Ayr Utd 1
Dundee Utd 4
League (Premier Division)

Ayr Utd 

1 - 4

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 18th, 1976
Somerset Park. Att. 4,445
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alex Ingram (89) Tom McAdam (8)
Paul Hegarty (9)
Paul Sturrock (20)
Gordon G Wallace (49)
Hamish McAlpine (missed pen.) (8)
Hamish McAlpine (missed pen.) (31)

Team Managers
Alex Stuart Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Hugh Sprot
2. Davie Wells
3. Jim Murphy
4. Rikki Fleming
5. John Hyslop
6. Danny McDonald
7. Malcolm Robertson
8. Jim McSherry
9. Gerry Phillips
10. Davie McCulloch
11. Gordon Cramond
Hamish McAlpine .1
Andy Rolland .2
Frank Kopel .3
George Fleming .4
Alex Rennie .5
Dave Narey .6
Paul Sturrock .7
Gordon G Wallace .8
Paul Hegarty .9
Tom McAdam .10
Graeme Payne .11

12. Johnny Graham
14. Alex Ingram
Alec Reid .12
John Holt .14

Johnny Graham for Gordon Cramond (33)
Alex Ingram for Davie McCulloch (50)
Alec Reid for Graeme Payne (65)

Jim McSherry (62) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ian Foote (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Ayr show little respect for their visitors' top of the league status by almost scoring in 90 seconds. Robertson shoots from point blank range to beat McAlpine, but Kopel blocks the shot on the line. The Tannadice men get a penalty in seven minutes when Fleming pulls down Wallace - and the opening goal. McAlpine's hard spot-kick is brilliantly pushed out by Sproat, but Tom McAdam beats everyone in the race for the loose ball to shoot home. Two minutes later, from a corner on the left side, the Tangerines go further ahead. Wallace is spot-on with the kick and Paul Hegarty times his leap perfectly to kick the ball past Spoat into the net. The third comes on the 20-minute mark, Wallace sends in the cross to Hegarty at the back post, and his header back across goal is slammed home by Paul Sturrock. The goal-hungry visitors are hit by their penalty hoodoo once again in the 31 minute when McAdam is sent sprawling by Sproat, but this time McAlpine's spot kick hits the bar and goes over. The keeper has to react at the other end to tip a rocket from Robertson over the bar.

Four minutes into the second half, McAdam's perseverance brings the fourth goal, and his cross drops at Sturrock's feet, but his shot is blocked by the keeper. Gordon Wallace follows up to make no mistake from four yards. Ayr have a penalty claim turned down in 62 minutes, but eventually get a consolation goal in the dying seconds when substitute Alex Ingram rises unmarked to head powerfully past McAlpine.

Squad Statistics (as at September 18th, 1976)

1976-77 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)28 1112432
Alex Rennie27 11 - 461
Paul Hegarty22 1147319
Andy Rolland33 11 - 38034
Dave Narey20 11 - 11311
Frank Kopel27 11 - 1987
Gordon G Wallace33 4343
George Fleming27 11118820
Paul Sturrock19 925013
Graeme Payne20 11 - 845
Tom McAdam22 1033916
Alec Reid (sub)29 7114720

League Table (as at September 18th, 1976)

No league table has been added for this season.