Dundee 2 - 1 Dundee Utd

(After extra time)
League Cup - Quarter Final
Wednesday, September 2nd, 1987, 7:30 PM at Dens Park
Attendance: 19,867
Referee: G Cummings (Carluke)
Dundee Dundee Utd

Keith Wright (85)
Tommy Coyne (98)
Iain Ferguson (7)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Bobby Geddes
Stuart Forsyth
Tosh McKinlay
Bobby Glennie
Jim Smith
Jim Duffy
Vince Mennie
Rab Shannon
Keith Wright
Tommy Coyne
Ian Angus
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ian McPhee
Ian Redford
Iain Ferguson
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock

Graham Harvey
Ross Jack
Dave Bowman
Alan Irvine

Graham Harvey for Vince Mennie (85)
Ross Jack for Tommy Coyne (117)
Alan Irvine for Paul Sturrock (73)
Dave Bowman for Ian McPhee (108)

None. Kevin Gallacher (73)
Iain Ferguson (114)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 122 apps -
Maurice Malpas 299 apps10 goals
Dave Narey 664 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 609 apps79 goals
John Holt 404 apps24 goals
Eamonn Bannon 405 apps103 goals
Ian McPhee 4 apps1 goal
Ian Redford 110 apps24 goals
Iain Ferguson 57 apps31 goals
Kevin Gallacher 88 apps20 goals
Paul Sturrock 551 apps166 goals
Dave Bowman (sub) 44 apps -
Alan Irvine (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 288 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 69 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 288 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 206 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


At half-time anything other than a comfortable victory for us appearing quite inconceivable. The first 45 minutes saw us play our best football for quite some time as we penned Dundee back in their own half. Indeed it was fully 15 minutes before Billy Thomson even touched the ball! During that opening salvo, we had scored once, hit the post and seen a couple of shots blocked. In six minutes, Kevin Gallacher broke down the right, shrugged off Duffy's challenge, and released the perfect centre, from which Iain Ferguson had time to pick his spot with his header. Seven minutes later Kevin Gallacher, again scampered down the right and his cross was met by Ian Redford, whose shot was deflected onto the post. Dundee were only seen in sporadic forays in attack as we kept up the pressure; Geddes saved well from Paul Sturrock; Kevin Gallacher didn't connect properly with a superb cossfield from lain Ferguson; and Ian Redford's powerful header was almost on target. In the last minute of the first half Dundee had their best chance. Coyne and McKinlay almost squeezing in the equaliser.

The second half opened with another onslaught of the Dundee goal. lain Ferguson shot over, but despite our dominance clear cut chances were few and far between. Gradually, Dundee clawed their way back into the match and in the last ten minutes Billy Thomson was busy dealing with shots from Coyne and Angus. With only five minutes remaining Tommy Coyne produced in a knock down from Keith Wright to take the tie into extra-time.

By this time Dundee, having been let off the hook, were the more threatening, and their winner came in the 98th minute when Keith Wright took a return pass from Coyne to slot the ball past Billy Thomson for the winner. A quite remarkable come-back ended in a rare Dens Park success over us, and left us rueing those missed chances earlier in the match.

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