Airdrie 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Airdrie 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 19th, 1981
Broomfield. Att. 2,687
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Sandy Clark (20)
Sandy Clark (pen) (88)
Graeme Payne (29)

Team Managers
Bobby Watson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Martin
Harry Erwin
Jim Rodger
Colin Walker
Jim March
Pat McCluskey
Brian McKeown
Sandy Clark
Willie McGuire
Ian Gordon
John Flood
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
John Holt
Iain Phillip
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Bench
Norrie Anderson
Colin Campbell
Richard Gough
Graeme Payne

Substitutions
None. Richard Gough for John Holt
Graeme Payne for Paul Sturrock (25)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)



Match Report


After the midweek success in Monaco, manager Jim McLean stuck with the same starting eleven, with Richard Gough and Graeme Payne keeping their places on the bench.

Airdrie took a shock lead in the 20th minute when Hamish McAlpine missed a John Flood corner, and Sandy Clark sneaked in at the back post to tuck the ball away. Five minutes later United were dealt a further blow when Paul Sturrock had to go off injured, replaced by Payne. However not long after they pulled level; after an impressive run down the wing, Eamonn Bannon's cross was met by substitute Graeme Payne as he headed in the equaliser. Davie Dodds and Davie Narey both missed chances to put United in front before the interval, but the teams went in all square.

United's lethargic performance in the second half created little, and with the players seemingly happy to play out for a point, disaster struck with two minutes to go. As concentration lapsed, Narey gave the ball away inside the area, and Willie McGuire was brought down by Iain Phillip. The referee awarded a penalty, and Sandy Clark grabbed his second of the afternoon from the spot, to give Airdrie their first win of the season.



Squad Statistics (as at September 19th, 1981)


1981-82 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 12 - 4793
Iain Phillip30 10 - 1081
John Holt24 12315714
Dave Narey25 12 - 35022
Frank Kopel32 10 - 40013
Paul Hegarty27 8 - 30149
Eamonn Bannon23 1299826
Ralph Milne20 916214
Billy Kirkwood23 8217842
Paul Sturrock24 12628884
Davie Dodds22 10412849
Richard Gough (sub)19 71111
Graeme Payne (sub)25 4127118






League Table (as at September 19th, 1981)


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