on Stark by Morton's Bobby Thomson, but he was shushed off by the referee. Stark eventually had to hobble off, with Billy Kirkwood also replaced due to injury. Five minutes from half-time, Busby looked off-side as he collected a Thomson pass, and although McAlpine came rushing out and fouled the Morton player outside the box, Jim Tolmie eventually poked the ball home to make it 2-0.

United had no answers, and the defeat now sees the team sitting fifth in the Premier Division, struggling to qualify for a UEFA Cup place. However they still have two games in hand over third placed St Mirren.



Squad Statistics (as at April 18th, 1981)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 52 - 4613
Derek Stark22 3211143
Iain Phillip30 44 - 931
Dave Narey24 50233422
John Holt24 30113911
Frank Kopel32 45 - 38513
Billy Kirkwood22 411016538
Ralph Milne19 2794812
Eamonn Bannon23 49118015
Davie Dodds22 362011442
Paul Sturrock24 512227077
Derek Addison (sub)25 20313315
Willie Pettigrew (sub)27 2997931


League Table (as at April 18th, 1981)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 33 25 3 5 +48 53
2. Aberdeen 33 19 9 5 +37 47
3. St Mirren 34 16 8 10 +5 40
4. Rangers 32 14 10 8 +22 38
5. DUNDEE UTD 32 15 8 9 +21 38
6. Partick Th 34 10 9 15 -15 29
7. Morton 34 10 8 16 -19 28
8. Airdrie 33 9 9 15 -16 27
9. Hearts 34 5 6 23 -41 16
10. Kilmarnock 33 4 8 21 -42 16

League results since United's last match
5th April 1981
Partick Th0-1Celtic
6th April 1981
Hearts1-0Kilmarnock
11th April 1981
Aberdeen1-0Hearts
St Mirren3-2Partick Th
15th April 1981
Kilmarnock0-0Morton
Rangers1-0St Mirren
18th April 1981
Aberdeen3-0Airdrie
Hearts1-2St Mirren
Kilmarnock0-1Partick Th
Morton2-0Dundee Utd
Rangers0-1Celtic