Partick Th 2
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premier Division)


Partick Th 

2 - 3

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, April 14th, 1982
Firhill. Att. 2,997
7:30 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Iain Jardine (24)
Kenny Watson (86)
Davie Dodds (12)
Davie Dodds (18)
Davie Dodds (55)

Team Managers
Peter Cormack Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan Rough
Dave McKinnon
John Lapsley
Andy Anderson
Andy Dunlop
Kenny Watson
Donald Park
Jamie Doyle
Maurice Johnston
Alex O'Hara
Iain Jardine
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Maurice Malpas
Richard Gough
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Bench
Ian McDonald
Tony Higgins
Iain Phillip
John Reilly

Substitutions
Tony Higgins for Alex O'Hara Iain Phillip for Derek Stark (2)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dougie Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)





Match Report


With the games coming thick and fast, Billy Kirkwood and Ralph Milne came in for John Holt and John Reilly for this rearranged match that had originally been postponed way back in December.

After just two minutes, Derek Stark had to go off after twisting an ankle in a challenge with Park and Doyle, Iain Phillips coming on as a substitute. Ten minutes later, Davie Dodds began and finished the move which put United in front, sending Ralph Milne down the right, and then sweeping home the wingers cross after a dummy from Paul Sturrock. Partick keeper Alan Rough saved well after an incredible scramble in the Thistle penalty area, then soon after Sturrock should have made it two when clean through, but saw Rough push the ball away. In the 19th minute, Davie Dodds scored his second, heading Eamonn Bannon's cross out of the goalkeeper's reach. Ian Jardine smashed a 30 yard drive past Hamish McAlpine to bring the Glasgow club back into contention, and almost brought the team level with a similar drive moments later, but this time McAlpine saved well.

Early in the second half, Rough saved well from a fine effort from Sturrock, but couldn't prevent United's third in the 56th minute, with Davie Dodds completing his hat-trick, slotting home from a low Milne cross. With four minutes left a cross from Kenny Watson fooled everybody and bounced into the net.

An efficient performance from United, with Dodds grabbing his fourth senior hat-trick, with both Hibs and St Mirren losing, United went three points clear of their rivals for a UEFA Cup slot, and with Rangers losing at Dens Park, the Tannadice men climbed to third in the Premier Division table.



Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 1982)


1981-82 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 51 - 5183
Paul Hegarty27 49234251
Dave Narey25 51338925
Maurice Malpas19 18 - 18 -
Richard Gough20 382422
Derek Stark23 34 - 1543
Eamonn Bannon23 532013937
Ralph Milne20 481310126
Billy Kirkwood23 46721647
Paul Sturrock25 4622322100
Davie Dodds23 502016865
Iain Phillip (sub)31 32 - 1301






League Table (as at April 14th, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 19 6 4 +33 44
2. Aberdeen 27 15 7 5 +21 37
3. United 29 13 8 8 +23 34
4. Rangers 29 12 10 7 +8 34
5. St Mirren 27 12 7 8 +6 31
6. Hibernian 31 9 12 10 +2 30
7. Morton 31 8 10 13 -21 26
8. Dundee 30 9 4 17 -16 22
9. Partick Th 29 5 8 16 -17 18
10. Airdrie 30 5 6 19 -39 16