Morton 3
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Morton 

3 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 24th, 1979
Cappielow. Att. 5,357
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John McNeill (71)
George Anderson (81)
Jim Tolmie (88)
Davie Dodds (6)

Team Managers
Benny Rooney Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Roy Baines
2. Davie Hayes
3. Jim Holmes
4. George Anderson
5. Neil Orr
6. Billy McLaren
7. John McNeil
8. James Miller
9. Roddy Hutchison
10. Jim Tolmie
11. Andy Ritchie
Hamish McAlpine .1
Frank Kopel .2
Derek Stark .3
Derek Addison .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
John Holt .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Davie Dodds .9
George Fleming .10
Billy Kirkwood .11

Bench
12. Alistair Scott
14. Barry Evans
Iain Phillip .12
Bobby Robinson .14

Substitutions
Alistair Scott for Billy McLaren (64) None.

Cautions
James Miller (70) John Holt (60)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Airdrie) (Referee)



Match Report


Morton had been a thorn in United's side so far this season but it was an attacking side that turned up at Cappielow, with Jim McLean hoping they could get one over the Ton. United sat on top of the league going into this one.

For a quarter of an hour United were outstanding and Morton struggled to get any toe hold in the game. After just 6 minutes, United took full advantage of their possession. Striker Davie Dodds slammed home a well taken goal to put the visitors in front. However, after the early onslaught, Morton began to gradually work their way back into the match. The home side were showing grit and determination to get to the second balls and United were dropping deeper and deeper into their own half.

It was all Morton in the second half but they just could not pierce what was a strong and steady defensive set up. Paul Hegarty and Dave Narey looked assured as the dealt with everything Morton could muster. That resilience was finally broken when John McNeil grasped the lucky break of the ball to smack in the equaliser. It put the scent of victory into the Morton nostrils and they went after another with remarkable gusto. As they have done often enough this season, they left it pretty late. The home fans erupted when George Anderson crashed in their second. Then with United committing men forward, Morton struck again with just two minutes left. This time it was Jim Tolmie on target for the home side. The result put Morton fourth in the table and it was their second 3-1 over United this season. Jim McLean was disappointed with the latest set back stating, "Each team got what they deserved."



Squad Statistics (as at March 24th, 1979)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 31 - 3573
John Holt22 231775
Dave Narey22 31522319
Derek Stark20 221231
Frank Kopel29 1822929
Paul Hegarty24 31318836
Derek Addison23 231799
Billy Kirkwood20 2977319
George Fleming30 27329134
Paul Sturrock22 28715943
Davie Dodds20 215379


League Table (as at March 24th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 26 12 7 7 +14 31
2. St Mirren 25 12 5 8 +10 29
3. Rangers 23 10 8 5 +9 28
4. Morton 26 9 8 9 -1 26
5. Hibernian 25 7 11 7 0 25
6. Aberdeen 24 7 10 7 +9 24
7. Celtic 20 9 5 6 +7 23
8. Partick Th 23 8 7 8 -1 23
9. Hearts 22 6 6 10 -13 18
10. Motherwell 26 4 5 17 -34 13

League results since United's last match
24th March 1979
Morton3-1Dundee Utd
St Mirren2-3Hibernian