Dundee Utd 4 - 1 Partick Thistle

League Cup - 2nd Round
Wednesday, August 19th, 1987, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,075
Referee: Alan Ferguson (Giffnock)
Dundee Utd  Partick Thistle

Kevin Gallacher (53)
Paul Sturrock (74)
Ian McPhee (83)
Iain Ferguson (88)
John Mitchell (75)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy Lamont

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Dave Bowman
Ian McPhee
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson
John Brough
Alan Pirie
John Workman
Alan Dinnie
Ian Spittal
Jackie Rafferty
Pat Kelly
Bobby Law
Brian Gallacher
Ian McDonald
John Mitchell

Gary McGinnis
J Alan Irvine
Alan Logan
Hugh Lyden

J Alan Irvine for Paul Sturrock (74)
Alan Logan for Alan Pirie (57)
Hugh Lyden for John Mitchell (86)

Ian McPhee (1)
Pat Kelly (9)
Bobby Law (30)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 118 apps -
Dave Narey 660 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 605 apps79 goals
John Holt 400 apps24 goals
Maurice Malpas 295 apps9 goals
Ian Redford 106 apps23 goals
Dave Bowman 42 apps -
Ian McPhee 1 app (debut)1 goal
Kevin Gallacher 84 apps20 goals
Paul Sturrock 547 apps165 goals
Iain Ferguson 53 apps29 goals
J Alan Irvine (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 274 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 33 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 224 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 274 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 33 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 161 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ian McPhee(Signed August 14th, 1987)

John Holt played his 400th major competitive game for the Club.
Ian McPhee scored his first goal for the Club.

We progressed to a tie at Starks Park in fairly comfortable fashion. Partick posed little threat up front, but it wasn't until the closing stages that the Thistle defence began to creak. The first half set the pattern, as e made regular forays towards Brough in the visitor's goal. Brough was one of the main stumbling blocks. He touched a shot from lain Ferguson on to the bar after 21 minutes. Ten minutes later he blocked a Paul Sturrock shot with his feet and seconds later was at full stretch to save from Dave Narey. The half ended when the Thistle 'keeper blocked a Maurice Malpas volley.

Brough's defiance was finally defeated in the 53rd minute. Paul Sturrock got in a cross after a brilliant piece of combination play between himself and Maurice Malpas, and Kevin Gallacher rose to nod down past the previously unbeatable Brough. Midway through the second half, John Holt brought out yet another fine save from Brough with a well struck 25 yarder. The increasing United pressure finally brought a second goal in 74 minutes. Paul Sturrock picked up an lan Redford header, scampered down the left, and cut inside to score with a low shot which squeezed inside the far post. Thistle replied with indecent haste. Ian McDonald pounced on a loose ball and his through ball found Mitchell, who prodded the ball past Billy Thomson. Seven minutes from time debutant Ian McPhee capped a fine performance, by scoring. He picked up a loose ball played a one-two with lain Ferguson before striding through to expertly beat Brough with his curling shot. A couple of minutes from the end, a free-kick was played into the path of Iain Ferguson, whose viciously swerving shot gave Brough no chances. No prizes for guessing the sponsors "Man of the Match" - it was John Brough, of course.


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