Hibernian 2 - 0 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Sectional Tie
Wednesday, August 18th, 1971, 7:30 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 12,701
Referee: R Gordon (Glasgow)
Hibernian Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Alex Cropley (59)
Jimmy O'Rourke (pen.) (71)
None.

Team Managers
Eddie Turnbull Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
Jim Herriot
John Brownlie
Erich Schaedler
Jimmy O'Rourke
Jim Black
Pat Stanton
Eric Stevenson
Johnny Hamilton
Joe Baker
John Hazel
Alex Cropley
Hamish McAlpine
Jackie Copland
Doug Smith
Walter Smith
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Billy Gray
Tommy Traynor
Joe Watson
Alec Reid
Alan Gordon

Bench
Kenny Davidson Davie Wilson

Substitutions
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 33 apps -
Jackie Copland 13 apps2 goals
Doug Smith 467 apps9 goals
Walter Smith 33 apps -
Jim Cameron 153 apps -
Andy Rolland 162 apps13 goals
Billy Gray 2 apps -
Tommy Traynor 34 apps2 goals
Joe Watson 7 apps -
Alec Reid 116 apps14 goals
Alan Gordon 82 apps31 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Joe Watson (19 years 234 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (34 years 170 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 332 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Joe Watson (19 years 234 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (34 years 170 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 171 days
Domestic Players:11 (91.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Travelling to Easter Road for the Club's second League Cup tie, Jim Henry (virus), Kenny Cameron (leg injury) and Davie Wilson dropped out of the side who played at home to Kilmarnock on the opening day of the season (the latter named on the bench), making way for Walter Smith, Jackie Copland and Tommy Traynor.

For much of the first half, Hibs played openly and aggressively and had the best of the play, with United doing their best to contain the home side as they battled for the opener.

It was a second half double, though, one of which was from the penalty spot, which sunk United in the end. As they had done during the first half, the United defence held the Hibs attack in check convincingly and it looked increasingly likely that at least one point would be banked in the Tannadice coffers. Just on the hour, however, Hibs struck with a snap goal. Alex Cropley was the man who gave Hamish McAlpine no chance and minutes later the winger was pulled down by Andy Rolland and Jim O'Rourke scored from the spot. This proved too much for the Tannadice lads. Despite a soundness in defence and some bright leading up work, a lack of sharpness in front of goal cost them dear.

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