Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Motherwell

League - Premier Division
Saturday, April 22nd, 1989, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,302
Referee: Sandy Roy (Aberdeen)
Dundee Utd  Motherwell

Paul Hegarty (84)
Steve Kirk (75)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Jim McInally
Charlie Adam
Billy McKinlay
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
J Alan Irvine
Paul Sturrock
Ally Maxwell
Fraser Wishart
Tom Boyd
Carig Paterson
Tom McAdam
Chris McCart
Bobby Russell
Jamie Dolan
Dougie Arnott
Steve Kirk
John Gahagan

Harry Curran
Kevin Gallacher
Gordon Mair
Steve Bryce

Harry Curran for Paul Sturrock (45)
Kevin Gallacher for Jim McInally (62)
Gordon Mair for Steve Kirk (88)
Steve Bryce for Dougie Arnott (89)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 209 apps -
Dave Narey 752 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 695 apps82 goals
Maurice Malpas 396 apps12 goals
Jim McInally 134 apps5 goals
Charlie Adam 3 apps -
Billy McKinlay 56 apps2 goals
John Clark 163 apps22 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 67 apps27 goals
J Alan Irvine 26 apps4 goals
Paul Sturrock 573 apps171 goals
Harry Curran (sub) 13 apps -
Kevin Gallacher (sub) 161 apps38 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (20 years 5 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 280 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 2 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (20 years 5 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 280 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 57 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Only a late Paul Hegarty header salvaged a point against a lively Motherwell side and our poor home record continued. Our early pressure failed to pay dividends and there was a warning of things to come when a Kirk header was saved by Billy Thomson. Then it was our turn to threaten when a Charlie Adam attempt was headed off the line by Russell, but two minutes from half time there was a real let off for us when Boyd's shot crashed off the underside of the bar for Billy Thomson to collect. Motherwell's appeals for a goal, which television later showed to have every justification, were turned down.

Three minutes after the turn round, Mixu Paatelainen took advantage of a short pass back, but his shot was cleared off the line. Kevin Gallacher's introduction from the bench brought almost immediate dividends, but Maxwell turned Kevin's shot, his first touch, round the post. This precipitated some furious action around Maxwell with Mixu Paatelainen hitting the bar. With a header and follow-up efforts from Kevin Gallacher and Paul Hegarty ended with Maxwell tipping the ball over. But Motherwell with Steve Kirk again the main threat went close when the midfielder's overhead kick scraped the bar. Fifteen minutes from the end, Russell checked a run before flighting a cross to Steve Kirk, who headed in at the far post. Four minutes from time Harry Curran was body-checked on the left and Billy McKinlay's free-kick was met by Paul Hegarty, whose looping header went in at the far post to ensure that our thirteen year unbeaten record remained intact, but only just.


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