Motherwell 1
Dundee Utd 4
League (Premier Division)


Motherwell 

1 - 4

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 5th, 1983
Fir Park. Att. 3,589
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John Gahagan (15) Richard Gough (16)
Richard Gough (30)
Davie Dodds (46)
Ralph Milne (70)

Team Managers
Jock Wallace Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Nicky Walker
2. Andy Dornan
3. Ian MacLeod
4. Graeme Forbes
5. Johannes Edvaldsson
6. Alister Mauchlan
7. John Gahagan
8. Stuart Rafferty
9. Andy Harrow
10. Brian McClair
11. Tommy O'Hara
Hamish McAlpine .1
Derek Stark .2
Derek Murray .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Ralph Milne .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
John Holt .10
Davie Dodds .11

Bench
12. Ian Clinging
14. Brian Coyle
Maurice Malpas .12
John Reilly .14

Substitutions
None. Maurice Malpas for Billy Kirkwood (84)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh) (Referee)




Match Report


United were not long back from their trip to Prague in midweek, when they had to make their way to Fir Park for another vital league game. In surreal circumstances, the DJ forgot to turn off the pre-match music and the teams played out the first ten minutes to a backdrop of the latest pop hits.

Not long after the music stopped, Motherwell went in front. United looked leggy from their European adventure and Motherwell took full advantage. With 15 minutes on the clock, John Gahagan was able to engineer some space and got a shot away that evaded McAlpine and put 'Well ahead. United woke up and struck back almost immediately. Eamonn Bannon slung in a corner and defender Richard Gough rose highest to head into the back of the net. Just in case Motherwell weren't sure how they managed to claim the first, the pair gave them a replay in 30th minute to give United the lead. Again from a Bannon corner, Richard Gough was able to win a header and put it past Nicky Walker. Between then and half-time, Motherwell threw everything forward in a bid to salvage something.

After the break though, United dominated proceedings. Davie Dodds scored just a minute into the second half and then with twenty minute remaining, Ralph Milne's scored their fourth and sent United on cruise-control to victory. It was the usual display of skill and pace from United. But their performance was even more admirable after their midweek performance on a heavy pitch in Prague. Jim McLean was happy to get the result, "We might have been tired but I'm glad the goal came so early as it woke us up. A win away from home is always good, especially after a game like the one we had in Europe."



Squad Statistics (as at March 5th, 1983)


1982-83 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 42 - 5673
Dave Narey26 43843933
Paul Hegarty28 43339256
Derek Murray22 1 - 19 -
Richard Gough20 426918
John Holt26 28322519
Derek Stark24 39 - 1943
Eamonn Bannon24 31817747
Ralph Milne21 381514642
Billy Kirkwood24 40726154
Davie Dodds24 432221889
Maurice Malpas (sub)20 392642






League Table (as at March 5th, 1983)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 26 19 4 3 +38 42
2. Celtic 25 19 3 3 +40 41
3. United 25 15 7 3 +37 37
4. Rangers 26 7 11 8 +6 25
5. Dundee 26 7 8 11 -6 22
6. St Mirren 26 6 10 10 -9 22
7. Hibernian 26 5 12 9 -10 22
8. Motherwell 26 8 3 15 -26 19
9. Morton 26 4 8 14 -27 16
10. Kilmarnock 26 2 8 16 -43 12