The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
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.