Coleraine 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

UEFA Cup - 1st Round 1st Leg
Thursday, September 17th, 1987, 7:30 PM at The Showgrounds
Attendance: 3,800
Referee: Frangcon Roberts (Wales)
Coleraine Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Paul Sturrock (39)

Team Managers
Jim Platt Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Platt
Martin Tabb
Desmond Edgar
Nigel Quigley
Raymond Henry
Jeremy Robinson
Paul McGurnaghan
Richard Wade
William Beggs
Barry McCreadie
Dermot Doherty
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Dave Narey
Ian Redford
Eamonn Bannon
Dave Bowman
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson

Bench
Paul Kee
Jeff Wright
Alan Campbell
Kiernan Harding
Billy McCurdey
Scott Thomson
Dave Beaumont
John Holt
Gordon McLeod
Alan Irvine

Substitutions
Jeff Wright for Dermot Doherty (64)
Paul Kee for William Beggs (77)
Dave Beaumont for Paul Sturrock (82)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 125 apps -
Paul Hegarty 612 apps80 goals
Maurice Malpas 302 apps10 goals
Gary McGinnis 53 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 667 apps36 goals
Ian Redford 113 apps24 goals
Eamonn Bannon 408 apps103 goals
Dave Bowman 47 apps -
Kevin Gallacher 91 apps20 goals
Paul Sturrock 554 apps167 goals
Iain Ferguson 60 apps31 goals
Dave Beaumont (sub) 88 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 303 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 62 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 116 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gordon McLeod (20 years 20 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 62 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 111 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

This was not one of our better European performances, but it was efficient enough to secure a narrow victory against the past-time Irishmen, who were missing a handful of first teamers. Coleraine shrugged off their worries and opened strongly. There was a narrow escape for us in the third minute when Tabb, their captain, prodded the ball just past the post. Player/manager Jim PIatt made a fine save from Paul Sturrock just four minutes later. After 39 minutes United's international striker improved upon his earlier efforts. Eamonn Bannon bore in from the left, crossed to the far post to lain Ferguson, whose shot was blocked, the ball broke to Paul Sturrock who tucked away the vital away goal.

Coleraine opened the second half, as they did the first, with a flourish but they couldn't find a direct route to Billy Thomson. Dave Bowman forced a fine save by Jim Platt with a well struck volley in 58 minutes, as we took control of the game for the first time. Paul Sturrock shot into the side-netting and Kevin Gallacher also had a good run, but the finish failed to match his creative work. In the closing stages Coleraine made a final push, but Billy Thomson showed bravery in whipping the ball away from the on-rushing McCreadie.

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