Motherwell 1 - 2 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Section 4
Saturday, August 15th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Fir Park
Attendance: 2,884
Referee: Hugh Alexander (Irvine)
Motherwell Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Brian McLaughlin (pen.) (42) Willie Pettigrew (23)
Richard Gough (76)

Team Managers
Ally MacLeod Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Hugh Sproat
Joe Wark
Ian MacLeod
Chic McLelland
Joe Carson
Brian McLaughlin
Ian Clinging
Graeme Forbes
Bruce Cleland
Alfie Conn
John Gahagan
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
John Holt
Frank Kopel
Eamonn Bannon
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew

Bench
Gordon Soutar
Willie Irvine
Richard Gough
John Reilly

Substitutions
None. Richard Gough for Graeme Payne (52)

Bookings
Ian MacLeod Frank Kopel

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 470 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 341 apps22 goals
Iain Phillip 101 apps1 goal
Derek Stark 123 apps3 goals
John Holt 148 apps11 goals
Frank Kopel 393 apps13 goals
Eamonn Bannon 89 apps20 goals
Graeme Payne 269 apps17 goals
Davie Dodds 120 apps45 goals
Paul Sturrock 279 apps80 goals
Willie Pettigrew 85 apps34 goals
Richard Gough (sub) 6 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (22 years 275 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 215 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 152 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 137 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 215 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 123 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Richard Gough scored his first goal for the Club.

United maintained their 100% record in the League Cup when completing a hat trick of wins, this time triumphing 2-1 over Motherwell at Fir Park. Manager Jim McLean stayed with the same starting eleven from the midweek win over Partick Thistle, with John Reilly replacing Ian Gibson on the bench.

After Davie Dodds and Paul Sturrock had come close in the first quarter of an hour, United got the goal their play deserved after 23 minutes. Eamonn Bannon won possession in midfield and embarked on a 30 yard run up the left wing, wiggling past two defenders in the process. A finely judged pass found Willie Pettigrew who side-stepped one player before slamming the ball inside Hugh Sproat's inside post. Two minutes from the break, Motherwell were awarded a penalty, with Ian Clinging's header hitting Iain Phillip's arm. Brian McLaughlin scored from the spot.

Six minutes into the second half Richard Gough replaced Graeme Payne and it proved an inspired substitution. The big defender scored his first goal for the club, rising to powerfully head in another cross from Eamonn Bannon 13 minutes from the end of a match in which United were made to fight all the way.

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