Morton 3
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Morton 

3 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 11th, 1978
Cappielow. Att. 6,268
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Andy Ritchie (14)
Andy Ritchie (pen.) (47)
Andy Ritchie (73)
Derek Addison (64)

Team Managers
Benny Rooney Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Denis Connachan
2. Davie Hayes
3. Jim Holmes
4. Barry Evans
5. Neil Orr
6. James Rooney
7. Robert Russell
8. James Miller
9. Bobby Thomson
10.Alistair Scott
11. Andy Ritchie
Hamish McAlpine .1
Ray Stewart .2
Frank Kopel .3
George Fleming .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Derek Stark .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Graeme Payne .9
Billy Kirkwood .10
Derek Addison .11

Bench
12. John McNeil
14. Billy McLaren
Davie Dodds .12
Graham Honeyman .14

Substitutions
None. Davie Dodds for Frank Kopel
Graham Honeyman for Graeme Payne

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ian Foote (Glasgow) (Referee)



Match Report


Morton were well worth the lead they achieved in the 12th minute, even if it came from a bizarre Andy Ritchie effort. He worked a clever 1-2 with Jimmy Miller and from a position inside the 18 yard line, close to the bye-line, sent over what he described later as a 'cross-shot' which dipped over McAlpine and into the net. Understandably, it took United some time to regain consciousness, but they did come back with one beautiful move which ended with Hegarty heading past Connaghan. Unfortunately for them, the goal was disallowed because of offside.

The recovery of equilibrium was only temporary as United demonstrated three minutes after the interval. McAlpine and Hegarty played all too casually with a pass back, and when Scott intercepted, the goalkeeper brought him down. Andy Ritchie casually popped in the penalty kick. United manager, Jim McLean, then swopped his men around with such abandon that it was difficult to find a player in the position in which he started. The changes, which included pushing Hegarty into the striking role, did produce more aggression and when Addison smacked in a goal in 65 minuted a fighting finish looked on. 16 minutes from time Andy Ritchie produced his piece de resistance. Accpeting a 'knock on', about 35 yards out, he had a hasty look at Hamish McAlpine rushing out towards him. The Greenock man then hit a perfect wedge shot all the way over the 'keeper and into the empty goal. The contest was over, although the Morton crowd were upset when the ref cancelled out a fourth goal for Ritchie, apparently because he was offside. They recovered in plenty of time to give their hero a standing ovation as he left the field.



Squad Statistics (as at November 11th, 1978)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 17 - 3433
Derek Stark19 8 - 9 -
Paul Hegarty24 17217435
Ray Stewart19 15 - 241
Dave Narey22 17220916
Frank Kopel29 1522899
George Fleming30 14127832
Billy Kirkwood20 1545916
Derek Addison23 151739
Paul Sturrock22 15114637
Graeme Payne22 1711829
Graham Honeyman (sub)25 1 - 1 -
Davie Dodds (sub)20 93257






League Table (as at November 11th, 1978)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 13 5 5 3 +4 15
2. Partick Th 13 6 3 4 +2 15
3. Aberdeen 13 5 4 4 +9 14
4. Celtic 13 6 2 5 +5 14
5. St Mirren 13 6 2 5 +1 14
6. Rangers 13 3 7 3 +1 13
7. Morton 13 4 5 4 -1 13
8. Hearts 13 4 4 5 -6 12
9. Hibernian 12 3 5 4 -1 11
10. Motherwell 12 3 1 8 -14 7