Dundee Utd 5 - 2 East Fife

League Cup - Sectional Tie
Wednesday, August 29th, 1973, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 3,120
Referee: T Kyle (Glasgow)
Dundee Utd  East Fife

Goalscorers
Kenny Cameron (6)
Andy Gray (30)
Walter Smith (37)
Doug Smith (pen.) (53)
Duncan MacLeod (73)
Kevin Hegarty (59)
Billy McPhee (72)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Pat Quinn

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Jackie Copland
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Frank Kopel
Walter Smith
Tommy Traynor
Duncan MacLeod
Graeme Payne
Andy Gray
Kenny Cameron
Ernie McGarr
Bobby Duncan
Billy Gillies
John Love
Drew Rutherford
David Clarke
Kevin Hegarty
Jim Hamilton
Graham Honeyman
Billy McPhee
Grahame Ritchie

Substitutes
George Fleming
Pat Gardner
Ron McIvor
Doug Dailey

Substitutions
George Fleming for Andy Rolland
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Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 109 apps -
Jackie Copland 86 apps14 goals
Andy Rolland 241 apps25 goals
Doug Smith 546 apps21 goals
Frank Kopel 58 apps3 goals
Walter Smith 77 apps2 goals
Tommy Traynor 99 apps11 goals
Duncan MacLeod 6 apps1 goal
Graeme Payne 4 apps -
Andy Gray 2 apps1 goal
Kenny Cameron 156 apps82 goals
George Fleming (sub) 54 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Graeme Payne (17 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (36 years 182 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 102 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Graeme Payne (17 years 202 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (36 years 182 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 163 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Andy Gray scored his first goal for the Club.
Duncan MacLeod scored his first goal for the Club.

The challenge to qualify from the section was still alive although were virtually ruled out of contention by that stage. Goals were to be of prime consideration for the Tannadice side as joint section leaders Aberdeen and Motherwell met at Fir Park the same afternoon and second qualifying spot jested on a clear cut result there, and United's ability to hammer in the goals.

Things appeared bright for the home side by the interval, by which time goals from Kenny Cameron, Andy Gray and Walter Smith had pointed the side in the right direction. United had completely dominated this match and the three first half goals were just reward for their efforts.

By the 53rd minute the chances were even better after Doug Smith had stretched the lead to 4-0 from the penalty spot (pictured below) but on the hour mark came the first blemish when Kevin Hegarty pulled one back for the Fifers. Then a 30-yarder from Billy McPhee was deflected past Hamish McAlpine to lessen the hopes even further before Duncan MacLeod completed United's 5-2 victory with a 20-yard effort. But it was all in vain as the section's leading pair played out a stalemate at Fir Park to ease their way through comfortably enough with this goal difference .



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