Dundee Utd 1
Motherwell 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, August 12th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,631
7:30 PM Kick-off

Ian Redford (pen.) (62)
Tom Boyd (69)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Eamonn Bannon
Jim McInally
Ian Redford
J Alan Irvine
Paul Kinnaird
Kevin Gallacher
Cammy Duncan
Fraser Wishart
Derek Murray
Craig Paterson
Tom McAdam
Tom Boyd
Jamie Fairlie
Steve Kirk
Paul Smith
Bobby Russell
Gordon Mair

John Clark
Dave Bowman
Ray Farningham
Brian Wright

John Clark for Paul Kinnaird (66)
Dave Bowman for Dave Beaumont (72)
Brian Wright for Steve Kirk (76)
Ray Farningham for Jamie Fairlie (84)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

The Tannadice playing surface looked a picture though overhead conditions of continuous rain reminded one of November gloom rather than the first home match of the season. Worse still there was not a lot of cheer in our performance. Although territorially dominant, particularly in the first half, the well drilled Motherwell defence restricted us to very few chances.

The first opportunity came thanks to persistence by Paul Kinnaird. He robbed a Motherwell defender on the bye-line and cut the ball back, but Kevin Gallacher's goal attempt was thwarted by Fraser Wishart on the line. Shortly afterwards Billy Thomson blocked a shot from Fairlie and at the other end Jim Mclnally hoisted a high ball to the far post and Eamonn Bannon's hard struck square ball across the face of the goal found no takers.

Chances were even fewer in the second half, but we were given a golden opportunity in the 64th minute when Kevin Gallacher was pulled down in the box. Ian Redford didn't waste the chance by expertly converting the spot-kick award. Our joy was short lived. Billy Thomson failed to collect a through ball and Tom Boyd was on hand to knock the ball into an empty net. With 17 minutes left Ian Redford hovering on the left following a corner was unlucky to see his cute lob brilliantly headed off the line by Fraser Wishart. Eamonn Bannon saw a chip to the far post sail inches past. But at the end no one could deny that Motherwell fully merited a point.

Squad Statistics (as at August 12th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)66 0 - 0 -
Dave Beaumont60 0 - 0 -
Dave Narey67 0 - 0 -
Maurice Malpas61 0 - 0 -
Paul Hegarty69 0 - 0 -
Eamonn Bannon65 0 - 0 -
Jim McInally60 0 - 0 -
J Alan Irvine65 0 - 0 -
Ian Redford64 0 - 0 -
Paul Kinnaird57 0 - 0 -
Kevin Gallacher57 0 - 0 -
John Clark (sub)59 0 - 0 -
Dave Bowman (sub)60 0 - 0 -

League Table (as at August 12th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.