St Mirren 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 13th, 1988, 3:00 PM at Love Street
Attendance: 5,852
Referee: Kenny Hope (Glasgow)
St Mirren Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. John Clark (48)

Team Managers
Tony Fitzpatrick Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Campbell Money
Tommy Wilson
Derek Hamilton
Brian Hamilton
Peter Godfrey
Neil Cooper
Ian Cameron
Brian Martin
Paul Lambert
Kenny McDowell
Paul Chalmers
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Alex Cleland
Dave Bowman
Billy McKinlay
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Redford
J Alan Irvine
Kevin Gallacher

Bench
Norrie McWhirter
Frank McGarvey
Dave Beaumont
Hamish French

Substitutions
Frank McGarvey for Kenny McDowell (56)
Norrie McWhirter for Derek Hamilton (76)
Hamish French for Ian Redford (46)
Dave Beaumont for Alex Cleland (80)

Bookings
None. Billy McKinlay (37)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 165 apps -
Maurice Malpas 351 apps11 goals
Dave Narey 711 apps36 goals
Alex Cleland 2 apps -
Dave Bowman 91 apps1 goal
Billy McKinlay 20 apps1 goal
John Clark 138 apps21 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 27 apps11 goals
Ian Redford 141 apps29 goals
J Alan Irvine 20 apps4 goals
Kevin Gallacher 121 apps26 goals
Dave Beaumont (sub) 98 apps3 goals
Hamish French (sub) 27 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (17 years 251 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 70 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 29 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (17 years 251 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 70 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 3 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The new season kicked-off at Paisley with a satisfactory performance and result on a ground where we haven't always experienced the best of fortune. Certainly we started off extremely well and John Clark hooked just over after Alan Irvine provided the assist. The match however, fell a bit flat after that promising start. Alan Irvine and Alex Cleland had shots which were wide of the mark. Saints, who previously hadn't figured much as an attacking force, had a sustained spell of pressure as the interval approached.

Only three minutes after the re-start we scored our first goal of the season. Kevin Gallacher was floored by Cooper. John Clark struck the resultant free-kick low and very hard. Money initially saved his shot, but couldn't prevent the ball squirming under his body and over the line.

The frequency of United raids increased and Alan Irvine was unlucky to see Brian Hamilton head his netbound chip over the bar. The winger then created an opportunity for Mixu Paatelainen. Kevin Gallacher dummied his cross at the near post and only Godfrey's late intervention stopped Mixu from scoring at the far post.

The third goal-line clearance came when Alan Irvine's cross was deflected goal wards but Wilson was on hand to clear the danger. Only a Neil Cooper header which went straight to Billy Thomson caused any real anxiety as we ran out more comfortable winners than the scoreline suggests.



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