Greenock Morton 3 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - Division One
Saturday, September 19th, 1970, 3:00 PM at Cappielow
Attendance: 3,506
Referee: Jim Callaghan (Glasgow)
Greenock Morton Dundee Utd

Ernie Hannigan (11)
Billy Osborne (66)
Ernie Hannigan (75)

Team Managers
Hal Stewart Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
Leif Nielon
John Murray
Billy McDerment
Gerry Sweeney
Billy Gray
Gerry O'Neill
Ernie Hannigan
Bobby Collins
Billy Osborne
Joe Munro
Johnny Clarke
Don Mackay
Stuart Markland
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Tommy Traynor
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Jim Henry
Ian Reid
Dennis Gillespie

Ian Campbell Alan Gordon

None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Don Mackay (GK) 229 apps -
Stuart Markland 43 apps2 goals
Jim Cameron 114 apps -
Andy Rolland 125 apps12 goals
Doug Smith 428 apps4 goals
Tommy Traynor 11 apps -
Davie Wilson 119 apps24 goals
Alec Reid 81 apps6 goals
Jim Henry 36 apps3 goals
Ian Reid 9 apps3 goals
Dennis Gillespie 451 apps115 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ian Reid (19 years 230 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Gillespie (34 years 263 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 348 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ian Reid (19 years 230 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Gillespie (34 years 263 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 330 days
Domestic Players:12 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Morton made just one change from their last game, while Dundee United brought in Gillespie for Gordon. Both teams wore black armbands and upheld a minutes silence in tribute to former player Jimmy Gourlay who died this week.

This game ground to halt within seconds of started due to a hand injury to McKay after going for a low ball near the foot of the post. Once the play did get up and running it was the home side who did all the running. It was no surprise when the took the lead after just 11 minutes. Clark swung in a low cross that first evaded Mason but then landed at the feet of Ernie Hannigan who smashed the ball past McKay. The provider had his own chance to score soon after but Clark failed to test McKay with a weak shot. Traynor had the only chance for United in the first half.

United went all out for an equaliser in the second half and thought they had scored when Henry's shot looked destined for the net. Unfortunately for him, it struck the left hand post and rebounded to safety. After Cameron also hit the foot of the post, Billy Osborne doubled the Morton lead with a header from a Hannigan cross. This knocked the stuffing out of United and when Ernie Hannigan added a third the game was over.

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