Aberdeen 2 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, March 20th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 12,056
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
John Hewitt (43)
Alex McLeish (74)
Davie Dodds (47)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
Doug Rougvie
Andy Watson
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Neale Cooper
Mark McGhee
Neil Simpson
John Hewitt
Hamish McAlpine
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Ian Gibson
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Bench
Steve Cowan
John McMaster
Maurice Malpas
John Reilly

Substitutions
John McMaster for Andy Watson
Steve Cowan for John Hewitt
John Reilly for John Holt
Maurice Malpas for Ian Gibson

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 512 apps3 goals
Derek Stark 148 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 336 apps51 goals
John Holt 187 apps16 goals
Dave Narey 383 apps24 goals
Richard Gough 36 apps2 goals
Eamonn Bannon 133 apps34 goals
Billy Kirkwood 211 apps47 goals
Ian Gibson 20 apps2 goals
Paul Sturrock 317 apps96 goals
Davie Dodds 162 apps61 goals
Maurice Malpas (sub) 14 apps -
John Reilly (sub) 8 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 354 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 67 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 114 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 234 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 67 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 171 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United travelled to Pittodrie still smarting from their controversial midweek defeat in Yugoslavia. The only change made from the side that lost out to Radnick Nis in the UEFA Cup quarter finals was Ian Gibson coming in for Iain Phillip. Teenagers Maurice Malpas and John Reilly were handed the two places on the bench.

The first real threat happened in the seventh minute, when Doug Rougvie got his head to a high Stuart Kennedy cross, but Neil Simpson head-flicked the ball wide of goal. Three mintes later Andy Watson tested Hamish McAlpine with a drive from 25 yards, and in the 17th minute United tested Jim Leighton with a half-hit snapshot from Paul Sturrock. McAlpine parried a Simpson effort in the 37th minute, but the keeper could not prevent the Dons taking the lead five minutes later. Shortly after strong Tannadice claims for a penalty had been rejected, Gordon Strachan started the move that ended with Mark McGhee crossing to John Hewitt, who swept the ball into the net to give Aberdeen a half-time lead.

United took only two minutes of the second half to get back on level terms. Alex McLeish failed to clear a bouncing ball in the Aberdeen penalty box and Davie Dodds snapped up the loose ball, wheeled and fired past Leighton. Alex Ferguson moved McLeish into a midfield role, a move which, along with a United side tiring after their midweek exploits, changed the momentum of the game. With Aberdeen regaining the initiative, Kennedy forced his way to the by line and cut the ball back for Alex McLeish to head home the winner with 16 minutes to go. It was poor reward for a hard working United eleven after a tiring week.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 16 5 3 50 23 27 37
2. Aberdeen 24 12 7 5 36 22 14 31
3. Rangers 25 11 9 5 41 31 10 31
4. St Mirren 24 11 7 6 37 30 7 29
5. Hibernian 27 8 11 8 31 27 4 27
6. UNITED 23 9 7 7 36 23 13 25
7. Morton 26 7 8 11 22 35 -13 22
8. Dundee 26 6 4 16 34 53 -19 16
9. Airdrie 24 5 6 13 28 50 -22 16
10. Partick Thistle 25 3 8 14 20 41 -21 14
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