Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, February 28th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park
Attendance: 2,109
Referee: Alan Ferguson (Giffnock)
Kilmarnock Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Davie Dodds (60)

Team Managers
Jim Clunie Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan McCulloch
Stuart McLean
Jim Cockburn
Jim Clark
Ken Armstrong
Paul Clarke
Bobby Street
Derrick McDicken
John Bourke
Ally Mauchlen
Joe Cairney
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Iain Phillip
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Ian Gibson
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Tommy Bryce
Jim McBride
Frank Kopel
Willie Pettigrew

Substitutions
None. Frank Kopel for Eamonn Bannon
Willie Pettigrew for Ian Gibson

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 452 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 325 apps21 goals
John Holt 131 apps11 goals
Paul Hegarty 281 apps47 goals
Iain Phillip 84 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 71 apps12 goals
Ralph Milne 40 apps10 goals
Billy Kirkwood 156 apps34 goals
Ian Gibson 12 apps2 goals
Davie Dodds 108 apps39 goals
Paul Sturrock 262 apps73 goals
Frank Kopel (sub) 376 apps13 goals
Willie Pettigrew (sub) 74 apps29 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 296 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 277 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 296 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 189 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Dundee United made only one change from the side which beat Morton last week, with Ian Gibson brought back into midfield in place of Derek Addison for the visit to Kilmarnock.

Kilmarnock threatened early on, with Derrick McDicken blasting wide and Dave Narey headed clear after Ken Armstrong had beaten Hamish McAlpine to an Ally Mauchlen corner. A series of Kilmarnock corners came to nothing, but Joe Cairney did have the ball in the net in the 23rd minute, but was clearly offside. Ex-United striker John Bourke came close three minutes later, heading just past the far post. Unitedís first real chance came in the 29th minute, when Davie Dodds capitalised on a defensive mistake, but his header came back off the bar. Ralph Milne then came close, cutting in from the right wing, but his 22 yard shot slipped just past.

United started the second half in the same fashion, with Paul Sturrock flicking a John Holt throw-in into the path of Milne, who shot inches over the bar. The chances kept coming, with Sturrock continuing to create them; firstly setting up Eamonn Bannon who shot straight at Alan McCulloch, and then crossing for Davie Dodds, with McCulloch producing a great save from the strikers 15 yard volley in the 50th minute. Unitedís second half pressure eventually paid off ten minutes later. Sturrock slipped a pass to the overlapping Milne, and his low cross from the byline was perfectly sidefooted past McClulloch by Davie Dodds. United were nearly caught out later on, when a Cockburn pass split the defence for Jim Clark to bear down on goal alone, but McAlpine rushed off his line to block his effort.



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 26 19 2 5 57 28 29 40
2. Aberdeen 26 14 8 4 46 19 27 36
3. Rangers 25 11 10 4 43 21 22 32
4. UNITED 26 12 8 6 45 29 16 32
5. St Mirren 25 10 7 8 37 31 6 27
6. Partick Thistle 26 8 9 9 21 28 -7 25
7. Morton 27 8 7 12 27 42 -15 23
8. Airdrie 25 5 9 11 22 38 -16 19
9. Hearts 25 3 6 16 20 43 -23 12
10. Kilmarnock 25 2 6 17 16 55 -39 10
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