2 - 0
2 - 0
League (Premier Division)
John Holt (56)
John Reilly (84)
Eamonn Bannon (missed pen.) (88)
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Maurice Malpas
3. Iain Munro
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Derek Stark
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. John Holt
9. John Reilly
10. Tommy Coyne
11. Davie Dodds
12. Gary McGinnis
14. Paul Sturrock
Paul Sturrock for Tommy Coyne (70)
||Drew Jarvie for Rowan Alexander (74)|
||Neil Cooper (82)|
Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
The opening half hour produced a proliferation of corners in United's favour, but a goal-line clearance from a Richard Gough header was the nearest to a goal. United began the second half in a more determined mood, Paul Hegarty hitting the woodwork and then heading narrowly past.
A state of stalemate appeared to be setting in when John Holt latched on to a Davie Dodds square ball, ran fully 30 yards before neatly beating Money in goal.
United stepped up the pressure and went further ahead when John Reilly nodded home from close in. A third goal looked on the cards when United were awarded a penalty, but Eamonn Bannon's spot kick was saved by Money.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||36||51||-||630||3|
|Paul Sturrock (sub)||27||22||3||396||121|
No league table has been added for this season.
To actually try to explain what happened to make you, and also everybody connected with the club, feel the way we do is difficult, especially as the performance in Rome contrasted so starkly with the good result in Dundee. Going out to a better side with superior skill and technique is always disappointing, but to exit from the competition without attempting to provide an obstacle for the opposition was an experience, that I will never forget. After every match I always reflect on what more could have been done, however, I believe that the preparation off the field, in this case, was the most thorough we have ever undertaken. That was the easy part, as you know if you read this column regularly, I have felt for some time, the need for new blood. It was never more evident than in Rome. The job the players had to do in Rome was very hard, but at the end of the day, the basic fact remains — we aren't good enough. Unfortunately, it is easy to make such a statement, but to find players of the required quality will not be an easy task. My team selections between n6w and the end of the season will be as experimental as possible.
However, I am still not convinced that we have the required talent in the reserves, particularly regarding their attitude. None-the-less, I must give them fheir chance and. in the end it is up to each individual to make the most of the opportunity. Tonight sees the start of St hectic week in which we face the two sides we have still to beat on League business — St Mirren and Rangers. AIex Miller has done a splendid job at Love Street in his short spell as manager, and can include a well-deserved 4-0 victory over us earlier in the season, something I hope we will avenge tonight.