Dundee Utd 3
Morton 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
3 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 15th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,641
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Redford (pen.) (33)
Paul Sturrock (38)
Jim McInally (72)
Dougie Robertson (10)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Allan McGraw

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Ian Redford
Dave Bowman
Jim McInally
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson
David Wylie
Alex O'Hara
Jimmy Holmes
Jim Hunter
Martin Doak
John McMaster
Dougie Robertson
Tommy Turner
Rowan Alexander
Ian Clinging
Jimmy Robertson

J Alan Irvine
Billy McKinlay
Jimmy Boag
John McNeil

J Alan Irvine for Paul Sturrock (74)
Jimmy Boag for Jimmy Robertson (75)
John McNeil for Alex O'Hara (85)

None. Martin Doak (26)
Dougie Robertson (29)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim McGilvray (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

After a sluggish start this was a match which we ended up winning with some style. We paid for a hesitant opening when Morton took the lead in ten minutes, after the visitors had applied a good deal of pressure. Using a ploy often utilised by ourselves, Jimmy Robertson's corner was headed on by Doak, on the edge of the box, and Dougie Robertson re-directed the ball past Billy Thomson from close in.

The United 'keeper came to our rescue on the half hour mark, with a superb save from Jimmy Robertson's 25 yard drive. Our equaliser came as a result of a piece of benevolence by Doak. The defender, on the edge of the box, needlessly stopped a Paul Sturrock flick with his hand. From the penalty Ian Redford tucked the ball inside Wylie's left-hand post in the 33rd minute. Five minutes later we went ahead. John Holt worked his way past a couple of defenders and laid on a pass for Kevin Gallacher, who fairly hammered over the cross. Wylie failed to hold it and Paul Sturrock wheeled to lash in the loose ball.

Dougie Robertson should have equalised five minutes into the second half. He pounced on a Paul Hegarty pass, rounded Dave Narey and curled in a shot past Billy Thomson, but it struck the outside of the post. A series of United attacks brought several chances. Iain Ferguson scooped over a Paul Sturrock cut-back, and then saw Wylie block his netbound shot with his feet. When a third goal did come, it was thanks to a quite scintillating move. Iain Ferguson's first-time crossfield pass released Kevin Gallacher, whose looping cross was met by Jim McInally, who crisply volleyed past Wylie after 72 minutes. The match ended with Wylie denying lain Ferguson, who had sent in a swerving left foot shot.

Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 3 - 117 -
Paul Hegarty33 3 - 60479
Dave Narey31 3 - 65936
John Holt30 2 - 39924
Maurice Malpas25 3 - 2949
Jim McInally23 31543
Dave Bowman23 3 - 41 -
Ian Redford27 3210523
Iain Ferguson25 1 - 5228
Kevin Gallacher20 2 - 8319
Paul Sturrock30 11546164
J Alan Irvine (sub)29 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 15th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.