Dundee Utd 4 - 1 Clydebank

League Cup - Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Wednesday, October 29th, 1980, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,265
Referee: Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh)
Mascot: Grant Buist
Dundee Utd  Clydebank

Goalscorers
Joe Ward (18)
Joe Ward (23)
Paul Sturrock (23)
Paul Hegarty (69)
Jim Fallon (78)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds
Joe Ward
Jim Gallacher
Tony Gervaise
Jim Fallon
Gerry McLaughlan
Barry Evans
Gerry Colgan
Joe Sweeney
Dave Houston
Blair Miller
JIm Given
Gerry McCabe

Substitutes
Billy Kirkwood
Willie Pettigrew
Gerry Ronald
Tom McGorm

Substitutions
Willie Pettigrew for Davie Dodds
Gerry Ronald for Dave Houston

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 431 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 305 apps21 goals
Iain Phillip 64 apps1 goal
Derek Stark 103 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 260 apps45 goals
Frank Kopel 355 apps13 goals
Eamonn Bannon 50 apps8 goals
Paul Sturrock 241 apps63 goals
Graeme Payne 250 apps17 goals
Davie Dodds 89 apps26 goals
Joe Ward 10 apps7 goals
Willie Pettigrew (sub) 60 apps26 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (21 years 350 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 290 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 266 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (21 years 350 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 290 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 205 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Eamonn Bannon played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Graeme Payne played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg of their quarter-final the single goal deficit proved no great burden for a confident looking home side.

Once the barrier was breached in 18 minutes, United swarmed all over the Bankies. Joe Ward was on the end of a Paul Sturrock cross after 18 minuted to tie the score and a little over five minutes later United went into the lead for the first time when Paul Sturrock ran on to an lain Phillip pass to hammer a shot low past Gallacher. Now in full command. United's attacks were incessant for the rest of the half but brought no further goals.

However, a minute after the re-start, United clinched the tie with a third goal. Eamonn Bannon slung over a cross from the left and Joe Ward scored with a brilliant diving header. Paul Hegarty headed the fourth from a Graeme Payne corner in the 69th minute and the Bankies pulled one back when Tommy McGorm, though looking well offside, ran through to score a late consolation goal to make the aggregate score 6-3 in United's favour.

Good evening and welcome back to Tannadice around which there has been quite a bit of despondency since our defeat by Aberdeen last weekend. And yet things could and should have been so much better after that tremendous start given us by Paul Sturrock's early lead. But it would appear that as far as we are concerned this season what used to be our greatest strength is now our greatest weakness the defence!

For long the rest of Scottish football and even further afield have looked with admiration at Tannadice and our defensive consistency, However, that was in the past as can be seen by our recent indiscretions in that department, and I have little hesitation in pointing there as the main cause for concern. For instance the most recent performances of the formerly reliable Dave Narey has slumped to a disappointing level during the past month or so. And it is particularly sad for me and others amongst his great admirers to see his recent problems, especially after the amount of sterling work he has put in for Dundee United over the years. Dave has the real class necessary to help take us back up to the spot in the game. We would hope to return to, and the sooner he regains his peak form the better it will be for all concerned here at the club.

Tonight we greet First Division Clydebank to Tannadice for the second-leg tie in the League Cup. Needless to say we have a job on hand to recover from that one goal deficit from the opening game at New Kilbowie. Only a return to the form we all know we are capable of will suffice if we hope to retain thoughts of holding on to the trophy we won last term.

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