The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
With United well in control after the 1st leg at Bayview, manager Jim McLean handed a first team debut to 19 year-old full-back Derek Murray, and ex-Hibs striker Joe Ward returned to the starting eleven after being an unused substitute at the weekend.Ten minutes into the match,an Eamonn Bannon cross broke for Joe Ward to score with a glorious volley from ten yards out to put United 1-0 up. Bannon himself almost scored five minutes later, lobbing the ball inches over the bar after a great run from the half-way line. A great move between Payne, Addison and Sturrock ended with Ward grazing the bar with a header. In 32 minutes a Hegarty back-header from a Payne corner let Sturrock in to touch home, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Payne headed straight at Gorman when only four yards out, and Ward missed from six yards out after a low cross from Kirkwood just before the interval as the one way traffic continued.The second half resumed with Gorman saving well from Payne, but he was finally beaten again five minutes into the second half, when a Paul Hegarty header from a Payne corner put United further ahead. United rained shots in on the Fifers' goal, where Gorman was a hero, especially in stopping one shot from Kirkwood. Joe Ward scored his third goal in three matches when he headed home after a fine run and cross from Eamonn Bannon in the 61st minute. Eighteen year-old striker John Reilly made his first team debut, coming on for Derek Stark in the 65 minute, and four minutes later an Addison shot was blocked on the line. Reilly had two attempts which were saved by Gorman, and with 12 minutes to go, McAlpine had his first real save of the match, dealing with a Thomson effort. Graeme Payne cracked home the fourth in the 90th minute from an impossible angle as the Cup-holders progressed with ease.
Tonight we enter into our fourth competitive game inside the opening ten days of the new iterm when East Fife are our Bell's League Cup visitors to Tannadice. Although leading 5-2 from last midweek's first leg at Bayview there is no way that we will be treating the Fifers with anything less than respect, remembering the Methil club's long-standing tradition of successes when labelled 'as outsiders in cup competition. Now, as far as I am concerned I will be seeking repeats of the encouraging signs on view from our side at both Bayview and Pittodrie during the past seven days when the clear determination of players to provide more goal threat was apparent. However, in a more general sense of the game, one particular aspect of recent weeks has caused more annoyance than anything else. It has been the continuous references by all departments of the media industries to harp on about the dwindling attendances at games throughout the opening couple of weeks of the new term. Now I realise that we as managers and players too must do much more to provide the entertainment by which the fans will come back to the game, by instilling a more adventurous approach such as was seen in a Pitoddrie thriller last Saturday. However, continuous criticisms of what is bad in the game from the press, radio and television however ill-informed the information may be scarcely encourages further attendances on the terracings. Now far too much talking and running down of the game by all concerned, including myself is not the answer.