Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Ayr United

Scottish Cup - 3rd Round
Monday, February 6th, 1984, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 4,441
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Mascot: Alan Kemp
Dundee Utd  Ayr United

Paul Sturrock (76)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
George Caldwell

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Brown
Mark Shanks
Kevin Hetherington
Eric Morris
Ian McAllister
Gerry Collins
Gerry Christie
Bobby Connor
Alan McInally
Sandy McNaughton
Jimmy Murphy

John Reilly
John Clark
Craig Buchanan
Jim Charnley

John Reilly for Ralph Milne (73)
Craig Buchanan for Eric Morris
Jim Charnley for Sandy McNaughton (84)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 611 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 132 apps18 goals
John Holt 265 apps22 goals
Dave Narey 480 apps34 goals
Maurice Malpas 105 apps2 goals
Paul Hegarty 436 apps62 goals
Derek Stark 227 apps9 goals
Eamonn Bannon 221 apps60 goals
Ralph Milne 187 apps59 goals
Davie Dodds 261 apps112 goals
Paul Sturrock 380 apps119 goals
John Reilly (sub) 54 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (21 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (36 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 147 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Clark (19 years 141 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (36 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 189 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


First Division Ayr United and a snow covered Tannadice surface combined to keep a rusty United at bay for most of the match. Indeed time appeared to be running out for the Tangerines when substitute John Reilly sent over a hanging cross. Davie Dodds and 'keeper Jim Brown both went for it and Paul Sturrock was lying handy to squeeze the ball over the line for his first goal of the season.

Although Ayr looked dangerous on the break they rarely troubled Hamish McAlpine and their best chance fell to striker Alan Mclnally but he shot past in the 25th minute. Before Paul Sturrock's highly welcome intervention United's most threatening raid came after only eight minutes when Davie Dodds hit the bar. The reward for victory was a home tie with Hearts.


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