St Mirren 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, December 19th, 1987, 3:00 PM at Love Street
Attendance: 3,517
Referee: K O'Donnell (Airdrie)
St Mirren Dundee Utd

None. Hamish French (38)

Team Managers
Alex Smith Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Campbell Money
Tommy Wilson
Derek Hamilton
Norrie McWhirter
Peter Godfrey
David Winnie
Brian Hamilton
Robert Dawson
Mike Conroy
Paul Chalmers
Ian Cameron
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
John Clark
Jim McInally
Ian McPhee
Dave Bowman
Iain Ferguson
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher

Kenny McDowell
Frank McGarvey
Mixu Paatelainen
Gordon McLeod

Frank McGarvey for Ian Cameron (49) Gordon McLeod for Ian McPhee (65)

None. Jim McInally (25)
Paul Hegarty (32)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 147 apps -
Dave Narey 684 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 632 apps80 goals
Maurice Malpas 324 apps10 goals
John Clark 118 apps19 goals
Jim McInally 71 apps3 goals
Ian McPhee 14 apps2 goals
Dave Bowman 65 apps -
Iain Ferguson 81 apps39 goals
Hamish French 6 apps1 goal
Kevin Gallacher 98 apps21 goals
Gordon McLeod (sub) 26 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (21 years 31 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 155 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 79 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gordon McLeod (20 years 113 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 155 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 129 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Hamish French scored his first goal for the Club.

After the disappointment of Wednesday, this was a heartening performance which brought two thoroughly deserved points. Right from te off we exerted a grip of midfield and in the fourth minute Jim McInally battled to win possession out on the left. His early cross was headed out by Hamilton to Dave Bowman whose first time shot was parried and then held by Money. One of Saints few threats on Billy Thomson came three minutes later with an Ian Cameron shot which had pace but not the direction to beat the United 'keeper. In twenty minutes, Hamish French making a welcome return to action, saw Money block his shot into Iain Ferguson's path but the Paisley keeper saved his follow up effort at the second attempt. The best move of the match brought us our winner in 38 mmutes. Iain Ferguson found Jim McInally who in turn slipped the ball out to Kevin Gallacher whose early cross was turned past Money by Godfrey under pressure from Hamish French. Four minutes from the interval came Saints best goal effort. Wilson's cross into the box was met by Conroy whose diving header was brilliantly touched round the post by Billy Thomson. Just before half-time a low cross by Jim Mclnally found no takers as it flew across the face of the goal.

Our domination of play in the second half meant Saints rarely got near Billy Thomson whilst at the other end Money had to look lively to keep out a cute chip by Iain Ferguson and smother a drive by Hamish French after a fine run from the half-way line. Overall it was a highly satisfactory display and hopefully the launching pad for an about turn in our fortunes.

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