Dundee Utd 2
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
2 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 7th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,608
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Paul Hegarty (58)
Billy Kirkwood (76)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Ray Stewart
3. Derek Stark
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Derek Addison
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Davie Dodds
10. John Holt
11. Billy Kirkwood
Billy Thomson .1
John Young .2
Iain Munro .3
Tony Fitzpatrick .4
Andy Dunlop .5
Jackie Copland .6
Lex Richardson .7
Billy Stark .8
Jimmy Bone .9
Billy Abercromby .10
Frank McGarvey .11

Bench
12. Graeme Payne
14. Bobby Robinson
Robert Torrance .12
Peter Weir .14

Substitutions
None. None.

Cautions
John Holt (43)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bill Anderson (East Kilbride) (Referee)


Match Report


Billy Kirkwood returned to the United side to face St Mirren after the midweek defeat to Hearts. The young striker replaced Bobby Robinson, who moved out to the bench. Davie Dodds was also added to the side to bring some much needed firepower. St Mirren used the same players who triumphed in the midweek against Hibs.

St Mirren got off on the front foot and Fitzpatrick hooked a ball into the United penalty area only for Stewart to slice his clearance. McAlpine was alert to it and caught the ball to nullify the danger. St Mirren then broke menacingly in 11 minutes. Bone crossed from the right but Stark was unable to connect properly and McAlpine got his hands on the ball. United were next to threaten and Kirkwood was unlucky when his header from a neat Dodds head flick went straight at keeper Thomson. McGarvey then sent Stark through with a perfect curling ball and McAlpine had to be sharp to cut out the danger. In 43 minutes Holt fouled McGarvey and then got involved in an off the ball tussle with the Saints striker. Holt received a booking for his troubles.

Within a minute of the restart, Holt breached the St Mirren defence with a cleverly judged lob. Sturrock chased the ball towards the penalty area, but Munro was quick to intercept. United made the vital breakthrough in the 58th minute. An Addison corner was headed across the goal by Hope. Sturrock reacted quickest and his header was blocked by Thomson, only for Paul Hegarty to ram the ball into the net. In 72 minutes McAlpine had to dive to desperately save an electrifying Abercromby shot. Sturrock then went close with a swerving effort that Thomson had to be sharp to save. With 15 minutes remaining, United doubled their lead. Addison swung in a great corner and Holt managed to get his head to it. Thomson saved on his line but Billy Kirkwood got their first and forced the ball over the line. Dodds had another chance for United and fired in a 25 yard effort that went just over. Then Sturrock got the last effort of the match but hit the ball wide.



Squad Statistics (as at April 7th, 1979)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 35 - 3613
Derek Stark20 261271
Ray Stewart19 322413
Paul Hegarty24 35419237
Dave Narey22 35522719
John Holt22 261805
Billy Kirkwood20 3397721
George Fleming30 31429535
Derek Addison23 2738511
Davie Dodds20 245409
Paul Sturrock22 32716343






League Table (as at April 7th, 1979)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 30 15 7 8 +16 37
2. Rangers 25 11 9 5 +10 31
3. St Mirren 29 13 5 11 +7 31
4. Hibernian 29 9 12 8 0 30
5. Aberdeen 27 9 11 7 +18 29
6. Celtic 24 12 5 7 +12 29
7. Morton 30 9 10 11 -5 28
8. Partick Th 26 9 7 10 -2 25
9. Hearts 26 8 7 11 -9 23
10. Motherwell 30 4 5 21 -47 13

Manager's Programme Notes


It's back on a Premier League title trail today which has shown no let-ups since the weather resumed normal service again after the freeze-up. Our Scottish Cup conquerors St Mirren are our visitors in what always seems to throw up a fixture containing more excitement than the usual quota. But as the weeks progress towards decision day in the championship race it is not only us here at Tannadice who count — it Is also you fans on the terracing and in the stand who will have a big say in where the prize lands at the end of it all. I therefore appeal to you, and not for the first time this season, to show just that little bit more patience in the all important games ahead. I see you United supporters as being no different from any other set of fans — desperate to help us and not hinder us. However, when you react against the side it has been clearly proven that it only makes matters worse. A top class display every single week is the aim of everyone connected with the club but I assure you — it simply is not possible. I cannot say more than that our side is a young one, but while that is the case, they are all rich in ambition and desperately want to win the title. They really require your assistance at this vital time — please give it to them.

Our fixture cards for the crisis weeks ahead clearly shows that we can win or lose it here at Tannadice, and your wholehearted backing would go a long way to assisting the cause. It is a sad reflection on our game in Scotland that so few provincial clubs are given the opportunities to win trophies and should we be fortunate enough to maintain our challenge right to the end then I would honestly hate last week's display against MoAerwell here at Tannadice to be looked upon as an example of our season's work. While congratulating the side on battling their way back to victory at the death it was hardly a performance to be proud of, although it is always pleasant to take full points from an under-part display.